Modelling the Panther Tank
Reviewed by John Prigent
|Publisher and Title||Osprey Modelling 30, Modelling the Panther Tank, by Steve van Beveren, Osprey Publishing Ltd|
|Media and Contents:||80 pages|
|Price:||US Price: $18.95, UK Price: £12.99, available online from Osprey Publishing|
|Review Type:||First Read|
|Advantages:||Interesting selection of modelling projects, subjects and colours; good photography;|
This is one I’ve been looking forward to, and I wasn’t disappointed. After the usual sort introduction and section on suggested tools and materials it details the building of five 1/35 scale models.
First is the DML Panther Ausf A
early, built as one used in Italy. This is an Intermediate level
build, using several aftermarket resin and etched sets to add
detail. Actual construction with these is quite straightforward, and
there’s a useful hints section on the adding of a zimmerit finish
before attention turns to painting and weathering which are
described in detail.
Next is a DML Ausf D modelled as at Kursk in 1943. This is at Advanced level not just because of the greater number of aftermarket sets used but because scratchbuilt resin castings are involved and some etched parts are soldered together. The processes used are clearly described and illustrated, making this a good guide for anyone who hasn’t tried either technique before.
The third model is Tamiya’s Ausf G late type, built at Master level as a tank from final production in March/April 1945. A complete interior is added with CMK’s interior sets, plus many other aftermarket parts, and many details are added or improved with scratchbuilt parts – including some from “home-etched” metal, the process for which is described for anyone who wants to make their own etched parts. Finally there’s a Special Feature chapter, modelling an Ausf A Bergepanther from DML’s early Ausf A and using its turret for a complete Pantherturm ground mount. Both are set on bases, with their construction described as clearly as are the two models. The Bergepanther uses the winch and other parts from the out-of-production On Track Models Bergepanther Ausf G, which still appears on the secondhand market from time to time (it should be possible to correct and detail parts from the Italeri Bergepanther if you can’t find the On Track kit) and the Pantherturm’s ground casemate is scratchbult from plastic card.
To end the book there’s a good section on the available 1/35 kits and accessories. All the descriptions of the work done are clear, and all stages are very well shown by photographs, so this is a good book for modellers looking to improve their skills.
Thanks to Osprey Publishing for the review sample