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Pz. III Ausf. D
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Posted: Saturday, October 10, 2015 - 08:09 PM UTC
Bill Cross reviews MiniArt''s new Pz. III Ausf. D.

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Posted: Saturday, October 10, 2015 - 08:28 PM UTC
Thanks, Darren, for getting this one "live."
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Posted: Saturday, October 10, 2015 - 08:50 PM UTC
I thought the engine deck was supposed to be that the appeerance was the configeration of the grills did not match the real tank, nothing to do with the fit.
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Posted: Saturday, October 10, 2015 - 09:35 PM UTC
As I remember, someone, somewhere, rebuilt a whole new section for the engine deck which was incorrect and two short. Or was that for a different MiniArt Pz lll? I see they have the B, C, and D models Pz lll.
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Posted: Saturday, October 10, 2015 - 10:30 PM UTC
IIRC someone did it with the Ausf B version over at Network 54.
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Posted: Sunday, October 11, 2015 - 06:21 AM UTC
Pz. III - can't get enough of them.

Bill, thorough and insightful review.
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Posted: Sunday, October 11, 2015 - 09:52 PM UTC

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IIRC someone did it with the Ausf B version over at Network 54.



I believe THE NEW TMD makes a resin "Corrections" Engine Deck Update for this series, Ausf.B, C, & D. Let's see how BRONCO does with their upcoming Ausf.A...

BRONCO had a "release date" for their new Ausf.A of September, 2015. Wonder if they'll make it by the end of December?
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Posted: Sunday, October 11, 2015 - 10:59 PM UTC
Gents, I have no experience building the kit, so I can't say, but I heard it was a fit issue. I have not seen a resin correction at TMD so far, but have heard Joe is working on one. If it's out, please PM me someone so I can purchase three. The MA kits all all more or less identical in structure, though the side panels are different with each kit. And thanks, Fred, I am happy to see the final four Pz. IIIs in styrene. I don't expect much better from Bronco, since I suspect they borrowed the molds from MA as they ended up doing with the Horsa kit.
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Posted: Monday, October 12, 2015 - 05:03 PM UTC

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And thanks, Fred, I am happy to see the final four Pz. IIIs in styrene.



You mean the "first four Pz. IIIs". Dragon alone has released about 5 ausf K/L/M/N Panzer IIIs in the last year alone.
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Posted: Monday, October 12, 2015 - 06:41 PM UTC

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Gents, I have no experience building the kit, so I can't say, but I heard it was a fit issue. I have not seen a resin correction at TMD so far, but have heard Joe is working on one. If it's out, please PM me someone so I can purchase three. The MA kits all all more or less identical in structure, though the side panels are different with each kit. And thanks, Fred, I am happy to see the final four Pz. IIIs in styrene. I don't expect much better from Bronco, since I suspect they borrowed the molds from MA as they ended up doing with the Horsa kit.



Could have sworn I saw a photo of this "correction kit" somewhere on TMD's site- I just went back to TMD's site and couldn't find any such thing!?! Maybe somewhere else? Guess I'll do some searching and get back to you... I seem to remember that it was shown in GRAY resin...
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Posted: Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 02:03 PM UTC
Bill
Very nice and informativ review. How good is this kit compared to Dragons Pz III releases? It would be nice to have somr more competition on this market.
Best regards
Jacob
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Posted: Friday, October 16, 2015 - 06:35 PM UTC
Bill

thanks for the review, as a Panzer III/IV fan, this may have to be added to the stash.

Thanks
Kevin
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Posted: Sunday, October 18, 2015 - 11:11 PM UTC

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And thanks, Fred, I am happy to see the final four Pz. IIIs in styrene.



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You mean the "first four Pz. IIIs".


Fred, I was ambiguous: these are the first four Pz. IIIs, but the final four variants not otherwise available in styrene.


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How good is this kit compared to Dragons Pz III releases? It would be nice to have somE more competition on this market. Best regards
Jacob


Hi, Jacob, I agree some competition is always a good thing. The MA kits are very different from the usual DML ones: almost no PE, workable tracks, lots of "fiddly bits" instead of simplifications. I checked the DML Pz. III Ausf. E and F and they have no turret basket (but no foot rests or other internal detail, either). The molding is crisp and overall I was pleased enough to purchase the other two MA Pz. III kits (Ausf. B and C).
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Posted: Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 11:54 AM UTC
Hey! M4A1 Sherman, I found the kit you mentioned - apparently it just came out days ago. Here is the link: http://www.newtmd.com/Pzr-III-B-Engine-Deck-Update-MA
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Posted: Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 11:10 PM UTC
Thanks, I'm ordering my corrections for the B & C today. Hope the D ones are released soon.