login   |    register
Armor/AFV
For all ground-operating modelling subjects.
REVIEW
Tauchpanzer III Ausf G
CMOT
Staff MemberEditor-in-Chief
ARMORAMA
#406
_VISITCOMMUNITY
England - South West, United Kingdom
Joined: May 14, 2006
KitMaker: 10,746 posts
AeroScale: 274 posts
Posted: Sunday, January 05, 2014 - 06:00 PM UTC
Bart Campbell takes a look at the Pz.Kpfw.III (5cm) (T) Ausf.G from Dragon Models and shares his observation with us.

Link to Item

If you have comments or questions please post them here.

Thanks!
thebear
_VISITCOMMUNITY
Quebec, Canada
Joined: November 15, 2002
KitMaker: 3,960 posts
AeroScale: 0 posts
Posted: Monday, January 06, 2014 - 03:48 AM UTC
Great review Bart... All these Panzer lll kits are great , I'm still waiting for the Desert G to come out.. I understand the track problem and I too think it would be great to have the choice in the box of which type to use or at least if we could buy them separately (cheap) .

Good job !
Rick
Charlie-66
#186
_VISITCOMMUNITY
Texas, United States
Joined: May 24, 2006
KitMaker: 730 posts
AeroScale: 11 posts
Posted: Monday, January 06, 2014 - 11:46 AM UTC
Great review! I agree with Rick; the Panzer II kits are easy to build and really well done.
Grenadar
_VISITCOMMUNITY
United States
Joined: March 06, 2010
KitMaker: 10 posts
AeroScale: 0 posts
Posted: Monday, January 06, 2014 - 01:09 PM UTC
While I would really welcome a Tauchpanzer III, this won't be the one for me. I will not buy another Dragon Panzer that doesn't include Magic Tracks. I absolutely LOVE those tracks and I just can't bring myself to encourage them in their switch to the DS rubber bands by buying their latest kits. I think the DS tracks are fine for US armor, but not for Soviet or German.

That being said, I am also disappointed that this kit doesn't include the "disposable" diving equipment that would have been needed for submerged river crossings (like the Bug during the invasion). I realize the frames are there around the mantlet and bow MG as well as the inflatable ring around the base of the turret, so one can build a post-invasion vehicle, but the fabric covers for the guns and cupola and the breathing tube for the turret do not seem to be included.

Perhaps they are just providing an opening for the aftermarket folks (like their M48A3 without the fabric pieces and searchlight), but I think it's just as likely that they'll eventually come out with a Premium edition Ausf G or maybe an Ausf H that has everything. I've got 3 different Ausf N kits in my stash next to my 3 Stug IIIG and 4 Panzer IVE kits. I've finally learned to wait for exactly what I want from Dragon. That has me waiting for the Afrika Korps Panzer IIIG as well as a Panther A with Zimmerit. Just my 2 cents...

Thanks for the excellent review. I was wondering what was in the box since their assembled kit photos are missing some of the parts.