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Tamiya’s 1/35th Sd.Kfz.184 Schwerer Jagdpanzer “Elefant”


 This is a Tamiya “re release” of an earlier kit. This kit has fine surface detail, and new individual/partial track sections. I was not so thrilled with the tracks, so I bought a track set by Hobby Boss. I also bought an 88 barrel, as well as MG34 tips, both by Arber. The kit has three nicely detailed crewmen, which I will use in another kit. The sections fit really easy. PE would have made it truly awesome.

 I went the “modulation” route, using AK interactive German Dunkelgelb Modulation Set.

 I used MIG red brown and Olivgrun opt. 2A for the patch camo. I applied Testors Model Master Acrylic Gloss Clear Coat.

Let dry for two days and then applied a wash of AK Summer Kursk Earth, MIG Brown Wash, and for the tracks I sprayed them with Vallejo Black Grey and applied MIG Ammo Streaking Rust Effects. I will do some more pin washes, where needed, plus adding a light rust wash.

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Hobby Boss 1/35 VK4502 (P) Hinten (Kit 82445)

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Hobby Boss 1/35 VK4502 (P) Hinten (Kit 82445)


Planning for the Tiger II started in May 1941, that is a whole year before the Tiger I went into production. By Fall 1942 / January 1943, designers started work on a new heavy tank that would eventually replace the Tiger I. Hitler wanted the new Tiger to be armed with a caliber 88mm, long gun and have 150mm frontal armor and 80mm side armor. Front and side plates were to be sloped and interlocked, a similar design to the Panther Sd Kfz 171.

Henschel and Porsche developed competing designs for the new vehicle. Porsche provided two projects that were based on the previous VK 4501(P) design and were designated VK4502(P). The first one, Typ 180 Turm Vorne (Turret Forward) A/B, had its turret mounted centrally, while Typ 181 Turm Hinten (Turret Back) A/B/C, had its turret mounted in the rear with a mid-mounted engine. Both designs shared the same chassis and hull, along with all the other components and gasoline-electric system of VK4501(P).

Construction of three prototypes was underway by February 1943. The turret and guns were designed by Krupp, the distinctively shaped ‘P2-Turm’ turrets which were designed for these vehicles have since been called Porsche Turrets. As production of these had already started the first 50 KingTiger were fitted with these. Unfortunately the large armoured ‘lip’ surrounding the turret ring on the Type-180 was not a feature of the Henschel design and resulted in a major shot trap below the mantlet. All later production King Tiger vehicles used the H3-Turm turret, commonly known as the Henschel Turret. It seems that one of the Porsche Type-180 vehicles may have been in operation since a Porsche Tiger with an 8.8cm L/71 gun is listed as part of the Panzer Kompanie Kummersdorf on March 1945. Virtually all operational Tiger II tanks, and prototypes were used at the end of the war.





Hobby Boss 1/35  VK1602  Leopard

Final Shots

In these last pictures they are pretty self explanatory. After the chipping was done I did a very light drybrush of Testors Model Master Steel for some areas of wear. Did a pin wash, using MIG BrownWash,Light and Medium Rust. I then drybrushed the rear exhaust pipes with Mig Rust Pigments. The wheels and track, and lower hull received a dusting of various earth pigments. Well it’s a wrap.








Hobby Boss 1/35 VK1602 Leopard

Wash and Chipping

After the modulation process, I went and assembled the wheel and tracks. I sprayed the tracks with Testors Model Master Fieldgrau (RAL 6006) Did a wash with Mig Dark Wash (P220),then a wash with MIG Brown Wash (P221). I then lightly drybrushed with Testors Model Master Steel Enamel (1780). I did this after installing the links and doing a dry fit with the wheels. I rarely do this, I usally install it all at once,then start on the painting process. I did not really care for installing the painted tracks over the painted lower hull and wheel assembly,it was a real pain, I’m going back to the old install all and paint method. After finally finishing that ,I sprayed theTestors Glosscote Lacquer over the whole kit. When dried I did a wash using the MIG Brown,Dark Wash, and MIG Standard Rust (P411) and MIG Oil and Stain (P410) Wash. After allowing drying time I sprayed the Glosscote,let dry and proceded with the chipping. I used the Model Master Fieldgrau. I found out that when I apply a gloss clearcoat and the start the chipping , it works so much easier. The painting goes so smooth on a gloss surface,and if I am not happy with a certain area,I just use a brush thinned with Mineral Spirits. I let dry overnight and today I just finished spraying Testors Lacquer Dullcote.










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Hobby Boss 1/35 VK1602 Leopard

Color Modulation

Here I started painting the Leopard. I used as a primer, Vallejo Black Primer. These can be seen in the previous series of photos.

Next I applied Testors Model Master Enamel RLM 23 Red Paint for the inside of the hull. For the inside of the turret I sprayed Testors Flat White Enamel. My next step was painting the hull ,wheels and turret with Vallejo Model Air Acrylic Dunkelgelb RAL 7028.
After that I started the modulation process. What I did was use the same Dunkelegelb mixed with a little Tamiya Flat White Acrylic Paint to hit some of the areas to be highlighted. I then finished off with adding some more white,adding even more highlight.

I believe I achieved what I was shooting for,a modulation paint job for the Dunkelgelb, that I can say I am pleased with.






























Hobby Boss 1/35 VK1602 Leopard


Since 1941, plans were made for the development of a new reconnaissance tank based on PzKpfw II Ausf J (VK 1601). In March of 1942, MIAG and Daimler-Benz received orders to build a fast (medium/heavy) reconnaissance tank, designed to operate under heavy combat conditions.

MIAG was to construct the chassis, while Daimler-Benz was construct the turret. Both were to be designed and ready for production by October of 1942.The main purpose of this vehicle was to be at HQ tank platoons in Panzer units.

Two versions were proposed, “Leopard (leicht)” lightly armored fast version (18ton) and “Leopard (schwer)” heavily armored one (26ton). The light version was quickly dropped in the Summer of 1942, in favour of the heavier one. Design of VK 1602, named Leopard was based on the development of previous projects such as PzKpfw II Ausf J (VK 1601) and PzKpfw II Ausf M (VK 1301). Its hull was similar to that of PzKpfw II Ausf J (VK 1601), but was largely influenced by PzKpfw V Panther, which was still being developed at the time. Its suspension was made up of interleaved road wheels similar to PzKpfw II Ausf L – Luchs. It was planned that Leopard would eventually replace lighter (leichter) PanzerSpahwagen II Ausf L Luchs – Sd.Kfz.123 (VK 1303).Mock-up was ready in May/June of 1942 and first prototype was to be finished by the September 1st of 1942. Full scale production was to start in April of 1943.

Leopard’s armament consisted of 50mm KwK 39/1 L/60 and 7.92mm MG34/42 in newly designed small turret. It was also planned to use 75mm KwK 41 gun. VK 1602′s was heavily armored and had well sloped frontal armor (influenced by Panther). Leopard was to be powered by Maybach HL157P engine with total power 550hp which allowed VK 1602 to travel at maximum speed of 50-60km/h. In order to improve its cross-country ability, 350mm wide tracks were used. It was to be operated by the crew of four men. “Panzerprogramm 41” made provisions to build 339 Leopards (105 by December 1943 and further 150 by mid 1944). The start of production was previously planned for April of 1943, but the entire production was cancelled in January of 1943, when the first prototype was still incomplete. The reason for cancellation was its heavy weight and lack of heavy armament which made the vehicle vulnerable to enemy tanks. Also the fact of Leopard being similar to Panther pointed out that reconnaissance Panther can be developed and produced at lower cost.


Hobby Boss 1/35 VK1602 Leopard

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