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Panther¾(designated as¾Sd.Kfz. 171)¾is the common name of a medium tank deployed by Nazi Germany¾in¾World War II from mid-1943 to the end of the European war in 1945.¾ It was intended as a counter to the Soviet T-34, and as a replacement for the Panzer III and Panzer IV.¾ While never replacing the latter, it served alongside it and the heavier Tiger tanks until the end of the war.¾ The Pantherês excellent combination of firepower, mobility, and protection served as a benchmark for other nationsê late war and post-war tank designs, and it is regarded as one of the best tanks of World War II.
The Panther tank was a compromise of various requirements.¾ While having essentially the same engine as the Tiger I tank, it had better frontal armor (including the benefit of a sloped armor, increasing effective armor depth), better gun penetration, was lighter and thus faster, and could traverse rough terrain better than the Tigers.¾ The tradeoff was weaker side armor.¾ The Panther proved to be deadly in open country and long range engagements, but vulnerable in close-quarters combat.¾ Over 6,000 Panther tanks were produced between January 1943 and April 1945.
This model kit depicts the late version of the Panther tank.¾ About 3,000 were produced between March 1944 and April 1945.¾ With this kit, you can assemble a Panther Ausf G with optional air cooler and rear exhaust choices, with or without side armour.
Number of Parts:¾53 pieces / 3 sprues