I’ve been following this excellent forum for a long time now and thought it about time I contributed with some of my own efforts on my first tank build. The kit is a first release (2008) Jagdpanther and the build is intended to reflect a late version that may have left the MNH factory in the early months of 1945.
The main source of reference has been the very detailed Panzer Tracts No.9-3 “Jagdpanther”, so any errors there are faithfully reproduced in my build !
The kit first came out of the box just as Mark announced the double torsion bar set up. Whilst waiting for this ‘must have’ upgrade to replicate the distinctive rocking motion of the panther chassis ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCCCKiQWMRM http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6sAaNBP ... re=related
) attention turned to the roof instead. Although always tempting, it’s never a good idea to start work first on the most prominent part of a project. The following roof details were finished to a basic state and hopefully by the time I return to them I will have had some practice at adding weld detail, casting texture etc etc…
Main Gun Sight sliding cover: The kit item was undersized and so I made up a new scale size sliding cover. The cover is held down by the roof fixings and also pivoted on the inside of the roof about it’s natural centre. The idea is to link it to the main gun traverse, so they move at the same time. In practice, the actual sight was attached to the main gun mounting and so moved independently of the sliding cover, including pivoting with elevation...but that may be just a deatil too far..
With only three photos allowed per post, thats it, more to follow.