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Posted by panzerman825 on 07 Mar 2021, 04:19

Like Monty Python use to say...."And now for something completely different." I picked up a Meng "Toon" Panther kit, and wanted to do more than an out of box build. Converting the Panther into the armored recovery vehicle Bergepanther popped into my head.

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The lower hull, suspension, and shell of the upper hull are the only kit parts. I scratchbuilt everything else.

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The scale of the kit, I guessed, was about 1/48 scale. So I made my figures out of 1/48 scale bodies and 1/35 scale heads. Keeping them with the "Toon" approach.

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I used the 1/35 scale Bergepanther by Italeri as my template during the build. Of course I had to play with the proportions due to cartoon nature of the kit.

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The two most challenging parts of the project were making the hoist derrick and the anchoring spade. I wish I had used thicker thread for the winch cable. Ooops!!!!

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The 20mm canon is one of my favorite parts. I made the gun out of a 1/35 scale, 50cal. machine gun. The tank tools are a combination of kit parts and scratchbuilt items.

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There is a 3rd crew member present. The driver's head is barely visible in the photo.

Well, that's it. A fun, if somewhat different, build that I thoroughly enjoyed making. I hope you find it enjoyable too. Thanks for viewing. Happy modeling. Bill
PS: I'm not above a little self promotion, so all of my builds can be seen on my Youtube channel. PanzermansBunker
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Posted by Bluefalchion on 07 Mar 2021, 04:50

No one can say that one is not different. And delightfully so! Thanks for sharing.
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Posted by PhilC on 07 Mar 2021, 08:29

Certainly not my favorite period, but... excellent idea, excellent work and excellent result! I like the weathering of the vehicle, but that's the way you designed your figures to give them a cartoon style that impresses me the most. Congratulations!
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Posted by MABO on 07 Mar 2021, 08:39

Interesting conversion and really a good brushwork on every detail!
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Posted by Pocho Azul on 07 Mar 2021, 08:55

Really nice job, and wonderfully bizarre idea. You made a model that is simultaneously highly realistic and completely unrealistic at the same time.
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Posted by Wiking on 07 Mar 2021, 09:52

Am I more shocked about that yellow :shock: ADAC Vehicle (Panther made by MAN) or about PhilC`s updated Avatar ?

MAN:
https://data.motor-talk.de/data/galleri ... 415011.jpg

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Posted by Peter on 07 Mar 2021, 10:10

This reminds me on the "Thunderbirds". Large heads and small bodies. ;-)

Excellent built model and figures! I really like it! :thumbup:
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Posted by Minuteman on 07 Mar 2021, 10:42

This is a lovely conversion and an excellent painting job! That extra bright, extra light and totally vivid Dunkelgelb colour seems to fit with the 'not quite real' theme here.

I have to say that I remain very perplexed by the Meng 'Toon' kits...along the lines of "What is the point of them??" But I guess they have a market somewhere.
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Posted by PhilC on 07 Mar 2021, 11:03

Wiking wrote:Am I more shocked about that yellow :shock: ADAC Vehicle (Panther made by MAN) or about PhilC`s updated Avatar ?


Shock, what shock ?

This is the real shock: can you imagine that I really looked like my avatar back in the 80's ? :mrgreen:
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Posted by Michael Robert on 07 Mar 2021, 17:13

Hello Panzerman
your Bergepanther is a strange object. Not really my cup of tea for the topic, but the realization is very impressive. I find the association of these different scales brings something special. It has great comic potential or can be used in other expressive ways.
Great to see
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Posted by Wiking on 08 Mar 2021, 15:55

The scratch parts fit very well to this "Panther-doll".
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Posted by Wiking on 08 Mar 2021, 16:28

PhilC wrote:
.... I really looked like my avatar back in the 80's?

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"Couch doctor Peter please, an emergency !"

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Posted by Kekso on 08 Mar 2021, 17:59

Yellow is not easy to paint and you did great job.
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Posted by T. Dürrschmidt on 08 Mar 2021, 18:30

I love those Meng toon tanks. I have them all (unbuilt) in my collection. I always asked myself which figures I should use with those tanks...now I know it.

Scratchbuilding is one of the big remaining mysteries of our model hobby for me. All my respect for this.
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Posted by Peter on 08 Mar 2021, 23:49

Wiking wrote:PhilC wrote:
.... I really looked like my avatar back in the 80's?

Image :shock:

Image :shock: :shock:

Image :joker: :lol: :wave:

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"Couch doctor Peter please, an emergency !"

:mrgreen:

Huh? Who? Me? What is the emergency? A date with the nurse! :mrgreen:
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Posted by panzerman825 on 10 Mar 2021, 07:29

Thanks to everyone for their kind replies.
As far as the vivid yellow goes.....I believe that is more a byproduct of my photo editor's auto correct button then its real life appearance.
Happy modeling. Bill
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