Correcting Tamiya Panther Ausf A info needed!

Yes, I know… it is an old and pretty bad kit, by today’s standards.
I learned there was an article about correcting this kit in Finscale Modeler sept’ 1990 by Tony Greenland?
Anyone has this and can help me out with a scan?
Or any other info really. I am not going to splurge a lot of cash for AM or PE on a $12-kit, so I am looking for “hmemade” solutions.

Thanks!!

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send me an email and I’ll send you a scan.
stan.kurcz@gmail.com

Thanks for the offer, but @varanusk already provided me with those.
Looking at the amount of work involved, I just might skip the purchase. Had no idea it was that bad.

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It’s one of the singly most inaccurate 1/35 kits still being made and sold…

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Along with the T-62, I suppose.

Glad you found it. I built one OOB (since I had it already) and used it for a first attempt with Zimmerit. May not be accurate but it was fun.
There are much better kits though pricey.

Stan

If you don’t have ANYTHING else to use as a target for airbrush practice then you could buy it for that purpose.
Basically anything that your paint can stick to works as target for painting practice, vac-formed cookie containers, plastic bottles, scrapped computer shells, left over parts from other kits, old CD-cases, anything with some structure basically so why buy a paint target …

As others have said: Leave this fossil for collectors

And once again this place proves its value!
Saved me some cash and a lot of headaches!
Thanks for pitching all!

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I found this kit in my stash, bought by a mate as a Birthday or Christmas present years ago and decided to give it a go. Like you, I was loath to chuck good money at it. I used the Tamiya separate tracks for it, they are better than standard but nothing like as good as even Magic Tracks, let alone Fruils or their ilk. I modified the front glacis plate so the driver’s visor looked something like with Plasticard and used body putty and the Tamiya Zimmerit tools on it. The missing front track tension wheel came from the spares box. Then I dressed it up a bit with left over Dragon tools, M.G. mount on the turret etc. You know what? It actually looks like a Panther. So my advice is get it and have some fun, that’s what the hobby is supposed to be about.
It is now on display being towed by a worked on Italaeri Bergpanther. They look OK from a distance.

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Lol I have their T -62 but a bunch of aftermarket stuff including a couple of turrets, wheels etc. I was gonna make it as a knocked out Syrian tank from the ‘73 war. There’s a few famous pics of some knocked out T-62s with winter stripes on the turret, I think it was at the valley of the tears battle or something.

You know when that Panther came out we all thought it was great. It’s only competition was the 1/76 Airfix and the Aurora 1/48. A clean build and a good paint job goes along way.

The Tamiya T-62 I’d tackle but the 1968 vintage Panther A is even worse, not sure I’d be up for tweaking one.

Other thoughts…

If you have a Tamiya steel wheel Panther G, in addition to the steel wheels there’s an extra set of rubber rim wheels.

The manlet is pretty horrible too but there should be some spare ones from newer kits floating around.

A lot of sins can be hidden under Zimmerit, new tool set and plasti-card side skirts.

The turret also has issues, so hanging track links on the side plus a spare road wheel can help disguise some of it’s issues.

On the Mark had a PE set with lots of goodies for this old kit. Its worthwhile if you can find it cheap.

Good luck :slight_smile:

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Both the Panther and T62 go together well and look like a Panther and a T62 respectively. Yes they are not museum accurate but sitting on your shelf, few would be able to tell. Paint and weather nicely and you will be happy with them. Both kits will allow you to do some scratch building if you choose or just do an out of box build. Both are low stress fun builds.

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I have built a couple of them. I have two more to go. its the worst kit so far. But i use it to try one off schemes.

I use 1/8 brass K&S hobbie rods from hobby lobby for the axles. I snip off both plastic axles and then to accept the rod for the front drive wheels I drill a hole on both sides. I do this because the stock tracks WILL pull the wheels outward.

Wonder if there’s enough interest to do an Alley-Cat’s Campaign of old before 1985 Tamiya 1/35 armor kits. Seems like a lot of nostalgia around the old Panther kit. An old Tamiya Tiger would be pretty fun etc.

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I don’t think “fun” is the right word!
Ken

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How about lots of nostalgia from this kit? :laughing:
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Just the companies name gives me the shivers.

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I’m in!
I love those old kits… as I have shown a few times on this forum… :grin:

If I had had Panther-spares, any at all, I might have been tempted to dress up this kitten.
But as it is…