Visual makeover for 'Gunther', my 1/6 Armortek Panther G!

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Postby Marco Peter » Tue Mar 03, 2020 9:38 pm

I recently got my newest German Big Cat, and I love it! I named him 'Gunther'.

This Panther was previously owned by Olaf Piekenbrink, and the builder did a really, really nice job. Lots of extra parts, great weldlines, and after Kees van Rijswijk worked on it it no works with a LifePo4 accu, a Beier sound module, a custom smoke generator, working convoy light, etc.

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But that camouflage pattern, those dots! Arrrrghhh MY EYES ARE HURTING!

Well, after a couple of weeks it now looks like this:
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It's not entirely finished, but I love the new look!

If people are interested in the process, I will in this thread post almost 200 photos of what I did and share some techniques I used. I am very much open for tips and comments (just realise that most of the work is already done and it will be in hindsight). But anything I can learn will be used for future projects! Never stop learning! :-)
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Postby Marco Peter » Tue Mar 03, 2020 9:38 pm

My first concern was how to remove the dots... The paint used for the dots was thick, you could actually feel the dots!

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This is a quick test: In the red area I sanded the dots away, in the blue area clearly not...

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Unacceptable of course. I did not want those dots to hunt me forever every time I look at the tank!

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Much better!

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Even after just a first layer of dunkelgelb it's very promising!
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Postby Marco Peter » Tue Mar 03, 2020 9:39 pm

I never liked the killrings. Not killrings in general but how but the way they were executed. Too wide, too thick.

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The cupola was already nicely detailed:
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My reference photo:
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So I liked to have a slightly more 'cast' look.
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I used Mr. Surfacer500.
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Better!
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Postby Marco Peter » Tue Mar 03, 2020 9:39 pm

Time to start on the rest of the turret!

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I even find some older turret-numbers...

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705?

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God I LOVE dunkelgelb!
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Postby Trora » Tue Mar 03, 2020 9:41 pm

wow

like the size 1/6 , you have a great looking model

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Postby Marco Peter » Tue Mar 03, 2020 9:48 pm

Trora wrote:like the size 1/6 , you have a great looking model

Thanks Ralf!

Here you can check out my Tiger 1. :-)
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Postby PainlessWolf » Wed Mar 04, 2020 3:32 am

Good evening,
Hey! I have a 321 Panther G as well. Nowhere near as big or heavy as yours.. Loaded with eye candy, your tank is really a beauty. The dots were distracting to say the least.
regards and following along,
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Postby Marco Peter » Wed Mar 04, 2020 11:13 am

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First color: Brown! I used the AK Real Color-serie for that.

If you look closely you can see the faint lines of pencil I put there to loosely determine a camo-pattern. Big mistake. Pencil shows through!
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Adding the second color: Green! I also used the AK Real Color-serie for that.

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It's hard to get the shapes right, especially where the color come together. This side was bugging me, I didn't like it...

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Small corrections made to the shape. Better.
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Postby Marco Peter » Wed Mar 04, 2020 11:13 am

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I liked how this turned out. The mantlet is divided in three colors but it seems natural.

Time for a quick try on the dotted Panther!
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Looks so squeaky clean! But no weathering can start until the turret numbers are there...
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Postby 43rdRecceReg » Wed Mar 04, 2020 12:44 pm

The 'new look', as seen in pic number 2, is superb! This is one drool-worthy tank, Marco :thumbup: ;D
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Postby Wildboar44 » Wed Mar 04, 2020 1:53 pm

WOW that is impressive. Following with interest. Thank you for posting.
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Postby Jarlath » Wed Mar 04, 2020 2:57 pm

Sooner or later I'll have to build my Armortek Panther "A"...
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Postby Marco Peter » Wed Mar 04, 2020 3:00 pm

Jarlath wrote:Sooner or later I'll have to build my Armortek Panther "A"...

Make it sooner! Or at least make a start haha! :D
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Postby Jarlath » Wed Mar 04, 2020 5:09 pm

Marco Peter wrote:
Jarlath wrote:Sooner or later I'll have to build my Armortek Panther "A"...

Make it sooner! Or at least make a start haha! :D


Still in the boxes :)
I need to get my kids' and wife's hockey gear outta my garage!
Having a forward, a goalie, and a hockey trainer under my roof really eats my ability to space claim

Having enough free time has also been an issue...
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Postby Jarlath » Wed Mar 04, 2020 5:11 pm

Marco Peter wrote:
Jarlath wrote:Sooner or later I'll have to build my Armortek Panther "A"...

Make it sooner! Or at least make a start haha! :D


Still in the boxes :)
I need to get my kids' and wife's hockey gear outta my garage!
Having a forward, a goalie, and a hockey trainer under my roof really eats my ability to space claim

Having enough free time has also been an issue...
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Postby Marco Peter » Wed Mar 04, 2020 9:21 pm

Excuses, excuses hahahaha!
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Postby Marco Peter » Wed Mar 04, 2020 9:29 pm

Well, turret numbers... I'm used to using decals. But on 1/6th scale you need HUGE decals! And even though I ordered two sets from the best supplier of decals around (peddinghausdecals) I did not quite find what I liked - and frankly I like 'real' painted number even more.

So my friend Patrick Van Den Wyngaert was kind enough to lend me his set of excellent Armorpax stencils! And I entered a world of hurt... This really needs some practice and patience to get any good results - two virtues I hardly posses! :lol:

But even I was smart enough to practice first, so I took one of the 'seitenschurtzen' and started to figure out hoe to do this the best way...

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First try was and just the outline.

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I used Vallejo Elfenbein color (because I was afraid flat white would be too white)

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Not bad!

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Easy to use as placeholder to see how it looks!
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Postby Marco Peter » Wed Mar 04, 2020 9:30 pm

For the turret-numbers, I wanted to try the outlined version: white outline, red inside.
Basically that does not only make it twice as difficult, but even worse. :lol:

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Red first...

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Not so happy with the result.

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Carefully placing the inner-parts of the stencils...

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What to say... Should I stop trying?

The result in close-up:
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...and after some retouching:
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Retouched both the reds and the white outline with a small brush.
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Postby Marco Peter » Wed Mar 04, 2020 9:32 pm

Well, I couldn't resist starting to work on the turret a little bit more. First I tried some shading:

Before:
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After:
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The result was quite subtle, but there! I used AK Track Primer in the airbrush.
(For the body of the tank I switched to Panzergrau for this effect)

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Tried the same on the whole turret:
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Quite the difference - Less squeaky clean!
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Postby cannedheat » Thu Mar 05, 2020 10:03 am

smart that is lad
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