Dragon's Panther A Late, Normandy (3. Panzerkompanie I/SS-PzRgt 12)

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Hello friends, this one was finished recently but I like to share with you how things went during build, painting and weathering stages.

This is the kitbox art :
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As most modelers do, I clean up the wheels first.
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The Atak Zimmerit set is very complete but I want to create battle damaged Zimmerit. Magic Sculp is perfect for this job.
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The Atak Zimmerit looks great once glued on. I used CA glue. It's fragile and it needs to be cut loose from the sheet with a sharp blade.
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The front armor plate is here completed with the product.
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The lower and upper hull glued together, now it can be dressed up.
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I use the kit parts, no aftermarket bling is involved. Adequate cleaning is, in my opinion, the key for effective paintwork and weathering.
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Slowly it starts to look like a Panther...the wheels and Schürzen (skirts) are dryfit. The bling you see are photo etched kit parts.
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The turret looks impressive with the Zimmerit on.
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Friul tracks are my favourite after market tracks, they come in handy for a perfect sag. Don't mind the fuel drums.
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Now it's ready for the airbrush !
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I prefer to paint the wheels black first, I then mask the rubber parts and spray on different shades of dark yellow.
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I like to start with dark shades and to build up lighter mists of paint. It's a bit time consuming but I don't want to mess up this important part of the paintwork.
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It still looks a bit pale. Richer semi transparent thin mists of yellow will follow. It's a patient job but big fun. In fact I just love painting above building.
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A big step forward then...the camouflage is on now. Tamiya Clear is applied and the decals are on (also protected by a layer of Clear).
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Only one wash (ultramarine blue + burnt umber) makes a big difference and it's so easily done with brushes, cotton swabs and tissue.
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I apply the same wash onto the other parts. Btw I mask my wheels with the orange thing you see in the right corner below.
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I use Humbrol enamels to paint the tools, spare tracks...I finish them with pigments dabbed in to create rusty surfaces and metal effects.
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Hi Guy,
Many thanks for showing your build and paintwork, it's always interesting seeing how different modellers build and finish their models
regards Jim
 

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Thank you Jim, that's why I like active modeling sites so much, we can learn everything from eachother.

These images show the turret and rear deck after a series of washes, filters and dust pigments.
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The fuel and oil spills and grease stains are easily made in a dusty surface created with pigments.
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Micro painting makes things look more interesting and I keep doing this until I'm completely satisfied, I just KEEP fiddling around.
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The skirts need to be carefully detailed.

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The 34mg is an after market one.
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Guys, next time I'll describe in detail how I finish and weather things. If you have a question please ask.

Best regards ! AG.
 
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Lovely work, that’s an impressive finish ...and some great photos.
Do you use a photo booth or dedicated lighting?
Si
 

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Ha, good to see the kittycat appear here Guy. Lovely to see the W.I.P. again too!

Cheers
 

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Hi Guy
Very interesting and a great Tiger. Good that you have mixed the home made zimm with the Atak stuff and got such a fine result.
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Richard, Jim, Wouter, Scottie, Steve, Si, thank you guys.

Si, I'd like to purchase a photo booth soon. Most of these photos however were made with bright daylight with the tank placed on a white paper sheet.
 

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great work,Guy ,real like,how your done this one,and the added detail,always helps a lot with ,theirs,build,
love it :smiling::thumb2:
 
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Guy it's a beautiful model, made with professional skills, the tones you've chosen are in scale and very realistic. I love it.
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