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Dragon KT Porsche Turret WHIP (COMPLETED)

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Dragon KT Porsche Turret WHIP (COMPLETED)
Posted by plasticjunkie on Thursday, October 11, 2018 4:11 PM

I'm taking a break from planes so I moved on to my armor stash. I have several Tigers in there so I decided to pull out a Dragon #6189 Porsche Turret King Tiger for this whip. This is a fairly easy kit to assemble and has a low parts count. I will not be spending any time on the interior since it has none to begin with, just the gun breach details which I will not deal with cause it will be all closed up. I have a Takon KT with complete interior so more time and effort will be spent on that one when I get to it.

I will be doing black 114 of s.Pz.Abt.503.

All Porsche turret KTs had zimm so I was gonna use Squadron Putty and my zimm tool but decided to try out the Meng zimm decal for this version. The decal makes things very easy and it actually matches the Dragon model. I did have to make some slight adjustments here and there but for the majority it fits really well.

I skipped documenting putting on some of the parts to keep this whip moving since it will get busier later on with the paint and weathering. So as you can see the multi part rear hatch decal fits and matches all the holes and edges.

I'm using a combination of Aleene's  and water thin CA where needed, specially along the edges.

 The decals fit like a glove even in the rear plate that has a bunch of details.

I decided to have some fenders off so I trimmed the decal so the parts will have a better fit.

I had to trim off the very top rear cause it was a tad off but will be trimming the small piece to cover that area after the main decal dries. 

I really like these decals and will eventually get some more in the near future for other tanks.

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Posted by Bish on Thursday, October 11, 2018 4:16 PM

Nice to see you doing such a sweet *** cat PJ. Nice work so far. I have heard about those decals, it more more textured than i thought it would be. I like how it had blank spots for the tool brakets and other items welded to the hull.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Thursday, October 11, 2018 4:22 PM

Thanks Bish, yes the decal is textured and the tool holes on the decal match the Dragon holes too. The texture is very well done and is not exagerated as in some molded zimm you see.

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Posted by Bish on Thursday, October 11, 2018 4:34 PM

I normally use Milliput, but i am planning on getting the meng Tiger II to replace the old tamiya kits i had built. I might have to try those decals.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Thursday, October 11, 2018 4:56 PM

Bish Squadron Green putty is very easy to apply and work with. I have several rollers than I just roll and get the pattern. Meng also makes that waffle pattern for the Stugs and Panthers.

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Posted by Tojo72 on Thursday, October 11, 2018 5:49 PM
Excellent job on your zimm

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Posted by tigerman on Thursday, October 11, 2018 11:35 PM

plasticjunkie

Bish Squadron Green putty is very easy to apply and work with. I have several rollers than I just roll and get the pattern. Meng also makes that waffle pattern for the Stugs and Panthers.

 

First off, the decals look pretty darn good. Second, does the Meng decals also match the Dragon Stug III G?

 

   http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y269/wing_nut_5o/PANZERJAGERGB.jpg

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Friday, October 12, 2018 6:33 AM

Thanks Tojo and Tigerman. As far as the decals fitting the Dragon Stug, I have no idea but suspect they do. I got these as an experiment and discovered they match the Dragon Tiger pretty good.

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Posted by Gamera on Friday, October 12, 2018 11:18 AM

Looks fantastic PJ, the zimmerit is coming along great! 

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Friday, October 12, 2018 11:42 AM

Gamera

Looks fantastic PJ, the zimmerit is coming along great! 

 

Thanks Gamera. I will be out of town for the next week so the Tiger will be resting on my bench till I return.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 8:53 AM

Well Im back from doing grandpa duty so got some work done on the KT. The only decal that had some gaps was at the MG port on the front plate.

As you can see it has some fairly large gaps so I  filled the area with PPP.

I then let it sit for a couple of minutes and used a water damp old brush to work the area and clean out the excess. This PPP is great cause even if it dries you can come back with a damp brush and re-activate it to make it soft again. I then used a small thin screwdriver to match the zimm pattern around the MG mount. A little more cleaning and when painted it will koon like it never had any gaps there.

I cleared the areas where the fenders will get attached for better adhesion. I also thinned the edges to make them look more scale. I have the turret completed and started adding parts to the hull but all zimm work is completed. I used water thin super glue to secure some loose ends and even Aleen's on complex curves just as added insurance against any possible future lifting of the zimm decals.

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Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 11:34 AM

Looks good to me! I think some of the guys putting zimmerit on the real thing were kinda on the sloppy side so it doesn't need to be perfect.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 11:45 AM

Gamera

Looks good to me! I think some of the guys putting zimmerit on the real thing were kinda on the sloppy side so it doesn't need to be perfect.

 

I imagine areas like this one with many angles were not so neat.

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Posted by Bish on Thursday, October 25, 2018 3:44 AM

Nice work there PJ, that Zimm is coming out really well.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Thursday, October 25, 2018 11:41 AM

Thanks Bish. Taking a break from detaching from the trees and cleaning up a million track links and road wheels  Tongue Tied ...... almost getting to the end of this boring chore.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Thursday, October 25, 2018 7:03 PM

Spent all day since about 7 am to 5 pm detaching and cleaning the road wheels and all the track links 

There are 6 of these

links were cleaned and separated

I made small sub assemblies

I lay out my section and use Tamiya thin glue on all the edges and let it cook for about 5 minutes

After 5 minutes the plastic is made pliable by the glue and can be bent to shape. Here I draped it over the sprocket wheel and has a graceful sag .

Now I need to let it cure. I will continue with the rest of the track shaping it by sections so they can be removed, painted, weathered and attached after the tank body is painted.   

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 9:22 AM

The tracks were all assembled and glued in sections so they can be painted first then glued as one continuous length. The link tracks are time consuming but after all the work they look great and will look fantstic after paint and weathering. 

pe screens are on and the paint shop is around the corner

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Posted by Frankenpanzer on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 10:35 AM

I like the way this looks. Keep it coming!

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 5:25 PM

Frankenpanzer

I like the way this looks. Keep it coming!

 

Thanks Frank for your input!

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 5:51 PM

Nice work there on the tracks and road wheels- with those out of the way it should be downhill from here on out! Yes

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 7:01 AM

Gamera

Nice work there on the tracks and road wheels- with those out of the way it should be downhill from here on out! Yes

 

yep all done with assembly and now for the real fun, paint is next.

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Posted by Bish on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 7:55 AM

Looking good PJ, be nice to see the paint go on.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Thursday, November 01, 2018 10:11 PM

Thanks Bish. I skipped photographing the painting stages so the paint is on. I made my own oxide red brew from craft acrylics and shot the inside of the road wheels and the hull underside since I believe these were left in the red primer.

The flash makes the German Brown look darker than it really is but the model still needs some filters to tone down the color and tie in everything. 

Now for the fun part, weathering, filters, washes, pigments..............

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Posted by Gamera on Friday, November 02, 2018 7:55 AM

Yeah, the painting weathering etc is my favorite part too. Sharp work there PJ! 

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Posted by Bish on Friday, November 02, 2018 8:44 AM

Nice job on the scheme, be interesated to see how the washes look on the zimm.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Saturday, November 03, 2018 9:11 AM

Thanks guys. Have been doing a bit of experimentation with the washes on the Zimm decals and decided to use Flory washes. Even when sealed with Aquagloss the  enamel thinner wash managed to sneak in thru a corner and partially lift the zimm decal while the water based Flory will work just fine.

I finally got the tracks on and looks great so pictures to follow soon.

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Posted by tigerman on Saturday, November 03, 2018 11:19 AM

Everything is looking sharp and clean so far. Nice job on the camo.

   http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y269/wing_nut_5o/PANZERJAGERGB.jpg

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Wednesday, November 07, 2018 4:15 PM

This Tiger brings a bunch of periscopes but apparently the sprue is shared on the production turret version kit that I also have in the stash. In this particular release they are not listed in the construction steps but I used them to add the missing details to the commander's cupola.

Painted each black around the frame, painted the glass silver enamel and then Tamiya clear green.

I had to trim the periscopes to make them fit into each port and then glued them in place.

Don't understand why Dragon would even consider leaving out such a visible detail.

The decals had all carrier film trimmed off and Solvaset melted them down into every Zimm mark. Red Oxide primer color was added with a thin brush where the Zimm chipped.

  

 

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Posted by Tojo72 on Wednesday, November 07, 2018 6:25 PM
Looking good,decals went down nice,looks like paint.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Wednesday, November 07, 2018 6:52 PM

Thanks Tojo. Solvaset works every time making the decals look like paint. 

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