Tamiya’s packaging is excellent, as usual. Tucked under the dramatic yet unassuming black package front, is a detailed breakdown of the model’s features as well as a few windows displaying some key parts. In the upper left are the DMD drive controller and the MF-01 effects generator. Below them are the metal sprocket drive wheels, and then the tracks. Moving to the right, the machined aluminum main gun barrel is a nice touch, and finally, the speaker box where all the sounds generated by the MF-01 emanate.
Construction is well under way. I can’t be sure, but it seems like the parts count for the Panther is low compared to the last tank I worked on (the Tamiya Leopard). In about 8 hours from opening the box, I was driving the tank around turning the turrent and firing the main gun at imaginary enemies.
I’ll cover the major assembly steps next. I’ll leave out the steps with detail work that doesn’t necessarily contribute to running the tank.
Turrent mechansims are installed. The three black disks serve as lateral bearings for the turret rotation on the underside of the deck. On the top of the deck, white nylon bearings on metal shafts support the weight of the turrent and provide a rolling surface for the turret rotation.
Main gun assembly. The black cable is the strobe unit for the gun flashing effect. The strobe itself is in the orange tip of the cable. Next photo is the gun recoil motor followed by the gun elevation motor show it its assembled position on the base of the turret.
Once all the functions were tested, I did some disassembly and painted the base coat of Sand Yellow.
I airbrushed the green and brown colors and applied the “spots” with a brush.
Still have to add detail parts and weathering. Stay tuned…
Originally posted 2007-11-23 19:26:14.
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