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  1. Amazing build! I love to see aircraft with the crew inside, brings life to the model! Marco
  2. I really like to work with figures like those from Stalingrad. I am not really too good with figures, so getting as much help from the molded features is great! I decided to paint the gunner in the Erbsenmuster camo pattern used in Normandy in 1944. I used Dark Green, Green, Dark Earth and Dark Earth/White 1:1. The cap and boots were painted in Anthrazit. I applied flat coat and glued to his seat. Fit of the figure in its place in excellent, hands match position of cannon levers, feet rest on the turning pedals. The intercom cables were issued with fine copper wire. I issued the headset arch with rests of PE, painted then black and glued in place. Once the turret base was glued to the turret floor, the gunner can´t be moved anymore, it is glued in place anyway. I was concerned about the cannon breech and gunsight interfering with the figure, but nope, everything moves without parts interfering at all. Here the cannon leveled, notice the sight in front of the gunner´s face, with enough separation that allows for elevation and depression of the cannon-gunsight unit. And when the cannon is depressed, the figure can be easily appreciated, a plus when trying to show the interior. Marco
  3. Qué trabajo más detallado! Muchas gracias por compartir, voy a tener que seguir este ensamblado! Hasta ahora se que son las líneas de engrase para los ejes…. Cuándo vas a pintar las barras de torsión y casco? Such a detailed work! Thank you for sharing, I’ll be following this thread! I only learned now what the axes grease lines are… when are you going to paint the torsion bars and hull? Marco
  4. Started experimenting with the crew: this is a part I don´t particularly enjoy... but I love to see my models with crew, so, no complaints. I am using a combination of Dragon (light gray plastic) and Stalingrad (Dark Gray resin) crew sets, from left to right the tank commander, the loader, radio-operator, and gunner (without head...) For the radio-operator, I modified a Dragon figure, moving his inferior limbs together, bending the torso forward by the waist and shortening the height, and using and repositioning his arms to match the reference pictures of the tank. Test 1, arms pinned to torso with copper wire, still movable, but I think gives the correct impression. I think that I will change the hands, though. The gunner is no complication at all, glue and paint. It had a seam line right in the middle of the face, though, that needed sanding. It has to be fit in position, though, before gluing the floor and base of the turret, as there is no way to move it afterwards. I was not aware that his hands are holding elevation and traverse levers, so these are off in the turret... not much to be seen, though, managed to reposition one, the other one is hidden. And this is the other occupant of the turret, the gunner, which I will show in standing position. Stalingrad figure is excellent for an "in action" gunner, which I... don´t need. But, the figure is really nice, so let´s imagine that the guy is doing something to the cannon breech. Notice that in order to fit the figure, the gunner´s seat had to be glued in folded position (it is provided in extended position in the kit) The massive cannon breech will go right between the two figures, so it will be quite crowded in the end. The commander will be standing, not seating with half of the body out of the turret hatch. The bulky Dragon figures seem to simulate properly the thick jacket that the commander is wearing in the reference pictures, so we´ll see. Marco
  5. Job interferes too much with hobby... . I continued working on the turret details. I glued the front plate and cannon base to the turret, added some scratches to several parts, nice touch from Takom providing the vent hose in flexible plastic. I painted the interior of the rear escape hatch in dark yellow, same exterior color, nice that it opens-closes perfectly. Glued the radios and transformers in place, and added some wiring (evidently needs retouch in black). No much of this will be visible when everything is glued together, but it contributes so the intricate appearance of the interior. I could not find any reference pictures about the turret wiring from the transformers to the radios, so I followed some blueprints of how they were wired. Not too much will be noticeable once I close the turret... But for now, still several things to do, needs still some scratches, weathering, etc before I close it (and the crew figures). I corrected a mistake in the kit, about the radio-operator´s MG-34. Takom offers the MG-34 with the butt molded, but in every reference that I found, the butt in that MG was removed to operate from that position, and stored together with the bipod in a box somewhere nearby. So I cut the butt, sanded smooth and applied some new paint. Marco
  6. Hi Longbow, thank you for the tips, Takom includes those details in the kit: turret radios and transformers for the turret radios, no turret MG-34 and some other thingies to assemble a Befehls Panther. Marco
  7. In the beginning I simply wanted "a Panther", that was it, I liked the tank (I was not a tank guy). Then I liked Takom Panther A "Mid-Late" kit because of the interiors and crisp engineering... and then I chose to assemble a Befehlspanther (A) that, rarely, was photographed from the four sides while transiting to Nornamdy in August 1944, Befehlspanther 96. Takom´s kit includes the option of a Befehlspanther, so everything was set, in my naive mind. What I didn´t know at that time, was that "Panther A" means several different combinations and updates. So my Panther 96, ended up being more an "Early-Mid" A, and not a "Mid-Late" A which was the kit that I got. And the slight changes that this represented are now evident: Engine exhausts, Jack type and supports, and I just discovered another one, related to the cannon sight. But the good news is, that Takom includes parts for the three types of "Panther A" in the box!!!!! That has been fantastic because simply checking on instructions of the Mid-Early type, I have managed to find the proper exhausts, supports, jack, etc. And now the proper binocular cannon sight used by Befehlspanther 96! KUDOS Takom. So let me tell you about the last "update". I was about to paint the monocular sight, when I don´t know why, checked for the sight opening in the gun mantlet, and saw this: Evidently, 96 was equipped with an early binocular sight, as the picture clearly shows. And... the kit includes both sights! (to the left, the binocular sight, to the right, the monocular sight) It fits without modifying anything internally: Only thing that needed some additional attention, was the cannon mantlet, there was only one part in the kit for this one, for the monocular sight with one single hole visible. But converting it was not difficult, just open a second hole following the guide in the internal parts (they come with the two holes open), flatten the zimmerit between the "eyes" and issue the "eyebrow" on top with stretched sprue. And that is it, no other changes needed. Worked on the interior of the turret, nice details, painted Cremeweiss typical for the period. The fume extractor hose issued in soft plastic is a nice detail, hope paint doesn´t peel when manipulating it. The rear hatch hinge works perfectly,. Some dry fit, and using the lower part of the turret as masking to paint the lower rim Red Brown. The cannon breech is a beauty, in fact the breech opens and closes (if you are careful and don´t let glue into it). Took me a while playing with this, even the rounds fit in (with a little bit of sanding, would fit perfectly). That is is by now, really enjoying this one! Marco
  8. I have a friend who, confronted by people with different opinions asking why this and why that, used to say "because that´s the way I like it". And that is it, Shakespeare or not, . Had a hard time deciding, too! HA! But in my case, I like realism, and if realism means gluing the hull closed to avoid looking at the gaps between halves, so be it. Marco
  9. So I finished gluing the radio in place, added some wiring, scratches and it looks like this: A Schmeisser for the Radiooperator was an additional touch, from an old Tamiya kit. I have seen in reference pictures the ammo bags laying on the floor behind the radiooperator´s seat, so I added the remaining bags in that fashion. And this part was not easy, since before starting the project, I had decided that I wanted my Panther as realistic as possible, and that included closing the hull, I don´t like gaps showing all around the edges because the hull is not glued in place. Last view of the full interior... Hull closed. Interior will be seen through the openings that you see in this picture when finished, decent perspective, of course some parts will be gone forever (like the driver´s face, impossible to see anymore!). And after gluing the hull cover in place, I got this gap at the back... There was a gap between the vents and the rear wall, but NOT between the engine cover frame and the rear. Back to the old rubber bands, some pressure, Tamiya ET and CA... ... fixed. I´ll need to trim a little bit the frame below the access panel, need to straighten it. Front end was not better, small gaps that will be fixed with CA and Putty, nothing complicated. Marco
  10. I didn´t usually assemble tanks, either... HA! I just wanted to have a Panther, that´s it, but this kit, ooooohhhhh this kit! It was a trap! All those details, it invites you to do some research, and why the double torsion bars, and the Maybach, and the ammo storage, and the MGs and the armor, and the distribution, and the weaknesses, and the strengths, and, and, and! I have rarely enjoyed a kit as much as this one, not an empty shell but complete, down to the smallest detail! I already have the King Tiger waiting it´s turn. Marco
  11. Radio equipment is the last thing that I need to finish in order to close the hull. The FU5 radio system as provided in the kit, includes parts for a "box" and the radio itself. I could not assemble the box without having the radio fitted inside, which complicated masking and painting as the box should be white, and the radio dark gray, and there is a narrow space between each. I bored open some holes to fit in the cables afterwards. After painting and some panel accent, started to look decent. Decals are excellent, as I have said before. And added some cables, missing some others, but it is starting to look nice! Marco
  12. Waiting for the moment to close the hull, but not yet. I painted the interior in "Cremeweiss" (MiG) and "Rotbraun". The MG-34 fits in its slot and swivels freely, a very complete representation including the head support and sights. Missing still is the ammo bag. Periscopes were inserted in place, and some weathering using panel accent (Tamiya) was applied. I glued the vents screens using CA, fit perfectly. I painted the screens in Rotbraun before attaching them in place, not to miss any spot that might shine later because of having left it unpainted. After having glued them in place, I proceeded to paint the Dunkelgelb from the outside, as it would have been the standard process (I guess) painting the Panthers. I will add camo spots later on. And proceeded to add "weight" effects, like from people stepping repeatedly on them. No intention to rip any of them. Adding some rust and weathering effect will complete the impression of having battered screens. Marco
  13. Worked on the engine cover and vents. First of all, the kit provides 2 options for the circular vents, without explanation about the version they correspond to. I found that the ones with spiral grill is early, Panther D and early As..., and the one with radial grill is late... meaning... I don't know which ones "96" used, taking in to account that I had to issue some modifications corresponding to the mid-A version. So, I chose the radial ones. No picture of Befehlspanther 96 showing that area. PE screens will be added later. I intend to leave the engine access door, and the complete engine compartment cover, able to be removed, to show at least some of the excellent engine compartment, had to fill some ejection pin marks in the interior of the door, used Vallejo Plastic Putty for that. Another part that will be removable, is the one above the driver and radiooperator, allowing for a decent view of the forward compartment when finished. The detail of the doors is excellent. I have no reference about what the internal square part is, padding or something else. In any picture that I have is that part shown Radiooperators MG-34 is so detailed, nice, even the funny support for the head of the radiooperator is there. Another nice detail is the driver's visor hatch, in the closed position,... ...and you can open it at will. I thought that I would be able to look at the face of the driver's through the opening but no... seems that armored glass moved in place to protect the driver from threats. Really nice to find all these small details, absolutely accurate research from the Takom guys. Marco
  14. Going on with the modifications of the back of the Panther. "96" had lost somehow the right cargo rack, as seen in the picture below. That requires some work on the metal support that goes beneath the rack and is attached to the main body of the tank, barely visible in the picture above because of mud. This is the support on the left side, where the cargo rack was in place. By the way, I substituted the "early-late" type (at the bottom of the picture) by the "mid" type, which seems to be the correct one for "96": Sanded off the molded pipe on the right one, and bent it slightly to represent a battered support, as it might have ended after missing the cargo rack. Notice that the holes for the rack were filled with white sprue, sanded smooth. Then continued working on the driver´s figure. Finished painting it, applied Alclad´s Clear Kote Matte, added the head band using metal sheet, and the wiring using thin copper wire painted leather brown. Incredible how narrow the space for the feet was, you can see how Stalingrad molded the cloth and shoes to fit in that tiny space. Fitting the figure into the tank only required a little trimming of the steering levers, to fit into the driver´s hands. The figure fits perfectly into the seat and the feet under the traction bar. Wine bottles metal sheet comes in handy to issue these kind of parts, like the headset headband. It even has natural scratches. Some trimming of the steering levers allow for a realistic fitting into the hands of the driver. And this was the final major element in the lower side of the hull keeping me from starting work on the upper side of the hull! I will add a couple Schmeissers inside, and some other random equipment, but that is it for the lower half. Marco
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