For the first time in a while, I will make a Jagdpanther at WWII German AFV. I made a Dragon Models Jagdpanther a long time ago, and at that time, I used an unusual striped camouflage paint, so this time I’d like to paint an orthodox pattern. The box art is excellent.
I was surprised that even small parts hidden behind the wheel were chosen from two types. I wonder if this style of preference has been a trend since the golden age of Dragon Models. At King Tiger, the shaft was distorted, so I had to be careful when assembling it, but this time I think I can assemble it without any problem.
There was a crack in the arm of the wheel. I can’t see well because it’s hidden behind the wheel, so there’s nothing to worry about. I will reinforce the gap with the vehicle body with clear resin. Sturdiness is more critical.
By the way, the assembly instruction manual of this Jagdpanther kit is a booklet and the process seems long, but the assembly quantity of each number is small, so I think it goes smoothly. As might be expected, it takes time to wrap the connecting track around the chassis.
I have a few Achtung Panther books, which are pretty interesting to read. These are guidebooks on German tanks, which are quite famous in Japan. However, I’m not using this book to build an accurate model. But the author’s power to publish such research materials is fantastic.
Probably when I made the MENG Panther before, it was difficult to cut off because the gate is in the fitting part of the tracks, and the fit is a little lacking. It takes time if I cut it out carefully. If I apply a lot of adhesives and try to reduce the gap, I may be able to manage it.
The assembly instruction manual is complicated because the way of attaching parts is quite different depending on the painting patterns from 1 to 4 in the instruction manual. There are inconsistencies in the illustrations here and there, and I feel confused. I think it is tough for people in MENG to describe the illustration and the part number without contradiction. If the vehicle body is roughly the same as the paint example I chose, is it generally OK?
It has a metal wire and seems soft and easy to handle. When I bought Heat Tech at UNIQLO in winter, this white nylon rope was attached to the price tag. It is a sad habit of modelers to keep small things that can be used. I have a lot of nylon ropes I bought, but I collect others. Let’s try this one this time.
The size was insufficient when I tried the towing wire with the specified length in the assembly instruction manual. I think it would be better to check it against Jagdpanther, which is under production.
It varies. In the case of this kit, it is complete in the way of attaching the gun barrel to the front armor. For example, I remember that the Dragon Bulmbear has a gun mount attached to the bottom of the chassis.
Schulzen, do I call it side armor? It is a bulletproof plate for small arms such as rifles. All of this Schulzen is used to hide the top of the crawler. I attached all 12 spare track links to the left and right. It became a tank like a sample vehicle.
The antenna was added with a metal wire. I chose the nylon wire on the left side of the tank body same as the towing wire. It was better with superfine copper wire. I will keep it as it is because it is firmly bonded.
The first of the three-color camouflage is the dark yellow coating, so it may not be significant. It can be used as a cover for unpainted areas or to enhance shadows. The black base coating has been done on the back as well. It takes quite a long time to do it while checking that there is no unpainted part.
I blew the airbrush from khaki green as I imagined the place of red-brown in my brain. If I fail, I have to do it again several times. I don’t prepare three airbrushes this time, but I only use one, so it takes time.
The difference between the Jagdpanther type G1 and G2 seems to be due mainly to the difference in the layout of the upper surface of the engine area. I was wondering what to do with Zimmerit Coating this time. Since the total production of Jagdpanther was 415 tanks and the production after the coating was discontinued in September 1944 was 338 tanks, I thought it would be good without coating this time.
I think dark yellow is a little thick. It may be the color tone of the picture. I thought it would give a good impression if the mold of the crawler belt were a little bright because it emphasized the weight and strength of the tank. MENG Jagdpanther kit is good overall, so I didn’t think much about it and just moved my hands. The selection of parts is a little troublesome; maybe it is an excellent point of this kit. I will make a MENG kit again.
I am interested in models of tanks, airplanes, ships, military figures, I build them little by little when I feel like it. I am also interested in the history of war. My starting is Tamiya’s Military Miniature series in elementary school.
From elementary school through university students repeatedly suspend and restart my modeling, it’s about 25 years of this hobby’s history.
From February 2007 I was quietly doing a site called “Miniature-Arcadia”. It is being transferred to this blog with the same name from December 2016. My update pace is uneven, but please come to see me here occasionally.