Another panther

Another panther

Joined: August 5th, 2008, 5:44 am

April 18th, 2011, 11:41 pm #1

HI all,

having really enjoyed building my last panther relatively OOTB, I thought it time to really pull out the stops and detail one up with as much aftermarket as humanly possible.. afterall, whats the point of having it and not using it?

This one is going to be a late war last steel wheel IR panther - well fitted for, but not with, IR. So it will have the IR box, but no IR mounted on the cupola etc.

Here's where I am so far. Not a whole lot done really (and please excuse the model bench shots). DML LSW kit, with friul tracks, MA Mori sprocket, and MA Mori IR bin on the hull rear.

So far i've fixed the forward hull armor thickness, by adding 10 thou evergreen to the hull roof in front of the driver's hatch plate. On the real thing, this armour was 10mm thicker. I've also reworked the hull interlocks slightly, as well as adding slight texture to the hull armor. The dark grey parts on the hull top are parts from Accurate Armour's ecxellent Panther G upgrade.







More to come, i'll be blogging this exclusively on Schwerpunkt, so please check back in from time to time for updates.

Thanks

Sam Dwyer

www.schwerpunkt.com.au
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Joined: August 5th, 2008, 5:44 am

April 20th, 2011, 10:43 am #2

.. and better photos.

Here's a close up of the MA Mori sprocket. This is a great piece of casting, its 3 parts, front, back and centre hub cap on the front. Note the cast number.



Here you can see i've beefed up the hull interlocks, and added thickness to the armor section in front of the drivers' hatch plate. This thicker armor is shown in drawings in Panzer Tracts 5-3, but isnt mentioned anywhere in the text (not that i can find).



Here it is in side view, as you can see, its a slight difference, but it makes a difference having it there.



And here's a shot of a Panther in the town square of Grandnemil in Belgium (sorry if i've spelt that incorrectly!)




Close up of the glacis:




Accurate Armours' Panther upgrade parts. Very nicely cast


Moving onto the hull rear, ive added some details, exhausts, tow pintle, with pin and associated chain and retaining split pin. Also added welds here and there.




Close up of the tow pintle and welds etc



I was going to use the TMD flammvernichter exhausts, but they seemed to be castings of the kit parts, so why bother? I did use their mounting brackets, as they are slightly thinner than the kit parts. I added a weld to the exhaust bodies.


And thats where Im up to for now.

Sam



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Joined: August 5th, 2008, 5:44 am

April 22nd, 2011, 6:13 am #3

HI all,

having really enjoyed building my last panther relatively OOTB, I thought it time to really pull out the stops and detail one up with as much aftermarket as humanly possible.. afterall, whats the point of having it and not using it?

This one is going to be a late war last steel wheel IR panther - well fitted for, but not with, IR. So it will have the IR box, but no IR mounted on the cupola etc.

Here's where I am so far. Not a whole lot done really (and please excuse the model bench shots). DML LSW kit, with friul tracks, MA Mori sprocket, and MA Mori IR bin on the hull rear.

So far i've fixed the forward hull armor thickness, by adding 10 thou evergreen to the hull roof in front of the driver's hatch plate. On the real thing, this armour was 10mm thicker. I've also reworked the hull interlocks slightly, as well as adding slight texture to the hull armor. The dark grey parts on the hull top are parts from Accurate Armour's ecxellent Panther G upgrade.







More to come, i'll be blogging this exclusively on Schwerpunkt, so please check back in from time to time for updates.

Thanks

Sam Dwyer

www.schwerpunkt.com.au
Its the Easter long weekend here, so i've had a chance to work on the Panther some more.

Ball MG mount in. Still unsure about using a brass MG barrel, or the kit part. Suggestions?



More work on the engine deck. Added welds around all the lifting eyes, wingnuts to the louvres (though i've lost one already, going by these shots), bolts added to the crew heater (again, lost one already!). Thinned out the antenna mount base as well, the flat part that sits under the rubber boot. Added also the retaining rod around the top of the right hand (low) circular fan. This was done by wrapping fine copper wire around some very fine styrene rod, then gluing it to the mesh. 4 sections of weld was then added to tie this all together. Accurate Armor tow cable brackets were added to the rear deck too. The star antenna pot is a Tasca item. drain holes were drilled in this part, and I added a weld around its base.







Thats all for now. Hopefully being a long weekend here, i'll be able to get a heap done.

Sam

www.schwerpunkt.com.au
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Joined: July 22nd, 2005, 3:15 am

April 22nd, 2011, 7:46 am #4


Hi Sam,

You do more in a week than I can in a month!

Your touches such as the reworked armour plate ends and the engine deck screens pushed  down into the grilles look great, on the right hand circular louvre how did you get the rolled effect to the edge of the mesh?

Rob
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Joined: January 16th, 2005, 6:26 am

April 26th, 2011, 8:51 am #5

Its the Easter long weekend here, so i've had a chance to work on the Panther some more.

Ball MG mount in. Still unsure about using a brass MG barrel, or the kit part. Suggestions?



More work on the engine deck. Added welds around all the lifting eyes, wingnuts to the louvres (though i've lost one already, going by these shots), bolts added to the crew heater (again, lost one already!). Thinned out the antenna mount base as well, the flat part that sits under the rubber boot. Added also the retaining rod around the top of the right hand (low) circular fan. This was done by wrapping fine copper wire around some very fine styrene rod, then gluing it to the mesh. 4 sections of weld was then added to tie this all together. Accurate Armor tow cable brackets were added to the rear deck too. The star antenna pot is a Tasca item. drain holes were drilled in this part, and I added a weld around its base.







Thats all for now. Hopefully being a long weekend here, i'll be able to get a heap done.

Sam

www.schwerpunkt.com.au
Excellent work Sam.
Love the wired screen.

Jurgs
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Joined: October 13th, 2005, 7:45 am

May 16th, 2011, 5:38 am #6

HI all,

having really enjoyed building my last panther relatively OOTB, I thought it time to really pull out the stops and detail one up with as much aftermarket as humanly possible.. afterall, whats the point of having it and not using it?

This one is going to be a late war last steel wheel IR panther - well fitted for, but not with, IR. So it will have the IR box, but no IR mounted on the cupola etc.

Here's where I am so far. Not a whole lot done really (and please excuse the model bench shots). DML LSW kit, with friul tracks, MA Mori sprocket, and MA Mori IR bin on the hull rear.

So far i've fixed the forward hull armor thickness, by adding 10 thou evergreen to the hull roof in front of the driver's hatch plate. On the real thing, this armour was 10mm thicker. I've also reworked the hull interlocks slightly, as well as adding slight texture to the hull armor. The dark grey parts on the hull top are parts from Accurate Armour's ecxellent Panther G upgrade.







More to come, i'll be blogging this exclusively on Schwerpunkt, so please check back in from time to time for updates.

Thanks

Sam Dwyer

www.schwerpunkt.com.au
Another Panther?...why the hell not!
And a IR one at that...always a fav...excellent.

R.
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