GERMAN TANK DESTROYER JAGDPANTHER Sd.Kfz.173 Ausf.G1 DRAGON 1/35

Smart kit Dragon Jagdpanther. It is built from December 2008 to March 2009.

Box package of Jagdpanther Sd.Kfz.173 Ausf.G1 Dragon Models 1/35

I started to make the Jagdpanther.
(2008/12/21)

trank roller is considerably time-consuming to assemble, Jagdpanther Dragon Models 1/35

The trank roller is considerably time-consuming to assemble because of the threefold structure as you see. I can imagine it would have been quite hard maintenance as the real situation.

Zimmerit Coating, Jagdpanther Sd.Kfz.173 Ausf.G1

Since it was a first stage type Panther, I did Zimmerit Coating. It was written that the coating blade of Gumka was the best for checkered coating by the model magazine. But I did checkered with the race knife since I did not have that blade, unfortunately. Finishing is very rough as you see.
(2008/12/21)

Zimmerit Coating, Jagdpanther

It was not so good though I wrote the lower side of the front by hand with the race knife, too. I need to consider some other way to scratch on the side armor.

Detailed appearance was improved after using the photo etched parts

There’s a gap on the back. I need to close it for the sliced plastic board. Detailed appearance was improved after using the photo etched parts.
(2008/12/23)

Building of Jagdpanther Sd.Kfz.173 Ausf.G1 Dragon Models 1/35

There are lots of the remaining parts in Dragon’s kit, because it was included many extra optional parts. I need to check there’s no forgotten parts again and again.
(2008/12/26)

detailed stripes to coat on the side armor, Sd.Kfz.173 Ausf.G1 Dragon Models 1/35

I put detailed stripes to coat on the side armor with my design knife.
(2009/01/26)

German tank soldier with resin head and putty hair

This figure was combined the resin head with the field cap and Dragon’s tank soldier figure. When I covered by the cap and added the hair with the epoxy putty on the shaven head became better looking. The hands and legs are omitted since only a small part will be shown from the hatch.

peeling off in some places Zimmerit Coating

Starting peeling off in some places has occurred the real situation of the battlefield.
(2009/01/26)

Basic painting was dark yellow and red Brown camouflage

Basic painting was dark yellow and red Brown camouflage.
(2009/02/14)

Marking was Viking SS 5th armor division

Marking was Viking SS 5th armor division.
(2009/03/08)

decals on the side armor, Jagdpanther Sd.Kfz.173 Ausf.G1 Dragon Models 1/35

Nationality mark and vehicle number 221 were assumptions as well as the division mark. I could paste the decals neatly on this Zimmerit Coating.
(2009/03/08)

Jagdpanther Sd.Kfz.173 Ausf.G1 Dragon Models 1/35 build and painting to finish

Jagdpanther has the reputation of the best German tank destroyer. One of the reason is using the base of Panther which is the main battle tank of the latter half of World War II. The armament is 8.8cm antitank cannon as same as King Tiger.

German tank destroyer Jagdpanther Sd.Kfz.173

At first, since the silhouette of the vehicle was monotonous, I felt it’s not attractive tank.

rear view of the German tank destroyer Jagdpanther Sd.Kfz.173

I did Zimmerit Coating by the trial and error as I commented in making report.

Viking the 5th armor division, German tank destroyer Jagdpanther Sd.Kfz.173

The vehicle belonged to Viking the 5th armor division. This division was an elite force in Eastern Front and took important roles just before Germany surrender.

tank crew figure observes the outside

This figure observes the outside while bewaring surroundings.

only 420 were produced Jagdpanther Sd.Kfz.173

It might not have been number of Allied soldiers met this tank since only 420 were produced.

caterpillar shine as the ground rubbed them to expose metal color

I attached variously OVM to the side armor. I made the caterpillar shine as the ground rubbed them to expose metal color.

Jagdpanther Sd.Kfz.173 Ausf.G1 Dragon Models 1/35 build and painting to finish

I think the rough camouflage of dark yellow and red brown added strong impression.

lightly weathering and chipping, Jagdpanther Sd.Kfz.173 Ausf.G1 Dragon Models 1/35

I did lightly weathering and chipping. No need to do muddy weathering this time, considering the balance of shining caterpillar.

Stripe camouflage pattern Jagdpanther Sd.Kfz.173 Ausf.G1 Dragon Models 1/35 build and painting to finish

There are a lot of parts, though it was a simple shape. There might be always a lot of parts in Dragon’s kit. I doubted I can complete it while I was coating on this armor. Now it took much time but very nice tank was completed.
(2009/03/14)

 

I am interested in models of tanks, airplanes, ships, military figures, I build it little by little when I feel like it. I am also interested in the history of war. My starting is Tamiya’s Military Miniature series in the elementary school.
From elementary school through university students repeatedly suspend and restart my modeling, it’s about 25 years of this hobby’s history.
Born in February 1970, I live in Tokyo. From February 2007 I was quietly doing a site called “Miniature-Arcadia”. It is being transferred to this blog with the same name from December 2016. My update pace is uneven, but please come to see here occasionally.

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