I had a nice surprise turn up at the office some time ago in the form of a Warlord Games Bolt Action Panther Ausf A plastic tank kit to review courtesy of Wargames Illustrated. Of course the rest of my day was spent day dreaming about building the kit and nothing else.
The Panzerkampfwagen V, better known as the Panther, was a medium tank used by Germany in World War 2. It was developed in response to the new Soviet tanks encountered on the Eastern Front. The Panther entered service in 1943 and remained in service until the end of the war. Highly regarded by their crew and feared by the allies, the Panther was the standard in medium tank design during that time.
This kit comes in an A4 size box. It’s produced in cooperation with Italeri. And that’s why you see the Italeri logo on the front and back of the box. I’m not familiar with their tank kits but I have built a number of their WW2 and modern jet airplane kits and they were really fun to build. So you can imagine my excitement building this Panther!
The tank is in 1/56 scale. This is a fairly unique scale made specifically for Bolt Action to be in scale with their 28mm size infantry figures. The two sprues are light grey in colour with crisp mouldings and recessed panel lines. There are 25 parts in total on the two sprues. There was some minor flash but that’s normal and wasn’t hard to remove. Overall the quality of the sprues is very good.
This kit was easy to build with a good, clear one page instruction manual. Part fits were great. I was really impressed with the crisp details and overall look of the tank. You will have a very nice looking Panther tank when completed.
One part which I was really pleased with was how they made the wheels and tracks into a single part. Moulding them together makes perfect sense as this tank will be moved around quite a lot on the gaming tables. Such durability is a super ‘plus point’. This kit will stand the rigours of fierce tabletop battles.
I had a lot of fun building and painting this kit. It’s easy to build, fittings are very good and the details are excellent. I highly recommend it. Bolt Action players should all get one, two I mean, for their Armoured Fury tank war list!
by Khairul Effendy