I note that the early production hull isn't just the D hull, but has had the second headlight removed. It could happily be used for Kursk, but only with the D turret. It was in fact the new A turret that turned this early hull into an "A" hull. I think all the Kursk Panthers carried both headlights, but I'd have to go back and check that.
Meng have announced a new kit and it almost as though they're going toe to toe with Takom on every release lately It's good for me, because I want to eventually buy a late Panther A. I'm going to be stuck for choice!
Because these all had it. Only a couple of Ds we know of didn't and everything up to the latter part of 44 carried it. Only the later Gs (is it Sept 44, I've forgotten), came out without it. So yes for Panthers until later Gs a must.
I know it makes money, but unless you're actually modelling one of these "in the zim period" panzers before the particular vehicle has had it applied in the factory there's no reason not to moldvthe kit with the zimmerit already applied. Anyway, moving on.
The simple answer is to check which factory made the Panther, ie M.A.N, Daimler Benz etc and that will tell you which pattern to use. Same with STuGs. It is why I prefer later non zimmerit panzers. Lol.
Glenn wrote: I am trying to sort out what I need for my Tamiya panther D,think I might just go with the july 43 kursk option
I have a few spare decal options for Panther D from my Kagero Panzerwaffe book if you'd be interested Glenn?
I'm pretty sure none of the options require zimmerit. I think the only mod required for some is to remove the smoke grenade launchers from the turret.
For other AM parts ideas, I replaced the tracks on mine (50/50 on the Tamiya Panther D links, go metal ), added PE engine deck grills, metal tow cable and used a full metal barrel set (the Tamiya one only changes the barrel, no brass muzzle brake)
Im broadly against moulded on zimmerit, just because it was applied by hand and it would be a shame for every tank to be identical. It would be like printed on camo or built in chipping and bent finders.
Ditching beam on the rear deck, command tank options which are aditional radio fittings, and a unique towing hook option. i'm hoping for a complete cupola as well, something not yet done in the other kits.