1946 Panther ~ Jnewboy Customs

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Postby Jnewboy » Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:19 pm

Hello again, it has been a long time since I’ve posted anything. I’ve been very busy with the real world, it always gets in the way!

I have been contracted to build a super late panther and add a little bit of “what if” or “what might have been”. So it will have an element of fantasy based on the trajectory the panther was on at the end of the war. I’m not going to make it an E-series tank or go completely insane. I just want it to look very very used, upgraded, rebuilt, “Frankensteined”a bit from other tanks and I wanted it crewed by some very fanatical last surviving defenders. It will be a very fun build I hope I can do it justice.

Here is what I have so far.

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Nothing to amazing yet, much much more to come! 8)
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Postby Ad Lav » Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:46 pm

Like a panther II or and E50?
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Postby tomhugill » Tue Jun 25, 2019 9:18 pm

I seem to be missing the pictures
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Postby dgsselkirk » Tue Jun 25, 2019 9:38 pm

Me too.... :wtf:
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Postby Jnewboy » Tue Jun 25, 2019 11:36 pm

Fixed it, sorry... :D :D
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Postby STHV » Tue Jun 25, 2019 11:55 pm

Could you give any more detail as to what you are going to turn this panther into?
I was expecting it to be an Ausf F considering that was the final version of the Panther
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Postby Jnewboy » Wed Jun 26, 2019 12:03 am

STHV wrote:Could you give any more detail as to what you are going to turn this panther into?
I was expecting it to be an Ausf F considering that was the final version of the Panther


This won’t be an F. If the war had lasted into 1946 I don’t see the Germans being able to create the E-series using the F turret as the industrial capacity was shot. They could have had scrap yards that were constantly turning out a few tanks a day from tearing apart and rebuilding them from others that were battle damaged as they were doing at the end of the war. This will be a difficult model as it will require a lot of different painting techniques and finishing techniques. There are a few modelers out there that can do this but they are few and far between. Hopefully some of you guys can pick up some Painting techniques that you can use on your own stuff if need be.
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Postby STHV » Wed Jun 26, 2019 12:55 am

Jnewboy wrote:
STHV wrote:Could you give any more detail as to what you are going to turn this panther into?
I was expecting it to be an Ausf F considering that was the final version of the Panther


This won’t be an F. If the war had lasted into 1946 I don’t see the Germans being able to create the E-series using the F turret as the industrial capacity was shot. They could have had scrap yards that were constantly turning out a few tanks a day from tearing apart and rebuilding them from others that were battle damaged as they were doing at the end of the war. This will be a difficult model as it will require a lot of different painting techniques and finishing techniques. There are a few modelers out there that can do this but they are few and far between. Hopefully some of you guys can pick up some Painting techniques that you can use on your own stuff if need be.


The Panther F was not part of the E-series and several hulls and a very small number of turrets had been completed with many more in active production right up to the final days of the war, one Ausf F hull fitted with a G turret even saw action in the battle of Berlin
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Postby c.rainford73 » Wed Jun 26, 2019 2:07 am

Looking forward to this one. You're a very talented builder and painter so I'd expect another example of a unique and impressive piece :thumbup:
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Postby Jnewboy » Wed Jun 26, 2019 3:13 am

c.rainford73 wrote:Looking forward to this one. You're a very talented builder and painter so I'd expect another example of a unique and impressive piece :thumbup:


Thanks my friend!
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Postby Jnewboy » Wed Jun 26, 2019 9:42 pm

This tank will be painted one section at a time, this side was replaced in a hurry so it will be raw steel from the warehouse/factory, no primer, no paint. We start by getting it smooth and removing the skirt rail.

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Much more to follow on this section! Ask me any questions you like!
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Wed Jun 26, 2019 11:01 pm

Great subject !
What did you do to the suspension arms to get the late steel wheels fitted ?
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Postby c.rainford73 » Wed Jun 26, 2019 11:33 pm

Wow that's coming out brilliant :wave:
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Postby Jnewboy » Thu Jun 27, 2019 12:49 am

HERMAN BIX wrote:Great subject !
What did you do to the suspension arms to get the late steel wheels fitted ?

I trimmed back the arms a little and then drilled holes slightly smaller than some machine screws I had. I put the machine screws through the wheels and then carefully screw them into the arms with super glue to make sure they won’t move then I put the outerwheels on. The result is the wheels roll effortlessly and tracks fit good!
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Postby Jnewboy » Sat Jun 29, 2019 4:33 pm

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After removing some of the grey it should be sealed again with another coat of hair spray
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Airbrush these three colors randomly around the rust areas
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Then again get wet and remove most it
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Remove the streaking grime highlights with low Oder thinner in light downward strokes
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Stempel or gently jot small amounts of the grey/blue in the grey areas whic give it even more contrast
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Airbrush a very thin line around the edge of the plate to simulate wielding burn
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Then with a very thin brush dry brush this onto the edge of the grey edge
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Done! One section is complete!
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Postby c.rainford73 » Sat Jun 29, 2019 10:14 pm

Simply outstanding :thumbup:
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Postby Jnewboy » Sun Jun 30, 2019 1:23 am

c.rainford73 wrote:Simply outstanding :thumbup:


Thanks! It will actually look better as the rest of the tank takes shape. The contrast between the rest of the rust primer and the steel throws off the look. In the end it will actually look better.
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Postby Eastern Front » Sun Jun 30, 2019 2:44 am

Love the build, hate the rust!

I will keep watching though..

Cheers!
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Postby Xiaoshan_Sailor » Sun Jun 30, 2019 8:04 am

Wow! Pass the popcorn! :thumbup:
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Postby Xiaoshan_Sailor » Sun Jun 30, 2019 8:04 am

Xiaoshan_Sailor wrote:Wow! Pass the popcorn! I'll be watching this thread with interest. :thumbup:
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