Used my BNA points to get the new Meng Jagdpanther, looks a million years ahead of the Tamiya kit, an OTB build coming? Perhaps but that muzzle break might be the deciding factor. Also order various Inifini sanders and new Japanese (not Tamiya) sprue cutters.
The Meng kit gives the choice of four versions, the early version will need zimmerit and the three pipe exhaust options only the centre pipe is an exhaust the outside two are air intakes so do not rust.
Damaged air intake pipes could have some limited rusting but not to the extent as the exhaust pipe that modellers tend to show all three pipes equally rusted, wrongly thinking all three pipes are linked to the exhaust out flow.
Even on this restored Panther the exhaust pipes show heavy rusting the air intakes retain their original paint.
Then there is this fully restored Jagdpanther with its freshly painted exhaust pipes, showing that a new vehicle retained its paint on all pipes be it for a short time, and interestingly how well it got across terrain.
Thanks for the video, it would of been a very formidable weapon in a defensive position front on.
As for the rust, it depends on what school of modelling you belong to, I personally belong to the artistic license and pure modelling skills where you prefer the historical accuracy over the aesthetics, nothing wrong with either your skills or your approach.
I'm sure we could argue the semantics of rusty exhausts until the cows come home, but if it looks right it's good enough for me
The important thing would be to match the components of the vehicle to each other, a chipped and dented vehicle would be normal for a rusted exhaust a new one as in the clip would be suitable and probably better match late war German armour, most of which only last a few days towards the end.
At its effective range and despite its limited traverse the 88mm could cover approx 400 metres at a range of 1000m. Most though became outmatched when the US introduced what many revisionist military historians (me included) believe the best WW2 tank arrived (the M4A2E8 "the easy 8') and the HVAT round simply out shot the late war gun systems of the German armour with its better optics and gyro stabilized gun at normal engagement distances. The poor German crews and lack of updated tactics also didnt help.
But the kit will be an interesting build, hopefully a G2 to follow.
Really looking forward to at last a BergePanther Aust A. And yes I have one on pre-order at BNA..
It was the heat that took the paint off the exhausts it generally only being covered with a base coat over red oxide. It would burn off rapidly or certainly discolour just getting to a from trains etc before combat. It is a good point about the the cooling pipes either side of the left exhaust. Heat still would have started to burn their inner halves eventually. The pipes got glowing hot there being such a short distance from the exhaust manifolds and only the smallest mufflers.
This will be the best bergepanther on the market. Definitely one to own if you’re building the Panther family.
Unfortunately Ive spotted the first problem with this yet to arrive kit. One of the camo schemes is based on the colour scheme at the Aberdeen proving grounds not as it was in actual combat as refered to in the instructions, where the version should be in the more typical three colour band camo, disappointing.
Kit arrived today. From the configuration of the upper hull the kit perhaps hints of a G Panther. Will have a look in detail later especially if the different variants can come from the same kit? The colour scheme for one is wrong being based on the Aberdeen pictures not the vehicle in actual service.
Mine is a light sand colour slightly lighter than the Tamiya sand colours. I have a problem with one of the vent positions on the roof not sure it was in the same position for all the versions on offer? But the quality of the moulding is excellent, got to love the individual track horns!
Got those pity the cables are not great looks like a XXL Eureka replacement and muzzle break/barrel with a RB option, Ive a spare engine grills cover from Aber which has a better interlocking mesh, planning on an open engine with mine. Overall though looks a really nice kit with at least three accurate versions in one box. But that roof vent looks in the wrong place for the last version shown.
Be a while until I start have the Archer to finish, M10, Panther and two Kingtigers, might also pick up the Zvezda Ferdinand to...Also an ANZAC M113.
Not spotted by me but side skirt rails bolts dont match up with the side skirts mounts. So either remove the ones from the Meng PE set by filling then use a correct set such as ABER to get the correct locations or just use the ABER which are in the correct locations, Meng's are completely random!