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Panzer III build

Post by Jeffrey Goff » Mon Aug 31, 2009 8:13 pm

I acquired a previously owned and built PZIII, so the 222 is on hold while I build my first tank, it took about 3 weeks to strip all the paint and dissemble back to components, then inspired by Stephens build I have re-positioned the return rollers, and remade the back end; while I had it upside down, I decided to put in all the inspection plates on the belly as this is quite a striking feature, when I get the electronics back for my mill, I will machine the bolt slots on the inspection plates
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Post by Sven Strobbe » Mon Aug 31, 2009 8:47 pm

Jeffrey

Is it gonna be like the 222 with the whole interior in it :shock:

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Post by Stephen White » Mon Aug 31, 2009 8:52 pm

Jeff - I'm looking forward to this. You've already given me the incentive to work on the hull plates. Another list of things to do. Your 222 is a masterpiece, full of inspiration.

All the best

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Post by simon_manning » Mon Aug 31, 2009 11:43 pm

can't keep a good man down,this will be interesting,don't be shy with the posts jeff,and photos.

i'm tuned in simon manning.

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Post by Tim Bowman » Tue Sep 01, 2009 3:07 am

Hi Jeff

You are full of surprises! Looking forward to this one.

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Post by Jim Fowler » Tue Sep 01, 2009 11:28 am

This is great detail work! Please keep posting your progress. It is fantastic.
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Post by Jeffrey Goff » Thu Sep 03, 2009 5:58 pm

I had a day off work today, and while waiting for for the delivery of my mill parts, (which did not arrive) I was thinking about Tim's statement about regretting leaving parts off, especially if they can not easily be seen; all the swing arms on the PZIII run in a guide, the blade is screwed next to the bump stop, (this needs to be lowered to the bottom edge of the hull), the grooved arm screws onto an "L" shaped bracket on the end of the swing-arm, I covered the arm with brass sheet bent to shape, and turned an alloy top cap, this is bolted to the main spindle, I have not smoothed any of the bits made yet, but just wanted to see if it could be done
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Post by Robert E Morey » Thu Sep 03, 2009 10:09 pm

Jeff,
I was wondering what happend to you on the 222? Now we know. You've been hiding out with a new toy! :twisted:

The plates on the bottom look great! I'm thinking of doing that for the Panther to cover some extra holes in the floor. Your plates look fantastic.

The brass sheet around the arms is another great idea! Should hold up well! Great stuff!

I'm looking forward to see what you do on this model.
Bob

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Post by Jeffrey Goff » Fri Sep 18, 2009 7:43 pm

All the inspection hatches fitted to the belly, and I have decided to model this as an Ausf J, in the Africa Corps, so have just tried some new paint
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Post by Tim Bowman » Fri Sep 18, 2009 11:57 pm

Hi Jeff

NICE!

Tim
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Post by simon_manning » Sat Sep 19, 2009 1:15 pm

how many people will know those hatches are there,and why,its a model builders thing,i would have to fit them aswell,its deep!,thats the end of this weeks therapy,book me in for another session of skill. all the best jeff, simon manning

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Post by Robert E Morey » Sat Sep 19, 2009 7:10 pm

Great work Jeff, the plates look fantastic. AK P3 will be beautiful.
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Post by Jeffrey Goff » Tue Sep 29, 2009 7:24 pm

I have just finished the swing arms, on my first attempt I wrapped a brass sheet around the arm, but it was difficult to get consistency, and it could be prone to working loose, I then tried Dales suggestion of using half round alloy moulding, and this worked for me, I also machined the top hub, this bolts on, the alloy and the guide arms are all drilled tapped and bolted, all the stops will have to be repositioned, with the new guides
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Post by Derek Attree » Wed Sep 30, 2009 8:40 am

Hi Jeff
Those arms look good.
What width alloy half round did you use?
And was there much shaping needed of the original arm to blend it in?

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Post by Jeffrey Goff » Wed Sep 30, 2009 9:36 am

Hi Derek, the alloy half round strip is 16mm wide and 5mm at its thickest, it is sold at vintage car suppliers, at about £4 a strip (6foot) blending in with a coarse file is quite quick, what is annoying is that the back of the strip is concave and needs to be filed flat before fitting, but I think it is worth the effort
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