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PzKpfW V 'Panther' Ausf. G,

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Introduction
This model was built as part of an AMPS club group project. Our club was contacted by Alliance Model-Works and offered test-build sets of their photo-etched up-dates for DML Panther G "Smart" kits in return for feedback on how the PE went together. AM-Works was looking for a group with varied skill-levels in order to see how much of the PE was "buildable" by basic and intermediate skill-level modelers.

For our club, this gave the members who wanted to participate an opportunity to learn new techniques and methods without having to take the risks involved with the purchase of expensive after-market products. The group build was very successful, with eight members participating. We had how-to demonstrations at our meetings, and for several months, members brought in their "Project Panthers" to meetings to show and discuss, often soliciting feedback, help, and assistance from other members. In the end, everybody learned a lot, and many of the more basic skill-level builders overcame their reluctance and intimidation for complex PE parts and subassemblies.

For my project, I used the following kits and AM accessories:
  • DML # 6370 – "Panther G w/ Steel Road Wheels"
  • AM-Works # LW35054 – "PE Up-date Set for DML Panther G 'Smart' Kits"
  • Fruil # ATL-08 – "Panther Late Type Tracks"
  • Aber # 35l56 – "7,5 cm KwK l/70, Panther Late Production Gun Barrel"
  • Uschi von der Rosten # DPC-35 – "Masking Stencil Disk Camouflage"
I selected the DML # 6370 kit as the basis for my build. It contains almost all of the parts needed to build any Panther G from the beginning of its production to the end of the war. It is really only missing two details: The small "U-shaped" armored guard in front of the commander's cupola for the elevation connection off of the IR night vision scope and the later idler wheels. It has complete sets of both the steel and rubber tired road wheels, standard and Flammvernichter exhausts, early and late engine cooling fans, rounded and "chin" gun mantlets, and many other optional parts. If the model builder is willing to add Zimmerit, or the IR "U-shaped" guard, or AM late idlers, any manufacturer's variation of the Panther G can be built from this one kit making it an excellent value. (Unfortunately, I believe that DML has taken it out of production.)

Since at the start of the project I was unsure of which subject vehicle I was going to build, this kit gave me the most flexibility to choose a vehicle after I got started and progressed along with my research.

Very early in the search for a particular subject, I decided to take advantage of the DML kit's suspension engineering which allows easy articulation. To make full use of this, I added the Fruil tracks to my list of accessories. The kit's "Magic" tracks would also allow the suspension to be displayed articulated, but much more planning and earlier construction of the terrain base would be required. The Fruil tracks allowed me to remain flexible in the final display choices until very near the end of the build.

The ABER turned metal gun barrel seemed to be a natural choice given the amount of extra work and detail that I planned to add with the articulated suspension and full-up AM-Works PE set.

Finally, the AM-Works set, as is shown in the photos, would add layers of fine, hyper-realistic detail to the finished build. This detail included working tool clamps, complete fenders and rear hull stowage boxes, Schurtzen (which I did not use), as well as numerous other small parts. The AM-Works engine deck screens, in particular, are a great improvement over the DML PE screens.

About the Author

About Mike Roof (SdAufKla)
FROM: SOUTH CAROLINA, UNITED STATES

I started modeling when I got a 1/72 Dauntless Dive Bomber for my 6th birthday in 1965 and havn't stopped since. Like many, I got my "serious" start when Monogram began putting Sheperd Paine's diorama "how-to" pamphlets in their kits in the early '70's. It was then that I realized that there co...


Comments

Mike I just want to take the time to thank you for sending in such a well written article.
NOV 28, 2011 - 12:49 AM
My pleasure, Darren! I hope that someone finds it useful, informative, or at least mildly entertaining. Happy modeling!
NOV 28, 2011 - 03:04 AM
I found it all 3, Mike...thank you!
NOV 29, 2011 - 05:49 PM
To all of my Armorama friends, both real-world and “virtual:” It with a heavy heart and much sadness that I must say to you all that as of today I can no longer, in good conscious, remain a member and active participant here on Armorama or any other KitMaker Net site. For many years, I have enjoyed my time here on Armorama. I have spent countless hours sharing my own builds and works with you, my friends. Over many hundreds of hours, I have tried to repay the debt I owe to modeling by sharing my techniques and methods while also answering questions. My intent has always been to try to help others to achieve their own modeling goals and to realize their own modeling potential. Through it all, I have tried to remain civil and respectful – To disagree without being disagreeable and to always be tactful. I think that in the main, I was able to do these things. I have especially enjoyed viewing and commenting on the works that you, my friends, have taken the time to share. It is this interaction and social contact with you that I will miss the most. Unfortunately, two recent incidents here by one of the official staff members have made Armorama a place where I cannot remain. Many of you may be aware of these two threads started by staff member Kevin Brandt, aka: SgtRam: Armorama::Armor/AFV::Ode to Rivet Counters Track_Link::General and Site News::Just Curious Although I was willing to overlook the first of these threads as a momentary lapse of judgement and civility, when Brandt pursued the targets of his vicious personal attack to another forum, I could no longer rationalize nor passively accept and condone his behaviors and actions. As an official member of the staff here on Armorama, Brandt holds a position of responsibility and represents both the site and its publisher. His behaviors are no longer the acts of a lone, anonymous internet voice; they become an extension of Armorama and its publisher. It does not matter that he (or anyone else) performs his functions here as a volunteer. As a staff member, he, his actions and his behaviors are inseparable from Armorama. I sent PMs and emails to some of the staff and the publisher to protest Brandt’s behaviors and to ask that the publisher, Jim Starkweather, aka: staff_jim, take responsibility for Brandt’s actions. Unfortunately, my protests fell on deaf ears. You may read Starkweather’s open reply here: Armorama::Site Talk::staff_jim post We are all judged, to some extent, by the company we keep, and at the time of my protest, it was my intention to simply cease any participation on any threads or topics that Brandt started or posted to. That intention, however, has shown itself to be impractical. I cannot separate the staff member from the site. The real issue here is one of personal and corporate responsibility and civility. As long as the publisher refuses to take responsibility for his staff members, or as long as Brandt refuses to accept and show remorse for his own actions, Armorama is a site that condones and supports such behaviors. To remain here, to continue to participate and contribute to this site’s content, is to effectively lend my own support and endorsement to what Brandt did and said. My personal ethic will not allow me to do so. I suppose the possibility remains that the publisher, Jim Starkweather, and or staff member, Kevin Brandt, will do the right thing. It is possible that one day they might take responsibility for Brandt’s behavior and demonstrate some remorse by publically apologizing to Kurt Laughlin and Christophe Jacquemont for Brandt’s aggressive and viscous personal attacks on them. Accepting responsibility and apologizing would do much to restore this site’s reputation and establish some reasonable boundaries for civil behavior by all. However, unless and until that day happens, I am afraid that I must bid you, my friends, farewell and… Happy modeling! Mike Roof, aka: SdAufKla
MAR 29, 2015 - 06:10 PM