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Tamiya 1/35 Jagdpanther (Sd.Kfz. 173) Late Version Kit# 35203

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Tamiya 1/35 Jagdpanther (Sd.Kfz. 173) Late Version Kit# 35203

The Build

The kit itself appears to be very crisp in detail,not many parts,but they looked clean and I test fitted several of the main panel sections. The areas that obviously stood out to me was,those god awful “rubber band tracks”, the barrel with the seam that travels along the whole length of the barrel, after you glue the two halves together,and the absence of engine screens. The decals are rather lifeless.

I went ahead and started with the wheel assembly,lower tub,rear panel, they went together very nice, the running wheels didn’t look that bad,had some nice details in the bolt pattern. I went ahead and prepped and painted the lower tub ,and painted the wheels using a circle template you get at any art store.

I then attached all the road weels,left and idler and drive sprocket to rotate for easier acceses for installing the tracks. I had to do this one on a budget, after getting their coat of black primer, then some gray , I sprayed a gloss clear coat ,so the next day I can apply a wash of AK’s track rust. I let dry for a day then applied a light European earth pigment and dry brushed it with MIG pigments gun metal,and some Model Master Enamel Silver.

When that was dry I installed the two sections of track that were alreay connected using cyanoacrylate. Carefully working around the idler and drive sprockets,it went very nicely. Did some weathering inside the road wheel assembly with oils and pigments, before it got to cramped inside the wheel compartment.

I next mounted the upper hull assembly and the clumsy looking 88 was replaced by a aftermarket barrel from RB Models, a company in Checkoslovaia who does kick ass work for a reasonable price,even with shipping.

Now that everthing is coming together left only the small parts like tools,hatches,handles,exhaust, photo etched motor and heater intake grills.

Now for the Prepping ,Primer and Paint. I first sprayed a mixture of Vallejo Acrylic German Red Brown and Black for the primer coat. I then used MIG Ammo Dunkelgelb dark base and Dunkelgelb base for the lower halves,and Dunkelgelb Light Base for the upper halves. These were paints that I have from the Dunkelgelb Modulation Set.

I then sprayed AK Acrylic Olivgrun , and Rotbraun I pulled from the “Olivgrun and Rotbraunn Modulation Set”, from AK.
I was able to apply the modulation process with all three camo colors. After a day and a half of letting the acrylic gloss clear coat dry enough to continue with the project.

Much of the tools were painted off the vehicle,as well as the two cables on each side. By the way the plastic cable from the kit was cut off and each eyelet had a small hole drilled with a pin vise,and installed a thick thread into each end with a little cyanoacrylate. It worked out just great. I mounted them ,and applied the wash, I used several types and brands to get the effect I wanted. Then on with the chipping, and some pigments, and did a final walk around,and I was pleased.

Tamiya 1/35 Jagdpanther (Sd.Kfz. 173) Late Version Kit# 35203

The Kit

This kit, which was first produced in 1996, corresponds to the basis of the 35174 and 35176 kits, which are also available.

As with the Panther and Panzer III kits already presented on model versions, all components are also sprayed cleanly and burr-free in this kit.

Again, only a few ejection points in later visible areas are given a little more attention. As usual, detailing and accuracy are still good, despite the “high” age of this kit. n the body of the degree of integration is relatively high, and the ease of the fitting of parts. The body of the welding wire and cutting marks are very beautiful. The details of the wheels, such as road and drive wheels are very crisp.

The tracks are that of Tamiya’s rubber band one piece conctruction,which are relatively nice,but not exceptional. No photo etched parts are included,and the gun barrel seems to be rather clumsy looking, so I purchased a aftermarket barrel and muzzle from R/B models from Eastern Europe and engine screens from Tamiya.

Overall the kit went together very nicely, and sections fitted very easily together. Again the detail,remember this is Tamiya, is excellent.
Both for beginners and advanced model builders they can create a very accurate model.

 

Tamiya 1/35 Jagdpanther Late 

                                                       History

The Jagdpanther (German: “hunting panther”) was a tank destroyer built by Germany during World War II based on the chassis of the Panther tank. It entered service in 1944 during the later stages of the war on the Eastern and Western Fronts. The Jagdpanther combined the 8.8 cm KwK 43 cannon of the Tiger II and the armor and suspension of the Panther chassis.

It was planned that production will reach and output of 150 vehicles per month, but the highest output was in January of 1945, when 72 were produced. Overall from December of 1943 to March of 1945, only 392 were produced. The total number of Jagdpanthers produced was a direct result of Allied bomber raids, which caused much destruction and disruption at the two production centers.

The Jagdpanther was armed with excellent, long barrelled 88mm Pak 43/3 L/71 gun (similar to that used on Tiger II) and single 7.92mm MG34 or MG42 machine gun mounted in the same ball mount as Panther Ausf A. The 88mm gun was fitted with Sfl.Z.F.1a (5×8) gun sight and was capable of destroying enemy tanks at ranges of 3000 meters. Both weapons were mounted in a well-sloped frontal plate (80mm at 55 degrees). The main 88mm gun was protected by massive 100mm “saukopf” (pig’s head) type mantlet.

It was powered by a 12 cylinder Maybach HL 230 P30 23.1 liter V12 gasoline engine, which would give it an effective range of 160 km (1000 miles) and a top speed of 46km/h (28.6 mph), making it as fast as contemporary Allied medium tanks such as the M4 Sherman, despite the latter weighing 15.000 kg (33070 lbs) less.

Two main variants can be distinguished, the earlier (1944 model) G1 with a small internally bolted main gun mantlet and a modified Panther A engine deck, and the later (1945 model) G2 with a larger simplified, outside-bolted mantlet and a modified Panther G engine deck, though late G1s also had the larger mantlet. Early Jagdpanthers had two vision openings for the driver, whereas late versions had only one. The main gun originally had a monobloc gun barrel, but later versions were equipped with the Pak 43/4 gun with a two-part barrel.

Jagdpanthers equipped heavy antitank battalions (schwere Panzerjäger-Abteilung) and served mainly on the Eastern Front.[1] In the West, they were first encountered in very small numbers late in the Battle of Normandy, where the German 654 schwere Panzerjäger-Abteilung (“654th Heavy Antitank Battalion”) deployed about 12 Jagdpanthers against British units. Later, significant numbers were concentrated in the West for the Ardennes Offensive.

 

Dragons Panther Ausf A Late (6168)

Painted and Weathered for Adding to a Diorama

I wasn’t so pleased with the paint job and found out that one assembly wasn’t right and I went ahead and replaced the barrel cleaning tool that went with the kit. So I replaced it with the Aber R23 Cleaning Rod & Spare Aerial Cannister.

After that final check, I went ahead with the camo painting process. I Primarily used Vallejo Paints for the primer,basecoat and camo. Sprayed Glosscoat Clear Acrylic afterwards and let dry 24 hours.

The next day I then used the MIG Enamel Washes. Let Dry 24 hours and sprayed it with matte acrylic clear coat.

The next day, did some light panel traffic wear with MIG Abeitlung Oils. Did some chipping and dry brushing with Testors Enamel Model Master Paint.
And finally finishing it off  using MIG Pigmets for the final step.

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Dragons Panther Ausf A Late (6168)
Paint/Wash/Track Fitting

Construction completed to the point where the painting was neccesary. I used Vallejo Acrylic Black Primer,Then sprayed the Dark Yellow Primer. I did some modulation painting,then I proceded with the tri-camo usingTestor’s Acrylic Panzer Olivgrun 1943 and Rotbraun RAL 8012, and Vallejo Gloss Satin for the wash which consisted of MIG Productions Dark Enamel Wash,Brown Enamel Wash,and Enamel Light Rust Wash.

I then fitted the Master Club Modeling Accessories Tracks. So the next steps for me is the painting of the tools,some touch up where needed,some pin washing.

The chipping process would be next followed up by applying the flat clear acyrlic coat to seal it up. I would then fit the tracks,after being primed,painted,applying the wash,and clear coated.

 

 

Painted,Washed,Fitting Tracks

 

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Painted,Washed,Fitting Tracks4

 

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Dragon’s Panther Ausf A (6168)

Dragons Panther Ausf A Late (6168)

The Build

This kit was released as DML #6168 during 2003.The kit comes with a number of sprues from the earlier D model kit (B, C, D, E, G and H) and G model kits (sprue F) as well as 55 new parts on the A and M sprues. These cover the new upper hull and turret, back plate, glacis, and other fittings which separate a late model A from an early D model. The new parts also cover the mantlet, three-pipe exhaust, and numerous small detail fittings.

The tracks consist of 192 individual links , I opted to go for workable metal tracks with resin pins. Master Club,a company in Russia,they truly are the real deal .

The upper hull features very nice surface details with engraved panel lines, there is also bolt head detail around the turret race ring that you don’t see when the turret is in place.

I decided to go with Zimmerit, so I went ahead and bought the Atak Zimmerit Sheets,they are very thinand easy to work with. I applied them with “Gator Glue”,an acyrlic adhesive. I used Squadron white putty to work the Zimmerit Sheets together.

The kit came with no rear engine deck PE grills, So I went ahead and used Alliance Panther A / D Grill Mesh for Dragon kits.

Also included is a small decal sheet and side Schuerzen (soft steel skirts) included as pre-cut thin plastic card, a nice touch. They just didn’t do anything for me so I am going to use Voyager Models,side steel skirts.

The turret also features very nice surface details with separate commander’s cupola, rear plate which in turn has a separate circular hatch.

The loader’s periscope is also a separate piece as are all the other items on the turret roof. I went ahead and used the clear German AFV Periscope Set, from FineMolds,from Japan.

I subsituted the two piece Barrel for a Jordio Rubio one that I had in my stash,I didn’t have the muzzle break,so I used the one off the plastic barrel.

Overall, it’s a nice kit with nice details everywhere and correctly shows the features of an late Ausf.A Panther. Not bad for 2003.

Closeup Rear Deck Build

Front Build

Left Front Build

Left Side Build

Master Club Tracks

Dragons Panther Ausf A Late (6168)
The Background

The Panther I Ausf A was the second production version of the Panther medium tank, and was very similar to late production Ausf Ds. No good reason can be found for the order of model letters used on the Panther. Most of the changes made to the Ausf A were designed to improve the poor reliability of the early Panthers. Amongst these changes were the introduction of a stronger running gear and drive train and better cooling for the engine exhausts. The number of bolts holding the wheels together was also increased

The most visible change was to the commander’s cupola, where the simple drum cupola of the Ausf D was replaced with a hemispherical (curved top) cupola, with armoured covers for seven periscopes around the top. A ring to carry an anti-aircraft machinegun was carried above the periscopes. The turret also featured an improved traversing mechanism, which could operate at two different speeds.

The turret had many modifications. In addition to the new cast commander´s cupola with seven periscopes, an episcope for the loader was provided on the right side of the turett roof. The small ammunition-loading hatch in the left side was eliminated, and during the production run, the turett side pistol ports were eliminated in December 1943 in favour of the roof mounted “Nahverteidigungswaffe” (close defense weapon), which wasn´t intoduced before March 1944, due to shortages and production faults. Many Ausf. As assembled in February and March had a circular plate held by four bolts to cover the hole in the turett roof for the missing Nahverteidigungswaffe. The seals behind the gun mantlet and the seals for the turret race were redesigned, the elevating gear for the gun was simplified, and a variable speed turret traverse drive based on the engine speed was introduced. Furthermore an improved “Rohrausblasevorrichtung” (bore evacuator) was introduced for clearing powder gases out of the gun. Another visible change on the Ausf A was the introduction of a ball mounted machine gun in the hull front. The mounting itself was protected by a circular bulge on the front of the armour.

 

 Undergoing Construction,Pics. Soon

Box Cover

Box Cover

Zweda’s 1/35 Panther Ausf D

 

Zweda’s 1/35 Panther Ausf D
Review/Build

Once again we were delighted with the Russian Zvezda great imaginary and the developed model. It is clearly a new model of the new tools that certainly ranks among the best in terms of quality and accuracy.

The entire kit comes in the standard package of two boxes, external to the illustration and the necessary information about the model and manufacturer and the inner, larger, which are very safe complex Bases in all 698 parts.

The bed of the fuselage was expelled from unanimity work and comes as a separate part. In the box are the nine frames with parts in yellow/tan and one frame with eight parts in clear. All parts are precisely cast with a minimal appearance of the remains of casting (“flash”), no broken parts, ie removing access. connection parts with frames is quite good and promises easy removal of the smallest parts without damage.

Details are made very well, without visible flash on them. Pin Marks are present in small numbers, and will not make trouble during assembly. Instruction guide is printed in b/w , 24 steps on five pages, easy readable.

Construction starts with turret and it will include nine steps to build it. Good thing is that Zvezda models provided interior details for it. “Ring” floor, chairs for crew, inside details for main gun, machine gun, air filters, etc are some of details inside. Commanders and loaders hatch can be built as open or closed. I was not to thrilled with the smoothness of the turret gun mantlet,so to get that rough cast look, I used “Mr. Surfacer 1000,and that worked quite well.

Tracks are made link by link that connects with extra plastic part and can be built as workable. Also there is a few tracks molded as one part (like Italeri makes for their Tiger tanks) and can`t be built as workable. Details on tracks are made very nice, but I had some issues with that connecting part,so I just went to my safe and pulled out a set of Dragon’s Magic Link Tracks,they fitted nicely around the Drive Sprocket. Also the kit had one piece molded plastic skirts for each side, so fortunately I had a set of aftermarket skirts,which fitted nicely.

The kit is great – easy assembly, minimum imperfections, good plastic, great fit, high fun factor, and as far as I could gather, rather accurate for an early D.

It does require attention to avoid swapping parts, and the gap at the glacis plate join requires some elbow grese, but for 1/3 of DML’s kit price, it’s a real steal I can’t actually complain about, can I? Great work, Zvezda!

I used AK interactive Acrylic German War Colors (1937-44),Vallejo Acrylic Black Primer,AK interactive Acrylic Dark Yellow Primer for the base coat.Vallejo Model Air Panzer Colors,Mig Productions 502 abteilung oils for filters and wear,and also their pigments. So I can say that I finished my first Zweda Kit. Not Bad.

Front Shot

Left Front Angle Shot

Left Angle Rear Shot

Right Rear Shot

Rear

Rear Two Shot

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