Hi everyone, thought I'd post the progress on the RC Panther build. It doesn't look like much but the photographs really don't convey the amount of work and time that went into constructing these PE parts.
As always all the parts were soldered for strength including the chain for the gun crutch (which is comprised of over 60 parts all of which have to articulate!). Anyway, here's some shots...
General PE overview (note some parts have been partially primed).
Right hand tool bracket with photo etch fire extinguisher and scratch built crank starter handle.
Took a break from soldering this weekend and turned my attention to how I would be replicating the Zimmerit on the Panther hull.
I had purchased the Atak Zimmerit set a while back but decided against using it. Instead I've opted to simulate the effect with a 2 part putty and a Zimmerit tool (a punch with the pattern in the end). The particular putty I'm using is a brand called Mori Mori which has a very fine grain and is a fantastic material for model making purposes. However, getting hold of this stuff is not easy (I bought mine from Japan years ago), it also stinks to high heaven and requires a well ventilated room (you also need to wear a mask when sanding this putty).
What follows is the method I've found (after much testing) that gives the best results...
1. Sand the surface of the hull to give the putty a key to stick to. Then trace where the hull fixtures are to be placed.
2. Mask the marked area with Demo tape (this not only masks the area but acts as a guide for the thickness of the putty you will apply.
Mask the surrounding area with normal tape to protect it.
3. Mix the 2 part putty well (20 parts putty to 1 hardener). When the 2 parts are thoroughly mixed and of a smooth consistent colour the apply to the model. Apply it in manageable areas, although this putty has a long work time you do not want it to go off half way through the Zimm pattern!
4. You then need to wait until the putty develops a 'skin'. When this happens the putty will take an impression from the tool rather than simply sticking to the tool and coming away.
It's then a case of working your way round the model and completing the Zimmerit coating.
Here's a pic of the part finished Zimm with some of the fixtures loosely placed to give an idea of the final effect.
And that's my approach to the Zimm application on this big Panther. (Note: the Zimmerit on this Panther has the vertical pattern. You should check your references for the pattern used on your own particular AFV).