1:35 Tamiya PzKpfw II F rebuild {ST}

SimonT

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Morning all,

this is one of my current builds which was started over on MM

The story so far.....

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this is based on the old Tamiya kit with the addition of Easy Links tracks and an Eduard etch set
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started by slicing it into two and sanding to correct the width based on the plans in Achtung Panzer book

Track guards removed

The various bits were then stuck back together and joins reinforced with plastic card

The old ex-motorised Tamiya kits are generally incorrect somewhere as they were designed to fit around motors and batteries so accuracy suffered as a result. The old Panzer IV based range are quite bad and the Panther A must be one of the worst. Quite a few Academy kits suffer the same problems as they are based on Tamiya moulds

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basic hull parts assembled
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Removal of the right track guard and associated parts left a gaping hole that needed filling and sanding back
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The moulded grilles were removed from the engine deck ready for replacement by etch versions
The one behind the engine got the section of exhaust pipe added along with a few baffle plates all based on reference pics
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The idlers are moulded solid so the rim had to be carved off and replaced with a new plastic card one

Seems I can only add 20 pics in one go

Cont.....
 

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......Cont

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The etched side panel added to the engine deck
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New track guards added from pewter sheet with net curtain CA'd on top to form the diamond grid pattern
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Engine deck etch grilles added and exhaust perforated cover
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Track guard support outriggers added
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Finished idler wheel
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Turret got new frontal armour to match references and faces added to the periscopes around the cupola
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Hull and turret edges were 'welded' to match reference photos
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Turret mg added from an Aber turned brass item extended slightly with micro tubing
Main gun scratch built to replace the kit item

There we go, the condensed version

Thanks for looking in

SimonT
 

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Hi Simon,

Good to see another classical SimonT style build here with imaginative scratchbuilding and enhancements. Looking good so far!

Cheers
 
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Hi Simon
Glad to still be able to get my fix of your 'Million Dollar Man' style of modelling. (that was the TV programme where they said 'we can rebuilt him better, faster etc' wasn't it?)
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Delighted to be able to continue viewing your master builds Simon.
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Mr T
I am so made up that you have decided to post here. :hugging-face:It's going to be great watching you work your magic on this old classic
Steve
 
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