I haven't had a chance to paint many miniatures from The Plastic Solder Company (PSC), but if you've read any of my previous posts with their miniatures you'll know that I am a fan. They are accurate, they provide different variants on the sprue, and they are cheaper than Battlefront 15mm miniatures (why pay more for an inferior product?)
This past month I picked up several new 15mm boxes from PSC - Panzer III, IV, Panthers, Sdkfz 251's, StuG, and infantry. They are all great kits in my opinion, but I particularly like the Panther so I thought I'd share a few photos. DISCLAIMER: I wanted to try the clean and "fresh off the line for the Kursk Offensive" style of painting so there are no chips, scrapes, or mud on these tanks.
Yep, 15mm (1/100)... the stowage on the back are a few spare pieces from the sprues and some tissue paper. I love the effectiveness and ease of non-toxic plastic cement!
The details are sharp and accurate; the tracks went together perfectly. There were almost no mould lines (except on the 75mm barrel) this is such a wonderful thing to me as I hate cutting, sanding, and filing down the resin and white metal on other manufacturers vehicles.
For a perfect, smooth, and silky primer coat I sprayed Vallejo's Dunkelgelb Acrylic-Polyurethane "Surface Primer" through my airbrush.
I applied a basecoat of Vallejo Middlestone (882); since the primer coat was close in color I was able to get by with minimal spray. I then applied a couple of increasing highlights by adding white to the basecoat. This was then sealed with Testors Glosscote and a mixture of Vallejo Black and Brown wash was applied to the cracks, seams, rivets, and hatches.
Lastly, I painted the tools, stowage, and tracks; the turret numerals are Dom's Decals 15mm. Everything was sealed with a couple of layers of Testors Dullcote. It was nice not to worry about the usual chips and mud and I really like the resulting look. I'm working on the final two vehicles and when I'm finished I should have a nice platoon of Panther D's.
Let me know what you think... Like? Don't Like?