Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
Darren

Meng 1/35 SdKfz.182 Panther. The first of many Panther builds

Recommended Posts

Well wasn't going to start this yet, but receiving the Zimmerit decals today I thought oh go on then.

The usual designation for the Panther was the SdKfz.171 Panzerkampfwagen V Panther, but in February 1944 Herr Hitler ordered the Roman numeral V to be removed, so from February, 1944 it was known as the PzKpfw.Panther. The Sd.Kfz.182 is the designation for the Panzerbefehlswagen or Command tank. The Ausf.A was the second version of the Panther, of which 2,000 were built, following on from the Ausf.D (the initial production version). The Ausf.A was in production from August, 1943 to May, 1944, and were produced by MAN, Daimler-Benz, Demag and MNH.

There were 319 SdKfz.171's converted to SdKfz.182  Panzerbefehlswagen which featured extra radio's and reduced ammunition. 

The above information come Jentz and Doyle

39256257315_9a2f2b20c4_h.jpgBox art by Darren Greenwood, on Flickr

39256256905_7485a95d48_h.jpgColour profiles by Darren Greenwood, on Flickr

40122648142_06ffa9549b_h.jpgInstruction book by Darren Greenwood, on Flickr

39256257185_223943b992_h.jpgLower hull by Darren Greenwood, on Flickr

39443672224_69268b18a1_h.jpgMetal barrel and clear pieces by Darren Greenwood, on Flickr

39443672554_4c6c656feb_h.jpgPE pieces by Darren Greenwood, on Flickr

39256256745_383df9b88f_h.jpgPolycaps by Darren Greenwood, on Flickr

The frame shown below is one of a pair 

39256257075_e9a769b4b0_h.jpgRoadwheels, drive wheels, Idlers and other bits and pieces by Darren Greenwood, on Flickr

39443672084_79bdf900c5_h.jpgSponsons, jigs for tracks and upper hull fittings by Darren Greenwood, on Flickr

39256256565_2cf7914941_h.jpgtow cable, decals and other PE pieces by Darren Greenwood, on Flickr

There are three frames of tracks and guide horns

39443672424_04377753c5_h.jpgtracks and guide horns by Darren Greenwood, on Flickr

39256256995_50ccd2e5bf_h.jpgTurret and fittings by Darren Greenwood, on Flickr

39443671884_b9146cdbcd_h.jpgUpper hull attachments and accessories by Darren Greenwood, on Flickr

39443672334_0ee4a4a948_h.jpgUpper hull by Darren Greenwood, on Flickr

39443671744_b193ec014b_h.jpgZimmerit decals by Darren Greenwood, on Flickr

 

 

 

 

Edited by Darren

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Part One assembly of lower hull and fitting of final drive's, escape hatch and hull rear plate.

So while waiting for paint to dry and glue to set on other projects, I began assembly of the lower hull. 

28376585059_0ef487b5cc_h.jpgLower hull assembled by Darren Greenwood, on Flickr

25285004937_41ce0cd2fa_h.jpgEscape hatch by Darren Greenwood, on Flickr

25285004787_9ba6958e8c_h.jpgLower hull.1 by Darren Greenwood, on Flickr

On the other side of the lower hull is a reinforced swing arm housing. 

28376584899_5ac089ea45_h.jpgLower hull.2 by Darren Greenwood, on Flickr

28376694479_6772e0b63f_h.jpgRear hull plate by Darren Greenwood, on Flickr

I'll leave this overnight, and next time I'll add the bump stops and swing arms for the Idler wheels.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Right some more progress on the Panther while bits for the King Tiger are being prepared. 

Bump stops added the lower hull, and hull prepared for the application Zimmerit decals. Said decals applied and trimmed. The beauty of these is that they apply like normal decals, but can be set in place with either modelling glue or super glue. Once the hull has been painted and weathered, and with the running gear in place the zimmerit will hardly be seen. 

26301247528_33a9e5735d_h.jpgDSC_1237_9632 by Darren Greenwood, on Flickr

40174182021_ef06fdde88_h.jpgDSC_1238_9633 by Darren Greenwood, on Flickr

40174183001_5bc06cb454_h.jpgDSC_1239_9634 by Darren Greenwood, on Flickr

40174184221_fbc54d8730_h.jpgDSC_1240_9635 by Darren Greenwood, on Flickr

While the Zimmerit was settling down I worked on the upper hull. The side and front glacis plate are all seperate and all butt up nicely together.

28393717059_1bb2a99208_h.jpgDSC_1241_9636 by Darren Greenwood, on Flickr

40174186881_2db220501f_h.jpgDSC_1242_9637 by Darren Greenwood, on Flickr

There is also a discrepancy in the instructions (first one I've noticed so far), these two domes which go on the engine compartment access hatch are actually parts F18, not F19 as marked. 

40174189381_1d74f38b35_h.jpgDSC_1243_9638 by Darren Greenwood, on Flickr

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

Sign in to follow this  

×