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Steel Panther

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Francisco writes:

The first photo is how it ended up at the beginning, and the following ones, how it was some time later when I "revisited" it.

This is the 4th model that welcomes what I have called "Renove Plan", because I was already assembled, and with this if I started to take pictures, but not the process, if already finished, with the first smartphone that fell into my hands (I'm not an enthusiast of them, I prefer to modelling) ... very bad and I with very little experience of use, so the quality of the photos is quite low.

This kit if I remember that it is the first one I did completely from scratch, and I have to say, that I thought it was a good kit, with more detail than I expected, even included the option to add Zimmerit, which I really liked.

It is true that this kit at the time of its release, suffered from errors of accuracy, but as I had it, and it was starting, I decided to give it a try, it was also a PANTHER (I love cats and their derivatives ...lol) .

The Zimmerit option was to add plastic plates, to the corresponding sides, and fortunately that was included, because without them, the union between pieces of the hull, left large gaps, quite difficult to fix, but with them on top, arranged.

When I was picking up the hobby, my skills were in a lethargic state, I did not know very well that I was going to get out of this pile of plastic, and the means and resources I had were quite few, as I did not have pigments, washes, and so on. to do what is necessary (I would have given almost the same, because I had not used them before either).

You can see that the splashes of snow are droplets of white paint, and dust and mud, what you can get with paint.

In spite of everything, modestly, I was surprised, I liked it very much as it was, I did not expect it, because on several occasions, I was about to throw it away.

At first, my idea was to make a tritone camo, but when I saw how I was left, AAARRRRGHHH !!!, horrible:rage:, then only Dunkelgelb, ugly, ugly ... a third attempt with Panzer Gray, and I almost got something more agreeable , and finally, why not add a little white here and another over there ... result BINGO !!!.

Once with the winter camo, I began to test my skills in the new world of weathering.

The final result I liked, I added some little things like the grids of the engine, and the tracks were glued with CA glue, but they ended up detaching, so I used seton to attach them to the wheels, a process that I would not like to repeat, for its difficulty and risk of breakage ...

After about 3 years, I thought about improving it, only with weathering and some equipment detail, I will not play the tracks or the canyon,I think the damage would be very difficult to fix or impossible.
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About the Author

About Francisco Gutierrez (FrancisGL)

Modeler since childhood, when my father bought me my first model, a French FOCH aircraft carrier, Heller's brand, 1/700 scale or even smaller, to continue later with my first plane, a FROG P-47 Razorback Thunderbolt from 1/72, the first of a very long list of models. Later I discovered the AFVs, at...


Really well-done.
JUL 20, 2020 - 09:00 AM
Yes, it is really well done; only problem is that that isn't a steel-wheeled Panther. Looks like regular wheels to me; notice they're dished and not flat with prominent bolts around the perimeter. Heck, it looks like you even painted the rubber rims on them! Doesn't detract that you did a great job on it; its just not a steel-wheel Panther, that's all.
JUL 20, 2020 - 01:54 PM
Hi Bill, many thanks for your kind words, i'm glad you like it. Cheers and TC
JUL 20, 2020 - 07:50 PM
Hi Frank, many thanks for your kind and accurat comments, i'm glad that in spite of everything you like it. You are right, there is a photo, the first one, which is how it was about 5 years ago, and that it was my first model back to the hobby for about 25 years, in which it is evident that there is no metal on the wheels, obviously, no I knew it, hence the error. When I revisited it, one of the things I touched on was the running gear, but the product used, from what I see, was not the right one, as it is too dark, along with the intense weathering, which makes it "not shine". I have another rear Panther finished, in 3 tones, and this one does have "metal" wheels, because I used a "metallic" finish, which according to the light it reflects, shines like a knife or sword. I do not know if it will be excessive, hence the fear that it seems something "strange" and not having used it in this Panther. In any case, thank you very much for your time to see and comment. Cheers and TC
JUL 20, 2020 - 08:26 PM
Great work, I've been building models for years but, have just recently come back to the hobby after some years away. Work like this is so inspirational. Thanks for sharing it with us. Watto.
SEP 09, 2020 - 11:32 PM
Hi Flatfour, Many thanks for your kind words, i'm glad you like it. Welcome back to hobby. It is a pleasure to share my work with other modelers, I hope to see something of yours soon on the forum. Cheers and TC Francis
OCT 09, 2020 - 10:20 PM