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PlaStix

Panther - Ausf.D - Sd.Kfz.171 - Tamiya 1/35

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This kit was originally purchased and sort of started back in the summer of 2015. However, I then seemed to get sidetracked into other, mainly GB, builds. Back in 2015 I only really got the individual track links built -so the rest has been completed since the start of this year. If you are not aware of this kit then you won't know that Tamiya released it at the same time as three add on sets for this kit - replacement individual track links, engine deck grills and a replacement metal barrel (the latter included the breech as well). Some reviewers of the kit were not happy at the time that Tamiya didn't at least include the grills and metal barrel in with the actual kit and I can kind of see why. It was Mrs PlaStix who bought me the kit plus all the sets and I have used them on this build with the exception of the breech. As the inside of the turret isn't designed to be on show I decided to only use the metal barrel. I intend to use the breech when I make another Panther D and then have the insides visible in some way.

 

The kit was actually a pleasure to make and is only my third 1/35 build - my first being Tamiya's Panzer Kampfwagen II Ausf. F/G and AFV Club's Australian Centurion was my second.

 

The Ausf.D was the first variant of the Panthers and had the impressive L/70 7.5cm gun, sloped armor and a powerful engine. Approximately 840 Ausf. Ds were made between January and September of 1943 and the first time it appeared on the battlefield was in the Battle of Kursk. Not everything was perfect but the Panthers were still able to take out approximately 140 Soviet tanks from a range of 1,500 to 2,000 meters while protected by the sloped armour.

 

The version I have decided to finish mine as is No. 445 - Pz.Gr.Div. - Großdeutschland - Kursk in August 1943.

 

Kit: Tamiya /135 Panther - Ausf.D - Sd.Kfz.171

AM: Tamiya individual track links, grill set and metal barrel

Paints: Humbrol, Revell, Citadel and Railmatch all applied by paint brushes

Mud: Mig - European dry mud

WIP: Here

 

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I decided to use the kit figures:

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A few photos on my Spitfire display shelf with some grass matting:

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Well, as usual, I got a bit carried away when I was taking the photographs but I do enjoy this aspect of the hobby too. Thank you to all the people who dropped into my build thread to offer advice and support - it wouldn't be what it is without both.

 

I only noticed after I had taken all the photos that I hadn't fitted the aerial - so that will be corrected when I get chance but I'm not going to take all the photos again!

 

Comments and suggestions welcome.

 

Kind regards,

 

Stix

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Well, I really like that.

 

The camo looks great and the weathering not overdone. Very tidy build. 

 

Matt

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The weathering has really brought it all to life, :goodjob: Stix.

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That is a very realistic looking weathering job, can't believe the texture you have achieved on the paint it really looks like the finish you find on a tank. So many little details to pic up on! Tell the the camo panther is a transfer and not hand painted :) 

 

Rob

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Stix, you know I know nothing about tanks and AFV in general, and they aren't really my thing - but one thing I know: this is a most excellent paint job, unbelievably realistic :worthy: It really shows all your talent (the same can be said about your pics, of course) :clap::clap::clap:

 

Ciao

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Excellent build and presentaion !

It comes also with a short but well written and informative text about the tank and the kit.

Well done :worthy:!

Beside the great paint job the weathering, especially the used look of the engine louvers caught my eye.:goodjob:

Viele Grüße

Bernd

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Hi Stix,

What a great Panther you have there. It really does look the part. Great weathering and paint work make the beast appear as weighty as the real thing. 

 

Well done! :thumbsup2::thumbsup2:

 

Cheers 

 

Greg

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In the words of Churchill (the dog, that is) "Oh Yes!!"

 

Pete

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The Brushman masters the Panther. Exceptional paint/weathering  job (should I say "as usual"?).

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Outstanding as usual Stix. The model looks good enough on it's own but again your photography takes it up another level (if that's possible)!!  :clap::clap::clap::clap:

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19 hours ago, PlaStix said:

Well, as usual, I got a bit carried away when I was taking the photographs but I do enjoy this aspect of the hobby too.

 

When you produce something as nice as that it deserves a good few photos! How did you do the grass? Also I'm not sure about the aerial. I've looked to see if they were definitely fitted and some were and some weren't. I haven't decided whether I'll fit one to mine.

 

M

 

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I like that that a lot Stix. I enjoy learning about AFV's, the introduction is really good.

 

I always like it when you take pictures on your Spitfire shelf :).

 

Great figures, they really add life, everything beautifully painted.

 

:goodjob: 

 

TonyT

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Fantastic result, and also, brush, that great mastery of the brush ...The base is very "succored", everything you put on it, comes alive ...

:goodjob:

Cheers Stix :cheers:

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Superb!

Wonderful looking  Panther, great weathering!

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It's all been said above.... I will just add that you were right about the dry brushing. It looks fantastic.

 

Rearguards,

Badder

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Brilliant Stix, just brilliant weathering looks great.

 

Regards

Richard

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Great stuff, who needs an airbrush eh stix, very nicely finished

Glynn

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