Cyber-hobby 1/35 Panther A (late production)
|REVIEWER:||Scott Van Aken|
The Panther was a tank fielded by Germany in World War II that served from mid-1943 to the end of the European war in 1945. It was intended as a counter to the T-34, and to replace the Panzer IV and III, though it served along with them and the heavy tanks until the end of the war. The Panther's excellent combination of firepower, mobility, and protection served as a benchmark for other nations' late war and immediate post-war tank designs and it is frequently regarded (along with the Soviet T-34 Tank) as the best tank design of World War II.
Until 1944 it was designated as the Panzerkampfwagen VPanther and had the Ordnance inventory designation of Sd.Kfz. 171. On 27 February 1944,Hitler ordered that the Roman numeral V be deleted from the tank's designation.
Despite being technically superior in most aspects to the tanks of other nations, the over burdened automotive portion of the design and lack of general reliability lessened its impact on the battlefield. Combine that with the low production rate compared to the Sherman and T-34 and one can easily see that numbers will end up winning the day. Of all the Panthers lost in combat, some estimates suggest that nearly half were due to mechanical breakdowns.
Instructions are photo realistic on slick paper and in full color. There are detail line drawings to help where things can be a bit confusing. Also shown are where one can use photo etch in place of the standard plastic parts. The lone marking option is that which is shown on the box art, however, the decal sheet does offer a second turret number.
So here is a very nicely done late build Panther A. For those who are into doing this unique version, here is a chance for something different. Those wanting to do a standard tank only have to locate some different decals for it. Either way, it will build into a superb model.
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