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Old 10-31-2011, 09:03 PM
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Mercedes L4500R Maultier + 8,8 cm PaK 43

I started this beautiful half-track a couple of weeks ago. It's the Zvezda 3603 kit.
We make a Group Build in a local forum; you can see my friends Mercedes in this thread:
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Some Info (mainly the 4x4 truck MB L4500A)
Books
Mercedes Benz 1941-1945 (part 2) - Tornado - Automobile History 16
Mercedes LKW 1935-1945 - Podzun-Pallas Verlag - Waffen Arsenal Sonderband 62
Mercedes-Benz (part 2) - Tornado - Military Machines 32
Panzerwrecks 9
Flak auf dem Gefechtsfeld - Waffen Arsenal Band 51
Deutsche Flakpanzar bis 1945 (Editorial?) (Spielberger)
Encyclopedia of German Tanks of WW2

Webs
Pietvanhees.nl
Modelforum
Walkaround 1
Walkaround del MB4500A y S
Engine pictures
Truck + FlaK 3,7 - Axis History
Truck + 5cm Flak 41 - Axis History 1
Idem - Wehrmacht Awards
Pics of trucks w/ Flak 43 - Foro Sudwall
Cargo version drawings
Drawings & Pics
Drawings & Pics - Maultier
High Resolution Pics of L series (civil)

Kits
Zvezda 3596 - Mercedes Benz L4500A
Review AMPS
Trees and build up - Zvezda website
MB L4500A + 2cm Flakvierling by Frank Schulz
Cargo by T.Hartwig
Cargo - Russian forum (see wheel mods)

Zvezda 3603 - Mercedes Benz L4500R Maultier
Trees - Zvezda website
With Panzer I wheels by Marcos Serra
Cargo by Darren Thompson
w/ FlaK 36 by F.Sacchi

Revell 3091 - Mercedes Benz L4500R Maultier
Trees

Zvezda 3647 - Einheitsfahrerhaus L4500A
Trees

Schatton Modellbau 3541 - DB 4500A mit 5 cm Flak 41
by Volker Andorfer

Gaso.Line 50188 Mercedes 4500 blindé 37mm Flak36
by Eric Azpiroz

Alby Mercedes L4500A Cargo
by John Kesner

2cm Flakvierling 38
PanzerLinks 4 links to Walkarounds of Flakvierling 38
Bronco CB35057 - Trees

3,7cm Flak 36/37 - 43
Discussion about the Flak 36 shields
Walkaround Flak 43 Prime Portal
Flak 36 - Bronco CB35042 - Review

The choosen version:



Using this kit:


First build pics:
The chassis and part of the undercarriage; 50 parts just for steps 7 to 9



Reference pic to detail the engine, MB OM67/4


Some details added (WIP)


The other side; I wonder from wich book is this picture


Any comments wellcomed
Darío
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Old 10-31-2011, 09:08 PM
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No much progress, but, I had do some this weekend.
I glued the leaf springs, aligned with the help of some toothpicks





More tubes added to the engine. I replace one of the pulleys too and the bumper, made using copper sheet




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Yes, some excellent details.
Thank you.

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Hi Dario,

Great to see you building this...great work always
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Old 11-09-2011, 09:51 PM
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Thanks, guys!
Well, I made some advances with this little monster:
Some colors added to the engine:




The cab floor is a metal foil (from a margarine lid, I think) rubbed against a piece of brass mesh and then glued with ciano



Some details added to the firewall:


The instrument panel and pedals (from a Dragon's Panzerjäger I)



A pair of reinforce strips for the cab roof, made of tin foil




The rear window with the rubber sealer painted



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Thanks, Saúl!
There was poor advances with this, due to some issues with the tarpaulin: I don't know if I wrong glued some of the cargo box parts or the instructions are wrong, but the canvas doesn't fit well; I glued it 3 times and I modified it a little to get a kind of good fit. :evil:

First I delete the molded on rope and drilled the holes:


First try (wrong) gluing the canvas:



Finally glued after 3 tries



Fenders glued with much care (not enough...the left one should be 0,5 mm inwards)






As you can see, the canvas parts desn't fit very well; fortunatly, putty exists




I removed the diesel filter to glue the right fender




That's all for now, hope you like it
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Wonderful work on details and unbelieveably clean build.
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Fantastic.

thank you

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Thanks guys!
Well, I started the Pak 43 yesterday; no much parts glued 'cause I'm looking for info about the wires and hoses that connect the gun and the tractor. Any help with that will be useful!

General Info
Panzertruppen.org
Pegatiros.com
Lonesentry.com
Manual Flak 88

Models
InternetModeller Review
Parts
Model by R.Buckland

Walkarounds
Pak 43 - Royal Military College, Kingston, Ontario Canada (Thanks to Bruce Clark for the link!)
PaK 43 - Aberdeen Proving Ground

I added some welding to the platform:





This pic shows the welding (yellow bars) and the stop plugs (red arrows)



This pic from a Flak 88 Manual shows how the stalkes was put into position when the gun is in use. For the travel mode, the stalkes was located at the lateral of the side outtriggers (at least on the flak, I don't know how they was fixed on the PaK 43)



This pic shows a tube falling from the left wheel...it would be the brake air tube?


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