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Panther Medium Tank

Italian Front, 1944-45

Tankcraft 38

Pen & Sword Books

by Dennis Oliver

Reviewed by Graham Carter



Pen & Sword Books
Tank Craft 38
Panther Medium Tank
Italian Front, 1944-45
by Dennis Oliver


978 1 39906 500 9

Media and Contents:

Soft Cover; 64 pages.


GBP£14.99 plus shipping available online from Pen and Sword Books

Review Type:

First Read


Excellent quality printed material, clear images and notes, excellent profiles and kit builds, open-flat binding.


None noted apart from the use of white text on some pale images


A series of books that look like a modeller’s dream, well produced reference of a specific AFV from a specific campaign, well produced on quality paper. Extremely useful.



From the well-known and respected  book company Pen & Sword comes another of these super-useful books for the AFV modeller. To quote from the web-site:



“An innovative series following in the footsteps of the popular Ship Craft and Flight Craft ranges, launching in Autumn 2016, TankCraft aims to provide modelmakers and tank enthusiasts with a new standard of primarily visual reference of both full-size tanks and their scale models.



Each book will contain detailed technical information imparted through drawings and photographs while the meticulously researched full-colour profiles will provide a complete reference for paint schemes and markings. In addition, every volume of the Tank Craft series will feature summaries of design histories and operational careers, and review of available kits. Each book is devoted to an iconic tank type – chosen for its popularity as a modelling subject – and the series will provide coverage across a range of different criteria, showcasing the best of the world's tank types and providing invaluable insight and guidance for modelmakers.”



The books cover a huge variety of AFVs, mostly of WWII vintage but also a few more modern ones such as the Chieftain, Challenger and Scorpion. All follow the same format and most are from the pen of Dennis Oliver.



Each has a glossy card cover with photos in colour of a model and profile and some period B&W images on front and back. The strong binding allows the pages to open flat for ease of reading and reference during a build. Inside are 64 quality semi-flat pages divided into a number of sections, in this case:

  1. Introduction,

  2. The Italian Front, including a useful map,

  3. The Panther units used there,

  4. Camouflage and markings, presenting some excellent profiles and detail drawings,

  5. Model Showcase , including splendid builds by Steve Shrimpton ( Dragon  !/72 Ausf G), James Nigel Panganiban( Italeri 1/35 Ausf G ), and Brett Green ( Tamiya 1/35  Ausf D ), followed by a brief look at other kits by Dragon, Tamiya, Trumpeter, Rye Field, Meng, Revell,Airfix, Takom, and accessories from E.T.Model, Eduard, Voyager, Model Artisan More, Royal Models and Rochm Model

  6. Technical Details and Modifications, covering some of the finer mods in images and notes that are very useful.

  7. The organisation of Panzer regiments during the campaign

  8. Product Contact Details , Lists of sources and other products.

All of this information is well laid out and clearly expressed, especially noting the tiny variations between vehicles. Many close-up images reveal great details of value to the modeller. One small issue is the use of white text notation over pale backgrounds that is not always easy to read  - see pages 11,28 , 29 and 30. All-in-all, though, this volume is  an absolute feast for the model maker as images are large enough and well-annotated, backed up with excellent text,  as to be very useful. Highly recommended to the military historian and AFV modeller of this iconic piece of German equipment.

Thanks to Pen & Sword Books for the sample