1/35 late-war Hetzer - now complete!

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Bonjour mes amis!

First off, hope everyone had and is having a Merry Christmas!

Anyway, here's my latest build. I will be detouring from the norm here. Many modelers have built this kit and made a fantastic job with it, so I figured there was no point trying to create yet another version modeled after the box-art, therefore expect something a little different ;)

As you may or may not know, the kit comes with a masks to produce that lovely ambush camo, however, I'll be using only part of it, maybe.............




So far, so good. I believe the real Hetzer had this downward stance upfront due to the weight of its gun. Looks okay so far, and so much easier on my eyes compared to that 1/72 King Tiger! :)



I won't be using the 6-holed idler wheel in the pics and after some research have opted for the 4-holed idler; there were some in service late in the war as you can see in the photo below.



Oh, and I messed up the kit's schurzen so made my own with plastic card. These are better as they're thinner than the original kit versions and more realistic when compared to Hetzer walk-around photos I've collected. Also the bolts on the outside of the kit's schurzen weren't needed in my Hetzer's case, they were welded to the mounting brackets from behind. Note: I've seen photos of schurzen with bolts, too, so the kit ones were also correct.



I've added some subtle damage to the rear mudguards/fenders. I created the bends by adding superglue underneath and then manipulating the softened, thinned plastic. If anyone has any better ideas for this process please let me know as i'm new to armour modelling. The storage box on the rear had the holes drilled out with a twist drill.



Added lead wire and a piece of shaped sprue for a junction box for my Hetzer's Notek lamp. Lead wire is so delicate - maybe I'm better off with brass next time? What do others use? Any help would be appreciated.



My first piece of photo etch and it wasn't too bad to bend using a metal straight edge. I'll perhaps need a tool for future builds..........I love the authenticity the PE gives to my Hetzer's grille!



More soon, folks! :)
 

hook1169

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Re: 1/35 late-war Hetzer build

Very cool my friend. Can't wait to see your interpretation of the tank.. Will keep my eye on this thread.
 

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Very nice
 

JohnSimmons

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Re: 1/35 late-war Hetzer build

Great start!
 

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Re: 1/35 late-war Hetzer build

Hook, John and Spud, thank you for the encouragement, and happy 2014 to everyone!

I've made a little more progress and managed to get some primer on her.......







More soon :)
 

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Re: 1/35 late-war Hetzer build

Some more progress..............

As I mentioned before, wanted to do something a little different, so here's my base coat with some subtle pre-shading.














More soon.................. :)
 

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That looks fantastic the way it sits man!!!

Zappa
 

AJay

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Thanks, Zappa! :)
 

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Latest progress WIP: (Note; I still have the tracks to work on, the periscopes, and other small details. There is an MG 34 to add, and also some stowage.












 

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Re: 1/35 late-war Hetzer build

cool looking tank you have there
 

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Very cool, great research helps create a great model..Very nice work sir... :)
 

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Re: 1/35 late-war Hetzer build

Awesome build! Love the paint chipping and weathering detail!
 

AJay

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Re: 1/35 late-war Hetzer build

Thank you, guys! Appreciate the comments :) Hopefully I'll finish this one when I get time.
 

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Nice work. Like how you added the little details. It makes all the difference with the end results.
 

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Great Job on the Hetz so far ;D ;D ;D ;D Amazing chipping effects :eek: :eek:
Glad to say one of the best Hetzers I have seen ;D
MC521
 

AJay

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Re: 1/35 late-war Hetzer build

Thank you, guys. I really appreciate the comments. Thanks again for looking!
 

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Re: 1/35 late-war Hetzer - NOW COMPLETED!

At last, here she is completed :)



















 

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Oh that's cool! Nice work.

Terry ;D
 

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