Lert repaints his JagdPanther

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Postby Lert » Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:00 pm

I've had a HL JagdPanther for a few years now. Always loved the JP, was never quite satisfied with my paint job on it. It's had three so far, and all of them annoyed me. So I decided to re-do.

I stripped it, then took the upper, lower, mantlet, barrel, wheels and rear panel to work to sand blast them. The finest / softest grit worked just fine on the sturdy HL plastic. Once sandblasted I filled in gaps and holes with fine putty, let it dry and sanded it all smooth:

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After that was a base coat of dark sand yellow primer:

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Looks more shiny than it was because I took the picture when the paint was still wet.

First layer of shading with a lighter color dunkelgelb, leaving the edges darker:

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And a second layer of shading with an even lighter color dunkelgelb in the middle of the large surfaces:

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I then spent some time trying to decide what camo pattern to put on. Finally decided on width-wise broad, jagged stripes of green, with brown borders.

First step: masking tape:

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Green!

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Not pictured: layer of shading with lighter green.

Masking tape removed:

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Next step: adding soft-edge brown along the dunkelgelb / green borders. I'll see if I can find the time tomorrow, when there is proper light again.

Quite pleased with how it's turning out so far.
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Postby c.rainford73 » Fri Nov 09, 2018 1:55 am

That looks spectacular I'm watching closely for some upcoming builds. Awesome
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Postby Lert » Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:46 am

Progress!

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Postby capt midnight » Fri Nov 16, 2018 5:16 pm

Beautiful!

I really loved the shading on the base color. I'm going to have to try that on my next build.

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Postby Eastern Front » Fri Nov 16, 2018 5:22 pm

Nice start,,bring on the MUD! :haha:

Cheers!
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Postby Lert » Fri Nov 16, 2018 6:20 pm

capt midnight wrote:Beautiful!

I really loved the shading on the base color. I'm going to have to try that on my next build.


Thanks for the kind words, and yes, I was quite pleased with how the shading on the base coat came out. I'm definitely using this method in future builds.

Eastern Front wrote:Nice start,,bring on the MUD!


That's the next step! Weathering and dust / mud!
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Postby Lert » Thu Dec 13, 2018 2:31 pm

Holiday depression and insomnia have been kicking my ass, but I did get some work done.

First I scratch built some brackets from sheet styrene for the cleaning rod pipe:

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Painted it, fixed it to the JP's engine deck. Also took the opportunity to paint all the tools and put them where they went according to some pictures I found on the internet and were linked me by friendly folk here on the forum:

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Then I went out and got some cheap brown paint in a tube from the local discount store, and some model railroad gravel. Mix them up, slather on hull sides to give a mud texture:

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Only where it would be visible from the side. My theory is that crews really wouldn't clean there too often.

Finally some pigments and clearcoats later:

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Quite pleased with how that came out. Just needs a grime wash on the rest of the hull and it'll look properly dirty.
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Postby 43rdRecceReg » Thu Dec 13, 2018 4:55 pm

Armour serving in the winter campaigns in Italy ('44-'45) might well have had a mudbath like that. I don't suppose the crews were issued with portable hoses and waterpumps... :) Nicely done!.
You could probably do facials as well, with skills like that :D
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Postby Lert » Sat Dec 15, 2018 12:57 pm

Progress!

Some rust color around the nuts on the road wheels and drive sprockets:

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Washes:

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Painted the tires, applied some pigment and put the lower back together:

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Postby c.rainford73 » Sat Dec 15, 2018 1:57 pm

Nice!
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Postby Lert » Sun Dec 16, 2018 4:13 pm

Got a lot done.

First, I got a cheap-ass mouse mat from the local discount store and cut it up into pieces:

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These pieces are cut to fit right in the hull, sandwiched between the lower hull and gearboxes:

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I didn't think to take a picture of the gearboxes fitted with the neoprene layers between them and the hull. Suffice to say that they put some pressure on the gearboxes, which I hope will neutralize some of the resonance between the gearboxes and the hull, making the JP run more quiet.

I decided that my JP lost a mudguard during her adventures:

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Which ofcourse necessitated mud:

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And splatter:

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Hmmm. I like the splatter. Let's put some on the glacis plate:

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A bit of pigment on the mud and some experimentation with grime streaks:

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I know the wash will blend the streaks a bit as does the clearcoat with a few % of buff to soften the camouflage and weathering, so I made sure the streaks were extra thick.

Now here is where I went a little bit wrong. I was experimenting with making my own wash out of glaze and color, but it turned out a bit too thick:

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Also not entirely happy with how the mud around the missing mud guard turned out, but some additional color and wash later, the mud at least improved.

The clear coat with a few % buff didn't soften the wash enough IMO, so it's still a lot heavier weathered than I'd intended, but ... doesn't look too bad I think:

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And with a spare tow cable fitted as well as a camo net on the barrel:

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Now I just need to wait for some parts, then I can finish the stowage and spare tracks.

Reasonably pleased so far, even though the weathering is a bit too heavy. Ah well - we'll just say she took a beating and the crew is lazy and never even hosed her down.
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Sun Dec 16, 2018 10:56 pm

I like it like that Mr Lert
I’m not a fan of the barrel net, but that’s just me ! I prefer the sleek line of that 88
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Postby Lert » Sat Dec 29, 2018 1:57 pm

So I managed to source a partially used brass etch ABER sprue for my JP, which still had the track link holders on that I wanted. Why did nobody warn me these would be so fiddly?

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HALP.

This is going to need not one, but TWO tweezers:

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Postby Lert » Mon Feb 04, 2019 12:07 am

Update! Finally got around to doing some more work.

Bent the track holders into shape, fixed them to the tank using superglue:

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Painted them, applied some weathering, hung spare track links and C-hooks on them, which I glued into place:

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Why hang the C-hooks on the track holder brackets? Well, why not? I'm sure they used those brackets for whatever they needed to back in the day.

I had some tiny chain that I cut into 12 pieces of about 4 cm ish long, got a 0.5mm stainless steel wire:

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Painstakingly scratch built retainer pins by snipping a piece of steel wire, bending it into shape, hooking it into one end of a tiny chain:

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Fiddliest thing I've ever done for a 1/16th scale model. Almost as fiddly as the 1/72 Nashorn I'm working on, on the side.

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All 12 done. Phew. Now to prepare the spots to attach them to and carefully superglue them into place. I'm hoping superglue will suffice. Then to touch up their attachment, and presto:

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Working retainer pins. The jerry cans are held only by the brackets and pins, and can be removed.

Ok, that's the JP itself done. Now to add some stowage. I can probably get that done within a few days at most.

I might even consider submitting this to TotM for February. Do y'all think it's worth submitting among such great machines as others are building?
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Mon Feb 04, 2019 12:46 am

Love it, enter it for sure :thumbup:
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Postby Soeren » Mon Feb 04, 2019 10:06 am

Beautiful :thumbup:
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Postby 43rdRecceReg » Mon Feb 04, 2019 10:47 am

Admirable work with the mini pins and chains, Lert. :thumbup: There's nothing wrong with your hand/eye coordination. Nor your vision, for that matter :D
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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Mon Feb 04, 2019 11:48 am

Fantastic :clap:
Very tastefully done :clap:

I would enter it Mr Lert, especially as you may get into the winners gallery by default ;)
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Postby c.rainford73 » Tue Feb 05, 2019 2:23 am

Lert what a wonderful job you've done congratulations on a job well done

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Postby Lert » Tue Feb 05, 2019 9:30 pm

Completed!

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Hans Panzermann in his element, with his PDW nearby:

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Prerequisite ass shot:

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