Thursday, 30 September 2010

Panzer III Ausf N (early)

Dragon 6606 with extras

This is Dragon's 2010 release 1/35 Panzer III Ausf N with Winterketten (DML 6606).
I have upgraded it with two Voyager photoetch sets and Friul Winterketten. In addition I have added field-applied Zimmerit using Squadron Green putty. Generally I found both photoetch sets to be great, but the set dedicated to both Dragon 6474 & 6606 (PE35337) was a little soft on some specific details for the early Panzer III Ausf N; for example it lacks wiring detailing for the turret smoke dischargers, it also lacks the the PE exhaust shrouds and has an incorrect antenna cradle for the early Ausf N (the cradle for the early Ausf N should not be sloped). That said, the fender set is absolutely faultless - I can't recommend it highly enough.
The overall effect of the built Panzer is impressive in the flesh, yet the completed model feels somewhat precarious as the fenders are only suspended by the four side-struts.
I hope to give this little Panzer a funky Tritonal scheme and look forward to sharing the paint process with you. I will be building DML 6474 as a comparison very soon - with Voyager & Friuls to boot, so keep an eye out!
Catch you later & thanks for looking.

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