Juggernut Posted November 8, 2020 Share Posted November 8, 2020 (edited) And so it begins..... First thing I noticed other than the sheer size of this vehicle (I'm used to Large Scale Panzers -see what I did there?) is that the armor plating that makes up the lower hull is very smooth in the kit. I've also been watching all the other 1/16 Panther builds in this forum and you guys are giving me great inspiration! Damn you! I already spent too much money on the kit(s) already! Yes, I have both 1/16 Trumpeter Panther model kits. Being that I am MUCH slower than most of you, I'll try and entertain you with some mundane images of how I fixed the smooth armor plating to better resemble what the armor plating really looks like...far from smooth. This is what the side of the kit hull looks like out of the box: See how smooth the sides are? Below are photos of what it looks like AFTER I "textured" the surfaces of the armor plating. For those of you that are curious, I used Mr. Surfacer 500 as it has the innate ability to stick to itself as it dries creating lumps, bumps and irregularities. I used stippling motion with a flat-tipped paint brush. A quick pass with some fine sandpaper after it's dried, knocks down the really high spots and, I think, makes it look like German WWII rolled armor plating (not cast). Below is an "in progress" shot of the Mr. Surfacer being applied. I used smaller paint brushes around details like nuts/bolts and access panels. Anyway, that's my progress for the past couple days.... Last evening and today, I add weld beads to the various places on the hull and attachments. No photos of that yet but I'm using Magic Sculp two-part putty; it's very much like Milliput but more cost effective (you get more for less money). You'll notice the pencil marks in the above photograph. I've discovered that the rectangular box vent that runs from the engine compartment to the brake housings on Panther G's was in fact, tubing made of several sections. The rectangular box went away with the last Panther A. Two tubes ran from the brake housings to the right engine deck fan and two tubes ran from the transmission to the left engine deck fan. On Panther's with the crew heater, this changed again, adding more tubing for the crew heater ducts to the drive and radio operator positions. I'm trying to find the best way to construct these tubes. Since I have two 1/16 Panther kits, I am attempting (without a lot of success just yet) to design these in a 3D modeling program (Fusion 360) but I think I'm in WAY over my head with this software program. I need a lot of schooling on how to model in 3D. Provided I can create these tubes in CAD, I will then 3D print them (in sections) on my Elegoo Mars resin 3D printer. That's the plan.... What actually happens MAY be entirely different. Edited August 30, 2022 by Juggernut LSP_K2, dodgem37, LSP_Matt and 7 others 10 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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