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Braille Scale Panther
Topic Started: Jul 9 2018, 09:33 PM (129 Views)
robunos
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Plastic fiddler
Ok, so I'm going to start with this . . .

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Revell Panther Ausf. D/A, kit number 03107.
Box shot is above, here are the sprues,

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and the instructions.

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Hoping to make start on this tomorrow, it's been in my stash for ages (I bought from Modelzone!), and it will be my first attempt at Link and Length tracks . . .

cheers,
Robin.
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Lt. Derek 'Smurfy' Reeve
Nice one Robin but how you chaps can work in such a small scale beats me.
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"BEAVER"
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Lt. Paul 'Red Dog' Rose
ooooh i love a bargain!
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robunos
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Plastic fiddler
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Jul 10 2018, 09:52 AM
Nice one Robin but how you chaps can work in such a small scale beats me.
Easy, with one of these . . . :laugh:

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cheers,
Robin.
Edited by robunos, Jul 10 2018, 09:35 PM.
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beowulf
Jul 10 2018, 03:55 PM
ooooh i love a bargain!
So do I, I bought two of 'em! :laugh: :yipee

cheers,
Robin.
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Okay, managed to make a start on this.
First, the lower hull. This comes in two parts, the tub and the backplate.

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The suspension is on separate parts that attach to the sides of the tub, makes it a lot easier to build the running gear.
In order to add the characteristic rear stowage bins, the backplate needs the holes drilling out.

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and the bins attached . . .

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The tub and backplate glued together.

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On to the upper hull now, and we have a choice to make, Ausf. D, or Ausf. A?
According to Internet sources, there are some details missing from the turret which make an Ausf D model inaccurate. Now I'm not a Britmodeller member Rivet Counter, but a missing hatch and two missing pistol ports are a little bit noticeable. Also, I found an unusual colour scheme for an Ausf. A, so an Ausf. A it is.
Here is the bare upper hull,

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and the same with the hatches and bow mg ball mount added.

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While the glue is drying on those, it's on to the turret . . .
The basic turret parts . . .

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and assembled.

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While that dries, assemble the coomander's cupola, we're building an Ausf. A, so it's the cast type, with the AA mg rail on top.

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And fianally for today, the turret complete, with mantlet and main gun, as well as the cupola, added.

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That's all for now, Stay Tuned . . .

cheers,
Robin.
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Crikey at that speed it must be nigh on finished now.
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Oh, I don't know, there's a long way to go yet . . . I've got to figure out how to build and paint the running gear, then there's the rest of the paint job.
Also, I don't work regular hours anymore, so while like yesterday I had the time for a good session, I can sometimes go a week or more without any model making time at all . . .

cheers,
Robin.
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robunos
Jul 11 2018, 02:26 PM
I can sometimes go a week or more without any model making time at all . . .

cheers,
Robin.
Only a week!!!!!
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Model making is my addiction, :redface
I have to do something model related every day, even if it's just researching a colour scheme, or reading about a new kit I might want to buy . . .

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Robin.
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Right, so here's today's model making fix . . .

To my mind, the best way to approach the running gear, is to first attach the inner wheels to the hull sides, then paint them, then the middle wheels, and paint them, attach the tracks, then lastly paint and add the outer wheels.
Ok, here we go. Here are the hull side plates, with the suspension moulded into them,

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The inner wheels off the runner, ready to be attached,

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and glued on. I've used a suitable thickness metal rule, to keep all the wheels in line, and true.

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when the glue has dried, I will remove the rule. While that's happening, I've removed the middle wheel parts from the runner, and cleaned them up ready for gluing together.

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When I dry fitted them, I found they would hold without glue, so I just used a tiny amount, to hold them.
Last job for today is to make up the sprockets and idlers,

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Stay Tuned . . .

cheers
Robin.
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Lt. Derek 'Smurfy' Reeve
That gripping tool you have made is a brilliant original idea Robin with stiff wire to stop the flopping about. Keeps everything in the same place and far better than individual pegs
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i agree thats a fab idea and one i may well copy
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Thanks, gents . . . :redface
I did think about starting a thread about them, but thought it might be a bit self-indulgent . . . In my case the wire was left over from a wiring job I did a couple of years ago, and the wood is just offcuts. Have to buy the clips and choc-blocks, though.
If you don't have any spare wire to hand, use 15Amp twin-and-earth, Wilko sell it by the metre. They also sell the connector blocks. Don't throw the bare Earth wire away when you strip the cable, it's very useful, both as a tool, and for scratchbuilding.
Oh, and by the way, I call these work holders 'Hydras', after the many-headed monster of ancient legend.

cheers,
Robin.
Edited by robunos, Jul 13 2018, 04:13 PM.
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