Panzerkampfw.V Panther Ausf.D

Published on
August 15, 2013
Review Author(s)
Product / Stock #
ZVE 5010
Company: Zvezda
Provided by: Dragon Models USA - Website: Visit Site
Box Art

The Kit

Nearly 100 injection molded parts in tan plastic plus 2 black plastic treads. All parts exhibit crisp detail and are flash free. The muzzle of the main gun is not slide-molded so will need to be drilled out. Being a snap kit, all parts had a number of locating pins. All of them fit together without modification.


I have never been a fan of snap kits. Usually fit is so tight on them that you are left with unsightly gaps and misfit parts. Fortunately, this kit is an exception to that rule. Everything fit together amazingly well. There were a few design issues that I questioned, mostly relating to the tracks. However, after looking at the directions, it was such a problem because I put the upper hull on before attaching the tracks. This in mind, I’m sure everything would go together well then. All of the fiddly bits and stowage went on with amazing ease. Other reviews that I have read regarding this kit spoke of a gap forming between the lower hull and glacis, but I did not see anything of note in that area.

Being a fan of the red oxide color, I decided to do a whitewash over that to possibly represent something that was in the winter of ‘44/’45.

Final Thoughts

I have always been a fan of Zvedza models, being an avid player of their Barbarossa 1941 wargame. I am not a rivet counter, so there may or may not have been undetected inaccuracies with this kit. However, it was a fun, fast build that gave me the much needed time to test out some weathering techniques. If you are looking for instant gratification or even a kit for your child…I heavily suggest this kit.

A huge thank you to Dragon Models USA and Zvezda and IPMS/USA for giving me the opportunity to review this kit.


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