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the other matt

Takom Panther and some others

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Howdy folks.

Long time lurker here, but the arrival of this little fella has made me think that maybe blogging this new arrival would be good for the sanity. Something tells me that quite a few build logs of this kit will show up soon as people begin to get their heads around the part count - it's fearsome gents. 

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Overall it looks rather nice (liking the armour texture) though inevitably some bits of the interior details have been simplified, nothing that's a deal breaker though. I've told myself no aftermarket for this kit, but along the way I think I will add a couple of the lines omitted around the transmission and radios. The hand brake (I think that's what it is) is also screaming to be replaced. Unfortunately the first job has been to repair the fighting compartment floor which snapped in the bag.

The hardest thing with this kit (for me anyway) is working out how to build and display the interior. Firstly I thought of maybe I'd keep the lower and upper hull separate and displaying the engine, drivetrain and transmission separately. Right now though I'm thinking more of keeping the hull halves separate and just keeping the engine out. Flip flopping between the two. Either way I think the driver and radio mans roof will be separate with the radios attached and the turrent roof will be off. 

The only other interior I've done was TMDs resin Bergepanther conversion, so I'll still be very much at the bottom of the learning curve. The Bergepanther's hull's only just been closed up, so I'm nowhere near done with that. Quite sad to see all this covered up.

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I should mention that I'm rubbish at finishing projects so this will probably be a long one. I've also still got these chaps on the go, though I doubt the Jagdpanther will ever see completion - it's now more of a test bed. 

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The panther G was built as the Munich Panther. The turret, tracks and wheels are built up and excuses are being made not to crack on the etch clamps and fenders.

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Thanks for reading folks.

 

 

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Matt welcome,

 

Looks a nice kit, youve made a steady start I will be tagging along for the ride if you don't mind. Your Jagdpanther looks fantastic, how long has it been on the bench?

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Thanks. The Jadgpanther is the fairly recent G2 from Dragon. This was the getting back into things kit that I messed around/up quite comprehensively. The gal at the bottom is the dragon 6268 late Panther. I'm shocked at the amount of plastic now in the spares tub from these two and the donor kit for the Bergepanther (Dragon's D). If I could scratch a hull, I think there may be enough in there for a full Frankenstein tank.

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ok so Ive cut the first sprues in anver today. First up is a start on the hull floor. Not much to report there. A couple of ejection marks, but nothing to write home about. Before i get too much further im going to need to decide on whether this is going to live with the top off as if its top off, Im going to dig out the interlocking joints between the glacis and lower hull. Something to think about while poking around with the transmission.

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a few bits and bobs added here and there. If leaving the lid off theres a fair amount that needs to be added at the feont end of the transmission. 

 

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heres where were going with all this daftness. Bit more sanding to go, but looking okish

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ill post something a bit more meaningfull when/if i can access the site on the house wifi. 

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well i took a look at the last post and decided to redo what id done. Thankfully so as the control boom was on backwards. Wont be the first boo boo of the build. 

im calling the transmission done at thus point. There is a bit of extra plumbing to go in but ill do that once its in situ.

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i think im ok with whats here. The framework on the base has been glued in to help me set in the angle that the transmission need to be glued in at. Takom would have you glue them to the transmission as you build it around them, but i i could see fitting being a nightmare. the transmission is dry fitted here. So far kit part fit has been fine. Springa on the transmission done by wrapping thin wire around styrene rod. Still not to sure about how to display this. 

one question , ive got ammos panzer interior colour set which has a green in it meant for transmissions. The box art shows a cutaway of a panther with the green transmission. Is this right? Having a bit of difficulty find much info on this.

 

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Nice scratch building Matt, unfortunately I can't help with the colour.

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thanks ozzy.

i went with green and decided to button up the hull and leave the driver and radio mans roof off. with everything closed up you still shpuld be able to see most of the main details. So without further ado i threw some paint around

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my potato phone has washed put most of the pre shading thats there. For colour callouts im mostly going with the tmd bergepanther instructions which seem to match up with the interior pics ive got. At the moment everuthings just been rpughed in.

Next step will be a bit of weathering and then in with the torsion bars and sides. Fingers crossed it all still fits. 

 

 

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