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Plastic Comparison (1/100 Jagdpanther)

Plastic Comparison (1/100 Jagdpanther)

Plastic Comparison (1/100 Jagdpanther) by TeeJay87
Plastic Comparison (1/100 Jagdpanther) by TeeJay87


Follow-up of & , this time Jagdpanther WW2 German tank destroyer.

Here you can see two assembled models and upper hulls from leftover pieces put on a simple stand crafted from items easily found at home:
- three bottle caps (must be the exact same ones to hold the structure);
- three pieces of cork after wine bottles, cut and trimmed to keep hulls in place;
- leftover plastic sprues from various sets;
combined together with cyanoacrylic cement (super glue).

Yellow plastic hull comes from a single-tank blister , grayish plastic hull - from a platoon box like this . Despite different plastic colors, the models are exact the same and their parts can be easily swapped.

That painted Jagdpanther hull in the middle was built from the platoon box and experimentally painted with Humbrol enamels - H94 as primer and stripes with H66. If you look carefully in the photo, you might notice the unpainted hulls have traces after cutting, filing and gluing, which is normal while assembling models like that.
Hopefully, good quality paints conceal those imperfections as they should - usually two layers of enamel or acrylics do their job well; and if you paint German camouflage patterns my method (by applying brown and greenish stipes/spots/blotches on primer layer), all the assembly traces disappear under the cover.

Vehicle number 400 was built last year (yellow plastic treads with gray plastic hull), while 421 was completed two weeks ago (in opposite combination). Both are displayed as comparison with the hull stand and as proofs of developing my skills in modeling. 

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alitta2 on February 7, 2018, 12:54:47 PM

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alitta2Great comparison.
As for getting the assembly traces disappear, wouldn't it have a better result if  the traces are burred by using a grater?

When I was a kid and assembled scale models (mostly planes as I mentioned earlier), I remember that I used first a simple nail-grater, and the glued the pieces together and then painted the parts. 
Also I remember that when I constructed a 1:144 scale F-19, I didn't care about that and just cut and glued the parts and painted those that supposed to be not black, and of course I applied the stickers - I was done within an hour, but the result was terrible reagrding the details :D
My only excuse for this that I was only 9 years old back then XD

TeeJay87 on February 10, 2018, 7:14:36 AM

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TeeJay87Also, certain models just look awful unpainted, once their assembly is completed - have found one example -

That's 1/100 Panzer II F from Battlefront Miniatures, currently sold in platoon sets for Afrika Korps campaign & . As you can see, it has hull and turret cast from epoxy resin, supplemented by soft metal parts (tracks with wheels, guns, commander's cupola and stowage bin ), only the commander figurine is made of polystyrene (plastic). Especially the stowage bin for the turret looks as if it had been taken from a junkyard, don't you think ? ;)

alitta2 on February 20, 2018, 10:10:16 AM

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alitta2It's not that bad, but yeah, it looks like if they were from a junkyard indeed :D
Let us say it was picked up from a damaged tank and applied as an upgrade, just like the Scorpion tank in C&C Generals :D

TeeJay87 on February 7, 2018, 12:59:43 PM

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TeeJay87I use small file for nails to grate the imperfections, like traces after cutting and gluing - though it doesn't remove all the traces.

It's visible especially on those 1/100 Jagdpanthers, when you take the gun barrel from the sprue - there will always be awful mark after cut and sanding right in the middle of the gun mantlet (cast with barrel as one piece). Only paint can cover those well.

Falconlobo on January 30, 2018, 1:06:45 PM

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TeeJay87 on January 30, 2018, 1:08:21 PM

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TeeJay87That's my way of making use of leftover parts and items instead of throwing them away. ;)

Falconlobo on January 31, 2018, 12:54:12 PM

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