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Jagdpanzer 38(t) Hetzer, Mid Production

Tamiya, 1/48 scale

by Michael Rinaldi

Tamiya's 1/48 scale Hetzer is available online from Mission Models


The base kit is Tamiya's absolutely superb new tool 1/48 Hetzer kit.

The model is built primarily out of the box (in only a few hours without rushing it!), but some minor items were scratchbuilt or altered. The headlight was wired, new grab handles were added, and the side skirts and fenders were thinned to better represent scale thickness. The hard-edge camouflage pattern is entirely handpainted by brush with Lifecolor acrylics.



The finish includes a very time-consuming layered weathering process of Humbrol filters, Winsor & Newton oil paint washes and more filters topped off with the essential Mig Pigments.

Special attention was given to realistically represent the weathered road wheels. The tracks were painted with a custom mix of Humbrols and then layered with additional Mig Pigments and graphite.



The replacement right side armor skirt and new barrel add to the unique visual appearance of this model.

It is properly depicted in Northwest Europe during the summer months of 1944.



The model is featured in Issue 121 of Tamiya Model Magazine International.

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Model, Images and Text by Michael Rinaldi
Page Created 20 July, 2006
Page Last Updated 19 July, 2006