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Befehls Panther Ausf.G Späte (IR)

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After long weeks of work over the upper hull and turret it was time to put some paint, dirt and dust on tracks and wheels. All tracks have been painted with the Vallejo Panzer Aces series paint "Track Primer". One should not believe this is a kind of metal primer or whatever similar to that colour. In fact it's a nice brown, muddy colour. Good base for a heavily dirtied tracks. After the paint dried I brushed in a large quantity the Dry Mud Mig pigment and sealed it with the Pigment fixer. The next day more darker pigments (Russian Earth, Track Brown and Industrial City Dirt) were brushed in small quantities here and there to vary the tracks colour. Parts of tracks that touch the ground where metalized with the very practical Tamiya aluminium enamel marker.

The method I used to weather the road wheels, sprockets and idler was somewhat similar to the one I used for the tracks. First off all wheels were washed with brown wash than I brushed on some Dry Mud pigment with few touches of Industrial City Dirt. The pigment fixer was used once again. When everything dried I used a very soft pencil (8B) to imitate the metal wore. At the end a mix of dark pigments and white glue was used to make very delicate splashes of mud.

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About Pawel RZYMSKI (spitfire303)
FROM: VENDEE, FRANCE


Comments

I am pleased you approve of the edit Pawel.
NOV 17, 2010 - 05:30 AM
great job buddy, very subtle finish
NOV 20, 2010 - 08:51 PM
Thank you Cris
NOV 23, 2010 - 11:27 PM
Hi Pawel That's a very nice panther! Just can't get enough of those beautiful kitty's. A question though, was the exstra top-armour a field modyfication, or was it done in the factory? I have a set myself, and I wonder, if it's official factory work, shouldn't it be painted like the rest of the vehicle? On the other hand, it looks so much cooler, in rotoxid..... Best regards Jacob
NOV 24, 2010 - 01:52 AM
Hi Jacob, thank you for your comments. About the extra armour. I think it is a field modification. I've checked the Jentz's book and the only information I found is on the very end of the book just before the Panther F section. Modifications to be done by troops starting from December 44 from pieces of schurzen (it would work for the rear armour but not for the big one on the top of the turret) My issue is that the very few pictures I found show Panthers with zimmerit coating (zimmerit was stooped in September 1944 and in december/ january most of the vehicle would be without zimmerit). It's a pitty Herbert Hackerman is not here any more he would have helped. The story of this extra armor is not clear for me. spit
NOV 24, 2010 - 08:50 PM
Pawel You're so right about Herbert, he would probably know a thing or two. Anyway, I think I've seen some pictures of Panthers w. zimmerit AND this kind of add on armor. And I also think youre right about it being fieldmodification. Jacob
NOV 25, 2010 - 04:03 AM
Great work there !! I was already planning to get some of the upgrades. Now I'm really inspired by your Panther. Amazing job on the whole build, painting, weathering, AM parts... I'm speechless !!!
DEC 06, 2010 - 01:10 PM
Thanks Nito
DEC 08, 2010 - 09:44 AM
Pawal, This is possibly the best Panther I've ever seen. I have one question though, what is going on with the hull machine gun place? I've never noticed that on another kit before. MS
JUN 22, 2011 - 02:06 PM
Thank you Mark for the credit. Well, the plug on the front is something quite well known on Panthers. I think most often it was lost during the service but there are photos of it hanging beside more rarely in place. BTW the same plug was used on Tiger II but I've seen only one picture on 300 I have with this... interesting. Brian, thanks for your comments. I'm not a Panther specialist and never bothered to do a this or other factory Panther. However your comments are valuable and will take them under consideration doing another Panther another Time. This specific Panther was as S-F Panther from the very beginning and I stated it on the beginning of my blog here on armorama (quite a moment before). Thanks for the pictures.. I didn't know the first. It's really a beauty. The second is also very pretty I think I have one or two more of the same tank. thank you both spit
JUN 22, 2011 - 08:08 PM