is a "Much Anticipated" kit. Many of us out there have been
waiting with baited breath for this one.
Before I get into the pros and cons, I'll cover what comes in the
Here we go.....
Art shows a very nicely detailed picture of what the model should
I feel this is them just "transfering" the art from the
1/35 scale kit to the 1/72 box.
Here are the Instructions, the fact that aren't even two full pages,
should give you a clue as to how "simplified" this kit is.
This sprue, I believe, shows parts that are common from one Panther
kit to another.
So this leaves you (the builder) with a few "extra" parts.
These are the extra parts.
sprue shows some of the more "specific" parts for this kit.
These parts have most to do with the turret, and a rear plate with
the exhaust pipes molded on.
These parts are the remainder, which include the upper hull, lower
hull, upper turret, and the lower front.
What's left are the tracks and the decals. The decals are typically
American (Allied) markings.
The tracks ar very nicely detailed. They even tried to replicated
the "ice cleats" on the face of each track shoe; however
that bit of detail is very soft.
Having learned from the problems of injecting the material from the
sides, they now inject from the center of the inner side of the track,
where it will be hidden by the Road Wheels.
Now let's get down to the nitty gritty of this kit.
Here is the upper hull.
Here are views of the upper turret
There are problems that I have identified with the kit.
These amount to solid lifting points and the fact that the commander's
hatch is molded closed.
(Reminds me more of an old ESCI kit.)
Here on the hull there is no weld bead, just a channel where the weld
bead should be.
The following trouble spots are more akin to an engineering problem.
Something has either cut too deeply, or Dragon has used these molds
beyond their production life making the "pre-builds".
While to the naked eye they aren't much, once the model is painted
and weathered, they will sick out like a sore thumb.
Now this spot..... I have no idea what this is supposed to be, but
none of the reference photos I looked at show this.
Now one last thing..... Isn't there supposed to be a flap (or something)
for the bow MG to fire through?
Now I know this review is supposed to be objective, and I really tried,
but I feel that this kit cannot be called an "Armor Pro Series"
So many times we looked at their kits, and said how they "over-engineered"
them. (Case in point being the M4A3E8(76)W
HVSS #7302, with its complicated suspension.)
We all voiced the opinion that they scaled down their 1/35 kit to
do this one or that one. That is NOT the case here.
All in all......if you want a model that "looks" like an
Ersatz M10, you will not be disapointed.
But if you want a model that actually represents the Ersatz M10, you
have your work cut out for you.