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LeonAdler Sponsoring Member of TMP18 Dec 2023 7:24 a.m. PST

This is utising the early G hull from the Vespid Sperber Infra red night fighting
kit (VS720008).
As some might recall Ive had problems with the Vespid Panthers, the lifting hooks
are in my hands impossible to fit cleanly, trying to get anything to adhere with such
a small gluing profile is a nightmare. Add to that the spare tracks being moulded
the 'wrong way up' and then to my brain the utter madness of the schurzen
holding brackets…………..and then the rear stowage lids being the wrong size…..
missing engine louvres………..all that was nearly a deal breaker for me.
Cant see the point in making what is a wonderfully detailed kit with such basic engineering faults.
But hey ho.
The rest of the kit is brilliant, the etched schurzen are terrific.
Detail and fit are unsurpassed.
I had a set of replacement lifting hooks etched which have a 'pin' on the bottom so
the user can drill a .4 hole in the deck, fit and then glue on the underside of the hull.
I had etched some engine louvre covers and a set to enable the loaders hatch to
be opened.
I had to make new spare track units.
I made and cast new schurzen brackets which solved that problem.

I added Zimmerit, the MAN variant with milliput and a stamp tool, long job.
Otherwise pretty straight forward, added road wheels are from a Dragon kit
kindly donated from a fellow Braille scale member.
Jerry can and racks added to rear, gun cleaning tube shifted to rear deck.
Life Color paints via Harder & Stienbeck infinity,
usual weathering stuff used for the finish, oils, pastels and mud from VMS.

Been one of the longest most irritating builds( 14 months off and on) I've done for a
very long time and not really satisfied with the result.

I have 2 more G's and a Jagdpanther in the stash and they might well stay there lol.

Kit: Vespid
After market
Adler lifting hooks set
Adler stowage lids, loaders hatch and engine louvres set

Adler Tank crew.








79thPA Supporting Member of TMP18 Dec 2023 7:34 a.m. PST

Beautiful model.

Disco Joe18 Dec 2023 7:57 a.m. PST

Nicely done.

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP18 Dec 2023 8:15 a.m. PST

That looks fantastic!


PeterH18 Dec 2023 12:21 p.m. PST

excellent job! what zimmerit tool did you use? looks perfect

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP18 Dec 2023 1:08 p.m. PST

That would win prizes in 1/35 scale. The painting, the weathering, the track finish. 14 months sounds like an irritation though, as you said!

gavandjosh0218 Dec 2023 2:59 p.m. PST

lovely work

Berzerker7318 Dec 2023 5:05 p.m. PST

Great looking tank!

Captain Pete18 Dec 2023 9:18 p.m. PST

Excellent work, Leon! I too know about projects that take a bit long to complete.

Personal logo FlyXwire Supporting Member of TMP19 Dec 2023 4:58 a.m. PST

"Otherwise pretty straight forward….." (for you maybe) ;)

Like Deadhead said – that would win prizes in 1/35th scale.

Pretty awe-some.

LeonAdler Sponsoring Member of TMP19 Dec 2023 7:20 a.m. PST

Thanks all glad you liked.

PeterH, its a homemade etched stamp tool, pressed into a thin layer of milliput.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP19 Dec 2023 1:39 p.m. PST

Homemade that should be manufactured and sold. It is very effective.

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