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Rye Field Models Panther G Questions!

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Rye Field Models Panther G Questions!
Posted by snapdragonxxx on Monday, March 26, 2018 4:51 PM

I have got my grubby steaming hot paws on this baby and have spent quite a while with the instruction book while making devious plans for how I want it to look when finished!


However, when it came to step 45 I spent ages trying to work out where part Y36 fits.

In fact It is giving me sleepless nights!

If you have this kit and know where this piece of etched brass goes then I will be eternally thankful!


Here's Meng's Panther A at this moment!


  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Sydney, Australia
Posted by Phil_H on Monday, March 26, 2018 5:12 PM

However, when it came to step 45 I spent ages trying to work out where part Y36 fits.

I haven't got the kit, but looking at the instructions online, it looks like Y36 is wrapped around part k51.

In case your instructions are different to the ones I'm looking at, check here, just to the right of the "step 45" marker. 

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Posted by snapdragonxxx on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 6:41 AM

Oh yes! How could I have missed that!!!!   Silly me! it's the mount for the demolition charge!


Thanks Phil. I'm looking forwards to starting this. may invest in Friul tracks and a full load of shells from Eureka XXL. The kit ones look a little soft in the detail!

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 12:00 PM

I've been seeing some pretty good reviews of Rye Field's new Abrams. Looking forward to seeing how you like the Panther. 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen


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Posted by snapdragonxxx on Thursday, March 29, 2018 6:16 AM

I like this panther very much. It is my first Rye Field Model kit and having the limited clear upper edition is making me think long and hard about potential display options.

I will probably be finishing this as a Panther G from Pz Division Munchenberg during the battle for the Seelow heights 1945. This means that as it was one of the last batches out of the factory it will have the RAL6003 dark green base coat and the IR device on the commanders cupola.

Also I am not keen on the track with the tiny plastic pins that hold them together and make them work, so Friul will be bought in. I would have loved a metal barrel, but with a recoil option available and no AM barrel suitable then the kit plastic one will have to be used. A first batch metal barrel included as a special seeing this clear option is a limited edition would have been nice.

As no IR device is included I will have to source one. Any help would be apprecialted!

A careful inspection of the Ammo provided has made me go for a full load of Eureka XXL shells. The detail on the projectile is a little soft and as they will be right up against the clear upper hull then better definition is needed!

Thats just me being very picky... and I mean VERY picky! It is a really nice kit chock full of very suprising detail as well as the very occasional place where attention and lack of thought shows! That's so minor you have to be really paying attention and know the subject well to see it. It is fixable with some thought!


Mengs Panther A is a very nice kit. I had problems getting the extra Zimmeritt "decals" to stick and bend where needed, but in the end good old PVA glue did the job! THe Panther A sees my return to the bench after a much needed break and rather than bash away I worked to my own whims... when I wanted and how long I wanted, quite often with Mozart playing in the background (don't laugh!) or a movie playing.

I have several half finished projects that just need painting etc before my next major build and that is Mengs Tiger II with full interior. I will admit to already playing with the big parts to fathom out display options and I am pleased to report that meng have put much thought into that and I am well impressed with the dry fit of parts.... nearly click together!

Mengs Panther A just needs tow ropes and a couple of bits of painting doing and it's done!!!


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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Thursday, March 29, 2018 6:48 AM

Great wall Hobby did a set with the IR system, but not sure if its still in production. Might have to try e-bay. Don't know anyone else which sells them seperatly. Some Voayger PEsets include nice ones, but could not find a set for that kit.

'I am a Norfolk man, and i glory in being so'

On the bench: Dragon 1/72nd Ar 234B-2b

                      Airfix 1/72nd SM.79

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, March 29, 2018 8:45 AM

Sounds like a great kit! 

Funny my second 1/35th armour kit was Tamiya's vintage Panther A. Pretty friggin' amazing to see how the hobby has evolved just in my lifetime from a decent but not great kit like the old Tamiya one to a masterpiece like this.  

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen


  • Member since
    April, 2018
  • From: Australia
Posted by Panzer Joe on Monday, April 16, 2018 12:13 AM

What does compare against Takoms Panther?


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