One thing I'd always wanted was the option to buy the vehicles individually - I can even remember debating this with Will Townsend at Crusade 2011.
Therefore when the reinforcements range of single sprue bagged kits was announced, I was very pleased.
Now currently the PSC Panther, the subject of this article, cost £17.95 for a box of five. Excellent value at £3.59 a piece! How come buying one on it's own in a plastic bag with no instructions warrants a £1.41 premium? See what I'm getting at?
Anyway, I didn't need 5 Panthers so there was only one thing for it and I bought a single one at £5 from the Hereford Model shop.
website to download and print off. I'd decided to build the Ausf G (the red bits in the diagram above) as I already have a Forged in Battle Panther Ausf G to go with it.
|Top Tip: - emery boards for 30p from SuperDrug to clean up where the bits have been removed from the sprue.|
The anti-aircraft MG34 had a little bit of flash to be cleaned off from around the butt and then glued into the mount that was part of the commander's cupola ring. I decided this was too exposed and delicate - unlikely to survive the rigours of a good wargame - so I cut it off.
|Note the raised cooling fan mount of the left rear hull. The key identifying feature of the Ausf G.|
And that's it. Just drop on the turret and that's the Panther finished.
As ever, a pleasure to assemble, leading to what seems to be a robust little model (AA Mg aside!)...now to get this and all those other vehicles painted.
To be continued.................