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The idea behind this display was based on the lack of movement the German army was restricted to in the latter part of the war. The vehicle is portrayed with the tank pausing for a moment with the crew scanning the sky for enemy aircraft . The 2 Alpine figures which have been following the Panther have also paused to take note of possible air attack. I used Alpine figures for the first time and found the sculpting exquisite

The Dragon Panther G (No. 6268) is depicted in late war colour scheme. The vehicle is basically portrayed to be used from middle 1944 to war's end . It's not meant to depict a particular unit or theatre in which it served. The model was built straight out of the box with the addition of Adlers Nest aerial and Accurate Amour tow cable wire . The model was painted in Lifecolor acrylics. After painting the model, the lower hull, tracks and running gear all received a paste of interior wall filler /Hudson and Allen railway scenic dirt, with acrylic paint used to darken the wall filler down during mixing.

Fine wire was tied and super glued on each side of the turret brackets. I then used Heki trees with diluted down white glue and tea leaves, to make the foliage and hand applied each piece onto the turret with tweezers.

The crew are a combination of Royal Model torso’s and Warrior heads for the Radio Operator and Commander. The Royal Model driver's head included the resin and etch headphones. Fine electrical strand was used for their intercom wiring. Once the crew figures had been glued into the lower hull of the model, the complete model got a dose of MIG light dust .

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About the Author

About Michael Walsh (airborne1)

My interest in plastic modeling started when I was 10 with building the odd 1/72nd scale plane or tank ,with moving around a lot there was a break from the model building until 1987 when I come across the Verlinden Publications which sparked my interest to building military vehicles and dioramas. I...


Great job!! How did you do the branches. I have been trying to find a good way to do it. Again Great Job! thxs, John
JUL 10, 2008 - 09:53 AM
Thanks for your kind words. Rudi, The figure review you did was a ripper. I'd seen the previous reviews on the Alpine products and had all been nothing but positives The poses from these 2 figures just add to the scene .Thanks Chas, I always seem to skip over the groundwork but basically I started from a styrofoam base .The base is covered with a base in a mixture of wall filler ,black and brown acylic paint mixed with the wall filler to tone the filler down when it drys. The filler always dries light so the darker you go the mixture the better it is. Its better to work from a darker shade and go lighter to create depth . Once dried after a few hours I used white glue and water thinned down in an atomiser and sprayed lightly onto the base.I then sprinked fine grass from Heki,hudson and Allen ...etc and let dry for a day. Its at this stage I used florists strands and hudsen and allen tall grass . I made small clumps and dipped into white glue and pressed into the base . Once dried I airbrushed the whole base with Tamiya JA green and let dry for a few hours. finally ,I airbrushed a fine mist coat of yellow .MIG Pigments had also been used by feathering the dust onto the base .FEATHERING:"light dust"pigment was placed into a bottle lid the lid was placed just above the groundwork and a large brush was pushed into the lid and vigourously moved around the lid to create a dust effect. PHEW!!! what a mouthfull Johnathon, I was going to use photetch from scale link but found it was'nt to scale for the vehicle. HEKI tree covererage which is supplied in a box with plastic trees is what I used. I cannot recall the name but I've had it for years . White glue again mixed in an atomiser with water on a 50/50 consistency was used to spray on the heki tree piece .tea leaves then had been sprinked over the fine tree piece and after dried I used hairspray to bond the tea leaves Last process ;Sprayed Tamiya JA green and lightened up with yellow . I always work with the darkest colour on the groundwork and trees and lighten out . I hope this helps with your future projects . Michael
JUL 10, 2008 - 03:30 PM
First thing I noticed as well, was how perfect their pose and positioning was. Really nice display Michael. Love the long grass and how the panther sits on the base. Very natural. The colouring/tones also are very well tied together, and make for an excellent visual display. Nice one.
JUL 10, 2008 - 04:08 PM
Great Build and the figures fit in nicely, wish my builds were half as good. A very natural dio. milvehfan
JUL 10, 2008 - 05:04 PM
Mike , a really top notch diorama Everything fits together perfectly and your painting skills are fantastic. Thanks for sharing Bob
JUL 10, 2008 - 05:19 PM
Excellent job, Mike. Love the way the Panther and figures are tided in with the groundwork and foliage. Thanks for sharing
JUL 10, 2008 - 06:37 PM
Thanks for sharing your groundwork methods. Looking forward to seeing more of your work. Chas
JUL 10, 2008 - 08:49 PM
Great job, well done
JUL 11, 2008 - 12:29 AM
Thanks The dragon models being released nowadays need very little refining. Extremely well detailed and they are a great out of the box build . I appreciate your comments . Michael
JUL 12, 2008 - 12:04 AM
i'd never thought of tea leaves before. Are they pre- or post brew? i assume you airbrushed them...?
DEC 24, 2008 - 06:30 PM