This set is meant as an upgrade
for the Hasegawa Panthers.
Technically, the set is meant for the early Panther (MT9), but as
all kits share the parts for the early Panther, any boxing will do.
(It seems these kits were also sold by Lindberg, by the way.)
The set offers almost a complete kit:
upper hull, with separate driver's hatches;
hollow turret bodies, one for a regular Panther and one for the
proposed Beobachtungspanzer Panther, with separate hatch, MG ring,
MG mount and MG.;
barrel for the BeobPz;
mantlet with reinforced chin. This was introduced in September 1944
(but not on all vehicles), just after Zimmerit was abandoned (quite
rubber-tired roadwheels; note that the first tanks with steel wheels
appeared in September 1944, but that they never completely replaced
the rubber tired wheels;
with Flammentöter, which were partially introduced from October
According to Ken Overby the newer releases of this
kit will also feature resin tracks, to replace the rather "mediocre"
black vinyl tracks of the donor kit.
are cast in a plastic-like yellow resin. I do not know which composition
this resin has, but apart from requiring superglue, it cuts and sands
just like hard styrene, and is thus very comfortable to work with.
Some flash and molding carrots are present, as with all resin kits.
Three air bubbles were found, in places where they are easy to correct.
Detail is very crisp and a huge improvement over the Hasegawa kit.
The only oversight is the lack of travel lock for the gun, which is
present in the Hasegawa kit. (Apparently newer releases of this set
have the travel lock.)
As you can see below
- The new hull has little in common with the original,
having far better detail.
- The same thing can be said for the turret, with
a special mention for the cupola. The cupola has a small amount
of flash on the inside that you might want to remove if you want
to fit a complete figure.
- The main improvement in the rear hull plate is
the better shape of the bins.
- While perhaps not very visible in the scan below,
the new wheels have a convincing dish form, whereas the Hasegawa
parts are almost flat.
- The new gun mantlet has a better shaped chin and
better viewing orifices.
dryfit showed that all parts fit the donor kit very well.
Panzer Tracts 5-3 Panzerkampfwagen "Panther"
Ausfuehrung G, T.L. Jentz, H.L. Doyle.
kit bought by author.