IIBSWAT . Thanks Spanjaard for your kind comments. Just to say, to make the trumpeter kit 'reasonable' I did need to change the wheels, tracks and I changed the gun to 12.8 - I couldn't find an available tank version so I cut down a metal barrel from a 12.8 AT gun. I used 1:35 scale drawings from a Jagdtiger to get a realistic length.
IIBSWAT . Thanks Thomas, Rui and Spanjaard for your kind comments. There are parts of it I wish I'd done differently but overall I'm kind of happy. I did enjoy the Frankenstein nature of a tank that had changed over 2 years of fighting. The pics of it in a scrap yard, immediate post war, do give hints of winter white wash but overall it looks very tired and worn. I tried to match the wheel colour to the original and used a pic of another panther from the same unit as a basis for the use of wheels with a different bolt count (new and old wheel mix).
27. September, 08:43
Tom Great details and interesting historical background story
27. September, 08:46
IIBSWAT . Thanks Neuling and Tom for your comments. Yes Tom really interesting, it looks like a really early D with quite a few later changes so the thought that this tank might have been at Kursk and somehow managed to make it through the terrible late war battles and survive, is amazing. As soon as I saw the pic I knew I needed to model it (with a bit of historically based artistic license )
IIBSWAT . Thanks jhull and Ben. Couldn't find any info on the lack of markings. I don't think it's anything to do with the type of unit they were as images of their light tanks do have national markings. Maybe the markings were just overpainted to make them low vis, overpainted at depot or just overpainted when the yellow was added, pure speculation though.
23. September, 21:57
Olivier Interesting piece of history. I am a bit surprised by the tritonal camouflage. OD and white or OD and black or even OD and sand or yellow I would have thought. Do you know of other examples ?
23. September, 22:59
Carlos Cisneros Some US Tank Battalions used black and light green as the disruptive pattern over OD in the ETO. 9th Armored Division was painted in this manner before the Ardennes offensive. The sand third color is quite unusual. Earth Yellow or Earth Red Over OD was used in Italy by some US Tank battalions.
24. September, 04:11
IIBSWAT . Black and od is fairly standard for Europe, the use of the sand (may be dunkelgelb) is not. You get all sorts of three colour camo on Sherman's in the Pacific (including the use of various sand colours and just using the local dirt as camo) but much less common in europe and when you add in the fact it's a segregated unit using it, it becomes a very interesting subject to model.
Jay Dubya There's a lot to be proud of in your model George - looks good to me - well done.
19. June, 09:53
IIBSWAT . Thanks Jay for your very kind comment. This was done by painting all the chips etc, tried chipping fluid on the next winter camo (a panzer II) and it was a fail! Had to repaint pretty much the whole thing...might post those pics too.
IIBSWAT . Thanks Rui, James and Shawn for your kind comments ! Must admit I had a bit of trepidation about doing a white paint job but really enjoyed the challenge. Being just grey and white certainly helped make it easier. I would like to try one of those late war King Tiger half camo and half white paint jobs at some point.
13. July, 11:42
Olivier Well your first step into winter camouflage is quite successful. Looking forward to seeing the Königstiger...
13. July, 11:58
IIBSWAT . Thanks Olivier, that's some time off ...depends on what grabs my attention from my stash !
Ricardo Reis Maybe a little too heavy on the chipping, but I think it looks great!
10. July, 19:23
Shawn C. Nice! Looks great to me. (Yeah, I agree the exhaust pipe is too red)
10. July, 21:07
IIBSWAT . Thanks for your nice comments Rui, James Ricardo and Shawn, much appreciated
Shawn and Rui, totally agree on the exhaust, I think it looks more like salami than rusty heated metal
Ricardo the chipping and wearing is underplayed my me as the actual vehicle was a total wreck (captured, with a big K9 slopped in white paint on it), I went for a point in time immediatly preceding capture. Good, easy to come by ref is pg 17 of Pz IV by David Doyle.
Treehugger Hm, somehow this tank design looks more British than German I think.
28. June, 11:43
IIBSWAT . A lot of tanks were influenced at the time by the Vickers Independent multi turreted tank, so you are right . This in Germany, in Russia the T28, T35 etc. Idea flopped in the UK but was picked up elsewhere. The UK were right as none of the multi turret tanks could be considered as successful IMO.
28. June, 12:10
Neuling Very successful build of a less successful tank!
29. June, 09:26
IIBSWAT . Thanks for the kind comment Neuling . Having seen your work, it means a lot!
Treehugger What made the chipping work fail? Too large brush when removing paint?
22. June, 11:53
IIBSWAT . I tried scratching it off with cocktail stick in places and brush in others, whatever way I tried, it ended up looking not to scale at all. I did apply the white paint by brush so may be I applied it too thickly, which didn't help.
22. June, 11:58
Treehugger What did you do differently afterwards?
22. June, 12:00
IIBSWAT . I ditched the chipping fluid altogether, painted the whole thing white and added in the chips and wear by painting them on (as I did with the panzer III). I can't say I'll rush back to chipping fluid again...or I just need to know when to stop 'chipping' if i do use it it !