1944 Christmas Jagdpanther

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Postby PainlessWolf » Tue Jan 14, 2020 3:10 am

Good eve to all
After some pleasant anticipation, my last Christmas present came in today (courtesy of the Mate! ) Well, after the truck is completed, I now have a new Spring Build to tinker away on. This has been a 'want' for some time and I am really pleased with the solidity and 'yes', updates that Taigen has done to the sounds and performance ( progressive track creep, real Panzer sounds and a truly, truly scary airgun ) This brute came direct from Taigen\IMEX in Florida and has some added bits to give the airgun recoil if I do my part right. (I can't say enough good things about Erik down there. The man is stellar!) I will probably revisit my Taigen Panther 'G' while doing this build and add some lower hull improvements I have been wanting to do as well. More cash for the Hobby Mill! ;o)
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A Last Late Christmas Present.jpg
A Last Late Christmas Present.jpg
Double box protection.jpg
Double box protection.jpg
Triple Boxed but worth the wait to get to the Prize inside.jpg
Triple Boxed but worth the wait to get to the Prize inside.jpg
Extra Goodies from Erik at Taigen.jpg
Extra Goodies from Erik at Taigen.jpg
Components to help rig up a recoiling barrel..jpg
Components to help rig up a recoiling barrel..jpg
The Good Stuff.jpg
The Good Stuff.jpg
Taigens Metal Jagdpanther....Hefty.jpg
Taigens Metal Jagdpanther....Hefty.jpg
The Paint is lovely...Like the Taigen Panther before, years ago, I will have to work to preserve it while detailing..jpg
The Paint is lovely...Like the Taigen Panther before, years ago, I will have to work to preserve it while detailing..jpg
Time for a truckload of Tamiya, Schumo and Aber goodness..jpg
Time for a truckload of Tamiya, Schumo and Aber goodness..jpg
Initial charge and test...Wow! Taigen has made some changes.jpg
Initial charge and test...Wow! Taigen has made some changes.jpg
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Postby Von Mooflesaaa » Tue Jan 14, 2020 3:27 am

Now that looks like a beast.

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Postby 43rdRecceReg » Tue Jan 14, 2020 1:49 pm

It already looks like a feast for the eyes, Painless. :thumbup: :D Perhaps it's just the hors d'oeuvres, and you'll provide the main course with some trademark refinements (seasoning)!.
That's a really nice paintjob for starters :O I'd be reluctant to alter that, except for the absolute best quality decals, and a bit of toning here and there. Your package is also a reminder to me that I have the Tamiya static Jagdpanther waiting in the wings. I was lucky to get the MF-04 unit for it at Xmas for a knockdown price from Axel's'. I already have the elevation and recoil units. The biggest challenge will be finding a brace
JP compatible gearboxes. They'll have to be Tamiya originals or... 'gulp!' 8O ETO bespoke ones

Looking forward to dinner!
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Postby PainlessWolf » Tue Jan 14, 2020 3:00 pm

Morning, Gentlemen, Roy *chuckles* ;o) It is a Monster! Ever since I read the book 'Panzer Spirit' ( about a possessed Sherman and Jagdpanther going at each other in the wilds of 80's Germany ), I have wanted a very good RC version of each. Shermans I definitely have and now this beautiful Big Cat as well. I am itching to start on it but have the IE KR-11 truck and towed gun to finish first and then a bit of work on the Stuart ( new 3D printed tracks and electronics ) I am looking forward to a Spring and Summer well spent tho' I dithered back and forth between the Tamiya and the Taigen, Roy, but in the end, I nudged the Mate towards the Taigen. I wanted the metal lower, running gear, tracks and steel gearboxes ( and had heard a lot of good things about the new MFU ) and Erik's price + the bits to work on it with along with free shipping, wrapped this present up for me. ;o) You know me, fiddly brass is in this Tracked Guns future along with an upgraded speaker and other bits and bobs. To be fair to Taigen tho', right out of the box, it is obvious that they have made giant strides in manufacturing their high end versions. Father Christmas has made this old Wolf very happy!
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Postby Soeren » Tue Jan 14, 2020 6:46 pm

Hey there Payinless, very nice to see you start this project. I am following along and am really curious to see what your interpretation of this monster will be.
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Postby PainlessWolf » Tue Jan 14, 2020 8:07 pm

Heyas, Soeren,
I am excited to have a metal version of this tank as my Panther from Taigen was the plastic lower hull version ( I was still fairly new to the Hobby then ) Having seen how great the all metal lower is on this armor, I think the Panther will have to get one as well for an upgrade. Here is a pic of the Panther from years ago. Back then the accessory color I used was dunkelgelb to match. Now I think a lot of Rottbraun will be called for on this one.
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Tue Jan 14, 2020 10:03 pm

Going to be a ripper project Mr Wolf. Seems almost a shame to tamper with these things with such a high finish standard on the latest Taigens.
So, whats it going to be ?
early ?
Mid ?
Late?
Have fun researching :thumbup:
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Postby PainlessWolf » Wed Jan 15, 2020 12:28 am

Mr. Herman,
Doing a cursory search, it looks like a late War paint scheme has been applied so I'll head that way. Lots of great Jagdpanther builds on here to get inspiration ( including your own )
;o) regards,
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