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84551 1/35 German Sd.Kfz.171 Panther Ausf.G - Early Version

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Retail Price: $69.99
Scale: 1/35
Shipping: June

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Product Code: 84551



84551 German Sd.Kfz.171 Panther Ausf.G - Early Version

Panther is the common name of a medium tank fielded by Nazi Germany in World War II that served from mid-1943 to the end of the European war in 1945. The Panther's excellent combination of firepower, mobility, and protection served as a benchmark for other nations' late war and immediate post-war tank designs, and it is frequently regarded as one of the best tank designs of World War II.

While sharing essentially the same engine as the Tiger I tank, it had better frontal armor, better gun penetration, was lighter overall and thus faster, and could handle rough terrain better than the Tigers. The tradeoff was weaker side armor; the Panther proved to be deadly in open country and shooting from long range, but vulnerable to close-quarters combat. Also, the 75 mm gun fired a slightly smaller shell than the Tiger's 88 mm gun, providing less high explosive firepower against infantry, though it was still quite effective.

The Panther was also far cheaper to produce than the Tiger tanks, and only slightly more expensive than the Panzer IV, as its design came to fruition while the Reich Ministry of Armament and War Production was making great efforts to increase war production. Key elements of the Panther design, such as its armor, transmission, and final drive, were compromises made specifically to improve production rates and address Germany’s war shortages, whereas other elements such as its highly compact engine and its complex suspension system remained with their elegant but complicated engineering. The result was that Panther tank production was far higher than what was possible for the Tiger tanks, but not much higher than what had been accomplished with the Panzer IV. At the same time, the simplified final drive became the single major cause of breakdowns of the Panther tank and was a problem that was never corrected.

  • Kit includes:
  • 2 photo etched sheets
  • Copper cable
  • Commander’s cupola with detailed MG34 AA mount
  • Photo etched screens for engine air intakes
  • Main gun barrel cleaning rod tube
  • Photo etched crow foot antenna
  • Complete & detailed turret interior
  • Moveable MG34 bow machine gun
  • Separately molded jack
  • Detailed rear deck with storage bins, exhaust stacks and covers
  • Detailed transmission and final drive housing
  • Detailed tracks & running gear with phot etched spare track holders

Item Name German Sd.Kfz.171 Panther Ausf.G - Early Version

Bar Code 6939319245519

Scale 1:35

Item Type Plastic Model Armor Kit

Model Dimension Length: 254mm Width: 97.7mm

Sprues, upper hull, lower hull and turret

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