With the Tamiya 1/35 Sherman M4A3E8 complete, it is on to the next project. This time, I will be heading back to the Axis side… the new tool Tamiya 1/35 Panzerkampfwagen V Panther Ausf D, kit number 35345, which was released in 2015.
Many years ago, around 1977/1978, I built my first Tamiya kit. Up to that point it had been Monogram’s Armor Series in 1/32 scale for me. After reading about Tamiya models in magazines, I finally bought one, and got one of my favorite tanks of the time, the Panther.
The one that was available back then, was the Panther Ausf A, kit number 35605, which was tooled in 1976, so a newer kit at the time. For my budding skills as an armor modeler, this was a huge step. Tamiya was an exotic brand to me, and this kit was “it.”
I have since learned that this old Ausf A is fraught with inaccuracies and dimensional problems, but I wasn’t aware of them, and stuff like that didn’t matter to me anyway. So I built it and enjoyed every minute.
So, when the the new Ausf D came out last year, I figured it was high-time that I built another Panther. Here is a quick intro video of the kit. It is not really a full-on review, because there are already quite a few out there, but just my brief observations and remarks, and comments about the few extras I plan to incorporate.