1946 Panther ~ Jnewboy Customs

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Postby Jnewboy » Tue Jan 07, 2020 8:59 am

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Got the weld lines painted, the scopes painted and the wheels, I like to mix alittle brown with a metalic when I do the rim of steel road wheels. Lots more to come!
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Postby c.rainford73 » Wed Jan 08, 2020 1:35 am

Coming along splendidly Jon
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Postby Soeren » Wed Jan 08, 2020 11:41 am

Great result Jon. How resilient is the paint on the wheels ? I really like this, but I would be worried if it wears down after a few runs.
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Postby Jnewboy » Wed Jan 22, 2020 6:30 am

Soeren wrote:Great result Jon. How resilient is the paint on the wheels ? I really like this, but I would be worried if it wears down after a few runs.

True, usually I would use enamel based paint for RC use however the buyer of this tank will not be using it it for heavy RC use, it will be primarily a display /show piece.
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Postby Jnewboy » Wed Jan 22, 2020 6:43 am

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I had to make a custom mount for the MG42 scope/lamp so it can be fitted to the copula. Also I did the workers marks on the oxide primer parts from the factory that were rushed out without paint. Next Ill paint the scopes and do the chipping.
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Postby c.rainford73 » Wed Jan 22, 2020 12:11 pm

Nice work Jon those Marks look excellent :wave:
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Postby Jnewboy » Fri Jan 24, 2020 6:39 am

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More work on the scopes, hard to get that color just right. I mixed red and black enamel paint (1/3 black - 2/3 red) then after it was dry I went over it with red clear. It seems a bit to red right now but that is perfect as it will get darker after the washes and filter. Also I painted the MG42. Lots more to come!
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Postby ronnie42 » Fri Jan 24, 2020 11:20 am

Been following this. Glad you have found the correct colour for the IR searchlight len, now i can paint mine. :D All i found was B&W photos.

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Postby HERMAN BIX » Fri Jan 24, 2020 1:27 pm

Top job Mr Newboy.
Getting the shade right on those I.R. lights is an eternal quest.
As is with most things I.R. today, any lens is virtually black.
I struggled with mine on my Zu Fuss Panther for ages before just going in & risking a first shade.
I reckon you've nailed them :thumbup:
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Postby c.rainford73 » Fri Jan 24, 2020 1:45 pm

Great work. Lenses look excellent
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Postby Jnewboy » Mon Feb 10, 2020 8:16 am

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Scuff marks must be put down first, lots of people skip this step but the best models stand out due to the little things. every color where chipping is going to go mix it about 30% white or in this case I like cream-wise

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Then follow up with the chipping paint over the top, leave a little scuff showing.

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It gives the chips depth.

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A toothpick is my favorite brush!

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A few more parts to mark up and chip up.

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Finished the detail on the scopes, there are rubber portions and then I put some steel pigment on my finger and rubed the edes which gives it a used look and also creates the illusion that the paint is wearing off something metallic.

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Time to do the Magic Grime filter! To start I must strip all the parts off the side, everything is filtered/washed separately then reassembled. in the end.

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Sorta like the iphone, models are built in components thats the hard part, but final assembly is fairly fast and easy. Thats why Germany makes more per iphone than China! :P

Next week its time for Magic Grime which will really tie the model together and pop out the detail! Then is final assembly time!
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Postby PershingLover » Mon Feb 10, 2020 5:44 pm

Wow man, that is looking great! Keep up the good work! I'm a bit interested in your scuff marks. On the muzzle brake, it looks like there is a white edge. How did you do that?
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Postby c.rainford73 » Mon Feb 10, 2020 11:39 pm

Absolutely Brilliant work Jon. The colors, the details are exceptional :clap: Really impressive work. Please don't hesitate to explain in detail the " Magic Grime" :thumbup:
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Postby Jnewboy » Tue Feb 11, 2020 9:32 pm

PershingLover wrote:Wow man, that is looking great! Keep up the good work! I'm a bit interested in your scuff marks. On the muzzle brake, it looks like there is a white edge. How did you do that?


Im not sure exactly what your refering to but if you are talking about the lighter colored ring around the chip marks, it is simply mixing the original color with white or cream then putting that color down first, then the chipping color and try to stay inside the lines.
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