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Nice little 'baby' Panther


Not quite a paper panzer as they did build a couple, but not a success. Too big and heavy to be a good recce vehicle, and the 50mm just didn't have enough penetration late in the war. Designed to re-use a lot of components from the Panther.However I really do like the look of it - it's a Panther Cub.


Rather than the Hobbyboss 1/35th Kit I am building the Amusing Hobby version, which seems to have better details and fully workable tracks with pins.


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Work starts by assembling the main gun, sight and co-axial MG-42. The Mantlet needed a small dab of filler for a small sinkmark.


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Then the fun starts - a base coat of Ammo Cremeweiss, then Gunmetal for the MG-42 and Breach mechanism. Breach operating lever painted Red, rubber around the sight optics, then some chipping and weathering.


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Finally for the day, Cremeweiss for the turret interior, picked out the commanders periscope optics and glued the mantlet into place


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Peter

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Ok, so this is different and interesting...I'm following all the same

Lee :)

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Today's work - first added the turret basket with the seats


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Then finished off the turret, adding the smoke grenades and hatches. Hatches are held in place with a couple of dabs of Copydex to allow them to be opened easily after painting.


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Then built up the lower hull, complete with the working torsion bar suspension.


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Added the Glacis plate - this needed a tiny dab of Vallejo plastic putty on a couple of the joints to remove a tiny gap.


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Finally put the upper hull in place, and dry fitted the turret


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Peter

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Today's work - started with finishing off the rear. Added the storage boxes, exhausts and the jack


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Then the tools on the left side, with the PE axe holder


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Right hand side tools, with a PE hammer holder


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Wheels ! - 2 drive wheels, 2 idler wheels and all the main wheels


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Added the PE grilles, drivers hatches with the PE retaining clips, mudguards complete with tiny wingnuts and the lamps.


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Then finally on with some Alclad black primer


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Peter

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This is looking good Peter, i'm liking this alot

Lee :)

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Today's work - first sprayed some Ammo Red Brown primer over everything


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Then used some Vallejo liquid mask to dab some chips at the edges, the moved on to building the tracks.

They give you a nice jig to assist with this, you place the cleaned up track pads into the jig


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Then push the track pins in the holes, using the sprue to assist nicely.


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Repeat 71 times for each track, and 9 more times for the spare tracks. Ideal work while listening to the cricket, and surprisingly relaxing. The result is well worth it, nice workable tracks


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Then on with the Ammo Dunkengelb mid on the wheels


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Finally sprayed the main body of the tank, and slotted the shultzen in place to spray them too


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Peter

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Today's work


First the Cammo with Ammo paints - these are some of the colours that have 'issues', but rather than using laquer thinner I got them to spray nicely by using AK Interactive thinner - in fact 50% thinner to paint, at 12PSI. This probably won't work for everyone, as I like working with thinner paint and lower pressures than a lot of people. The other trick is to build up the paint slowly.


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Then sprayed the tracks with Ammo Rust tracks - once again a colour with Issues but sprayed flawlessly with 50% AK Interactive thinners.


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First oil wash of brown to start tying things together, and removed the mask fluid to reveal some red primer.


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Ammo track wash over the tracks


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Then finally used pigments on the spare track links - Track rust and Dark Steel


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Peter

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On Holiday this week so got some more done today.

First finished off the tracks, adding AK Dark Steel and Track Rust pigments to give the wear on the tracks


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Then after some fiddling, got the tracks and wheels on the little Leopard


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Added some chipping


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Added the decals


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Painted the exhausts Rust brown, then added Dark Rust, Standard Rust, Light Rust and Smoke pigments


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Pin wash of Wash Brown, then stumped back


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Opened up the turret hatches, and painted the periscopes


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Peter

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Today's work finishing off the Leopard


First added some streaking grime


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Added some Dust Effects in some of the corners


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Added some Rain Marks


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Then gave a base coat of paint to the tools


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Then after some more weathering and some mud it's done - Teaser pics


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Full RFI post following


Peter

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