Flakpanzer Panther Ausf.D mit 3.7cm Flakzwilling 341

Kit #: 72022 Preview by Henk Timmerman - contact(dot)henkofholland(at)gmail(dot)com
Edited by Al Magnus

5MHobby/EMEWE is a resin producer from China mainly producing kits which are not released by most of the other manufacturers. Subjects mainly cover prototypes and experimental vehicles used or planned during the WW-II war period.

The early releases of the 5MHobby kits had some problems in accuracy or in casting. Later releases have shown that 5Mhobby has learned a lot and the kits are of a much better quality.

Kit 72022 is for the experimental prototype of the Flak Panther Ausf. D with 2x37mm AA 341. The various later AA versions are based on existing drawings and/or speculative fantasy on the part of the designer of the kit masters.

The kit comes in a carton box and contains 32 parts.

  • The model is cast in yellow resin
  • There is an instruction manual and painting guide
  • There are no decals
  • Contains a set of the normal Panther tools
The hull is cast as one single piece and the casting is upside down leaving the plug on the bottom of the hull. The upper side and sidewalls are without air bubbles or flash. The underside (casting side) of the hull has a casting bloc. It will be necessary to delete the casting blocs and to rework the belly of the body. The hull dimensions appear to be based on the Panther hull from Dragon.

Both the track units and the outer road wheels are separatly cast. A possible weak point comes from the track units being cast upside down, with the result that the tracks are missing details on inside. There is some flash between the tracks and wheels that you have to clean carefully. The two hatches on hull and one on the turret are open. All parts are well cast. The pictures on the construction manual shows you the pictures of the parts and construction.

On the model the gun is not movable but fixed, but in the photos below I have made the guns movable, and on the turret I have also added some small details such as the lifting rings, air filter, etc.

In conclusion, this is a nice interesting kit for many modelers and collectors.


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Article Last Updated: 18 April 2013