This is a set of three pieces of laser etched and cut styrene to modify the Tamiya 1/48 scale Panther D kit. This conversion set requires you to cut out the kit part that makes up the hull hatch panel. You will also need to cut out the kit hatches as shown in the photos. By replacing the kit pieces, you will be able to show both hull hatches in an open position. The set consists of:
Bottom "lip" that is glued to the inside of the hull.
Spacer plate with holes for the hatch poles. The poles are not included.
Top plate from clear styrene that is glued to the spacer plate.
Please refer to the photos that illustrate the process required to make this conversion.
The laser cutting process melts the plastic at the cut line, creating a very faint raised edge. This edge can be sanded smooth with 600 grit sandpaper very quickly. Once that is done and the part is primed, you will see indicators for glueing the hatch locks in the proper location.
Experience with modifying plastic model kits will be helpful.
This set ships worldwide in an envelope for $1.00