Kit - Tamiya
Paint - All acrylics
Decals - Star 35-876
Extras - JR turned aluminium barrel, Tamiya kit-specific 'Detail-up' etch set.
PzKpfw V Panther Ausf D
Pz.Abt 52, Late Summer 1943.
Wanted this kit since it was first announced - my favourite German WWII vehicle by a country mile. Kit build is 'typically Tamiya' the usual perfect fit and engineering, did struggle with the kit supplied rubber tracks but that's because I think I glued the idler axles too far to the rear thus over-stressing the tracks, or I did something else wrong, who can say.
Paint is Mig's Dunkelgelb modulation set with Tamiya Red Brown and Field Grey 'squiggles' - I diluted the Tamiya colours about 70% with their lacquer thinner and it sprayed perfectly. The paint effects are the usual cocktail of sponge chipping, toothpick scratches, an enamel filter (home brewed) and oil-dot filter - In 1943 this would have been a relatively new vehicle so didn't want to fade the paintwork too much, or rust-up the exhausts. Dirt is all Mig pigments, European Earth, European Dust and City Dirt. I took my time and applied it (using clean turps as a fixer), just one facet at a time and I'm really pleased with the final result.
Only my third ever German WWII armour build and really enjoyed it.
No one seems to like being first but I will
Lovely work Sir, I don't care if it's not 100% accurate (not that I'd know) I just like everything about it, the colours look right, the weathering is not over done and it's not hidden by stowage and detritus.
You should be pleased with that mate, I would be.
There's just one niggly little bit, I'd of put the track join at the top under the side plates. I didn't notice it at first, so that's a good thing, it was only because I've kept coming back looking for something wrong that I saw it, and that's all I can see
'Yea, Though I Fly Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, I Shall Fear No Evil. For I am at 50,000 Feet and Climbing.'
Gary wrote: There's just one niggly little bit, I'd of put the track join at the top under the side plates. I didn't notice it at first, so that's a good thing, it was only because I've kept coming back looking for something wrong that I saw it, and that's all I can see
I did.... but they snapped - over tensioned, they just need one or two more track links and it would have been perfect, as it is, had to repair it on the fly.