Tuesday, August 8

Full interior, Zimmerit in different patterns, all "A" marques - The Panther series in 35th scale from TAKOM is coming together...

Now we have the early, mid and late versions of Takom's Panzerkampfwagen V Panther A coming, we went data mining for more info on this incoming series. The full interior, choice of Zimmerit coatings or not & the two engines we have already seen make this a really tempting option for those who want a super-detailed Panther inside and out...


New from Takom - the Panther series in 35th scale

German Panzerkampfwagen V Panther A
1/35th scale
Plastic injection moulded kit
Engines: YES!
Interior: YES!
Price: TBA
Features: TBA
Tracks: - ALL TBA

Working with "T-Rex" design studio, we see more information today on the Panther from Takom in 35th scale.
All of the major marques of the Panther A are now confirmed, with and without full interiors just like the King Tigers of earlier this year, also the options of kits with and without Zimmerit are on the table.

So here it is - another tease from Takom suggesting at what will be the new 35th series of tanks in the "Kursk" series of tanks - well, it is no doubt it will be a Panther D in 35th scale with full interior - this and the other pictures of the Panther engines seal it for us...
On July 5, Takom celebrates the anniversary of the Battle of Kursk with the announcement of a new AFV series in 1:35h scale - but what is it? we got this picture just now showing two engines - These just happen to be used in the famous Panther tank...
The CADs are of a Maybach HL230 & 210 - The Maybach HL230 was a water-cooled 60° 23 litre V12 gasoline engine designed by Maybach. It was used during World War II in heavy German tanks, namely the Tiger II, Jagdtiger (HL230 P30), and later versions of the Tiger I and Sturmtiger (HL230 P45) and most importantly here the Panther, Jagdpanther! now seeing it is the Kursk anniversary..... well we are calling it
The Mighty German Panther tank - one of the most famous in history and one of many modeller's favourites with HEAPS of variants and sub-variants and adaptations/ alterations that give us heaps of possibilities... Ausf. D, Ausf. A, Ausf. G, Befehlspanzer (command tank), Beobachtungspanzer (artillery observer vehicle), Bergepanther (armoured recovery vehicle? let's hope so...
But surely you know all about the Panther?

The Panther in history... 
The German PzKpfw V Panther Tank
When the German Army’s Panzer IV went up against the Russian T-34 in June 1941, they were out classed by the T-34 and a group of weapons specialists were sent to the Russian front to analyse the T-34’s design. With the results, Daimler- Benz (DB) and Maschinenfabrik Augsburg (MAN) were both tasked in providing designs for a 30-ton medium tank by April 1942. The MAN design was accepted in May 1942, which was mainly due to the MAN design, was able to use an existing turret designed by Rheinmetall-Borsig and saving valuable time need to design a new turret with the DB design.
The Panther had a similar (but not copied some say) design to the T-34, carrying many of its successful design characteristics; these were mainly the sloped armour, the wide tracks to make manoeuvring in snow conditions of the Eastern front easier.

In September 1942 the first prototype was tested and accepted into immediate service. Despite delays in production due to the lack of manufacturing equipment of the hull, the first rushed deliveries to the German Army were completed in December but the tank was plagued by reliability problems including fire pouring out of the exhausts from the 700hp, Maybach V-12 petrol engine. Despite these early problems, the tank was very successful and due to its high demand on the Eastern Front, the original production of 250 tanks per month at the MAN plant, was increased to 600 tanks per month in January in 1943, which resulted in production spreading to the Daimler-Benz plant, the Maschinenfabrik Niedersachsen-Hannover (MNH) plant and Henschel & Sohn plants, to meet production numbers. Due to allied bombing through out the war, the required production number was never met and only 6,000 in total were built.
Mobility
The 700hp, Maybach V-12 petrol engine with its seven-speed AK 7-200 synchromesh gearbox, designed by ZF, was fitted with a governor in late 1943 to minimize engine failures by limiting the engine revolutions to 2500 rpm and reducing its power to 600 hp. This reduced the Panthers top speed from 55 km/h to 46 km/h. The Panther had a five-man crew, the driver, radio operator, gunner, loader, and commander.
Firepower
The main gun was a semi-automatic 75mm Rheinmetall-Borsig KwK 42 and could carry 79 rounds of three different types of ammunition, Armour-Piercing Capped Ballistic Capped, (APCBC), High-Explosive (HE) and Armour-Piercing Composite Rigid (APCR). The 75mm cannon on the Panther was one of the most powerful cannons of WWII and had excellent armour-piercing qualities and even had greater success at piercing enemy armour than the Tiger I’s 88mm cannon. The Panther was equipped with two 7.92mm Maschinengewehr 34 (MG-34) for close quarter fighting. One was mounted coaxially with the main cannon and the second was mounted in the front sloping armour and operated by the radio operator. In later upgrades, a mount was attached to the commander’s cupola so a third MG-34 could be mounted for anti-aircraft purposes.
Armour
The armour of the Panther was a thick 80mm homogeneous steel plate sloped back at 55 degrees from the vertical, welded but also interlocked for strength. This made the Panther’s frontal armour almost impenetrable to the Allied and Soviet tanks. The front of the turret was covered by a 100mm thick cast mantlet and made in the shape of a semi-circle. The curved shape of the mantlet meant that it was more likely to deflect incoming shells. But the Panther’s armour did have weaknesses, its side armour was on average 40mm to 50mm thick and had been sacrificed in order to keep the Panther’s weight down, leaving the Panther vulnerable to attacks from the side by Allied and Soviet tank and anti-tank guns.
The Panther took part in the famous Kursk Offensive (Operation Citadel to the Germans), where, due to its initial unreliability, more were lost from mechanical failure than by enemy action.
Thus this fact - the Kursk anniversary, and now the pictures of the soon to be included Maybach engine -  they all lead us to say  - It's a Panther! ( and family)
More news about this series and these kits as soon as we have it, till then keep tuned and we will get building them as soon as we get them in our hands here at TMNHQ.