My Mid PantherG #0035

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Re: My Mid PantherG #0035

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Here are a few pix of some of the upgrades and improvements made in the last 18 months.
First are 2 pix of the original rear deck air intake that i detailed and fitted ages ago.
This part is correct for a Late ausf.G but not right on an early ausf.G.
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Now here are 2 pix of the new Werkstatt part that has been primed and fitted.
This part is correct for ausf.A and early ausf.G Panthers.
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At some time when the weather gets a bit warmer i will get the airbrush out and get these last few parts painted and then do a bit more weathering to blend it all in.

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Tim
2008 Armortek Panther ausf.G #0035
2009 Armortek BefehlsPanzer 111 ausf.J #0011
2010 Armortek A34 Comet #0031 (SOLD)

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Re: My Mid PantherG #0035

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The 4 rectangular radiator grills on the rear deck of the Panther G are open and you can see straight through inside the tank.
This look is improved if you add some mesh but you should still not be able to see the insides of the tank.
It is also an area of concern if you model is outdoors when it is raining as water could get in through these 4 large openings and potentially damage the electrics.

These 4 grills were part of the radiator cooling system for the engine and were boxed in with vanes inside to direct the airflow.
Several Panther builders have replicated this in metal and they look fantastic, but it almost seems a waste to do that amount of work when most of the detail is hidden.

I have been dabbling with various simple ideas recently and think I've now got a pretty good solution which stops rain from getting into the tank and gives a good impression of these radiator ducts.
Ive designed the 4 ducts in a CAD program and then 3d printed them. They are a firm push on fit onto the base of the 4 rectangular radiator grills and can be glued in place if required.

Here is a picture to show one of the 3d printed ducts.
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This is where it fits from the underside.
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The vertical side of the 2 ducts each side should face inwards towards the circular radiator fan housing.
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I now need to get replace the hot glue fixing of the rad fans and cables and attach them properly.
This was only intended to be a temporary solution but has now been 3 years!

This is what it looks like with one of the ducts fitted.
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I have just got to paint the last 2 ducts and then glue them all in place.
I know they are not 100% accurate but they will certainly do the job intended and look a lot better than before.

Next job will be to get the new cast exhaust housing and pipes fitted and painted.

Cheers
Tim
2008 Armortek Panther ausf.G #0035
2009 Armortek BefehlsPanzer 111 ausf.J #0011
2010 Armortek A34 Comet #0031 (SOLD)

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Re: My Mid PantherG #0035

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I like that idea.

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Forgot to say. I can print off a full set of 4 ducts if anyone wants a set.
Please PM me for details.

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2008 Armortek Panther ausf.G #0035
2009 Armortek BefehlsPanzer 111 ausf.J #0011
2010 Armortek A34 Comet #0031 (SOLD)

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Have now got all 4 of the radiator ducts fitted to the rear deck and this has really improved the look of the whole engine deck and is another step closer to completing this very long upgrade journey.

The next 2 jobs will be to complete the inner hatch detail for the Drivers and Radio Operator hatches which is now almost done.
I hope to get this done on Sunday and then upload a few more pix of them.

The Cast exhausts will be the next job and this will require a bit more work.
Mark from Werkstatt 5 supplied me with a drawing of one type of cast exhaust housings that were fitted to the Panther some ausf.A, early Ausf.G as well as some Jagdpanthers.

I have now produced a 3d CAD design for this and have printed off a couple on my Resin 3D printer.
These will be fitted to my Panther to replace the original Armortek welded type which was not used on the early and mid production Panthers.
I will also not be using the heat shields which i had used with the original exhausts.

This is what the exhausts were like originally.
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This is sort of how it should look when done.
This is an Ausf.A but it is showing the same configuration.
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Here is a pix of one housing straight off the printer.
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Now with some 3.5mm casting numbers added.
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Finally after an application of Mr Surfacer to add some casting texture to the surface and then a coat of red primer.
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I have still got to make the exhaust mounting straps which will be made from brass but this should be fairly straightforward.
The repainting of the camouflage and then weathering again is the bit I am not looking forward to TBH.

Anyway, Time for Bed said Zebedee .....

Cheers
Tim
2008 Armortek Panther ausf.G #0035
2009 Armortek BefehlsPanzer 111 ausf.J #0011
2010 Armortek A34 Comet #0031 (SOLD)

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