scale Panther A (late)
Panther Ausf.A (late
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Several Soviet units operated various marks of German tanks up until the
end of the war because, like any sensible army, nothing goes to waste.
The Russians had somewhat of a love/hate relationship with the
Panther (as did their German counterparts for that matter) as it was a
relatively unreliable vehicle that needed constant servicing and was a
gas guzzler. However it did offer improved protection over the T-34's
and until the T-34/85 made it's presence felt, gave the Russians the
opportunity to engage German armour at a reasonable distance.
I had a hell of a time finding information about the units that
operated these vehicles and had to make do with what I could remember
from what French the Halton Regional School Board indoctrinated me with.
All I could come up with was that it was a unit of the *th Guards army
in the area of Warsaw at the time of the uprising ( August 1944 ) and
the unit was commanded by a geezer named Lieutenant Colonel Sotnikov.
Anyone who can shed more light on the subject please feel free to drop
me a line as I could use the info in an article for Military Modelling
The base kit comes from Dragon and is superb - loaded with detail.
To liven things up a bit I used Eduards etched set for the early A,
(meaning I had to scratch build the exhaust fasteners when I installed
Moskit's exquisite exhaust pipes) and some persicopes from Fine Molds in
the cupola. The tracks are from Fruilmodel.
The entire model is painted in Xtracolor (spelt correctly David!)
Russian Green and Dunkelgelb. If you thought Xtracrylix were good, these
are it's big brother.
The model recieved a wash with Raw umber oils and was finished with
CMK's excellent Stardust weathering powders.
Everything aside from the artists oils
can be found at Hannants, except
the Hudson and Allen tow cables, and I have no idea where you can find
them as they do not appear to have a website, so check out your local
I really had a good time with this model and hope you enjoy seeing it
as much as I enjoyed building
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