Tamiya's 1/35 scale
images by Brett Green
Tamiya's 1/35 scale Jagdpanther
is available online from Squadron
Chris Wauchop was recently commissioned to build a 1/35 scale late
production Jagdpanther of 1./Schwere Panzerjager-Abteilung 654 (Alsace,
February 1945), commanded by Unteroffizier Danisch.
The reference used was "The Combat History of Schwere
Panzerjager-Abteilung 654" by Karlheinz Munch. Chris recommends this as
a fantastic book.
The vehicle was photographed long after it was abandoned, with much
of its whitewash winter camouflage having already worn off. Chris was
intrigued with the idea of depicting this vehicle while it was still in
service, when it still would have had greater evidence of the temporary
This is Tamiya's 1/35 scale Jagdpanther Late Version, kit no. 35203.
Chris made a number of modifications and additions to this superdetailed
Aber 35028 - Jagdpanther photo-etched
Aber 35A24 - Front fenders and side
supports for Panther and Jagdpanther
Unique Technology 35-03 - Hollow
metal exhaust pipes
The radio antenna was brass wired, tapered at the end with a grinding
attachment fitted to a motor tool
Tow cables are six-strand brass picture hanging wire glued into the
kit cable loop ends.
The UV rear tail light is a piece of clear stretched sprue painted
clear purple, while the headlight cable was added using 0.355 solder
The gun cleaning equipment tube was cut from 5mm aluminium tube, with
photo-etched latches, handles and chains from the Aber set. The method
of mounting this piece of equipment seems to have varied quite a bit.
The mounting brackets were made to match photographs of this vehicle.
The Aber photo-etched sets provided a mind boggling selection of tiny
parts, some of which were not necessarily best represented by flat or
folded metal parts. Even so, the Aber set offered a noticeable
improvement to the kit, especially the "woven" effect of the mesh covers
on the rear deck, and the workable latches on the stowage bins! Although
using many of the Aber photo-etched parts was tricky and time consuming
due to their delicate nature, the Tamiya's plastic kit parts were almost
completely trouble free.
camouflage colours were applied with the Testor Aztek A470 airbrush.
Tamiya paints were used:
Dark Yelllow - XF-59 Desert Yellow
mixed with XF-2 Flat White 50:50
Dark Green - XF-13 J.A. Green mixed
with XF-59 Desert Yellow 50:50, and
XF-64 Red Brown
The model was treated to a coat of Tamiya X-22 Acrylic Clear as a
gloss coat before further weathering.
The distemper wash was white pastel chalks mixed with Mineral
Turpentine and applied with a small flat brush.
The mud on the wheels and tracks was Faber-Castell pastel chalk No.
179 Brown, powdered and mixed with Turps into a paste, then applied
thickly with a flat brush. The mix was then dry-scrubbed off with a
Additional staining and weathering was also added using a thin wash
of dark oil paints, but these selective washes were mostly soaked up by
thumbnails below to view larger images:
|T-34/76 & T-34/85
Modelling Manuals 16
US Price: $17.95
UK Price: £12.99
June 27, 2001
Details: 64 pages; ISBN: 1841762091
Model by Chris Wauchop
Text Copyright © 2005 by Chris Wauchop and
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