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SGTJKJ
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Posted: Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 08:30 PM UTC
Stephen, that will be a super nice challenge. Quite a busy scene. Significant banging up of the Pz. IV will be necessary. You can do it!

Looking forward to see more.
Johnnych01
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Posted: Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 12:24 AM UTC
That narrowed down image looks perfect Stephen. It looks like it will have just the right amount of depth to it giving you loads of detail to ponder over. Should look pretty impressive once its done ..... get ready for some long nights lol
petbat
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Posted: Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 09:19 PM UTC
Nice pictures guys. It will be great to see some of these reproduced as models.
Propster
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Posted: Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 02:30 PM UTC

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Both great subjects Stephen, but which is the lesser of the 2 evils, both are super detailed, probably more so the PzIV with all the rubble,detritus on top and all around it. And how far were you thinking of going ? To include the truck in the background ? Have fun deciding on which one it's going to be.
Will look forward to either coming together.



Thanks John.

I have never attempted anything in such detail so it will be interesting indeed. I am leaning toward the Panzer and would include the truck in the background. I might attempt the M8 in the 20/20 in 2020 campaign.

Will probably narrow the image down to this.

Johnnych01
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Posted: Monday, February 24, 2020 - 09:24 PM UTC
Both great subjects Stephen, but which is the lesser of the 2 evils, both are super detailed, probably more so the PzIV with all the rubble,detritus on top and all around it. And how far were you thinking of going ? To include the truck in the background ? Have fun deciding on which one it's going to be.
Will look forward to either coming together.
Propster
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Posted: Monday, February 24, 2020 - 05:04 PM UTC
I have two pics I have narrowed down to building.



SGTJKJ
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Posted: Monday, February 24, 2020 - 07:42 AM UTC
Thanks for the pictures - cool to see. I do not have much to show in terms of pictures - just muddy infantry from the 90ties.

Anyway back on topic: looking good on your panther, John. Looking forward to see more.
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Posted: Sunday, February 23, 2020 - 11:54 AM UTC
Great story Guy, thanks for sharing, before I get back on topic, if you have time Guy, and fancy reliving your M60 or M1 days, check my campaign, "Golden memories" , would be great to see you build one of them.

Now, the Panther, I have done as much detailing on the turret as it needs, going to leave off the hatch handles and lifting rings & MG ring until I prime it as I always break those off lol.



Next will be work on the left side of the hull and this will be pretty standard as it's out of shot.
Charlie-66
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Posted: Sunday, February 23, 2020 - 08:55 AM UTC
This was my XOs tank, if I recall correctly it was a wicked grade, you can see the mud, and I think they tried to steer uphill as they started to slide. Not too long to get it squared away, thank God it wasnt thrown to the inside! No damage to any of the track or suspension, just some egg on my XOs face😂🤣😂🤣
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Posted: Sunday, February 23, 2020 - 07:52 AM UTC
I think a little off topic is ok for those pics Guy, very cool.

And I've gotta say, in 22 years of being on tracks - heavy & light -, I have never seen a wagon slip a track like yours on the M1, were any links or sprockets damaged ? How did it come off like that, terrain ? Track bounce ?
Charlie-66
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Posted: Sunday, February 23, 2020 - 06:55 AM UTC
Well at the risk of getting a little off topic, I offer up these pictures to my fellow veterans.

A much younger me, heavy Company 2/3 Armored CAV at Fort Bliss around 1984


One of my M1A1's with a bit of a track problem, Hohenfels, Germany C Company 1-35 Armor 1987

Johnnych01
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Posted: Sunday, February 23, 2020 - 04:54 AM UTC
Typical infantry..... Moaning about a bit of mud .. only kidding
SGTJKJ
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Posted: Sunday, February 23, 2020 - 04:38 AM UTC
The panzer III looks great!

PS. The infantry is always in the cold and mud - not only when tracks needs to be changed. 😉 In my time there where trucks for road marches and then feet mk. 1 for the rest of the time 🙂
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Posted: Sunday, February 23, 2020 - 04:27 AM UTC
Guy,

Wonderful job with that Panzer III.

Mark
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Posted: Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 11:25 PM UTC
Your Pz III is looking great there Guy .. always nice to know an ex tanker who remembers the depressing feeling of hearing the words ... " It's track bashing time" lol. My worse one was being told while on exercise my tracks had been condemned and we then had the joy of changing them out on the Soltau training area in a very wet and muddy Oct or Nov....
Charlie-66
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Posted: Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 01:05 PM UTC
Peter, and John,

I tanked for 15 years (M60A1's and M1A1's) and so like you have experienced the joys of breaking and replacing track in garden spots like Hohenfels, Germany. Best job I ever had!

The Pz III is progressing nicely.

Upper hull is done. The semi-cirlces which I suppose were to help seal the turret were in PE. Got frustrated with them so used the PE parts as templates and refashioned out of styrene.


Back deck was the standard DML assembly except for the covers on the air intakes.



turret is done



and everything dry fit. It all breaks back down for painting.


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Posted: Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 07:54 PM UTC
Yeah, what John said

This is the best part about group builds, where you learn stuff you didn't know, or someone explains why something you know about actually occurs.

It is also why building to a photo is such a great idea. When you study a picture, you often see things you never noticed before.

Looking forward to seeing all the builds in here. Still haven't settled on what I will do, but a bit of time left yet.
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Posted: Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 06:32 PM UTC
Without getting overly technical, that is the reason Guy, whether you were going forward or reverse or neutral and which steering brake had been applied in the final drive output.
If you ever get to see a wagon having a track change you can see how the sag/slack and tightness differ when each side is done and you try to get all the slack to front or rear to split the track.
You use to find a very extreme track sag on a Challenger 1 first thing in the morning. It would look like it had all been deflated and the suspension had failed. And it wouldnt get taught until the hydro gas units had warmed up/got to pressure.
Charlie-66
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Posted: Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 01:52 PM UTC
Great point Peter. From the pictures you posted it appears to vary with either the Sprocket 1st road wheel taut and idler 6th road wheel slack, or vice versa. Maybe depending on which direction they were steering when they came to a halt?
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Posted: Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 08:00 AM UTC
Very nicely done Guy. The sag is great. One thing you might consider next time is the straight lengths between Drive sprocket and first road wheel, and Idler and last road wheel. These lengths should have a subtle curve as gravity draws the centre links downward when the tank is parked up. Just a little thing, but it does add to the build.



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Posted: Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 03:34 AM UTC
John and Jesper,
thankyou gents. I was able to get a lot done this past weekend and hope to be able to post pictures this week. Where I get slowed down is once its time to paint.
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Posted: Monday, February 17, 2020 - 10:22 PM UTC
As Jesper says, very good looking thus far ... liking the track sag, very convincing.
The running gear and hull detail in general looks very crisp so far. looking forward to seeing more.
SGTJKJ
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Posted: Monday, February 17, 2020 - 08:57 PM UTC
Looking good, Guy. Looks like the track sag is perfect and not overdone.

Looking forward to see more 🙂
Charlie-66
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Posted: Sunday, February 16, 2020 - 06:11 AM UTC
Finally got a chance to post some pictures of my build. So far so good. I've built a number of the DML PZ 3's and I love the way they go together.



Thought I'd show how I do the Magic Tracks. The road wheels, sprockets and idler wheel are all dry fit. Once the track dries everything slides off for painting. I cut up ear plugs from work to help with the track sag.

Johnnych01
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Posted: Sunday, February 16, 2020 - 04:50 AM UTC
I must admit, have been a bit pre-occupied with 2 other builds I am doing at the moment, but after the next few days at work, I will crack on with the turret detailing and the hull on the Panther.