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Your not the only crazy one...I am too! ;)

September 8 2017 at 4:21 PM
Rob Pye  (Login docpye2)
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Response to Panther Zim sets (Revell)

I find the Dragon and Revell Panthers to each have pros and cons..and to get a good one, you need to cross-kit some things as well as use aftermarket bits and scratchbuilding.

Thus far, Mike has done zim sets for the Panther A for both the Dragon and Revell kits. Mike will also be doing a set for the Ausf G, based on the Dragon and Revell offerings.

The good thing is that Mike provides extra zim bits in each of his sets, so you do have spare material to play around with.

On the Panther Ausf G, I have tended to do a lot of refinement, using the Dragon gun mantlets over the Revell kit parts. On the side of the gun mantlet, I usually build the extra bits needed from plasticard. So cutting a special piece of zim out of the spare bits will be fairly easy.

All in all, I like both the Dragon and Revell Panther kits...and in any event, I have loads of each of them...so I need to make them work. The Revell Panther D/A has some issues but it also has some nice features that the Dragon kit doesn't have. Plus, once I add OKB drive sprockets and tracks, RB gun barrel, new periscopes, brass rod where needed, etc...and then put Mike's wonderful zimmerit patterns on the kit, well, it really does look the part.

The next task on project Panther is getting Georgi at OKB to redo his commander's cupola. The one he did was absolutely great - just was the wrong dimensions (it happens). However, both the Revell and Dragon Panthers need a new commander's cupola, so this is really a must have if you want a descent Panther.

PS The Zvezda Panther Ausf D is also a really great kit but it is such an early version that it didn't have zim.

This message has been edited by docpye2 from IP address on Sep 8, 2017 4:24 PM

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  1. Crazy one (or two?) - Larry Fritz on Sep 9, 2017, 1:21 AM
    1. Panther conversion - Rob Pye on Sep 9, 2017, 3:49 AM

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