I’m assembling a MENG MODEL Panther D. Recently, there are more and more kits of MENG MODEL in stock. I used to make Dragon Models kits a lot, and still have them in stock, I may have more opportunities to make MENG. If I notice, the lineup has increased a lot. It’s a little disappointing that VOIIO, which I had been curious about as an emerging manufacturer, is likely to stop working soon like Xact.
The first step is to assemble the rollers. It takes time to file the gates, but there is no parting line on the side of the wheel itself. I wonder if they are thinking about positioning the parts of the mold.
It takes a lot of time to separate from the runner one by one. Since the gate is stuck into the back of the track, I can cut it off horizontally at once with a nipper, but the edge will be easily damaged. It is really troublesome, but I put a nipper in two parts, one vertically and one horizontally. I think it’s rather difficult to use a design knife alone. It’s a small matter. The rest is how the parts fit and how easy it is to roll to the chassis.
I needed to assemble a considerable length of a track belt even on one side. However, when it comes to Panther class, the size of a single track is quite large, so the length was longer than I thought I had assembled certain links.
I wonder if it can cross a little deep river. I decided to assemble it with the snorkel extended. There are many meshes of engine grills and there seem to be a lot of gaps, so it doesn’t look like it can be submerged. But I like it! The panter with the snorkel is also interesting.
I suppose the metal side armors are the easiest way to make a realistic part. It comes with a kit as there are 12 plates in total for left and right. I think the Panther has a beautiful loose track, so I decided to remove a part of the side armor and assemble it.
It’s a turret with a very different assembly method. Depending on the Panther model, the position and form of the hatch may be different, or there may or may not be a hole on the side. There are many parts to choose from.
The fire extinguisher couldn’t be installed in the direction of the assembly manual when I glued the towing rope first. I turned it in the opposite direction and equipped it just in case. When I was looking at the old material in Japanese called the Pictorial Panter, there were a lot of destroyed tanks and a lot of poorly equipped tanks in the picture. After all, the pictures of tanks under operation are cool.
I use decal softener for marking. It looks like a cat when it is marked. Speaking of cats, it’s getting colder these days, so he often comes on my knees and stops my work. Come to think of it, Tamiya’s decal softener is not very effective. I don’t have much chance to use it. According to what I heard, it is good to use water-based acrylic paint because it does not damage the paint surface.
Meng Model Panther type D is completed. I think it’s only shallow water that can cross the river, I built it with a snorkel with some diving function extended. The fact that the first D type has this function means that various tanks have been able to cross the river since then.
This time, I decided to make a Panter D that participated in the Battle of Kursk, the assembly manual No.3, so it seems that the machine gun attached to the hatch is not attached. It is said that the addition of the anti-aircraft machine gun mounting ring to the tank commander’s cupola was after August 1943. I think it would look better if it were attached, so I decided to attach a ring and a machine gun.
This Panther marking is the 11th Armored Division 10th Armored Brigade 39th Tank Regiment 52th Battalion 6th Company 3rd Platoon No. 2 tank. Detailed… When it participated in the battle of the Kursk tank in July 1943, it didn’t have a hatch mounted machine-gun, I adopted the setting of autumn and later as machine-gun equipment. The 11th Armored Division attacked from the Southern Area in the battle of Kursk.
This tank marking is the 11th Armored Division 10th Armored Brigade 39th Tank Regiment 52th Battalion 6th Company 3rd Platoon No. 2 tank. Detailed… When it participated in the battle of the Kursk tank in July 1943, it didn’t have a hatch mounted machine-gun, I adopted the setting of autumn and later as machine-gun equipment. The 11th Armored Division attacked from the Southern Area in the battle of Kursk.
I’m not sure if it’s because of the competition, but the price of Panther is set to be quite low, which is good for a modeler. It’s easy to assemble and it’s good mold. For the past several years, various manufacturers have released major German tanks, and it’s like the Age of Civil Wars period.
I am interested in models of tanks, airplanes, ships, military figures, I build it little by little when I feel like it. I am also interested in the history of war. My starting is Tamiya’s Military Miniature series in the elementary school.
From elementary school through university students repeatedly suspend and restart my modeling, it’s about 25 years of this hobby’s history.
Born in February 1970, I live in Tokyo. From February 2007 I was quietly doing a site called “Miniature-Arcadia”. It is being transferred to this blog with the same name from December 2016. My update pace is uneven, but please come to see here occasionally.