Panzerkampfwagen V Ausf.D & Ausf.A Panther,
|Stock Number and Description||Echelon Fine Details AXT351010, Panzerkampfwagen V Ausf.D & Ausf.A Panther, Markings of Panzer-Lehr Div. & 4./SS-Pz.Rgt.2. 2.SS-Pz.Div. “Das Reich”|
|Media and Contents:||Water slide decals|
|Price:||USD$14.00 includes shipping|
|Review Type:||First Look|
|Advantages:||Beautifully printed; large selection of interesting markings; excellent instructions|
The Panther medium tank has always been popular with both modelers and manufacturers. Between Tamiya and DML, one can model every major and some minor variations. So, tailored decal sheets should prove to be a useful and desirable commodity.
Markings are provided for a total of nine Panthers as follows:
The vehicles given include three Das Reich Panthers used in the Soviet Union as well as one (Ernst Barkmann’s “424” depicted as seen at “Barkmann’s Corner”) used in Normandy. The five Panthers from Panzer-Lehr are all from Normandy. Details as to which type of Panther is to be used as well as pointers regarding the factory- or field-applied use of Zimmerit for specific vehicles is also provided. There are also generic numbers to be used as the modeler sees fit, which will allow for quite a bit of variety. Other nice additions are specific names for vehicles for which the sheet’s creators have only sketchy information. These include “Ingrid” and “Christel”. There are also a variety of styles of Balkenkreuz national insignia included.
The decals are printed by
Microscale in the USA and are typical of the high quality one
expects from them. All details are crisply rendered, color
saturation is excellent and registration is “spot-on”. These decals
are very thin, so care must be exercised in their use. As a user of
water-slide decals exclusively, I heartily recommend that the
modeler use the Microscale system, which instructs him to gloss-coat
the surface and use Micro-Sol and Micro-Set solutions for best
results. Seal these with a dull coat and they will look great for
years. The instructions are in full color and are, in my opinion,
among the best of their kind in the industry. Each Panther is
pictured in three views in a size large enough to be easily used.
Where the designer’s are un-sure of a specific detail, they say so,
or they provide an alternative. This is quite commendable.
References are given as are color notes and notes on detail
differences between the sheet’s subjects. For those who work on
other scales, these markings are available in 1/72nd, 1/48th and
1/16th-scales, so don’t feel “left out”.
This is simply an outstanding product. Panther lovers: “get some”!
Text and Images by Frank V. De
Page Created 28 January, 2006
Page Last Updated 27 January, 2006