RFM Panther update
I have been steadily plugging away at the kit, and still am impressed with many facets of it. One thing though that amazes me is small “misses”. For example on the engine deck there are two covers towards the rear. On Late Panthers these are two different sizes, yet the directions call for both to be part C 13. A search of the sprues and I found the correct part which I believe is C 12, I forgot to write it down, but it is obvious. Another miss is the air intake scoop on the engine deck has two locating pins, the holes for them ARE ON THE UNDERSIDE OF THE PART!!!! Seriously? I also am amazed at what things they chose to do in PE. For example lots of stuff that is 100% hidden after assembly even if you are using the clear parts. Yet the circular louvers for the fan are a solid disc divided into a pie pattern or just left off . So I made my own. The screens for the fan and the round air intake on the opposite side are way too small so I took them from an old Dragon kit. The attachment for the mud guards on one side are in the wrong spot, so I removed them, glued them to the hull and then attached the guards. The tool clasps which Dragon molded pretty well, RFMs are clunky, again I used Dragon tools. So would I buy one of these again? Nope, Dragon is still king of the Panthers. SO unless you MUST have a Panther with an interior I would give this a pass. For the price you could get a Dragon G, some aftermarket tracks and PE and have a far easier time. I think it will look the part when done, and I have enjoyed the interior, but too many misses for a $100 kit.
6 additional images. Click to enlarge.