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Re: Panther G 2022 #15 Build

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A busy few days with more test fitting and slight alteration on the turret.

I have now moved the upper turret bump stop to the correct position at the edge of the debris cover. The shape I have left alone.
The bolts holding the debris cover in place with be changed out for some more scale looking ones when they arrive from Germany.

Spare track link brackets and pins have also been made up out of some brass strip and piano wire.

The fixing points for the spare wheels have been sorted with again more scale like bolts on their way.

Overall pretty happy so far :)
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Again more work done on the basic turret assembly.

Turret disassembled, etch primed and given its interior colour.
The mantlets interior fixing blocks have been also sorted as well as the circular mounting plate that sits on the turret base.

Time to now get the parts back together :)
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Just a small thing done before starting to put the turret back together again.

Mantlet mounted MG34 sorted.
My spare MG34 armored barrel cut down and mounted to nicely fit the 8.5mm hole in the mantlet.
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Turret now back together ready for the turret top plate brackets and then filling holes and weld beads.

Brackets for gun elevation, recoil and ball machine gun now cleaned and painted.
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Some time spent over the weekend with some hole filling and weld beads.

Weld beads done even though I'll end up covering a lot of them over with Zimmerit. :wink:
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Re: Panther G 2022 #15 Build

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hello
Beautiful job Malcolm
Just beware the mantlet was a one part casted item, so no weld bead but a "simple" fillet in this area
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Thanks for the info Didier

No problem, Going to covered with Zimmerit or I can sand the bead out.
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Re: Panther G 2022 #15 Build

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Still working on the turret assembly and thought it the right time to sort out the fitting method of the animatronic tank commander.

A lot of time spent here getting him to fit.

I did struggle for a while making sure he did not hit any part of the cupola when he was doing his set movement sequence.

I ended up having to adjust the position of the mounting support more than once, dismantle the figure and add spacers and take out any unwanted play from the mechanism.

All worked out OK so far.
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