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Sd.Kfz.171 Panther A Late Prod.
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Posted: Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 05:12 PM UTC
This is the recently released Dragon Premium kit of the Sd.Kfz.171 Panther A Late Production. The Zimmerit is from Atak.

Dragon Premium Kit # 6358 Sd.Kfz.171 Panther A Late Production




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Posted: Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 05:30 PM UTC
Wow, amazing work! A lot of effort has gone into the stowage of tools and spare tracks and it shows. Like the addition of the footprints, thought about doing this myself once but scared myself off the idea. Nice kit.

James
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Posted: Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 05:33 PM UTC
Nice rendition of the wintor camo with scratches, wear & tear et.c.

One minor comment though: The wood items, tool handles and jack block. Are they portrayed as being made of teak? My personal guess
would be oak or beech or aspen or maybe birch which are all light coloured. The core of oak is darker but seldom used for simple things
as tool handles, still not as dark as unbleached teak though ....

I guess that dark handles would have been painted white to avoid disrupting the whitewash camo ;-)
/ Robin
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Posted: Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 05:40 PM UTC
Hi Robin, the wood gets toned down eventually, when the figures will be installed. It's better to give the oil paint used time to dry......takes days. Also there are numerous pics of tools that had been removed whilst whitewash was applied.

Vinnie
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Posted: Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 06:38 PM UTC
Hi Vinnie,
Thanks! Didn't know it was 'work in progress' :-)
/ Robin
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Posted: Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 06:52 PM UTC
Vinnie, did you hand paint the boot prints or use a stamp?
Nice job,
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Posted: Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 07:02 PM UTC
Hi Shaun, I used the stamps, from Calibre 35 I think? Rob? Yep. When up against deadlines, all work can be considered to be 'in progress' However, they won't be white. Maybe with 60 years of hindsight it would be have been sensible to camouflage them too, but then they didn't have 60 years of hindsight did they? Besides which, unless they were on a ski slope, the contrast of the handles would have been useful with regards to camouflage, for example against a treeline, where they wouldn't want to appear to be a tank shaped completely white blob. :-) :-) :-)

Vinnie
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Posted: Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 07:22 PM UTC
Vinnie,

Looks like another average build for you. Which, for the rest of us, is absolutely fantastic! How did you do the markings? Dry transfers or paint?

Again, looks fantastic.
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Posted: Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 07:23 PM UTC
Thanks Thomas, I used the kit decals.


Vinnie
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Posted: Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 07:38 PM UTC
Vinnie, super job! While I will agree with everyone else that the white wash looks great, I really like the job you did painting and weathering the lower hull and tracks! Well done.
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Posted: Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 07:49 PM UTC
Superb work, Vinnie!
Footprints are great addition to outstanding paintwork.
I love the look of spare track and empty racks for track links. How did you achive that shiny look of the edge of spare track? Are the chains from lock pins supllied with the kit?
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Posted: Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 08:00 PM UTC
It looks so real it's almost scary...and inspiring!
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Posted: Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 09:37 PM UTC
Beautiful job Vinnie, I cant pick out one outstanding feature, everything is wonderful, the scratches, the whitewash, the full monty, how did you recreate the scratches?
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Posted: Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 09:55 PM UTC
The footprints marks are sick! Love the detail!
Outstanding work!
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Posted: Monday, January 22, 2007 - 12:15 AM UTC
perfect mate
I take it they are the kit tracks?,and the paint is Lifecolor??
I keep looking at my premium G in the stash seeing this ,I might have to chuck some glue at it :-) :-) :-)
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Posted: Monday, January 22, 2007 - 02:24 AM UTC
Hi Vinnie,
Can't add anything to what's already been said, so, DITTO. I'd go
Regards,
Joe
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Posted: Monday, January 22, 2007 - 03:11 AM UTC
As usual, looks great Vinnie.
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Posted: Monday, January 22, 2007 - 04:33 AM UTC
Love it!!!!!!!Looks great!How did the attack zimm fit on the kit?
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Posted: Monday, January 22, 2007 - 04:40 AM UTC
Thanks Guys. Mark, the scratches were done with a torn piece of scotchbrite and rubber masking fluid over the yellow, and then again with another piece with some Raw umber oil paint applied. Pete, the Atak Zimmerit set fits great, although some acrylic resin was needed in small amounts. The beauty of the Premium kits from Dragon, is that because they're older kits brought up to date, the Atak Zimmerit sets made for the original kit will fit them. So instead of waiting around 6 months for somebody to produce a Zimmerit set, there's one on the market already!

Vinnie
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Posted: Monday, January 22, 2007 - 04:54 AM UTC
Hi Vinnie. Excellent model ... love the whitewash and weathering. Glad to hear youŽll be adding figures .... the ultimate stowage!!!
One question .... the small chains used on the model .... who makes these? Compared to the usual etched chains, they look 100% better!
Nice one.
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Posted: Monday, January 22, 2007 - 05:43 AM UTC
Some very nice work here Vinnie, the footprints and little chain details really set it apart. That and the way the zim "pops" with the whitewash produce a very nice depth to the overall finish.
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Posted: Monday, January 22, 2007 - 06:58 AM UTC
Vinnie,

You do great work! One question: I know the model is a Panther A, But which Atak Zimmerit did you use, the Panther A or G. I assume you used the A type, but I just wanted to make sure.

irish
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Posted: Monday, January 22, 2007 - 07:13 AM UTC
Greetings: Vinnie, did you use the photo etched chains for the equipment rack, or did you purchased them somewhere else? The photo etched chains lack the 3D topography and instead they seem to be too 2D. Thanks for doing another fine job. Kind Regards, Brian
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Posted: Monday, January 22, 2007 - 07:35 AM UTC
Very nice work. I like it.
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Posted: Monday, January 22, 2007 - 10:55 AM UTC
Frank, Brian, I replaced all the PE chain with real chain. I know what you mean about PE chain appearing too 'flat', so I didn't use any at all. For each length of chain I made two small jump rings from fuse wire to connect it with. The retaining pins were likewise from fusewire.
Irish, Atak make two zimmerit sets for the Ausf. A, one of which is 35A06 for a Pz.Bf.Wag. Panther A. That's the one I didn't use!

Vinnie