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Building a vintage 1969 Issue Tamiya 1/35 Panther Ausf A.

Having a fun time for under a Tenner + a bit of plastic card!

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Kevin Cole 122/03/2018 15:23:47
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Lovely job! You make it look easy enough to try it myself.

Nice attention to detail re: the missing zim patches, brackets, etc.

Edited By Kevin Cole 1 on 22/03/2018 15:24:26

Scottie22/03/2018 16:06:33
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​Your skills just prove you don't need after market kits to produce great effects.


Lee22/03/2018 16:28:48
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Hi Ron

As I said, Zim is spot on.thumbs up Like the cam also.

Regards Lee

spanner57022/03/2018 17:35:22
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Kevin - Thanks. Do try it. You might just surprise yourself - If you don't have a go, you will never know!

Scottie - Thank's for the compliment, but I think it's more an inbuilt stubborn streak that refuses to let me buy expensive after market stuff.

Just when my steely resolve starts to weaken, I remind myself that the money saved buys me beer tokens and more brand new kits!yes

It also gives me a determination to do the best I can with what I see on opening the box. Plus of course, a bit of a rummage in my bits box......wink

Lee - Thanks mate. Good to see you're sticking with it.

Thank again, boys.


john hutton22/03/2018 20:06:09
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Excellent job sir, work on the Zimm looks very effective indeed thumbs up. Have read through a couple of times but could not see what you used to make the pattern ? unless you mentioned it on your earlier Zimmerit experiment thread and i missed it thinking. Your hand painting of the first layer of Camo is a cracking job too, looking forward to seeing the Brown and Green together wink 2.


spanner57022/03/2018 21:29:53
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Thanks John.

To make the pattern I use my modelling knife / scalpel, and scribe the lines freehand.

....and as if by magic - The Green! It's great fun trying to make the two colours flow through to the turret without a break - Trying being the operative word!




Thanks for your query, John.



spanner57023/03/2018 14:51:06
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Finishing post in sight, and the favourite has the whip out!

To tone down the colours, I've brushed on a very well diluted, all over coat of D.k Yellow. I then added the decals and finally the tools etc. from the kit. I'm getting fed up with knocking off the turret M.G., so it's staying off until the last minute!

This (apart from the side thingies, the pilot and the M.G.) is the result of what's in the box.

It's at this stage that I decided to really have a bit of fun, and have a root in my spares box to see if there was anything of interest......... wink

Here's the build, toned down, with all the kit tools etc. glued on.











Bed the decals into the zimmerit, add a bit of weathering then, spares box here I come!

Hang on in chaps. Nearly finished.....








Edited By spanner570 on 23/03/2018 14:51:57

Kevin Cole 123/03/2018 20:44:14
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Looking good!

And if ever there were a kit ideal for attempting zim, it's this one. If I make a mess, it was a cheap (and inaccurate) kit.

spanner57023/03/2018 21:10:22
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Thanks Kevin. Go for it.

Personally I'm not too bothered about inaccuracies. It was fun to just try and create a reasonable model from a very old kit.

I'll wind the build up now. I daresay some will think it's no longer 'out of the box', but all I added was a bit of plastic card and bits from my spares box. I would like to think it's still OOB - opinions could well differ. That's life.

Brush painted in a mixture of children's and Vallejo Model Air acrylics. Weathered with some dk. brown acrylics.

Add on's from my spares box, plus a scratch built ladder and ropes etc. - and yes, they are American Jerry Cans. The stuff you see was actually on one Panther or another. So just for the crack, I've piled them all onto my tank.

......and all for a tennersmileyyes

Here's the result.












Cheers all, and thanks for all your comments. I appreciated them all.


Si Benson23/03/2018 22:12:32
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Evening Ron,

That’s a great should be pleased with thatthumbs up


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