Excellent News; I was able to, sort of, fix the glue stained cause by the spilled Tamiya Extra Thin Cement. Lessons were learned. lol.
I've also progressed on nearly all the figures to where they're ready for painting. ALl but a few, there are some that needs some addition putty filling work with Vallejo and Miliput, some sanding and PE work in terms of helmet straps, slings, and a few gear straps. BTW, Jerry, these are the figures from RADO you referenced. This is one of the best figure sets on the market and I100% recommend them, I did modify my NCO slightly with new arms so that hes holding his MP40 instead of adjusting his helmet.
Here's the fixed turret, updated figures and some photos of the 1st Panther (Meng's), I completed before deciding on building TAKOM's. I've also included som eupdates on the TOKOM Panther's zimmerit.
Turret Fix I went at it with a very sharp x-acto knife, working it on it's side to shave the thinnest of layers off. I did my best not to gouge or remove to much. I then used fine grade sand sticks to even it out. The texture does not match the reest of the turret roof, I'm wondering if that Mr. Surfacer would help this? I've never used it.
I may try Mr. Surfacer to see if I can get the textures to mathc, I may forget it and see how it turns out. I'm just very glad it didn't eat into and ruin the turret roof!
Check out Radu productions. He has a whole new line of running HJ guys either out or about to be released. High quality.
Rados excellent figures, slightly modified. I left the grenadier with the k98k stock because he's remarkable. That's a perfect reload posture and detail while running and the stripper clip detail is fantastic.
Machine gunner and casualty. The gunner is made from 4 or 5 different Dragon kits and the casualty is stock, except I replaced his tall early war jackboots which were less common in 44 with the M43 ankle boot and gaiters.
My zeltbahn figures running. Built using 5 different figure sets and lots of putty and sanding.
I love these figures and am really proud of them. I will be making duplicates in the future to use for Wehrmacht Heer and Luftwaffe Ground Units, it just sucks I have to buy all those figure sets again to get the parts I need.
These figures are also built using parts from 4 different figure sets.
I'm also prouod of these. I worked really hard on their poses. I'm a big believer of realistic and subtle action animation. The smallest tweaks and angles can covey so much movement and, likewise, another adjustment can convey far too much action and appear cartoonish or toy-like.
My 3rd Zeltbahn figure. He will be in cover behind either the lineman's cottage or a stone wall. If i go with a stone wall, it will be comlete guess work as to authenticity, since I have no photos of the actual property it was on. I would pu thim behind the Panther, but the Panther will be in reverse, slowly retreating backward after witnessing 7 of it's brothers taken out by 6lb, 75mm and 17lb Canadian Shermans.
I like him, I'm not totally sold on his head. I use Live Resin helmets but instead of an Alpine or Hornedt head, I chose to keep the stock one...for now. I want to see how it looks with base flesh tone first.
Here are the updated photos of the TAKOM Panther,(the one I'm actually using in the diorama), with the zimmerit applied.
Finally, for those interested, here are the photos of the nearly completed(construction) MENG Panther A mid-late. I decided against this one for the project when I was nearly done with contrustion. I discovered that I couldnt' verify the Diamler style grid zimmerit with 3rd Kompanie's mounts, and I something just didn't feel right about using it as the one of the focal points of the dio. It's hard to explain, I'm not sure even I understand why, but I had to give TAKOM's a shot. I'm not sure what I'll end up doing with this one, but I know I will be testing my AK dunkelgelb modulation set, MIG AMMO dunkelgelb Aus DG II and III, oil filters, washes and pighments on it. I know it's going to be a test subject for those, and that I will build a bunch of foliage using wire and leaf punches with PE foliage to create a Panther A covered in foliage, like the ones we see in films. The 12th SS's didn't have that enormous amount of foliage and it wouldnt feel right covereing it with all that anyway, but this one I can. I may mark it as one of the 2nd Panzer Divisions, or one that fought deep in the Bocage country or St. Lo where very heavy foliage was used on Panthers. If anyone knows which units or has references, please let me know, because I wan this to be one leafy covered kitty. The TAKOM/ diorama Panther will be clean, with nearly factory new dunkelgelb modulated with olivgrun or reseda grun stripe-blotches and rotbraun or schocolatbraun blotches.
I'm not sure what I'll end up doing with this one, but I know I will be testing my AK dunkelgelb modulation set, MIG AMMO dunkelgelb Aus DG II and III, oil filters, washes and pigments on it. I know it's going to be a test subject for those, and that I will build a bunch of foliage using wire and leaf punches with PE foliage to create a Panther A covered in foliage, like the ones we see in films.
The 12th SS's didn't have an enormous amount of foliage on their panzers from what I've seen from film and photographs from early June, and it wouldn't feel right working so hard on the zimm and modulation just to cover it with a variety of branches and leaves. This MENG Panther A, I can and will. I may mark it as one of the 2nd Panzer Divisions, or one that fought deep in the Bocage country or St. Lo where very heavy foliage was used on Panthers.
If anyone knows which units or has references, please let me know, because I want this to be one leafy covered kitty. If you know which units absolutely covered their panzers in branches, leaves and foliage, I'd love to hear about it.
The TAKOM/ diorama Panther will be clean, with nearly factory new dunkelgelb modulated with olivgrun or reseda grun stripe-blotches and rotbraun or schocolatbraun blotches.
That's all for today. It's abeautiful Mother's day, the lawn is mowed, the bills are paid, the house is clean, and I have a new Oculus Rift S Virtual Reality Headset for my computer that I'm going to try out in WW2 air combat. The game is IL-2 Sturmovik: Operation Bodenplatte. I love their sims. Have a great day everyone!