It is an early type Panther tank. It is built in October 2014.
I make the Dragon Model’s premium kit Panther D. It is the luxurious kit with photo-etched parts and a metal gun barrel. I wonder it’s still available? I want Dragon Model to resell these masterpiece products regularly. It is a disappointing point that many high-quality kits are a limited release.
The panther is the required subject of the German tank fan, but Panther’s slant armor is unlike a German typical tank which is a big characteristic of love it or hates it. I made the type G before, I like it very much except that the side of the chassis is seen open too much.
Because I used the photo-etched parts for various points, it is a sharp impression. Etching parts were some places too thin, and there were many hard processes. The stop tab of the spare caterpillar treads were particularly difficult.
There are so many parts option and no notice on the instruction manual, I suppose it’s impossible to make accurate Panther without a technical guide book. I chose them based on looking without deep concern.
This time, almost all etched parts are used, many detailed works and hard, and feeling of accomplishment.
This camouflage painting was the campaign in Krusk in 1943 Summer. The green line is characteristic for mid-summer operation. I think it good random pattern blowing airbrush. Still, now it’s like the toy taste with no weathering, the tank’s best part is muddy, dusty, and rusty and battle damage.
The Panther had the variation of type A, G, F, and this type D, and type D was the first actual fighting debut vehicle. I have heard that the random alphabetical order for confusing the Soviet Army, actually this meaning is the development start order. But the truth has not been found.
The marking is Panzer-Grenadier-Division Großdeutschland at the time of the participation for Battle of Kursk in the summer of 1943. On this instruction manual, the coloring is in the Karachev area, it’s northwest of Kursk. I suppose this dark yellow and dark green camouflage pattern is best matched for the Kursk summer campaign.
I drew rust on the side Armor moderately, too. I painted the caterpillar tread using washing technique with the plural pastel colors, but it’s hard to control the pastel because the color changes completely after having dried when I first get wet. Maybe the best way is the first process to use enamel paint, and finish up with pastel. There will be room for further examination in the future.
I did the clear coating which expressed mud with a pastel. Is it not helped where the place of a hard pastel working still remain dusty even I splayed mat clear coating? After I finish up, I didn’t touch the dusty points as possible as I can.
He is a tank commander. Please don’t ask about the glove in summer. I suppose the driver might be having a glove in the driving compartment. I always have my glove on when I ride my motorcycle and road bike.
It’s impressive the long gun barrel compared with the tank crews. I had a hard time in assembling to handle photo-etched parts and weathering. Finally not so bad ending generally. I was able to make it happily.
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.