First, sorry for my english...
For my comeback in modelling after many years, I want to build an alternatif Panther F.
It will be not a real "what if" project but an Panther which could have in a "twilight zone".
Here is my project. I have a panther F alternatif that German engineers have had time to study properly without the pressing of leadership. It'd be leaving on the latest version of Panther and modernize it with the real F . But I would like to make a rational and successful F panther. In short, do what the engineers have done with the P IV with shurzen, more armor etc. ... but without making a whole new tank. A sort of alternate history or an alternative to what happened at the time.
I nabbed profiles Panther Ausf G found on the net. I wanted to make custom profiles for giving me the idea of rendering. I inserted the profiles found in my soft drawing (autocad) and I "printed". Details and even more important as the turret that is not the small version of the real F are not considered for lack of profiles. I then made my imagination.
In addition to the equipement of the era (including prototype systems), I wanted to make it all more successful, a little more modern. And why not take the current equipement and make it less sophisticated.
Instead of traditional Schurzen solid sheet of G, I preferred to take the versions Thoma like that was done on some PZ 4. From what I found on the net, this system was more efficient than the full version. So I made a most successful system that is not too anachronistic and could approach the cage shielding current.
I assume that the German engineers could have done something more compact and protected as is done currently. But in less well done.
I would like to additional plates bolted / welded to the hull and the turret as the Panzer 4.
Following advice, I decided to put an MG controlled on the roof of the turret as it was done on some Hetzer / stug. There is an IR system on it. Finally, I Think I dont't put the anti-aircraft machine gun.
I have arranged a system Feifel rear as it was used in the tiger 1. I just adapted to the hull. I use the boxes back to the sump filters by adding an entry on the side of each box.
I've starded the mounting and the scratch from months, I'll show you my work step by step once a day
I choosed the panther F from Dragon. I bought friul tracks and i build home made parts with evergreen and brass sheets.
First, I replace the plastic exhaust with home made brass parts:
that's it for today!