PANTHER 111, 116TH WINDHUND Dv, HOUFFALIZE 1944

This section is to 'show and tell' about any customizing or re-vamping you have done (or are doing) to a Heng Long tank.

Postby HERMAN BIX » Tue Nov 23, 2021 4:15 am

John Glover wrote:Hi Herman.

Attached is a photo of a Tamiya Porsche Turret Ring, any interest or to big?

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Interested for sure mate.
Its certainly betterer than what I could make from scratch, and its a thing I can alter to be closer to spot on. :thumbup:
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Tue Nov 23, 2021 11:55 am

Magic grime!!
I will be admit that despite giving it a go on the less obvious areas under the running gear, but when I fist put it over what I consider to be the best paint job I’ve ever done, I had a bit of a (insert poop emoji) moment.
Again backing myself to succeed, carried on and worked in stages around the lower hull & sides,
Rear plate and under the guards.

As a new product to me, I will say it’s very easy to apply, has absolutely no smell which is important for doing weathering inside, cleans off with cheap wipes ( $2 a 30 pack here for makeup removal use) and can be re worked even once dry to get the right look.

Can it be done with other wash/ weathering products? Yeah of course , but it requires no real skill in application, a bit to remove to get the required look. And it doesn’t cause the Mrs to bitch about the pong of solvent based washes :/

I will say that the product would be better used on smooth surfaces tanks like any that don’t have Zimmerit, or as much sticky out details like a Panther, but for my first time using it, :thumbup: :thumbup: & I would definitely recommend it .

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Postby HERMAN BIX » Tue Nov 23, 2021 12:22 pm

Now on to the turret and smooth upper hull plates.
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Postby Herr Dr. Professor » Tue Nov 23, 2021 3:30 pm

Herman, I have some Magic Grime, and I am eager to try it, but busy in other projects just now. However, did you use Magic Grime on the road wheels, idler, sprocket, and lower hull? They look quite good on your Panther.
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Tue Nov 23, 2021 11:07 pm

Yes sir I did .
The yellow base was TS3 out of a Tamiya spray can though, not the same blend as the upper .
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Wed Nov 24, 2021 12:22 am

After drying overnight, the entire tank has blended really well.
I forgot to mention that I used Mr Newboys product after sealing with the same matt sealer I use on all my tanks, that being for paintings & artwork etc.
I might try a few rain streaks here & there just to try that too
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Fri Nov 26, 2021 5:23 am

Almost fully dressed.
Spare track links all on, the retaining pins all put in :crazy: and one toe cable placed. I could have sworn I had 3 cables, but the damn tow cable burglar must have been around,
I will get another sometime.
Only thing left now is to put the tool clamps on & match them to the overall finish which won’t be hard.
It looks dark in pics but as it’s set in a very gloomy period of the winter and there is also storms every day here it seems to fit the mood!
I won’t add any pigment to this one like I fix with the king Tiger I did in a similar setting , the grime has done that for me, and the Zimmerit holds more compound that normal, so it has the tone I want
Once I run it outside the tracks will get shine on the chevrons and look better.
Oh and the bucket of course.
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Postby Met5 » Fri Nov 26, 2021 5:51 am

Are you going to do something about the tracks that look like new from the factory?

Yes mate, going to run the paint off to get the chevrons shined up, and maybe some dirt pigment if necessary.
But if so, only on the tracks.
It hasn't had a proper drive on its tracks as yet, so they kind of are new from the factory !!

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Postby Aussie » Fri Nov 26, 2021 10:33 am

Another masterpiece , very well done.

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Postby PainlessWolf » Fri Nov 26, 2021 2:33 pm

Herman!
I looked at the photos of the initial Magic Grime application and yes, my first thought was "OhNo! He has ruined that beautiful paint job!" Good to see that the product cleans up as advertised and leaves a cool looking weathering job in it's wake. That's one excellent Panther that you have there!
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Postby Herr Dr. Professor » Fri Nov 26, 2021 10:26 pm

Congratulations on a triumph. Sit back, smile, and enjoy the results of a lot of work and skill, Bix. What a prize piece! Did you keep a record of the cost? :shh: :silent: :crazy:
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Postby Jofaur86 » Sat Nov 27, 2021 11:02 pm

:) Herman, you have done an exceptional job, 8O and I follow captivated by your finishes, and details, I only have one word "hat the artist" :thumbup:
when I see this? makes me want to get back to knitting :lolno:

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Postby c.rainford73 » Sat Nov 27, 2021 11:13 pm

Museum quality work Herman! Really well done in every way :wave:
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Sun Nov 28, 2021 12:23 am

Aussie wrote:Another masterpiece , very well done.


Thanks Mr Aussie, its coming out quite good. Finished soon.
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Sun Nov 28, 2021 12:25 am

PainlessWolf wrote:Herman!
I looked at the photos of the initial Magic Grime application and yes, my first thought was "OhNo! He has ruined that beautiful paint job!" Good to see that the product cleans up as advertised and leaves a cool looking weathering job in it's wake. That's one excellent Panther that you have there!
regards,
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Cheers Mr Wolf, yes indeed while the mind screams damnation, it really does clean up as stated.
It will actually clean up even more, after a week of being applied if I want too.
A few little details to complete then its done ;)
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Sun Nov 28, 2021 12:38 am

Herr Dr. Professor wrote:Congratulations on a triumph. Sit back, smile, and enjoy the results of a lot of work and skill, Bix. What a prize piece! Did you keep a record of the cost? :shh: :silent: :crazy:



Thank you Herr Dr................all I can do at the moment is sit .........ankle being what it is & all. :/
As for a cost record, I normally dont bother, one does what one can within his means to get the outcome & there is a cost to that.
But, as I can estimate on this one looking back (all prices in $AUD);

- Atak Zim kit $45
- Voyager P/E $55
- H/L V6.1s electronics $111
- Taigen Metal roadwheels $60
- Taigen metal drive & idlers $20
- Taigen steel gearbox's $ 55
- Taigen closed pin winter tracks(imported) $150
- Tank V6 base model $300
- Blood , sweat & tears = priceless !

All up thats about 3 bucks for you jokers with actual currency :/ :'(
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Sun Nov 28, 2021 12:41 am

Jofaur86 wrote::) Herman, you have done an exceptional job, 8O and I follow captivated by your finishes, and details, I only have one word "hat the artist" :thumbup:
when I see this? makes me want to get back to knitting :lolno:


Merci Mr Jofaur, I really appreciate your kudos.
While it is far from some of the models here worthy of a place in the Louvre, its a reasonable representation of what 111 might have looked like on the morning before it was knocked out I think.
By the way, knitting is way harder than it looks :eh:
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Sun Nov 28, 2021 12:43 am

c.rainford73 wrote:Museum quality work Herman! Really well done in every way :wave:


G'day Mr Rainford, thanks for looking in & for the credit.
Its come out pretty good over all.
I hope to get the last pin pricks of details done today so I can formally close off.
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Sun Nov 28, 2021 12:48 am

Mr Newboy must be quietly pissing himself with the reactions to first application of his grime product "they all do that every first time they use it, whats to worry about-Me & the grime have got this" !!
Well Mr Newboy, despite the u-tube videos its still a shock to the system when it goes on for the first time & you've had loads of practice :haha: :haha: :thumbup:
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Postby Dr Phibes » Sun Nov 28, 2021 12:56 am

Herman! That is just a magnificent achievement! :clap: :clap:

What a superb Panther and representation of the 111. As I am, literally, getting ready to start my own Panther build I now have a first-class benchmark to help guide my own effort. There are other excellent Panthers here, of course, but your historical approach and truly skilful execution have given me ideas of my own already. I doubt I can match your work but it will be fun trying, and I might just be looking for some Pantheresque illumination in the future too!! :thumbup:
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