Kit Ref: 5045
Feature Article with Colin Izatt
The Panther F was an attempt to simplify production, reduce strategic material usage and improve survivability.
The hull and running gear was essentially that of an Ausf G. The turret was a new design which reduced frontal area and eliminated any shot-trap under the mantlet. Steel wheels with internal rubber cushioning were designed for the tank thus reducing the amount of rubber needed. If you would like more in-depth information, I can recommend the reference sources I used listed below:
- Panzer Tracts No.5-4 Panzerkampfwagen Panther II & Panther Ausfuerung F by Thomas L. Jentz & Hilary Louis Doyle.
- Germany’s Panther Tank The Quest for Combat Supremacy also by Jentz & Doyle.
Tank Encyclopaedia entry
- Wikipedia entry
Scalemates kit history entry.
Sprue shots here.
0.25mm Pultruded carbon rod for the antennas.