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Old 10-06-2011, 07:02 PM
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Giantscale Panther

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This is being built as a "working" Panther D for an airsoft field in Atlanta GA. It will be part of a "area" depicting a tank under repair. The tank will be immobile, but the turret will be carrying a functioning 2 inch air cannon.
It is roughly 2/3 scale. I wanted to keep the front glacis under the size of a single sheet of plywood. Im going to keep it close to scale as I can reasonably...but a lot of details will be ommitted for "gameplay" or "saftey's" sakes, but still it will be a fun and challenging build.

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Old 10-06-2011, 09:00 PM
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Wow, that's pretty cool
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Old 10-06-2011, 11:40 PM
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This is exceptional and thank you for posting.

This is a gigantic 'scrath-build' project and I can appreciate the planing/work put into this cool build.

It is exciting to know that this will be part of an air-soft field set-up. It also sounds like fun to be dodging the 2 inch air cannon.

Thank you very much for posting this build here on planetarmor. Diverse and interesting ideas (such as this) are much welcomed on planetarmor.

Please, when you get a chance, continue to post photos as you go along with this project.

Also (in action) photos when you get this set-up going in the field.

Finally have fun with this build and the air-soft, but please be careful and think safety with the gameplay.

Have fun and good wishes.

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Old 10-07-2011, 07:07 PM
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Thank you!
I was worried some that only plastic models would be welcome. I scratch build small-scale plastic armor models too, but nothing to the high standards Ive seen on this site. Most of mine are for tabletop wargaming.

next up for the Panther is the gun and mantlet assmbly. I want the exterior to be close to scale, but the taper is going to be a tall order. Plan on starting construction on muzzle brake this week. Trunion will be in same location as original but no breech or interior details will be scale as it will be funtioning air cannon.
The hull is 13.5 ft X 7.5 ft so it needs to be built "on-site", which I hope to begin next week. Hull plate plans are already drawn.
Im still searching for a camo job. Turret sprayed dark yellow now.

I have previously built some 3" (76mm) cannons for airsoft. Not scale...but "in the style of",...
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Old 10-23-2011, 06:49 AM
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A bit more progress:

Started building the trunion box.


Mounted trunion box and built frame for mantlet:


Wrapped mantlet with fiberglass sheet, inserted inner barrel (2")


built a simple mock breech...need to hunt down several certain sized cones to complete mantlet and muzzle brake.


I tried to mount this small German child to the commanders hatch, but decided on a trash can instead. Ive cut the six viewports since these pics and it it funtional (screened).

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Old 10-28-2011, 05:25 PM
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And der madness continues:

Mantlet Zimmed and fitted. I gave up on tapering maingun, will use "step-down" style to simulate.
Started cutting lower hull sides.

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I love the "madness".
Thanks for the update.

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Old 11-07-2011, 10:07 PM
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Thanks Alex!

Well, visitors to my basement are now saying how "gone" I am...ha.
So what if my whole garage is a Panzerwerke? I have a really cool wife, of course! Being herself from the Eastern Front (Moscow), she understands the importance of Tanks, and as such my behaviors are seen as not only necessary, but normal. To her. Can you imagine some materialistic witch-wife screeching that she cant park her BMW in the garage be cause of my
"stupid" tank..Nyet..Not my woman .Im downstairs building Panzers, she's peeling potatoes. Naked. With a smile.
LoL!
Anyways some updates:
I said I was going to build the hull on site, but then I felt the angles would be a bear, and decided to build it in my shop. Ill worry about transporting the beast later. Im guessing 250-300lbs when done.
Another thing...next tank I build Im scaling from a 1/35 model. Im finding scaling from these drawings sometimes difficult. Hard to see exact sizes of parts at times because of assembled fit.
Pics from today:


Sorry...Malinois in the way get das boot

Front corners..compound anles turned my brain to mush. Ahhh mush...


She needs some trimming and filling needed on the rear end..(thats what he said..LoL)

tommorro- cutting out front hatches, turret ring...Zim maybe by Wed.

Thanks!
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Old 11-08-2011, 09:26 AM
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There is some serious fabrication going on here.
Thanks for the update and please keep planetarmor posted.
This is going to be cool looking when done.
Wow!

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Old 11-08-2011, 10:30 AM
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Put an engine in it and drive it around!
Very awesome, can't wait to see it finished
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