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Bob_Mackenzie
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2007 8:48 pm    Post subject: Panther D Reply with quote

Gents

Some of you may remember this:



I never posted the completed model - basically 'cos a I didn't like it. The Airfix suspension isn't good

Here it is finished



Waaaay too low!

But now I have some nice new S&S track units - I can replace the horrid Airfix suspension




As you can see it now scales with mu Matchbox panthers Smile



In the end not exactly a cheap way to get a panther D, but at least I now have a usable model.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2007 8:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good job.

I have 2 Airfix Panthers. I might follow your lead.

Are those track units a favour or are they available to order?
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2007 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

John Green wrote:
Good job.

I have 2 Airfix Panthers. I might follow your lead.

Are those track units a favour or are they available to order?


Ditto, but 3 Airfix Panthers

Maybe I'll wait for the Italeri Easy Build Panthers and see how well they scale out first

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2007 10:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nice work bob.... airfix kits certainly aren't state of the art anymore!
i'd have just started afresh! (who made the turret?)

bob, - after all the bits you've bought, new turret and suspension, wouldn't it be cheaper to have just bought the Revell kit???? (A/D) Shocked

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2007 10:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

John Green wrote:
Good job.

I have 2 Airfix Panthers. I might follow your lead.

Are those track units a favour or are they available to order?


£1-50 each from S&S
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2007 10:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

panzerfaust200 wrote:
nice work bob.... airfix kits certainly aren't state of the art anymore!
i'd have just started afresh! (who made the turret?)

bob, - after all the bits you've bought, new turret and suspension, wouldn't it be cheaper to have just bought the Revell kit???? (A/D) Shocked

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Turret is Vac-u-Cast

You are right it shouldn't have been cheap - but the Panther came with something else i wanted off e-bay IIRC, and the track units were a free sample from S&S, and the turret was $3.50 so actaully it cast me less than a couple of quid Smile

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2007 12:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You did a good job on that one Bob.

I realy hate the Airfix Panther, it's cheap, but the detail is horrific. BTW I recently bought three Revell G's, and they suck as well. The hull doesn't properly fit on the suspension, and I had huge gaps to fill.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2007 4:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bob, what you should have done was to buy the complete s&s models panther d, available with or without zimmerriit, anyway the track units are available to everyone, £1.50 per set.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2007 8:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good stuff Bob but...

Isn't the Airfix Panther a death-end, after all to convert it to an Ausf.D you still have to work the side superstructure, as the Airfix kit presents an Ausf.g one... Confused Confused Confused Sad Sad

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2007 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the trumpeter ones are also due in 2008 along with a herd of easymodel variants - inc the D ..
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2007 8:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nice work bob ..
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2007 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you think the Airfix Panther kit is poor, you should try the polythene, snap-together one!

I have a box full of Panthers, Tigers, DUKWs and 6x6 trucks that I'm determined to make some use of but I haven't yet worked out what that might be.

Actually, the DUKWs might get converted into that rip-off version the Soviets produced in the 1950s. I reckon they could appear in the Andreivian Civil War.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2007 12:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tip, remove those tool frames on the side.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2007 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As has been pointed out the sides are wrong - but I'm going to give it skirts to cover this up. Looking at how to do this I realised the Panther ought to have mudguards. I also realised that the tack units were too wide. So I prised off the tracks, sanded the backs to make them thinner and added some plasticard mudguards.

This means its not finished yet...
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2007 11:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now with added skirts


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