Bergpanther 1:35

Hi All,

German BergePanther Ausf. D 1/35.


Panther - is from ICM and built straight out of the box and I painted and weathered it using Vallejo Paints and Pastel Chalks, the tarps were done using tissue paper and the tools are a mix of Miniart and Italeri.


I’ve built this kit, too; it was a fun build and not bad as far as detail goes, albeit a bit dated compared to today’s kits.

Well done


Nice build and finish Ron. In case you hadnt seen it mate, the left hand track has split near the drive sprocket … Or maybe the crew were doing Veh maint ?? :grin:

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To @Newtonk, cheers mate and it is a fun build for sure.

To @Johnnych01 Thanks John and damn didn’t see that thanks for letting me know.

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I like the grubby finish for the ARV just about but not quite OTT :clap:. A couple of observations…Bergepanther in this configuration would most likely have had Zimmerit applied. The engine deck grilles openings are way oversize-the mesh was a lot finer. The wood grain on the turret opening covers is a little exaggerated IMHO :pinching_hand:. Nice looking model overall with well done details. :+1:

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Hi @jpwaller, thanks mate and glad you like it and appreciate the observations and to be honest I build the kits out of the box and the illustrations didn’t have Zimmerit I went with the box art. The mesh I just fly screen because the kit didn’t come with any PE so I just used what I had on hand as I don’t buy extras for kits.

I didn’t even notice the woodgrain was exaggerated and thanks for pointing that out and I’ll have to redo it and make it a bit more weathered.

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This is really nicely done. Small thing, but I particularly like the toolbox which has just the right amount of oily, used look to it and the tools. Not overdone but spot on.
Also I’ve tried using tissue paper to make a tarp as you’ve done here, but fail each time as they end up just looking like a painted tissue. How did you get the texture so nice and smooth for that?


Its split near the drive sprocket I think.

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yeah. no idea why I put idler - corrected.


Alas it seems to be broken both under port drive sprocket and over starboard idler. I was only mentioning in another thread recently how track imperfections only ever seem to become visible after final photography, and not just with my own models. Commiserations Ron but hopefully easily fixed, otherwise a great presentation bravo :+1: :+1:

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Hi @SamS, thanks heaps mate and with the tissue paper just apply it where you want then apply watered down PVA to the tissue paper and this will help it adhere and mold to the area it’s on and the PVA helps smooth out the paper and once dry just paint it whatever colour you want.

Hi @Khouli, cheers mate and @Johnnych01 let me know in his post and I can’t believe I missed it but it’s all fixed now.

Hi @Dioramartin, Thanks mate and I fixed them both up and thanks for letting me know mate and my dad taught me a trick besides after seeing faults are a picture is taken is to get your build and hold it in front of a mirror and you can see faults doing this way as well as it works like taking a picture.


Yep good advice – better than the other artists’ ploy of turning a picture upside down to see the invisible. I tried that once with a model I’d forgotten still had dry-fitted elements…didn’t end well.

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Hi @Dioramartin, cheers mate and my pleasure and LOL yeah never goes well turning it upside when parts are still drying.

does the kit come with the thread to do the main winch cable as i have see a few of these done and they always have wire that is wrong (not being a rivet counter here just some knowledge for you all) i was a wire rope specialist for 15 years and 99% or wire rope used in the world is Right Hand Regular Lay (Z Lay) but those kits had Left Hand Lay wire for the main winch. if doing any wire ropes make them Right Hand Lay and if you are spinning wire using the drill method set the drill to REVERSE and it will be correct. Left Hand Lay cable is only for very specific applications and uses and is to do with how the rope can have a natural tension and the way it feeds from the drum through pulleys. eg fishing vessels will have Right Lay one side and Left Lay the other as the winches have to feed a particular way.