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Old 11-23-2022, 03:18 PM
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Default Torro 1/16 panther g

Hello everybody,

completely new to rc tanks. And really rc anything but planes in general. Just picked up this panther on a whim and the instructions are kinda bleh. I’m guessing upon opening I have to glue all these little plastic parts on? What would be the best glue? I think the body is mostly metal. Your expertise would be helpful.

edit: can’t seem to get the smoke to work either…. It says there is a switch on the bottom of the tank but where it is supposed to be is an empty slot.

edit edit: looking up tiegans instructions the upper flapper switch on the remote controls the smoke. In the meantime of trying to figure it out I’m pretty sure I overfilled the smoke tank. Opened it and got out what I could and now it’s smoking a little bit. Hope I didn’t damage it.

thanks!
Erik

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Old 11-23-2022, 07:50 PM
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Welcome to the RC tank world. That's a nice looking Panther. I don't have a Torro tank, so I can't help you with the instructions, but lots of folks on this forum can help you. If you have a mystery part that you are not sure where it goes, post a picture of it and we can help you place it. You can also search historical Panther pictures to see how they mounted the equipment.

As for glue, I use super glue (CA) or rubber cement depending on what the part is and how long I want it to stay put.

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Thanks. Of the “big 3” German tanks the panther is my favorite.

The body on this does have some scrapes in the tan from the turret. Any idea what may be a good match to touch it up?
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I suggest that you don't need to touch it up, and just roll with it, as tanks (especially WW2 ones) do get beaten up in the field. Depending on the nature of damage you can dab in some rust red primer or gun metal if it was a deep gouge. A lead pencil gives a nice metallic effect without too much trouble.
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I did pick up some ammo paint by mig Jimenez for early and late war German tanks. I was going to try and keep it factory fresh. I’ll see how the paint matches. I might just do the pencil or marker method. We’ll see.

I did get some testors model glue. I’m assuming it will be ok for this.
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Mhh... Maybe consider giving it a little bit of a metallic sheen by rubbing some Graphite along raised edges and then smudging / spreading it from there all over the model with a finger followed by airbrushing a thin layer of Alcad Steel over it?

I mean you did mention that you'd rather prefer to keep it fresh out of the factory but IMHO that looks very boring - almost unnatural.
For Comparison - "Factory New" vs. Graphite & Alclad ( and weathering ) and the impression of heavy metal the sheen gives.
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Originally Posted by Durahl View Post
Mhh... Maybe consider giving it a little bit of a metallic sheen by rubbing some Graphite along raised edges and then smudging / spreading it from there all over the model with a finger followed by airbrushing a thin layer of Alcad Steel over it?

I mean you did mention that you'd rather prefer to keep it fresh out of the factory but IMHO that looks very boring - almost unnatural.
For Comparison - "Factory New" vs. Graphite & Alclad ( and weathering ) and the impression of heavy metal the sheen gives.
to be honest I wouldnt mind some weathering Im just not confident in my ability. Prob screw it up. I do agree some weathering does look better. Ill look into the above.

would love zimmerit coating but no way Id get that right.
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Yea... Weathering requires a little bit of a faith of leap... Been there done that... If you're not very experienced with Weathering maybe start with something less complicated but still worthwhile doing: Chipping based on this Tutorial by "Uncle" Night Shift
In his video he makes the Chips by first making them with a lighter shade of the tanks main color ( on his model it's the Dark Yellow while on mine it's the Dark Green 2 ) and THEN paints into them using his Chipping Grey™
I cannot stress enough how much better this looks than if you directly added the grey onto the Tanks main color. It's going to take a while doing it like that but man is it worth doing it like that.

On top of that you apply the Graphite / Alclad Steel followed by a Matte Clear Coat with the latter usually toning down the effect of the Graphite / Alclad ( but not the Chipping! )
IMHO, the worst you can do is going almost uniformly ham with the Sponge Chipping all over the place resulting in what happed to this L2A6 in this Video at 15:10:

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