Das Werk 1/35 Panther
This is a great kit that took up most of February . It's my first Das Werk build and I was impressed with the level of detail and quality of engineering. This kit as originally issued contained a full interior. This later issue excludes the interior, which was fine, because it had enough teeny tiny parts already. So you end up with a bunch of extras like radio equipment and trays and rack parts due to the sprue arrangement. Goody!. I did find two difficulties with the build though. First, the instruction booklet, though finely detailed in some areas, was lacking detail when it came to how some of the hooks and tools and brackets were supposed to be mounted. The pictures just weren't detailed enough. So I had to go by the mounting points and what looked like it would make sense in real life. I think I got most right, but will have to compare against another to be sure. Also, the horns for the link and length track have to be glued on! The horns come on separate sprues that are correctlly spaced so attaching was no biggy, but I did spend two evenings just attaching the horns and then separating the horns from the sprues once the glue had set. Funny thing, I attached hundreds of horns and didn't loose a single one to the carpet monster, but did lose one of the four engine deck lifting hooks. Go figure. Also, I tried something new. When I gave the tank it's final clear coat, I added a few drops of paint to the clear along the way so as to modulate the tone, particularly on the engine deck where I added one drop of black. Anyway, here it is. I never thought I would enjoy building armor so much.