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Answers to questions about the right paint scheme or tips for the right effect.
Panther D interior
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Serbia & Montenegro
Joined: March 11, 2013
KitMaker: 94 posts
Armorama: 89 posts
Posted: Sunday, August 04, 2019 - 09:48 PM UTC
Hi guys,

I'm building the Takom Panther D w/ zimmerit, and the interior paint scheme they (well Mig really) suggest is panzer gray bottom and elfenbein sides. As far as I know panzer gray was never an interior color, right? However I have found some builds online where a similar scheme was used with dark gray, so not sure if Takom is correct. RFM Panther G and Takom Panther A give the interior as primer red and elfenbein. Anyone able to shed more light on the subject?
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Croatia Hrvatska
Joined: August 15, 2014
KitMaker: 155 posts
Armorama: 154 posts
Posted: Monday, August 05, 2019 - 12:52 AM UTC
Hi Miloš,
I am building the same model at the moment and I was also confused abot the same thing. As far as I found out (but frankly, I didn't dig too deep), AusF D was indeed painted some sort of almost black interior color with Efelbein uper parts. Rotbraun was used for engine compartment. So, the Takom instructions seem to be correct. But I am sure that here are guys with exceptional knowledge abot that matter that will be more helpful.
Anyway, I decided to leave dark interior in black primer and weather it lightly with gray shades of oils.
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Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain / Espańa
Joined: July 04, 2013
KitMaker: 1,288 posts
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Posted: Monday, August 05, 2019 - 01:30 AM UTC
From David Byrden's site about Tiger:

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The lower parts of the tank, below the level of the hull sponsons, were left in the factory primer paint, which was red. The same rule applied to the entire engine compartment. (These areas had been painted in a blue-grey colour before mid 1943.)

(Highlight is mine). Sounds logical that first Ausf. D, produced before that date, were painted also in that blueish grey

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Serbia & Montenegro
Joined: March 11, 2013
KitMaker: 94 posts
Armorama: 89 posts
Posted: Monday, August 05, 2019 - 04:08 AM UTC
I read something similar, but the color mentioned was a green gray... anyway not so much a problem of the floor not being red but rather than blue gray or gray green, they went with panzer gray... A dark gray interior as Sasa mentioned (never ran across that myself) would explain the choice of color...
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Queensland, Australia
Joined: October 02, 2008
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Posted: Monday, August 05, 2019 - 10:27 AM UTC
You may also find that Panthers produced by Daimler Benz used grey primer rather than red, although that doesn't explain why the engine compartment is red . . .
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North Carolina, United States
Joined: January 21, 2004
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Posted: Monday, August 05, 2019 - 12:05 PM UTC
The Elfenbein looks pretty close to the gelbbraun that was used in N Africa. I wounder if they just dipped in some more Gelb, as they would have surplus