Panzer Tracts No.5-2 – Panther Ausf.A book
For Panzer Tracts No.5-2, the authors spent hundreds of hours accurately measuring surviving Panther Ausf.A’s and hundreds of days drawing at full-scale to create as-built drawings for the first time – accurate to the same tight tolerances demanded of the original assembly firms. Hundreds of research hours went into finding numerous previously unnoticed modifications; many of these newly discovered details would remain ‘hidden’ if printed as 1/35th scale overview drawings. Therefore, they selected the unique approach of using 1/10th scale drawings to illustrate the smallest details on components; while six-view (including right side and belly) 1/35th scale drawings are still used for the complete Panther. They also created “flat-plane” drawings of many components to aid modellers to make accurate parts that are hard to replicate when drawn at an angle.