The Plastic Solder Company 15mm Panther - I love it!

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?

Tanner

15 comments:

  1. Very elegant models Tanner. Very nice painting and well demostrated with the pictures.

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  2. If you don't stop doing excellent stuff like this I will have to stop looking at your blog...It's so depressing! LOL ;)

    Seriously, terrific stuff. (But I'm still depressed!) :)

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  3. That is a very nice finish. The way you get the lining round the hatches etc is fantastic.

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  4. Wow great work, I have a box of these in my stash, hope they come out half as good.

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  5. Wow! Excellent job! It so clean and detailed - impressive.

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  6. Fine job, especially in that scale!

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  7. beautiful work - looks fantastic

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  8. Thanks for all the kind feedback, much appreciated :)

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  9. Gorgeous job Tanner! Once again, you have lured me into rethinking my use of Battlefronts vehicles! I too yearn for the detail and perfection of straight lines, good fit and round hatches! As well as fair pricing. I have been looking at the new Battlefront G (L) Panther from BF and though it looks good in pictures, I know that it will have the same issues with fit, mold seams and poor manufacturing - All for a premium price of 70.00 US!! The wife would shoot me!! One question - the non-toxic glue. Is that Cyanoacrylate (crazy glue) you are using?

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  10. Thanks Troy :) The non-toxic glue is plastic cement by Microscale. Most plastic cements are extremely toxic, but apparently not Micoscale's (it says it 2-3 times on the bottle label, lol). I don't know what it's made of but it has a fairly strong citrus smell so I assume that's a main ingredient. It's very easy to apply - just use a small paintbrush.

    Here's a link to the product on Microscale's website: http://x.co/kMta

    Hope that helps,
    Tanner

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  11. I like. Looks amazing. Looks more like something done at 1:35 rather than FOW scale. Awesome job. Looks you have mastered your air-brush.
    cheers

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  12. Looks great - I'm going to have to get myself an airbrush...

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  13. It's been a while since I looked at your blog and I was happily surprised that I have a few posts to catch up on. This piece look great, the modulation is done nicely and the details are sharp.

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