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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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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

Dragon Panzer IV Ausf G/Kit # 6363

“Panzer with Riders”

In these final pictures I came to the conlusion,that I will stop now. I did not want to overdo it.I am satisfied with the results. For added fun I added the Panzer Riders from the Dragon Flakpanzer V Coelian Kit.

 

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“Track and Wheel Weathering”

In these pictures ,it centers on the tracks,road wheels,drive sprockets,etc. Basically the lower hull and and all of it’s various parts. It was a combination of Pigments,Wash,and Colors that I mixed from scratch to get the right effect.

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Painting ,Chipping and initial Wash

I will make this short ,I basically used “AK Interactive Heavy Chipping”. It went along with no problems,it was rather a fun process. I then painted the unboard tools with Vallejo German Grey. I then did a was with “MIG” ,brown wash and thinned out a black tube of Abteilung 502 . It really thins out nicely for a wash. I applied some thinned out MIG pigments for various areas. The onboard shovels,hatches,barrel cleaners,were painted off the vehicle.
Tonight I am going to work with the “indy” tracks.

 

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The Finished Project

Well It is finally done, I have to say it was a paint at times but I am very proud of the results. I dedicate this to my wife “Andrea”. I want to thank MIG Productions for their amazing products all down the line. As well as Vallejo Air Acrylics and Model Master and Fluoquil Enamels.

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“Highlights and Fading”

In these series of pictures it shows the various uses of MIG German Armor Tones (ABT 300). They are easy to use and gives the effects that you need. I just might come up with some ideas to use them on the tracks.

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Applying the Dunkelgelb

Here I sprayed the Dunkelgelb using the modulation process , starting with Floquil armour yellow(F110166) darkened with brown and gradually lightening with white. Next comes the camo. My Vallejo Model Air Set (WWII German Starter Set. just arrived today,from those great folks at Scalehobbyist.com. I am definitely going to use those fine camo colors for this project.

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