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Armor/AFV: Large Scale
1/16 and Larger Armor Modeling
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Building Trumpeters 1/16th Panther G
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Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 10:16 PM UTC

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That's really strange, I didn't have that problem with the swing arms on my panther. One thing I did do was, I reamed the holes out on the hull with a letter M drill in order to get the swing arms to move freely. I had to give a couple of the torsion bars a little wiggle to get them to seat, they were partially getting stuck on the inner framing parts T1 and T13.



That was my point I screwed up, I should have made sure that the Arms were close to the hull.
Donald
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Posted: Monday, February 18, 2019 - 10:00 AM UTC
Well I didn't fall off the edge of the earth. I've been very busy cleaning up the parts for the Track , Each Shoe has 4 parts, the Shoe, 2 Horns & the Pin with a total of 14 Burrs to remove. It didn't seem like I would ever get done, but I am they are assembled & ready for paint. I'm still trying to figure if I should use the Ice Cleats or not.
Well enough gab here are the Pics.
First make shure the Guide Horns are square.

Some of the holes for the Track Pins had some flash.

I held the shoes together & used a small drill to clean out the holes.
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Posted: Monday, February 18, 2019 - 10:05 AM UTC
The Pins should slide right in.

I did the Track in sections of 10 be careful not to mix the track up as it is HANDED

Here's the finished Track
You get 2 runs of 86 6 sections of 2 for the rear hull & 2 extra sections of 4 maby for the Turret sides ?


I need a Vacation.
Donald
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Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 08:56 AM UTC
The Track is painted and installed. There are 86 Links each side



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Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 09:04 AM UTC
Here are a couple of Pics showing the same direction of Track that I used, I don't know if this is the usual or reversed track.



Finished for now.
Donald
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Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 11:38 AM UTC
good save, it looks great!
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Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 12:35 PM UTC

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good save, it looks great!



Thanks
I'm masking off the openings so I can spray the base coat for the Hull top.
Donald
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Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 03:58 PM UTC
For cleaning the track pin holes. I use a Gas cutting torch tip cleaner. It is a long wire file in different sizes. It works on
metal tracks if you cut the tips of the files. just an idea!!!

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Hot-Sell-Gas-Welding-Brazing-Cutting-Torch-Tip-Cleaner-10Pcs-Set-0-6mm-1-3mm/283258681496?hash=item41f3887898:g:6M4AAOSwRxJb6v5y:rk:3:pf:1&frcectupt=true
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Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 08:25 AM UTC
A little more done.



The kit gives you both a Plastic and Metal Gun Barrels .
They are both the same size, the Pic. is off a little.


Working on the Gun now.
Donald
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Posted: Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 09:39 AM UTC
I have most of the Gun assembled , I have made thr Breach Block removable to ease the painting.

First off if you are using the Metal Gun Barrel remove the key from inside the inner part where the Shell is inserted , other wise it won't fit.


The Breach Block can be placed in either the Open or Closed position. Where you place it determins the position of the lever on the side of the block.

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Posted: Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 09:46 AM UTC

There's a locking mechanism on top the block if you slightly enlarge the holes during assembly of it , it can be made operable .

Here's it open.

At full Recoil.
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Posted: Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 09:53 AM UTC




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Posted: Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 10:04 AM UTC
Here are some Pics. of the real thing.



Here's a really good one, note the Block is in the open position and where the lever is.


Well I'm all done for now.
Donald
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Posted: Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 06:48 AM UTC
The Gun is painted and installed in the Turret Front.

First off the instructions as pictured are misleading , you should insert the Gun Unit in the back of the Turret front Armor Plate, then install the box like part on the front of the Gun Unit. If you install the box first you cant get the Gun through the Turret front.


Insert the Gun Sight from the front into the Gun Unit then fit the mantlet cover of your choice , they give you 2 to choose from.

I used liquid glue as shown.
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Posted: Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 06:56 AM UTC
You will have to play around with the sight to get it to go into the spot in the front Mantlet then glue it in from the front.

I used some Mr Surfacer to give the Mantlet a little texture as it was a cast piece and this is rather smooth.



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Posted: Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 07:03 AM UTC

When using the Metal Gun Barrel you get an open Breach, the Ammo Rounds that come with the kit don't fit, I tried.


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Posted: Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 07:09 AM UTC
Here's what the Gun looks like completed.

I used Mr. Surfacer to give the Muzzle Break some texture as it was a cast piece.


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Posted: Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 07:15 AM UTC



I'll be working on the upper Turret next.
Donald
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Posted: Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 06:27 PM UTC
That’s a mighty slick breech/mantlet assembly Donald, and ace photography to match. May I suggest a gentle super-fine sand of the muzzle to smooth out those chunkier specks? Fascinating build
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Posted: Sunday, February 24, 2019 - 09:27 AM UTC

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That’s a mighty slick breech/mantlet assembly Donald, and ace photography to match. May I suggest a gentle super-fine sand of the muzzle to smooth out those chunkier specks? Fascinating build



Actually that was the effect I was looking fore. The pic. is a super close up to show the texture. To the eye it doesn't look like there's hardly any texture at all.
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Posted: Sunday, February 24, 2019 - 09:29 AM UTC
A little work on the rear Turret Hatch. The long pin is just temporary to make it easier to remove.



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Posted: Sunday, February 24, 2019 - 09:37 AM UTC
Here's how I did the periscoes.
First cleaned the parts and used some Bare Metal Foil on the backs from the lenses, then cut to fit small oblong pieces of masking left over from another kit. Glued the parts back to the Sprue at the mounting lip. then painted them flat black.


I'll remove the masking after they are installed.

The inside of the turret has been painted.


All finished for today.
Donald
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Posted: Sunday, February 24, 2019 - 12:30 PM UTC
Donald, you have the pot antenna installed on the very rear deck, this was only used on befehlspanthers. If you are building one, you also need to cover the hole for the coaxial mg in the mantlet. Because of the extra equipment carried in the turret, command panthers didn't have the mg in that location. A welded plug was put there. In pics I have seen, thhe plug was conical in shape.

Mike
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Posted: Monday, February 25, 2019 - 09:30 AM UTC

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Donald, you have the pot antenna installed on the very rear deck, this was only used on befehlspanthers. If you are building one, you also need to cover the hole for the coaxial mg in the mantlet. Because of the extra equipment carried in the turret, command panthers didn't have the mg in that location. A welded plug was put there. In pics I have seen, thhe plug was conical in shape.

Mike


Thanks Mike, I was going to do the command panther but with the new info. I think I'll make it a regular Gun Tank. I allready removed the Antenna Pot.
Regards.
Donald