having really enjoyed building my last panther relatively OOTB, I thought it time to really pull out the stops and detail one up with as much aftermarket as humanly possible.. afterall, whats the point of having it and not using it?
This one is going to be a late war last steel wheel IR panther - well fitted for, but not with, IR. So it will have the IR box, but no IR mounted on the cupola etc.
Here's where I am so far. Not a whole lot done really (and please excuse the model bench shots). DML LSW kit, with friul tracks, MA Mori sprocket, and MA Mori IR bin on the hull rear.
So far i've fixed the forward hull armor thickness, by adding 10 thou evergreen to the hull roof in front of the driver's hatch plate. On the real thing, this armour was 10mm thicker. I've also reworked the hull interlocks slightly, as well as adding slight texture to the hull armor. The dark grey parts on the hull top are parts from Accurate Armour's ecxellent Panther G upgrade.
More to come, i'll be blogging this exclusively on Schwerpunkt, so please check back in from time to time for updates.
.. and better photos.
Here's a close up of the MA Mori sprocket. This is a great piece of casting, its 3 parts, front, back and centre hub cap on the front. Note the cast number.
Here you can see i've beefed up the hull interlocks, and added thickness to the armor section in front of the drivers' hatch plate. This thicker armor is shown in drawings in Panzer Tracts 5-3, but isnt mentioned anywhere in the text (not that i can find).
Here it is in side view, as you can see, its a slight difference, but it makes a difference having it there.
And here's a shot of a Panther in the town square of Grandnemil in Belgium (sorry if i've spelt that incorrectly!)
Close up of the glacis:
Accurate Armours' Panther upgrade parts. Very nicely cast
Moving onto the hull rear, ive added some details, exhausts, tow pintle, with pin and associated chain and retaining split pin. Also added welds here and there.
Close up of the tow pintle and welds etc
I was going to use the TMD flammvernichter exhausts, but they seemed to be castings of the kit parts, so why bother? I did use their mounting brackets, as they are slightly thinner than the kit parts. I added a weld to the exhaust bodies.
And thats where Im up to for now.