Trumpeter Jagdpanther in 1/72 scale

Trumpeter produce a huge range of 1/72 scale tanks and vehicles and where i am in Australia they are very affordable and easy to find. Only $10 a pop from my, which i think is just great value. The Jagdpanther is a very cool tank and although not used in great numbers in Normandy i still really wanted to build one.

Previously i had built some Jagdpanthers from the English company Armourfast, but to be honest, this Trumpeter kit is 100% far and away totally better in every department. The kit is quite a simple build. The running gear goes together quickly with a couple of dozen wheels. I left the vinyl/rubber tracks off so i could paint them separately before attaching them to the tank later. The hull of the tank has plenty of great detail to add including spare tracks on each side, plus it has schurzen plates to add if you like. On this version i decided to leave them off so you can see the running gear more clearly. Some good decals are provided, with two different choices of numbers for the side of the tank.

I painted this by hand in a usual three colour camouflage scheme, but tried a brighter camo green than i normally use. I also tried some new techniques and products I hadn’t tried before. Firstly i bought some MIG products washes for British and German tanks. Normally i just use some raw/burnt umber mixed with a touch of black for a wash. I gave the tank a gloss varnish after finishing the camo scheme and then gave it a wash with the MIG wash for German vehicles. What a difference! I would recommend grabbing some of these as the effect is so much better than just the regular paint wash i was using.

I also tried some chipping weathering effects with a sponge that i had read about. This worked quite well with a contrasting paint colour to my tanks paintwork (i used burnt umber and raw umber mainly). I made sure i didn’t over do it. Also after reading a tutorial by Piers Brand on how he uses weathering powders on tanks i decided i wanted to try them out too. So another trip to BNA Model World, i bought a bunch of weathering powders, again from MIG, and used them on the tracks and running gear. Using them sparingly and keeping the effects subtle they certainly improve the look of the vehicle.

So i was very happy with the new techniques and products i tried this week. You can see the results in my finished Jagdpanther below.

6 thoughts on “Trumpeter Jagdpanther in 1/72 scale

  1. Looks good, Will! I particularly like the cammo scheme!

    Do you find that doing washes after gloss varnishing helps pick the detail out? It’s just that when I used a brown wash on my very old ESCI Japanese infantry, who’d been gloss varnished, I found the wash picked out the creases and details without making the rest of the figures look dark, and I’ve never got such a good finish since!

    Anyway, nice Jagdpanther! Weathering looks worth the effort definitely!



    1. Hey John – this is the first time i used a coating of gloss varnish on the tank and then an actual “wash” product on top. Have to say it made a big difference compared to my usual paint wash on non varnished tank. My old way did dampen and darken the colour and did not pick out the detail nearly as well. I bought washes from MIG Products – one for german and one for british armour. Not expensive and look great. I havent tried them on figures yet. Thanks glad you like the end result. It was a lot of fun building and painting!!

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  2. Your Jadgpanther is “aging well” in the farm fields of Normandy. Look forward to see it in action vs. the Allied forces. Again, great work CM. I see like to base your vehicles too. I prefer to protect the running gear from the movement on the tabletop and gives a firm edge to gasp the model.


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