Imitation-sincerest form of flattery?
When the invading Wehrmacht encountered the Soviet union’s T-34 tank for the first time, panic ensued. Here was a monster that deflected anti-tank rounds with ease, with mud-beating wide tracks, high mileage diesel power, and a nice long 7.62 mm gun. Quickly the word went out-copy that! 2 prototypes were ordered, the one from Diamler-Benz looking like the one you see here. Sloping armor, wide tracks rear drive, big a– gun and a diesel. I happen to think this baby is MUCH better looking than the MAN version which became everybody’s beloved Panther, but that’s just me.
Amusing Hobby’s (love that name) fairly new 1/35 scale kit is a nice one, going together real easy. Only glitch is the durn tracks, individual links that use Hobby-Boss type tiny pins to hold the links together. An assembly jig is provided but it’s still tedious. But it’s doable all the same.
I wanted the just out of the assembly shop look, using German reddish primer on the hull, and the unpainted turret just added. I hear the turret never was put on this thing, but it looks good on it anyway. Model Master “Rot” mixed with some burnt Umber gave me my pink, the Turret is mostly MM Gunmetal metallizer, with some shading. Panther ausf D’s look soooo boring now…..
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