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Takom's Panthers 2 years 2 weeks ago #1

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First view of Takom's Panther A variants.

Expect a BergePanther to come from the A series?
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I like what I see so far. A bergepanther would be great.

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I'm happy to wait for a Takom Bergepanther. I had been looking at the currently available kits, and was considering a Italeri/DML kitbash.

I read somewhere that the Panthers are just the beginning of a new series of Kursk participants by Takom. Imagine new tool Panzer IVs, StuG IIIs and Ferdinands all with full interior detail?? :woohoo:

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I have there King Tiger and I will be getting one of these for sure!

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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.

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Meng have announced a new kit and it almost as though they're going toe to toe with Takom on every release lately :lol: It's good for me, because I want to eventually buy a late Panther A. I'm going to be stuck for choice!

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Takom's Panthers 2 years 1 week ago #7

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Add on zimmerit set first up as an compulsory extra.

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Why is it compulsory?

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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.

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Seems like a lack of foresight on Takom's part not to include and update option.
Thanks for the info.

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It will be marketed the same way as their Kingtigers with add ons and seperate up date kits. but y.es Aust As Zimmerited Early Panther Ds non zimmerit at Kursk.

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I read Takom will be doing zim'd and non zim versions, same as their King Tigers,

I imagine Meng will release one of their resin zimmerit decal sets for theirs

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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.

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olive drab wrote: Add on zimmerit set first up as an compulsory extra.

So what style of zimm would the have used on a D,
I have seen some and it was just square panels next to each other.

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various styles on different vehicles, standard waffle pattern was common but also some carried the vertical.
The top photo also shows the stowage boxes on the rear deck of the later Aust D, and Takom's new Panther has the wooden beam found on a number of Wiking Panthers.
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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.

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Also which actual vehicle as per the individual unit numbers/markings.

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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

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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)

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Takom's Panthers 2 years 1 week ago #20

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The other alternative and my personal favourite is to build it however you like, and even, better make sure it's wrong, cos that way the rivet counters get really upset LOL :D
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What is good is just how far in a life time we have come since the old Tamiya and even rearer Nichimo kits were the only show in town;

Gary's starting a new company "Inaccurate Armour".
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No I was thinking of writing a book, I'll call it "How to win with Inaccurate Armour models" :P

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Takom's Panthers 1 year 10 months ago #23

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First image of the new Panther, with tracks but needs the Zimmerit, comes with some fittings not yet seen can people work out what those are?;
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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.

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ATAK set would work.
We may yet see a Bergepanther.

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olive drab wrote: First image of the new Panther, with tracks but needs the Zimmerit, comes with some fittings not yet seen can people work out what those are?;

Nice Kit, no idea on fittings, enlighten me :cheer:

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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.
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