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Panther Ausf. A
1/72 scale

 

Italeri


Italeri's 1/72 scale Panther A be available online from Squadron.com

 

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: 7018 Panther Ausf.A
Scale: 1/72
Contents and Media: 136 injection moulded plastic on three grey sprues (including "link and length" tracks; decals for five vehicles
Price: Around GBP5.00 / USD$10.00
Review Type: First Look
Advantages: Considered as good as Revell's kits; plenty of detail including separate tools; excellent decals.
Disadvantages: Lacking detail on the inside of the tracks; some shape problems with turret and mantlet.
Recommendation: Recommended

 

Reviewed by Glenn Porter

 

FirstLook

 

To me, one big advantage of Italeri's re-boxings of Ex-Esci kits is that most of the vehicles are not covered by other major manufacturers. Unfortunatelty, I think that this kit may be somewhat overshadowed by Revell's 1/72 scale Panther A and G kits which is a pity because Italeri's re-popped Panther Ausf. A is really a very good model - at least as good as Revell's much more recent kits.

 

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No model is perfect though, and the biggest problem with this kit is the lack of detail on the inside of the tracks. Also, the turret does not have enough taper toward the front, making the mantlet too wide.

On the other hand, all the hatches may be modelled open and all the tools are supplied as separate parts - a real benefit for modellers who want to use the tank in a diorama setting. The new Italeri decals are terrific too.

Overall, this is an excellent kit and, with the exception of Revell's new releases, is miles better than any other Panthers on the market.

Well done Italeri for bringing modellers these ex-Esci kits!

Recommended.

Thanks to Italeri for the review sample.


Review and Images Copyright 2004 by Glen Porter
Page Created 11 July, 2004
Last updated 10 July, 2004

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