Sunday, June 21

Miniart's new Panzer IIID is built up and ready to go to war...

Only made in small numbers and soon superseded by the superior E model – this Panzer IIID from MiniArt still looks like a great kit – Let’s have a look at the CAD, Sprue and the model put together to see if it’s ready for service or not…
In progress from Miniart

Kit no# 35169
1/35th scale
BOX: 380x240x60 mm
1146 parts including clear parts & Photo-etch
Markings for 4 Panzer IID’s

The Pz.Kpfw. III Ausf. D Sd.Kfz. 141 was the last and biggest pre-production series. These were the test beds before the mass-production Ausf.E. The Ausf.D had angled leaf springs as the main change from the C model – only about 30 of these were built…

Pz.Kpfw.III Ausf.D Service Data
In Service: 1937 to 1945
Production Data
Manufacturer: Daimler-Benz
Chassis No: 60221-60225 60316-60340
Number built: 30
Technical Data
Type: Medium Tank
Crew: 5 men
Length: 5.92 m
Width: 2.82 m / Height: 2.42 m
Weight: 16,000 kg
Fuel Capacity: 320 litres
Engine: 1 × Maybach HL 108 TR 12 cylinder liquid cooled Vee petrol engine producing up to 250 hp at 3,000 rpm
Gearbox: 6 forward 1 reverse
Speed: road 40 km/h cross country km/h
Range: road 165 km cross country km
1 × 3.7 cm KwK 36 L/46.5
3 × 7.92 mm MG 34 machine guns
Main gun 121 rounds
Secondary mg’s 4,500 rounds
Armour: 5 mm to 15 mm
Electronics: FuG 5
Contents of the Box - these sprues are duplicated on some of these multiple times:

Tool for assembling track link, tacks and Track Pins are in multiples here
Turret & Hull base

Clear parts for periscopes/viewing ports 

PE parts - not too many which is great!

 CAD images of inside the turret to show you the details inside
And the CAD drawings of this tank showing just whey we are so excited to see MiniArt back in the swing!
The colourschemes
And here it is all built up - impressive and i could imagine many scenarios testing this tank 
OK, more on this kit when it comes to our door and we review it – till then you can see all of Miniart’s kits at their homepage.