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||Item TX 0011 - Panther A Detail Set
Item TX 0012 - Panther A Late Exhaust @ USD$9.95
Item TX 0013 - Panther A Intake Screens @ USD$8.95
|Contents and Media:
||Worthwhile donor kit; sensible
additions; high quality production; simple replacement grilles; handy late
exhausts for conversion of early Panther A.
||Detail set instructions a little
sketchy (small diagrams); fabrication of a few small details required.
Reviewed by Brett Green
Armour modellers have waited a long time for an accurate, high
quality Panther Ausf. A in 1/35 scale, but Dragon has finally answered
their requests with their release earlier this year.
Dragon's 1/35 scale Panther A, Early Type, had some modellers scratching
their heads about the combination of the late-style cupola and 24 bolt
wheels with the early, narrow machine gun flap on the hull front, and the
twin single exhausts. Although this is a legitimate variant, it is not the
"classic" Panther A that was expected with the ball bow machine gun and
triple exhausts on the rear left side.
TRAKZ has been quick to deliver a small range of accessories for this
excellent new kit.
TX 0011 - Panther A Detail Set
The first accessory is a large, 7.75" x 4.25" photo-etched metal sheet.
The material appears to be a very thin copper. All parts are sharply
produced with relief detail and recessed fold lines.
Around half of the sheet is taken up with metal side skirts and
replacement front mudguards.
The Dragon kit supplies die-cut sheet plastic side skirts, but these metal
items offer a few advantages. First, they will be easier to authentically
damage (ie, fragmentation penetration, bent corners etc), and the hanger
insert detail is crisper and more even than the kit supplied parts. New
hangers for the kit hull are also supplied. These are much thinner, and
therefore more accurately in scale, than the kit parts. This will be
especially noticeable if you are planning to leave any of the skirt
sections off the vehicle.
The front mudguards are also valuable because they include the lower
sections. Although the lower sections were frequently damaged or removed
early in the vehicle's life, there are many photos showing them in place.
Dragon did not supply these additional sections of the mudguards. The kit
mudguards are moulded as part of the sponsons and are a little
understated, detail-wise. The TRAKZ replacements might be a little fiddly
to bend into position, but they will be in scale and impressive with a
Most of the remainder of the set is devoted to stowage. All the tool racks
and the spare track hanging racks are supplied; as are the clasps and
mounts. Some of the other items include a replacement brace for the
exhausts and detailed lifting hooks for the hull hatch deck.
TX 0012 - Panther A Late Exhaust
For modellers who just can't wait for Dragon to release the late
Panther A, TRAKZ has addressed the most eluisive conversion item. This set
supplies the "classic" Panther A exhausts with the tripe pipe on the left
Three pipes are supplied in resin. A new resin jack block and towing
pintle are also provided (the late Panther A had the jack relocated
vertically, and hence the new towing pintle). The resin parts are well
cast. They are supported by a small fret of photo-etched metal with
mounting brackets and braces for the new exhausts, plus a detailed face
for the pintle.
The jack block is especially nice, with fine woodgrain texture and a
carry handle on one edge.
TX 0013 - Panther A Intake Screens
This is a single, simple fret of photo-etched metal to add mesh screens to
the engine deck grilles. The fit seems to be perfect for the kit parts.
These three accessories will enhance Dragon's excellent Panther A without
necessarily "guilding the lily".
Thanks to VLS for
the review samples
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