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Old 01-16-2011, 12:59 PM
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Panther Ausf D, Early

Time for a new Project! I decided to build this Panther as I have 2 sitting in my closet at the moment. This is going to be an early Ausf D, ready for Operation Zitadelle! I am going to be using AM accessories like: Jordi Barrel, Eduard Schurzen, Fruil tracks (early, no ice cleats) and sprockets, Voyager PE set and update (kursk early intake) set. Also going to be making a few scratch built mods for this one. I started out by cleaning the sprues in soapy water which was my first time doing it, hopefully good results when painting. I then went straight to the tracks cleaning them up and getting them ready. I will be posting more pics shortly and as time allows. Thanks for looking and enjoy!
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Old 01-16-2011, 01:43 PM
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Old 01-16-2011, 02:06 PM
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nice!
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Old 01-18-2011, 10:13 PM
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Just a few updates: The hull is sanded, all pin marks gone (filled) and primed, running gear is pre-shaded and ready for base coat. The Jordi barrel has a round mount on it and not a square like the turret mantle has. As a result I had to slightly modify it, but it fits perfectly now! The barrel cleaning kit tube was replaced with a brass tube that I cut to size. Also, the Fruil drive sprocket was incorrect so I used the kit supplied one which was more accurate for the early type drive sprocket. More to come, enjoy!
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Old 01-19-2011, 09:23 AM
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Looking good. I'm curious about the friul sprocket. It looks pretty good from the pic. All except the hub which is hard to make out in the photo. Is the hub the problem? Good job.

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Old 01-19-2011, 12:48 PM
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Gee - with that early intake set, I hope the thing doesn't break down like in the original battle...although...if it did, I guess it would be a testament to your accuracy, lol! Lookin' good so far!
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Old 01-19-2011, 06:05 PM
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Looking good. I'm curious about the friul sprocket. It looks pretty good from the pic. All except the hub which is hard to make out in the photo. Is the hub the problem? Good job.

Roy
Yes, the reason for not using the Fruil sprocket is the hub. The early Ausf D had a "domed" shaped hub asy as you can hopefully make out from the photos I just posted below. The Fruil was lacking the weld lines, and dome shape of the center hub. The kit itself came with 2 options for the sprocket, the one I chose was the very early center hub which is more accurate. I plan to use the Fruil sprocket for the late Ausf G I have hiding in my closet.
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Old 01-19-2011, 06:09 PM
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Gee - with that early intake set, I hope the thing doesn't break down like in the original battle...although...if it did, I guess it would be a testament to your accuracy, lol! Lookin' good so far!
Thanks s bunch! This is the first model I have ever tried to get as accurate as possible according to documents, reference, and photos I have.
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Old 01-19-2011, 06:27 PM
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Well, tell you what I'll do. I'll share a LINK with you.

You see, I am a model builder second and a researcher of WW 2 first. Though the LINK below may not assist you with the project at hand for more than a photo or two, the contact benefits through email MAY bring you more research material than you can handle, lol! Just remember - in Russia, it's called the 'Great Patriotic War'. Check out the wide variety of different camouflage schemes. Also, note the Mine Clearing Vehicle all the way at the bottom on the left. Now THERE'S a project. I am SO going here after I collect my winning lottery jackpot money...Here's the LINK:

http://www.tankmuseum.ru/p6.html

On the German Tanks section (Warehouse nr. 6), one can find photos of tanks. In the left column, a little ways down, one can find a Panther 'G'. There is a small LINK there to another photo page. It says 'will be in action soon'. Click it and you get a view of a T-34/76 - very rare. Scroll down to the Panther. On the right, read about the 'Bosch Magneto'. Be amazed. Also, it would NOT surprise me in the least to find out that they have a Panther 'D' tucked away somewhere that was actually at Kursk/Orel (Operation Zitadelle). The Russians have gobs of WW 2 German Tanks and vehicles all over the country. They still look for (and occasionally find) whole vehicles lost out in the old battle areas. Check out the Stug 3 they found in 2002 at the bottom left of the page with the magneto. They also found a T-34 used by the Germans in a lake in 2004. There are videos on that one being pulled from the lake. After minor maintenance and rubber replacement to the engine, it started up! Heady stuff.

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