I have had a number of mail regarding questions about how I did my rear engine access hatch. Strangely my post in this saga on page 5 from feb03 2010 didn’t survive the forum upgrade so sadly today’s posting is just old news for some of you
Please note that I did not scratchbuild a new hatch but used the kit parts and changed/remade them. I don’t know if the new edition of the Panther has the same kitpart as my first edition kit has so keep that in mind please.
This is a very interesting item full with nice things as welds, chains, nuts, etc.
The more you look at it the more you find.
And gladly there is just one of them on a Panther...
The kit parts compared with the real thing reveal some items both to be made and customize.
As I have paid once for the parts I decided to remake them instead of made new ones.
If I had proper tools then making new parts would have saved time but hey who is in a hurry here?
This is how the kit one would look with the 2 starter device pin that was not included in the kit.
Look rather decent but the plate is to thin, small and shall be lowered 6mm on the rear hull plate to be accurate.
The tow bars are also to thin and has a wrong shape.
This is some photos of the real thing:
Please note that the starter plate and tow bar is not centred with the tank.
The Panther engine was installed 25mm to the right because of some items for the engine cooling system.
Also note that the nuts in use was not castle nuts but ordinary nuts with a locking pin (no locking bars here) as with the exhaust covers showed before in this saga.
Also here I didn’t make those tiny pins…(no tools, no patience…)
A new aluminium plate was bolted to the kit part and the “old” holes came to good use.
As Mr Dremel served me well here he earned his place in the photo…
More work in progress
Also the cover for starter port needed some attention with its shape and thickness.
Here is one of the photos I got from Saumur and that one reveals that the plate edge was angled and had a notch, 2 absolute must have I think.
Also note the shape the starter device pins had, new ones was made from a 6mm aluminium rod.
Well after a long time and some surface treatment (rolled steel) the end result was this:
And compared with the real thing I am satisfied even if this work took some time.
Next thing will be to make the tow bar with its pin and chains and all of that is still on page 6:
(scroll down a bit)viewtopic.php?f=10&t=1121&start=75
With this end result:
As always, thanks for looking.