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Imitation-sincerest form of flattery?

October 18, 2015 in Armor

When the invading Wehrmacht encountered the Soviet union’s T-34 tank for the first time, panic ensued. Here was a monster that deflected anti-tank rounds with ease, with mud-beating wide tracks, high mileage diesel power, and a nice long 7.62 mm gun. Quickly the word went out-copy that! 2 prototypes were ordered, the one from Diamler-Benz looking like the one you see here. Sloping armor, wide tracks rear drive, big a– gun and a diesel. I happen to think this baby is MUCH better looking than the MAN version which became everybody’s beloved Panther, but that’s just me.
Amusing Hobby’s (love that name) fairly new 1/35 scale kit is a nice one, going together real easy. Only glitch is the durn tracks, individual links that use Hobby-Boss type tiny pins to hold the links together. An assembly jig is provided but it’s still tedious. But it’s doable all the same.
I wanted the just out of the assembly shop look, using German reddish primer on the hull, and the unpainted turret just added. I hear the turret never was put on this thing, but it looks good on it anyway. Model Master “Rot” mixed with some burnt Umber gave me my pink, the Turret is mostly MM Gunmetal metallizer, with some shading. Panther ausf D’s look soooo boring now…..

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8 responses to Imitation-sincerest form of flattery?

  1. Well……at least the color is appropriate for October (Breast Cancer Awareness month).

    p.s. it also looks like a pretty good match for those pesky Corsair wheel wells. 🙂

  2. Salmon! Of course I knew I had seen that somewhere. Actually I think it needs a touch of rust color but….too late.

    Da dum, da dum, da dum de dum dedum

  3. I like it, Bill, really nice finish on that turret.

  4. Very interesting. Good looking model.

  5. Nice Bill, like the “pink” primer…
    It could of gone into the “Panzy” Brigade.

  6. The tracks look great. I don’t usually like AFVs looking so clean, but this one has a lot going for it.

  7. Thank you kindly, Gentlemen.

  8. Aesthetically, I prefer the MAN version of the Panther . However, this baby has its own set of charms in a “Steam Punk” sort of way (especially that exhaust system). That turret looks like an iron fist and would have been just as pulverizing had this “Paper Panzer” gone into production. Nice work all around!

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