JAGDPANTHER Ausf.G1 Sd.Kfz.173 MENG MODEL 1/35 BUILD AND PAINTING TO FINISH

JAGDPANTHER Ausf.G1 Sd.Kfz.173 MENG MODEL 1/35 MAKING AFV GERMANY

JAGDPANTHER Ausf.G1 Sd.Kfz.173 MENG MODEL 1/35 MAKING
For the first time in a while, I will make a Jagdpanther at WWII German AFV. The box art is cool. I made a Dragon Models Jagdpanther a long time ago, and at that time I used an unusual striped camouflage paint, so this time I’d like to paint an orthodox pattern.

JAGDPANTHER Ausf.G1 Sd.Kfz.173 MENG MODEL 1/35 MAKING
Especially, the MENG box is much bigger than the Dragon in the past. The shelf will soon be full of piling up plastic models.

JAGDPANTHER Ausf.G1 Sd.Kfz.173 MENG MODEL 1/35 MAKING
I remember it. Because I haven’t made large German tanks recently. The number of parts is very small compared to the IV series, so it is easy to work. The wheel is big and easy to handle.

JAGDPANTHER Ausf.G1 Sd.Kfz.173 MENG MODEL 1/35 MAKING
The chassis is assembled from boxes. It is not so difficult because of the precision of parts.
(2021/06/06)

JAGDPANTHER Ausf.G1 Sd.Kfz.173 MENG MODEL 1/35 MAKING
I was surprised to see that even small parts hidden behind the wheel were chosen from two types. I wonder if this style of preference has been a trend since the golden age of Dragon Models. At King Tiger, the shaft was distorted, so I had to be careful when assembling, but this time I think I can assemble it without any problem.

JAGDPANTHER Ausf.G1 Sd.Kfz.173 MENG MODEL 1/35 MAKING
There was a crack in the arm of the wheel. I will reinforce the gap with the vehicle body with clear resin. I can’t see well because it’s hidden behind the wheel, so there’s nothing to worry about. Sturdiness is more important.

JAGDPANTHER Ausf.G1 Sd.Kfz.173 MENG MODEL 1/35 MAKING
By the way, the assembly instruction manual of this Jagdpanther kit is a booklet and the process seems long, but the assembly quantity of each number is small, so I think it goes smoothly. As might be expected, it takes time to wrap the connecting track around the chassis.

JAGDPANTHER Ausf.G1 Sd.Kfz.173 MENG MODEL 1/35 MAKING
The chassis is almost assembled. It is easy to break if I attach the jack at this timing. I’m worried because there are some thin parts.
(2021/06/08)

JAGDPANTHER Ausf.G1 Sd.Kfz.173 MENG MODEL 1/35 MAKING
Well, this is the connected track. I made a MENG Panther a little while ago, but I completely forget what it was like.

JAGDPANTHER Ausf.G1 Sd.Kfz.173 MENG MODEL 1/35 MAKING
I have a couple of Achtung Panther books and it’s pretty interesting to read. These are guide books on German tanks which are quite famous in Japan. However, I’m not exactly using this book to build an accurate model. But the author’s power to publish such research materials is amazing.

JAGDPANTHER Ausf.G1 Sd.Kfz.173 MENG MODEL 1/35 MAKING
Probably when I made the MENG Panther before, it is difficult to cut off because the gate is in the fitting part of the tracks, and the fit is a little lacking. It takes time if I cut it out carefully. If I apply a lot of adhesives and try to reduce the gap, I may be able to manage it.

JAGDPANTHER Ausf.G1 Sd.Kfz.173 MENG MODEL 1/35 MAKING
The two teeth must be glued to one track. But I was able to work faster than I thought. Since the parts fit well and one truck is big, the length can be made easily.
(2021/06/10)

JAGDPANTHER Ausf.G1 Sd.Kfz.173 MENG MODEL 1/35 MAKING
I don’t use a brush to put glue on every time, so I always use an injector to assemble these tracks. There are a lot of syringes like this on the desk, and it’s kind of dangerous.

JAGDPANTHER Ausf.G1 Sd.Kfz.173 MENG MODEL 1/35 MAKING
I haven’t finished assembling the track parts yet, but I wound one side. It feels good. I only paid attention to the direction of the track.

JAGDPANTHER Ausf.G1 Sd.Kfz.173 MENG MODEL 1/35 MAKING
I put weights on both of them until the adhesive dries. If it is too heavy, the tank itself may be destroyed.

JAGDPANTHER Ausf.G1 Sd.Kfz.173 MENG MODEL 1/35 MAKINGThe assembly instruction manual is complicated because the way of attaching parts is quite different depending on the painting patterns from 1 to 4 in the instruction manual. There are inconsistencies in the illustrations here and there, and I feel like I’m confused. I think it is very difficult for people in MENG to describe the illustration and the part number without contradiction. If the vehicle body is roughly the same as the paint example I chose, is it generally OK?
(2021/06/13)

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