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Monday, March 20, 2017 - 04:06 AM UTC
Dragon is now offering a 1/35 scale plastic model kit of a Panther Ausf.G with an interesting set of add-on antiaircraft armor.
As the Luftwaffe was progressively swept from the air as WWII wore on,German tanks became vulnerable to enemy fighters.

To help counter this, Germany produced a special set of armoured plates that could be mounted atop the turret and over parts of the Panther’s engine deck. Made of Schürzen plate (5-8mm thick), the field-mounted steel plates were double-spaced on the turret top to improve protection against aircraft strafing and shrapnel.

The kit is based on Dragon’s Late-Production Panther Ausf.G tank. The armour is reproduced using photo-etched metal, including the prominent double layer that was mounted on top of the turret. The four plates used to protect vulnerable parts of the engine deck are also made from photo-etched metal.
The plastic studs upon which the armour plates were mounted are new as well.
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Most likely, yes. Or camo if the tank had it.
MAR 20, 2017 - 11:24 PM
DragonUSA lists it for $79.99 USD
MAR 21, 2017 - 12:17 AM
Griffon used to make a set of fan deck covers a few years back, I used them on my Tamyia panther kit. But I haven't been able to fiend any more of them did they stop making them?
MAR 21, 2017 - 03:04 AM
Kind of an unusual variant.Suprising the Big T has never done a Berlin 45 variant of their own Panther kits.
MAR 21, 2017 - 08:52 AM
Carlos's thanks for that info mate, this one might be worth a look but I wonder if I can do the whole thing cheaper with one of my late G kits and some Aftermarket add ons. Cheers Ben.
MAR 21, 2017 - 10:27 AM
I did something similar on a Dragon Panther kit a few years ago. I wanted to make what I thought was the best tank of WWII (contentious I know). So I did a Panther G with full AA armour and IR.
MAR 21, 2017 - 07:34 PM
Best mobile bunker for an anti-tank gun, perhaps. Not the best tank, not even a particularly good one.
MAR 22, 2017 - 07:39 AM
This has got to one of the lamest and most bare-faced grabs for cash ever! Wow! A piece of plastic and a few PE plates! Enough to make overlay jaded as to so-called "new releases"! And if the Panther G wasn't a particularly good tank which one exactly was? Oh I'm looking forward to this one!
MAR 24, 2017 - 01:49 PM
I think the comet has the strongest claim to being the best overall medium tank of the war, with good overall balance of weight, height, armor, fire power, tactical and strategic mobility, and fits well into logistic constraints. But T-34, comet, and even the Sherman firefly were all substantially better War fighting tanks overall, as opposed to theoretical one-on-one dueling tanks overall, compared to the panther. The panther was a sheer brute force approach to surpassing the spec table attributes of the t-34. It may have surpassed the t-34 in armor and gun power, and roughly equaled it in tactical mobility, but it completely failed to match t34 in strategic mobility, and completely failed in its choice of weight and size to account for the then current logistic reality even in 1943. It was an engineer's tank, not a strategic planner' s tank. As such, it was a fail.
MAR 25, 2017 - 05:20 PM
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