Many historians consider the Panther one of the finest medium tanks of the second world war. Despite some initial problems, it held it’s own particularly on the Eastern front. It’s 75mm gun has a very high muzzle velocity which allows it to ‘punch above its weight’. Wikipedia has a very detailed article on the Panther.
This kit by Tamiya is a very old offering dating from 1975. It has its share of inaccuracies and for those who want a more accurate model should look to later kits by Dragon and Tamiya. In my case, such things don’t concern me as this is going to be built out of box to further refine my weathering skills. I picked it up at a show several years ago for $15 so good value no matter what.
Construction begins with the back end of the main hull. After gluing the exhaust pipes on, one of the first tasks is to drill some holes in these pipes.
A few minutes with a micro drill bit, needle file and a number 11 blade and it looks much better.
I also glued the 2 part barrel together and left it to dry overnight. There will be some work needed to make it passable as the fit was not impressive.