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May 8, 2012 by darrell
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Darrell opens the box on The Plastic Soldier Company Panther Tank Section… check out what he thinks here!
Great kit. The only bad thing is that the tank is smooth and doesn’t have any zimmerit coating on it. They only stopped putting on zimmerit in september/october 1944
I just love WWII era german tanks.
I wish they would do more Brits, I want some Cromwell tanks. They all look great and for about half the price of the resin equivalent.
wish they did 28mm vehicles. they are slacking in keeping us 28mm gamers pleased
great looking bit of kit, I’ve the 1/72 panzers and there lovely detailed models. these’ll look great in 20mm too!
Gasoline jars they are Jerry cans as in Germans that’s where the name comes from. This thing only goes about 100 miles on a tank of fuel so you really want as much spare as you can carry. Nice kit though nicely detailed for 15mm, it’s going to look as good as the effort put into modelling it. Warren thinks it looks better facing the other way ? (resisting the obvious old joke about italian tanks) i think he might want the nice slopey front facing the enemy if he was in one.
It’s a minor point, but I do like the colour of the plastic PSC uses for their tanks, it’s a good neutral khaki shade that gives a minimal level of immersion for some games before you start painting, a bit like the pre-primed Dust stuff.
I have the Panzer’s and StuG’s for my Panzergrenadierkompanie. I also have the infantry box but I’ve found that as I’ve got more for my Flames of War army (10.5 artillery, PaK40′s etc…) I’m getting more Battlefront models, so the PSC infantry look out of place. Thats just my preference though. I’m currently remodelling my infantry platoons as Battlefront models.
Just some little points – The D (really d) was the first production model not the A which was the second (just to confuse the allies). Also PSC has the models round the wrong way. From the top its d, A, G (ie the one labelled A is really the d). Sure there is no zimmermit but at 1/100 or 15mm scale the is some debate as whether it would actually show up on the mini anyway. I plan to use them as d’s at Kursk, which would not have have zimmermit anyway. Its a great little model regardless for those on a budget or looking for hordes of panthers when the Germans rate as reluctant trained in FOW in the late war. The G version works well in here as eventually these were also produced sans zimmermit. A last aside in the new achtung release the stugs are also without zimmermit. So its probably something to do with the extreme detail for the injection mould! maybe?
Nice catch, plus one for you.
I got all the way to the end, then something started nagging me and I had to go back and watch that particular part again. Yes, the d is indeed the earliest version (note the small “d”).
Also, I used to think like Darrell regarding commanders looking out of the hatch, but I had that misconception corrected when I began playing Flames of War. Apparently, it was quite common for tank commanders to go into battle with the top-hatch open in order to maintain situational awareness.
Finally, I do miss the zimerite. I think Battlefront has done some fairly nice, though perhaps a bit out of scale, zimerite on some of their models. Looks downright cool when painted up and shaded.
True commanders did go into action with the hatch open but would quickly button up when the shells started flying or there was infantry around. For the germans the commanders copula was designed to give the commander the 360 degree view they needed. Which was why they retrofitted them onto lots of captured tanks especially the t34
Personally i only use the commander part to specify the platoon/company leaders.
You could use green stuff rolled out very thin for zimmermit if its really going to bug you. But not the liquid stuff – The end results are not that good.
Indeed if I remember, the soviets originally spent a lot of time out their top hatches because of poor visibility from inside on early designs of their tanks, as well as poor radio communications necessitating hand signals between tanks!
Would be nice to see that side by side with a battlefront panther.
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