Back on June 20, I posted a brief review video of the new tool Tamiya Panther Ausf D in 1/35 scale. I have now had more than enough time to get to work on it.
I am a part of a Google+ YouTube Modellers group and have made a few friends (think video pen pals). Steve Mottram is one. He is a model builder from England and subscribed to my YouTube channel. He noticed that I was getting ready to build the Panther, and since he had one as well, asked if I would be interested in doing a buddy build with him.
For those who don’t know, a buddy build is where a couple of model builders pick a kit, or subject (like a particular battle) and build it at the same time, keeping up with one another’s progress. I was game, so we started. I will interject here that Steve wanted to send me something pertinent to our buddy build, so I emailed him my address. Lo and behold, a week or so later, a package arrived. In it was a book on modeling the Panther, and an aluminum barrel to replace the kit supplied plastic barrel. I was blown away. Very generous chap, Steve.
For this project I decided to add a couple of aftermarket items. In addition to the metal barrel Steve sent, I also got the photo etch grill set for the engine deck that Tamiya released to go with this kit, and a set of Kaizen individual link tracks.
Instructions and paint guide
Here are the parts.
The decals and bag with poly caps for the wheels and string for the tow rope.
The PE grill set.
I am really digging the full color paint guides that Tamiya is including these days.
So, there you have it. Next time (like in the next few days) I will get some build photos and comments posted. In real-time, I am at the painting stage, so posts should be coming pretty regularly.
For those that are interested, here is a video about the buddy build.