Jagdpanthers, trees and wire

December 10, 2008

The one thing I neglected to mention about camouflage for the Jagdpanthers is that because the Allies had air superiority by the time Jagdpanthers were entering service, many German vehicles had additional camouflage added to them by draping or securing tree limbs and branches to them, to further break up their silhouette.  This certainly happened to Jagdpanthers – there is plenty of photo evidence of them having foliage draped over them to break up their shape and also to provide localised camouflage so that they could be used in ambushes, which was an effective tactic for these tank hunters.

I’m going to replicate this by glueing lichen to my completed models and then securing the lichen to the vehicle hull with 6lbs fishing line, to represent wire, which was often used for that purpose.

So, once I’ve finished the fine detail and corrected any mistakes, the glue comes back out, lichen and fishing line get glued on, any last mistakes are fixed and then lastly on goes the Dullcote and then they get “blooded” in a game.

I’ve provided a scan of Revell’s own painting instructions for these Jagdpanthers:

The colour code is as follows: revell-jagdpanther-paint-scheme-suggestion

  1. A = “Matt Sand”, #16
  2. B = “Lake Green”, #48
  3. C = “Matt Brick”, #37

and those names and numbers are for Revell’s own line of paints.

The reason I posted that scan is to show some more Jagdpanther camouflage schemes / patterns…not stripes, not mottling (still not exactly sure what mottling really is) and not plain DunkelGelb. I suppose more of a disruptive scheme?


3 Responses to “Jagdpanthers, trees and wire”

  1. Panzerace said

    Mottling is a “spotted” camoflage pattern, usually it wasn’t used for tanks, mostly aircraft. You can recreate the scheme by making quick, one-spot bursts with an airbrush.

    Good Luck!

    • Eastern Funker said

      Ah, yes, an airbrush! Now, I may be fortunate enough to loan one of those for when I do up a platoon of Panzer V Panthers…
      thanks for the explanation! I certainly know the effect that Messerschmitt Bf 109s had on them from my aircraft modelling days…

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