|More PSC product - 15mm Panthers.|
|Panther "D" test model to the right.|
The Second World War is a period of great historical interest to me, and I try to read up on it, but I am constantly baffled and confused by the progression of the various versions of the Panther tank. I think the first one was the "D", then the "A" followed, with the "G" coming last. I wanted to try at least one of each variant, but do the balance of them as late-war vehicles.
I think the "D" version first saw action at Kursk (well, if you can count having an engine breakdown and catching fire before you hit the front line as "action"). So I tried to provide it with a camouflage pattern that I have often seen on other vehicles at Kursk - dark yellow and medium brown splotches. This was done mostly as a test model, just to see how things would turn out while painting these models generally.
|The "D" variant - no hull MG, no schurzen, twin exhausts, basic cupola.|
|PSC does a great job modeling stowage on the vehicles.|
|Panther "A" on the left, and a Panther "G" on the right.|
|I put an MG on this cupola - it was a bit fiddly, but it turned out OK.|
|Lots of fun with the dot pattern camo on these vehicles.|
|I decided one of them should have some schurzen plates missing...next time I will mangle them more.|
I don't really "need" more Panthers - even a platoon of four vehicles is plenty in a 15mm game, but I'm sure I am going to paint some more up for fun. These were a real treat to work on. I highlight recommend PSC's products!