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Tamiya 1/35 Jagdpanther restoration project

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  • Member since
    February 2011
  • From: AZ,USA
Tamiya 1/35 Jagdpanther restoration project
Posted by GreySnake on Sunday, February 21, 2021 3:29 PM
Built this Tamiya 1/35 Jagdpanther Late Version almost three years and recently I’ve been unhappy with how it looks. To me it looks rather boring.
 
After a few minutes of work most of the parts I wanted to get off came off. There are three road wheels that are firmly glued in that will just have to stay.
 
Soaked the model in Simple Green and it stripped most of the paint off just a few small patches need some extra care.
 
It’s interesting to go back to my earlier builds and realize I didn’t care about removing pin marks, seams etc like I do now.
 
Whilst waiting for the paint to come off I started doing some research on this kit and found out it doesn’t do a good job representing either a G1 or G2 Jagdpanther. If you build the early option you get a G2 hull with late G1 features. The early option was what this kit was originally built as.
 
I’ve decided to try to make the model into a “somewhat” accurate G2. The engine deck layout is questionable if it’s accurate or not and might not be long enough. After a little digging in my spare parts I managed to find the parts for the G2 version. I also need to remove the tool storage racks from the side of the hull and reposition some tools to the rear.  As of right now the only aftermarket I’m planning on using are engine deck screens that are somewhere in the closet. 

 
  • Member since
    September 2005
  • From: Groton, CT
Posted by warshipguy on Monday, February 22, 2021 10:28 AM

In what way(s) is/are the engine deck not accurate?  I'm curious.

Thanks!

Bill

  • Member since
    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Monday, February 22, 2021 10:39 AM

You should get better tracks.

 

Bill

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 11:35 AM

Cool, looking forward to seeing what you do here. 

I used to do the same back when I was younger. Now I'd just buy another kit since I have more disposable income than I have free time (when I was younger it was the opposite).  

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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