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My first German Army tank build in over 35 years. The tank is of part the Grosdeutschland Panzer Grendier Divison, Lithuania 1944.
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Terry Schuler said on December 29, 2016
Thanks to the many tank / armor builders on this site, I’m becoming a big fan of these steel beast, especially when they look this good. Nice work John !
Craig Abrahamson said on December 29, 2016
Good job on this…..is that zimmermitt (sp) molded on or did you make it?
IAN JACKSON said on December 29, 2016
35 years since you built an AFV !!!!
Certainly the skills haven’t atrophied in that time, sir.
Carl Christensen said on December 29, 2016
Looks real good. Nice job.
George Williams said on December 29, 2016
Nice detail work and the finish is very well done.
Bernd Müller said on December 29, 2016
Excellent build, not too much weathering, just spot on.
Did you have changed Italeris Zimmerit pattern ? Looks great !
Greg Kittinger said on December 29, 2016
Nice looking build! I don’t know enough about armor to comment on details, but it looks nicely done and weathered.
Bernard E. Hackett, Jr. said on December 29, 2016
John, first rate tank. I like the zimmerit and the bullet gouges in it. The crowfoot antenna must have been a lot of fun, also.
Robert Royes said on December 29, 2016
Great job,Looks as menacing as the real thing.
Louis Gardner said on December 29, 2016
The Panther is my favorite WW2 German tank. Yours looks great. Like the others have stated, you still have the necessary skills after 35 years!!!! I really like everything about this model.
John Figuerres said on December 30, 2016
Thank you all for the kind replies, I’ve only just joined the group and look forward to more inter-action with all of you. The zimmerit was an after market product from Cavalier products. It was made specifically for the Italeri kit and was applied with epoxy glue. The weathering techniques were studied and applied after much and various reading and YouTube viideo watching.
Gary Brantley said on December 30, 2016
Yes sir! That tank looks great John. Congratulations on a fine build, and thanks for sharing it with us! 🙂
Michel Verschuere said on December 31, 2016
Very nicely done John! I’m working the Zimmerit on a Panther A model (Dragon). I used a wide variety on techniques, the best result I got was using “No more nails” adhesive. Apply a thin layer of about 1 mm and let set for about 15 minutes (depending on humidity). Then you can work the Zimmerit pattern with a screwdriver or scratchbuilt applicator. The turret pattern however requires a “heated screwdriver” method because the curved lines prevent the adhesive from sticking to the styrene. IMO Zimmerit application is very difficult but rewarding in the end.
Bill Koppos said on December 31, 2016
Oooooh somehow I missed this one, what a fabulous Panther. Been looking for a proper square zimmerit Panther, did not think about aftermarket, that’s the new plan. Very Cool cat there love the paint and weathering.
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