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Talk:Pikmin 2/Unused & Early Treasures

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Toy tank: "Panther" vs "Panzer"

I'd like to elaborate on the differences between "Panzer" and "Panther" and why I think "Panther" is the more precise word to be used here.

"Panzer" is the German word for "tank", and as such can be used to describe many types of armored fighting vehicles. "Panther" in the context of "German Panther tank" refers to a very specific type of tank Germany produced during WW2 and named after an animal. As such, "Panther" is not a misspelling of "Panzer" in the same vein "Folks'wagen" would be a misspelling of "Volkswagen".

The model of the toy tank in Pikmin 2 is fairly detailed, and it is easy to see where the designer of the model got his inspiration from. Here are two pictures which show the model from two better angles: https://imgur.com/a/apoTN Features to look out for are the gun mantlet (armour plate attached to the gun), the crew hatch on the top, the little hatch on the back of the turret, and the overall turret shape. For these reasons, I believe the toy tank turret most closely resembles the turret of the Panther tank I mentioned above. --Yoshi2 (talk) 08:22, 26 May 2016 (EDT)

Upon further investigation, with help from those images that you provided, I'd be more inclined to say that it is a Panzer III tank, rather than the Panther, which was to be called the Panzer V Panther. I apologise for my behaviour prior. -Einstein95 (talk) 08:31, 26 May 2016 (EDT)
Due to bmdview2's lack of shading I have decided to import the model in Blender and make a better render of it, which I uploaded here. I hope the details are easier to see now. More specifically, this model does not have the cut corners on the front that the Panzer III turret has. On the other hand, here you can see a top-down view of a Panther tank which shows a cupola that is similar to the one seen on this model, and you can also see the small hatch on the back. This picture shows the chin on the gun mantlet that is supposed to prevent rounds from ricocheting into the top of the hull, and this feature can also be seen in the Pikmin 2 model. --Yoshi2 (talk) 07:06, 27 May 2016 (EDT)