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Dragon Armor
This line features static pre-assembled, pre-painted models made of both diecast and plastic. Each item is fully detailed and historically accurate.
1/72 Panther Ausf.D Early Production 8/Pz.Abt.52, Pz.Rgt.39 Kursk 1943
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ITEM NO: DRR 60645
EAN-13 BARCODE: 0089195606457
SCALE: 1:72
ANNOUNCED ON: 12/30/2014
ARRIVED ON: 3/4/2015
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Barcode: 0 89195 60645 7
Case Pack: 24 pieces per carton
Box Size: 7.2" x 3.1" x 3.7"

While it’s the impressive Tiger I tank that usually attracts the most attention, it was the Panther that in the long run was a more important tank to Germany during WWII. This approximately 45-tonne medium tank represented a good balance of well-sloped armor protection, lethal firepower and able cross-country mobility, the design being inspired by the highly successful Russian T-34. Beginning in December 1942, a total of 842 Ausf.D examples were manufactured through to September 1943, at which time it was superceded by the improved Ausf.A. Its combat debut occurred during Operation Zitadelle in the titanic Battle of Kursk on the Eastern Front, and the Sd.Kfz.171 Panther fought bravely until the dying days of the Third Reich. Its 7.5cm KwK 42 L/70 cannon took a heavy toll on enemy armored vehicles whenever and wherever they were encountered. The Ausf.D is easily identified by the letterbox hatch opening for the glacis machine gun, pistol ports on the turret sides and a drum cupola.