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Sd.Kfz. 138/2 "Hetzer" Early Versio
Henk
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Posted: Tuesday, June 16, 2009 - 02:38 AM UTC
Bill Cross shows how he turned Dragon's old Hetzer kit into a real gem with the addition of Photo-etch details.



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Thanks!
Self-Propelled
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Posted: Tuesday, June 16, 2009 - 03:06 AM UTC
It really is a gem. When you look at how it was painted, it's amazing to see what some excellent weathering can do to alter the colors. A very good model!
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Posted: Tuesday, June 16, 2009 - 05:58 AM UTC
What an outstanding build! Excellent attention to detail. Looks very true to the real thing.
Super job on the build turorial with a very nice set photos to help guide you through building one for yourself.

-Eddy
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Posted: Tuesday, June 16, 2009 - 08:33 PM UTC
Nice build, Bill. I especially like the battered look of this kit. The weathering is great and blends everything together well.

Thanks for sharing
Heatseeker64
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Posted: Tuesday, June 16, 2009 - 09:07 PM UTC
I didn't know Tamiya did an "old" kit ... wasn't their Hetzer only released in recent years?
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Posted: Tuesday, June 16, 2009 - 09:18 PM UTC

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I didn't know Tamiya did an "old" kit ... wasn't their Hetzer only released in recent years?



This is Dragon's old kit. As far as I know Tamiya has only released one quite new kit in late 2007, or so I think.
shneezbert
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Posted: Tuesday, June 16, 2009 - 09:21 PM UTC

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I didn't know Tamiya did an "old" kit ... wasn't their Hetzer only released in recent years?


It's actually a Dragon Kit, didn't you his introduction?

Very well built, nice weathering, not over done. cheers
bill_c
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Posted: Wednesday, June 17, 2009 - 04:25 AM UTC
Thanks, everyone, for the kind comments. This is my first Feature, and I thank Henk and Darren for inviting me to do this.

This is the DML kit which isn't quite up to its current excellent standards, but which builds into a very fine model with the addition of a little AM stuff.
wing_nut
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Posted: Friday, June 19, 2009 - 04:22 AM UTC
Hey now! WOW Bill that really looks terrific.

Missed you at the meeting this month. Are we going to get to see that bad bad in the flesh (steel?) at the July meeting?
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Posted: Friday, June 19, 2009 - 04:27 AM UTC
Sure, when's the date? Work kept me late, but I hope to join you then.

Bill
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Posted: Friday, June 19, 2009 - 10:51 AM UTC
July 10th is the next meeting Are you on the email list for the newsletter?
milvehfan
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Posted: Friday, June 19, 2009 - 11:24 AM UTC
Hi Bill, Very Fine work on this kit (especially Painting and weathering). An Excellent feature. milvehfan
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Posted: Friday, June 19, 2009 - 11:51 AM UTC
Marc, I do get the newsletter, thanks.

Milvefan, thanks, too.
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Posted: Monday, June 22, 2009 - 02:38 PM UTC
Excelent looking vehicle Henk..Was wondering if you could describe your experiance working with the old style DML indy links? Im having some reservations about even bothering with them on my older Jadg Panther...What was your take on it?
Thanks,
Juggler
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Posted: Monday, June 22, 2009 - 02:49 PM UTC
Juggler I have built the old DML Jagdpanther command version as it was in a box by another manufacturer (I cannot remember the company), the tracks need a little work but are fine.
bill_c
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Posted: Tuesday, June 23, 2009 - 02:41 AM UTC

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Excelent looking vehicle Henk..Was wondering if you could describe your experiance working with the old style DML indy links? Im having some reservations about even bothering with them on my older Jadg Panther...What was your take on it?
Thanks,
Juggler


Juggler, I'm a passionate Friulmodel user. I even sell my Magic Tracks when I purchase a new DML kit and go for metal. Axis armor especially needs that sag in the tracks that plastic struggles to imitate. And weathering a real metal track is much more realistically-done than with plastic, at least for me.

In terms of ease of use, though, Friuls are no answer, as you have to clean up the track pin holes with a pin vise.