Wipped up another new 20mm tank as mental therapy. The Panther F has now replaced the PzIV as the standard medium battle tank pending final design approval of the PantherII. As an attempt to provide a heavier armed and amoured version to fufill an overwatch role in the medium tank companies, MAN provided a set of mix’n’match field modification kits to be added by the workshops as required. Although effective and able to engage and hit targets with accuracy out to 3km, the added weight taxed the chassis above it’s limit and reliability suffered acordingly. The vehicle shown, designated Panther Ausf.F R/6, has the full range of field mods fitted, which include the standard Henschel 8.8cm Kwk43 heavy turret, a Zeis 1.75m stereoscopic rangfinder, 60mm spaced armour and 2x 150ltr armoured “wing” tanks …..
Mashed together with the hull of a 1/72nd Dragon PantherF, a TigerII turret and some plasticard.