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Posted: Sunday, July 12, 2015 - 01:35 PM UTC
Len Pilhofer shares with us some images of his Late Production JagdPanther in 1/35th scale. The model utilised is the Dragon Models offering.

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Posted: Sunday, July 12, 2015 - 03:08 PM UTC
Lovely Jadgpanther

My only comment would be the amount of wear and tear on the paintwork of a Late Production tank that would have been in the field at most for a few months. But that's a very minor point on an otherwise stunning model
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Posted: Sunday, July 12, 2015 - 03:47 PM UTC
sexy!
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Posted: Sunday, July 12, 2015 - 04:25 PM UTC
Fantastic interior.
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Posted: Sunday, July 12, 2015 - 05:42 PM UTC
Great looking build!
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Posted: Sunday, July 12, 2015 - 05:52 PM UTC
Wow! That looks fantastic. Really shows how cramped even the bigger panzers were. I would like to sit in the gut of that beast when hit and catching fire.
Great work - thanks for sharing!
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Posted: Monday, July 13, 2015 - 12:06 AM UTC
Now that is some really fine detailing, both inside & out!! The worn outer paint looks great to me, but the interior has that realistic "used" look to it. Excellent work!!
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Posted: Monday, July 13, 2015 - 02:48 AM UTC
Thank you all for the very kind words...much appreciated!

Steven, yes, I understand your observation. In fact, when I was at the weathering stage (paint chipping, etc) I kept reminding myself not to overdo it since this TD would have been in action for about 4 months (per Wikipedia Jagdpanthers with externally bolted mantlets were produced in early 45)...but then I wonder why the Dragon instructions stated France in 44? Regardless, and no need to go down this path at length, I have a lot of fun at this stage of model building (once the painting begins) and bringing everything together for the eye to enjoy. Nonetheless, your comment is very much appreciated and I will continue to keep this in mind in future builds -Len
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Posted: Monday, July 13, 2015 - 03:25 AM UTC
That really is a stunning build. In terms of technical execution, I think the weathering is perfect. I like to think that maybe that's what the beast would have looked like had the war dragged on longer than it did, which could easily have been the case.

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Posted: Monday, July 13, 2015 - 04:00 AM UTC
Perhaps it was used for training as well which would have added service life
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Posted: Monday, July 13, 2015 - 04:01 AM UTC
SGTJKJ, you'd like to "sit in the gut of that beast when hit and catching fire".
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Posted: Monday, July 13, 2015 - 04:01 AM UTC
What??
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Posted: Monday, July 13, 2015 - 09:02 AM UTC

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Thank you all for the very kind words...much appreciated!

Steven, yes, I understand your observation. In fact, when I was at the weathering stage (paint chipping, etc) I kept reminding myself not to overdo it since this TD would have been in action for about 4 months (per Wikipedia Jagdpanthers with externally bolted mantlets were produced in early 45)...but then I wonder why the Dragon instructions stated France in 44? Regardless, and no need to go down this path at length, I have a lot of fun at this stage of model building (once the painting begins) and bringing everything together for the eye to enjoy. Nonetheless, your comment is very much appreciated and I will continue to keep this in mind in future builds -Len


Sounds like the Wiki author assumed that all Jagdpanthers with bolted mantlets were G2 variants--not so. Yours is a late production G1 version from late 1944. The G2 featured four smaller engine grills like those seen on the Panther Ausf. G, the flame damper exhausts, and the fan tower for the crew compartment heater, as well as a slightly reshaped upper superstructure. The Tamiya kit depicts a G2.
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Posted: Monday, July 13, 2015 - 01:30 PM UTC
mighty impress!thumb's up for the great work!
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Posted: Monday, July 13, 2015 - 04:38 PM UTC
Gerald…thanks for the clarification. To be fair to wiki…and I fully realize it is only a starting point and not the authority…it does mention that externally bolted mantlets were seen on late G1 models. So, this kit, as built, is more of a mid version than a true late version. Which means that France in ‘44 is probably accurate. One of the key benefits of this hobby is learning while you are building…and even more so when you share on the interwebs! I strive for accuracy but never lose focus of the reasons I’m doing this – fun, enjoyment, and relaxation. -Len
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Posted: Monday, July 13, 2015 - 05:22 PM UTC
Excellent build - love the interior. It will be an inspiration for me for some future (distant) build! And I don't think that the amount of wear and weathering on the vehicle is unrealistic. Certainly if the vehicle has been in combat and subjected to shrapnel from artillery bursts, small arms fire or near misses from larger caliber rounds, you would expect to see some damage to the paint and a fair amount of chipping. So the amount of wear portrayed, to me, is a function of the service history of the vehicle, not just a reflection of the amount of time it has been in operation.
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Posted: Monday, July 13, 2015 - 09:57 PM UTC
Awesome build!
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Posted: Monday, July 13, 2015 - 09:58 PM UTC
How did you achieve the faded paint scheme? White Oils? Washes? It's very easy on the eye and realistic!
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Posted: Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 02:55 AM UTC
Thanks guys for the continued positive feedback...very much appreciated.

Marco: Thanks for the compliment. I utilized two filters: The first being a Sin Industries enamel filter, specifically P242 - Tan for Tritonal Camo (dark orange/rust in color) and then applied white oil dots (after a protective layer of acrylic varnish) as a paint fading filter. Black oil pin washes followed and then on to the paint chipping and other final effects. -Len
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Posted: Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 06:22 AM UTC
Got it, thanks AnalogKid. I'm still a newbie to this hobby, even though I have been at it for about 10 years (on an off) lol I've been using white washes a little heavy on colors to create that faded look, however, your model looks like it was evenly spread out, making it more realistic and awesome
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Posted: Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 08:20 PM UTC
Fantastic job buddy, I think you got every detail bang on. Well done.
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Posted: Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 08:14 AM UTC
Very nice job indeed, very respectful
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Posted: Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 03:22 PM UTC
me like!
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Posted: Saturday, July 18, 2015 - 11:14 PM UTC
Outstanding job!