Panther G (July 1944 version)

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Panther G (July 1944 version)

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This thread will feature photographs of the production parts of the 2022 Panther G (July 1944 version) as we progress over the coming months.

We are now well on our way with the Panther G production and by mid to late June we should be in a position to start assembly of the lower hull.

Suspension bars are all completed:
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So are the drive cases:
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Hull sides have only just started, so they will be running for a couple of weeks more. Shown below are the left hand hull sides.
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and the torsion bar pivots - they have undergone a re-design:
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Finally we have the second bump stop. Only just started production of these so they will run for a little while. Again this is a re-designed part.
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Plus, you may have seen the video of the suspension arms being made. These are currently in production and with 16 suspensions arms per tank, they will be running for a while.

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Thanks for updating the Panther G(July 1944 version :) ) news! So great to see production pictures and also glad to hear that production is well on its way! also Iove to see some completed Solidworks images(rendering images) of 2022 Panther G soon! :D :D

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Bump stops for the new Panther G. The bump stop in position 1 still needs a laser cut flange added, but otherwise parts are compete.
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And shown mounted on the Panther G left hand hull side.
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Turning the Panther G hubcaps on one of our turning centres.

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Hi Kian.
Great video to watch, it’s always interesting watching these multi axis machines at work.
I noted it took about 2 minutes per hub cap so that multiplied by 16 hub caps is approximately 30 minutes machine time, multiply that by a production run of about 50 Panthers and that works out at 25 hrs machining or just over 3 x 8 hr days.
That’s a lot of machining for what is just a small part of the whole tank and gives a indication of where the cost of these kits is.
Keep the videos coming.
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Thanks Steve, always nice to receive some feedback.

Here is another video - this time of the Glacis plate of the Panther G being machined on a 5 AX machine.

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Hi Kian,

Thanks for uploading production videos of 2022 Panther G. As Steve mentioned, I could see the superb level of attention to detail and also great to see some redesigned parts of 2022 Panther G. Watching CNC machine working reminds me when I did my degree show making 1:5 scale car design mock-up using 3-axis CNC back in 2005 :D. Back in that time the assistant manager who was operating the machine so struggled to set a starting point of machine so sometimes the tools were spinning in the middle of nowhere while the cutting oil was being sprayed... :o
Look forward to more production news of Panther G.

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These look like dry cuts? How are such speeds possible without flooding? :o
A little too much is about right...

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Christoffer Ahlfors wrote:
Tue Jun 14, 2022 8:50 pm
These look like dry cuts? How are such speeds possible without flooding? :o
We only ran without coolant for filming - otherwise the camera lens gets covered and you would not be able to see anything.
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Yes, that's what I mean. It looks like full speed? If I go anywhere close to optimal feed/speed according to the workshop handbook on my home machine, things start to smoke and the cutter breaks.
A little too much is about right...

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