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M.Brindos

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The Zvezda kit was nice and easy. The ESCI is soft on details with oversized tools, but the worst part is the tracks are absolute garbage. Unusable because they won't even fit behind the Shurtzen. They're that old school nasty silver-ish vinyl and completely unpaintable.

But painting them was an absolute joy!

Better pictures later. [wink]
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I used Vallejo Dark Yellow, German Green, and Armour Brown. All late war colors, but the Ausf D was "dusted" with a 50/50 mix of Buff and clear to bring the tone down for an early Kursk paint scheme that this D was marked for in the instructions. Both have a Vallejo Dark brown dirt wash to bring out the details.

The markings (1of 4 options) for the Jagdpanther were for an SS division for late war Germany. The paint scheme was vague, so I went with the "Ambush" scheme used mostly with SS divisions of the period that was close to the one, side picture of the scheme on the back of the box. The division markings placement was dubious, but I stuck with it anyways and they look odd where the instructions say they should be. I should've followed my instincts on that one and placed them where I'm pretty sure they should've been lol.

Just too bad the tracks for the Jagdpanther are too wide. I'd have to have removed the upper run of outer track links to get them to fit, leaving the untrimmed links to stick out past the skirts which would look seriously off. Especially unpainted and silver-ish. Not something you wouldn't notice immediately.

Aftermarket tracks? No. The drive sprockets and road wheels don't line up well enough to even bother. Sadly, the Jagdpanther is pretty much completed except for the detail painting of the tools and commander. It's just a pretty, shell of a kit anyways and I had my fun with it.

The Zvezda kit was a partial snap Tite kit, but the details are crisp and the tools are in scale. Making the finished Model all that more appealing to look at closely. I'll not hesitate to grab up another 1/72 Zvezda kit in the future. There were no major issues with it. Assembly and parts clean up were easy and the details pop. I want another one lol.

Well, aside from better final shots later, these kits (the Ausf D anyways) are done.

Thanks for looking!
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A nice pair of armoured Cats, mate, very nicely turned out.
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Thanks, Kit! Painting them has been the best part lol.
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I agree, you have a nice pair.....of models. ESCI has some interesting kits. Glad that you worked through and enjoyed both builds--congrats on the final!
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Thanks, Ted! I've got an assembled 1/35 Panther G that needs painting. I messed up the figure painting and need to start over on him, but the model is ready to go to the paint shop.

I'm currently assembling a Tamiya Leopard 1-A4. I'm thinking of adding the old Ambush scheme to it for fun lol. I think it would look great!
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Picked it up at a little local toy shop that just grabs boxes full of kits off of eBay. He had it marked for $30, but I talked him down to $20.

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You got ten off on a Tamiya kit?! Great. I vote for the ambush theme also!
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He has a bunch of older Tamiya kits, a couple of Takom and others. That's where I got the Dragon Su-85M.

He's a great guy (his name is also Mike) and does most of his business on eBay so he lets me talk down the price a bit sometimes. Mostly he deals in online Hot Wheels auctions. Appearently that is quite lucrative lol.
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sounds like a cool "business"
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Panthers are definitely my favorite tanks. Your kits are very nice. LOVE the jagdpanther also !!! The camo is very well done. The one with the little white spots is really cool. I have some panthers in my stash waiting to be build but still I can not resist looking on a new one to buy. Soon or late I will start a new topic with one of them. Congratulations for your realisations ... Can't wait to see your next project.
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Thank you, Alain!

Panthers are my favorite German tanks with King Tigers coming in second. Especially if they have that Ambush scheme (with the little dots).

I will very much look forward to seeing your Panther build!

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For the moment my second favorite tank is the Tiger. But of course the King Tiger is not far away in third position. Panzers II or III are not the ones I prefer but just ordered a panzer IV released by Border Models (their first kit). I love when the tank has a huge barel like the 88mm one. But soon or late I will try to find a panzer III late version (whit a long barel 😁😁) to put on one of my trailers I did not build neither. In one word or more I definitely love WWII german armor.
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WWII German Armour is definitely one of my favorite subjects. I've got a Tamiya Panzer 3 Ausf H (I think) in the closet for later. But I'm still holding onto the new Tamiya M4A3E8 for later as well. It will be perfect to rival my Panther Ausf G on the shelf.

I'm also still waiting for a better bench before I start my Porsche Turret KT. I've got the Zim, Indy links, and PE grills for it. I plan on using my Alpine figure for it as well. That's going to be my epic build. :D
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Have a sherman built but not painted yet. It is a asuka model, the easy eight one. Very good kit ! Hmmm yes talking about zimmerit.. I didn't try it so far and it makes me a little nervous 😄😄. Also want to try to paint some figures (another I never done before). Came back in modeling since last year... so still have a lot to learn. Really happy we have the same interests... I will be more active in a couple of month and for sure will start something related to german WWII armour or vehicules. Not decided yet ... I will let you know... wish you a great day.
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