Shawn: the Cheetah looks excellent, no complaints about light weathering. Especially since my entry has basically zero weathering...but I'm gonna call my entry done too!
I ended up stripping the brown paint down to the primer and respraying those areas. The new brown paint covered evenly, no more complaints. And yes, I intentionally picked a red-brown instead of the NATO standard...I saw a few pics of Bundeswehr vehicles with that hue, the model isn't 100% accurate already, and I liked the look of it and it's my model
I dusted the model with diluted brown. The picture compares the dusted hull with the undusted turret.
As a final detail, I painted the track pads black. I was very surprised how much of a difference it made on the rubber band tracks. Bottom track is fully painted, top track is starting to be painted (towards picture right).
Final assembly. I added the weight patties inside the hull, applied decals and the usual flat coat finishing, then mated the turret and hull. Everything is still movable, save for the instrument cabinet in the rear.
I'm going to keep the autocannons trained slightly skyward. Partly because it gives a bit of drama to the model, but also because I didn't shave the joints enough so they scrape some of the paint off the turret. Easier to just cover up the scrapes through posing.
Every model has a good side...everything went wrong on the right and right on the left. So this will be my final display view for my Flakpanzer Gepard. A straightforward build, lots of opportunity for fun modifications, and finally a coat of paint five years later (almost to the day)! I'm very pleased with my second attempt at airbrushing. Any advice of course is welcome.