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Panther Mk.V - No. 445 - Pz.Abt. 51

'Operation Citadel' - Kursk - August 1943

 

This was my build for the Panther Mk.V STGB and will be my final completion for 2020. I have completed the actual build of a Pz.III in the MTO GB but I need to finish the base and figure(s) for it – which will probably take it into a week or so of January.

 

I was planning on making a 1/35 kit for the Panther Mk.V STGB, but time was not on my side, so I decided to make a this 1/72nd snap kit from Zvezda instead. I have to say I really enjoyed the build. It was a relatively straight forward kit to make and I added a few extra bits and pieces - engine deck grills from some random PE mesh from the spares box, a stretched sprue aerial, fuse wire for the hatch handles and lead wire for the smoke launcher cables.

 

My Panther is based on an actual Panther that took part in the fighting around Kursk and which was eventually knocked out by a mine and abandoned.

 

As I was doing such a small kit (and many of the modellers taking part in the GB were doing incredible modelling - seriously impressive stuff – please go and check the GB out!) - I decided I had better add a simple base to mine.

 

The WIP thread can be found HERE
 

Kit: Zvezda 1/72 Snap Kit
Paints: Humbrol, Revell and Railmatch acrylic paints all applied by brush
Extras: Spares box PE grill, fuse wire, lead wire, stretched sprue, small Wilco’s picture frame, corrugated card for the base, Gaugemaster Grass Mat and various Army Painter tufts.

 

The first set of photos were taken against the sky backdrop photo on my Spitfire Display base. There are a lot of photos but I blame the interesting changes in light quality! (I will thin them a bit when I get chance):
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These next photos show the Panther on its picture frame base:
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Finally, some of the Panther on its own against a white background:
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And just to show how small it actually is:
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If you are still here – thank you for looking. I thoroughly enjoyed this build. Thank you to Dennis @Corsairfoxfouruncle for hosting the GB and to everyone who took the time to comment and offer advice in my build thread.

 

Don’t forget the Panzer III STGB starts on the 6th February – hopefully I will see you all there!

 

Comments and suggestions welcome.

 

Kind regards,

 

Stix

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As usual, you've turned out a superb model. Sometimes, you hairy stick puts us airbrush users to shame. Excellent work Stix.

 

John.

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4 hours ago, Corsairfoxfouruncle said:

Wonderful work Stix, its always enjoyable to see your work. :thumbsup:

Thank you very much Dennis and thank you for running such an excellent GB!

Kind regards,

Stix

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22 hours ago, Stef N. said:

Marvellous Stix. A real beauty.👏

Hi Stef. Thank you very much for your kind comments. 

Hope you have a Very Happy New Year. 

Kind regards,

Stix

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On 30/12/2020 at 10:13, IanC said:

What a stunning little model. I initially thought it was at least 1/48. 

 

Hi Ian. Thank you. I think a lot of it is down to how finely detailed the Zvezda kit is. I was surprised by how many nicely done details like weld seams and bolt heads, for example,  were included. Better than on some larger scale kits I have built. There were a few omissions and simplifications, but, for a 'Snap Kit' it is a well done kit.

Hope you have a Very Happy New Year. 

Kind regards, 

Stix

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Hi Stix, great work and in such a small scale, particularly like the colours, looks just right.

And as others have said before the groundwork / grass is great, really effective, can we ask what you've used?

 

Looking forward to the Pzr III GB already. 

 

All the best for the new year

Darryl 

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That's a stunner Stix, excellent paint and weathering and a base that sets it off really nicely! I do like a good braille scale model, and that's a very, very good one!

 

Let's all hope for a happier New Year,

 

Keith

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3 hours ago, Jasper dog said:

Hi Stix, great work and in such a small scale, particularly like the colours, looks just right.

And as others have said before the groundwork / grass is great, really effective, can we ask what you've used?

 

Looking forward to the Pzr III GB already. 

 

All the best for the new year

Darryl 

Seconded. Fantastic job all around! 👍

 

Vytautas

 

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