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PzKpfw V “Panther”

VK 30.02 Ausf D

Like the Tiger, the Panther was developed in direct response to a particularly bothersome Soviet tank, in this case, the T-34. Although the T-34 was not nearly as difficult to deal with as the KV-1 individually, it was encountered in steadily increasing numbers as the Wehrmacht pushed east. Upon capturing several T-34s, some German officers suggested that the tank be simply copied. Initial designs for the Panther project were indeed copies of the T-34, but later designs looked less and less like it. The final version, VK 30.02 Ausführung M, was approved for production as the Panzer 5.

Models available:

VK 30.01

VK 30.02 Ausf. B

VK 30.02 Ausf. D

VK 30.02 Ausf. M

PzKpfw V Ausf. D

PzKpfw V Ausf. G

PzKpfw V Ausf. F (mit schmallturm)