I keep building more German tanks that I do not really need. First one of 2021 and its another big cat the Jagdpanther. Zvezda make great little kits and this one is just as good as any of them. By nature this tank is a simple build as there is no turret and a lot of hull. I ignore the snap together potential of these kits and use glue as normal. The first one i built (a Tiger) the snapping mainly occurred involving bits that were not meant to snap. The axles and sprocket wheels mainly. So this must be my fifth or sixth Zvezda kit so I am getting very comfortable with their tracks, which are cleverly designed, but you do need to be careful with their construction as the connections onto the road wheels can be tight.
The side skirts are a bit thick and clunky with this kit so I replaced some bits of skirts with PE cast offs from another kit. I had to make a rail along the side out of plastic to support them. Only the lack of opening hatches is a disappointment, and if I was braver I would have a go at opening them up. This kit is up there with the Trumpeter Jadgpanther in quality and detail.
I gave him a hand painted camo scheme with a nice bright German camo green and the usual dirt and dust.