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Mick's Panther A

Post by michael hilton » Wed Apr 12, 2017 7:03 am

My Panther kit arrived and is located in the garage. I am advised by management that, covering the double bed in the spare room with Panther Kit parts is no longer acceptable. Visiting family members are unable to get a good nights sleep.....due to the weight of the parts on the duvet.....don't you just love the ladies. Back in the real world the Panther A kit is massive, quality assured product. I made a tentative start with page one of the instruction booklet :roll: this is going to be a most enjoyable build.....Mick :D
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Re: Mick's Panther A

Post by michael hilton » Wed Apr 12, 2017 6:58 pm

Further progress, minimal work with a small file and it all slots together....well pleased.....Mick
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Re: Mick's Panther A

Post by Peter Silcock » Wed Apr 12, 2017 7:47 pm

I sense another really neat build afoot! Did you not have the alignment issues with the suspension bars that Steve did with his?

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Re: Mick's Panther A

Post by michael hilton » Thu Apr 13, 2017 11:41 am

Hello Peter, no problems, The hull is square and the suspension/setscrews/side plates etc., all line up. I have no idea what happened with Steve's build. I use a magnifier to closely follow the outline drawings. I am not as far in my build however, I can only post as I find....no problems whatsoever. I have used 'loctite' on the brass bearings, which located easily....onwards and upwards....Mick :D

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Re: Mick's Panther A

Post by michael hilton » Sat Apr 15, 2017 4:44 pm

Held a meeting, it has been decided that, as the Panther A is a huge model and very heavy, more space is needed. The hull alone is already heavy, so, with the improving weather, I will relocate said build into the garage. Obvious really.....Oh, and another use for Armortek packing boxes... 8)
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Re: Mick's Panther A

Post by ian.cameron » Sat Apr 15, 2017 9:10 pm

Hello Mick

What strength of Loctite do you use on the brass bearings?

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Re: Mick's Panther A

Post by yves mouton » Sun Apr 16, 2017 3:35 am

Hello Ian,

I use Loctite nr 648 this can you also use for the ball bearings
in the wheels and drive case.

best regards Yves

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Re: Mick's Panther A

Post by Paul Wills » Sun Apr 16, 2017 10:05 am

Hi Mick,

Haha, you have done well to start in the house, I have always been in the garage. I was once caught in the house with the tyres for the Sd.Kfz.7 Halftrack and Frau Wills went nuts :roll: I was only using her pans to boil the tyres to soften them so I could fit the to the hub. I had to apologize most profusely for a week and promise I wouldn't do it again :roll: I had to wait a whole week until she was out long enough to get them done! :wink:

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Re: Mick's Panther A

Post by Dennis Jones » Sun Apr 16, 2017 11:05 am

Hi Mick,

Back on the big stuff then, just be careful lifting it and make sure this time (memories of the Comet build) that you have spring return on the left hand stick. Good luck with the build and look forward to the updates.

Dennis.

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Re: Mick's Panther A

Post by michael hilton » Sun Apr 16, 2017 5:54 pm

Thank you Dennis, Paul and Yves. I have all the permissions required for use of the very small third bedroom....as you all are only to aware these beasts become extremely heavy and difficult to manage in a limited space. So, I will fit the suspension to the hull, in the bedroom workshop and then transfer the Panther to the garage. The weather is fine so I took the opportunity to spray an acid etch primer. I will paint the inside of the hull before fitting the suspension.
I have just cause to remember the Comet Dennis, :roll: having almost driven it off the dining room table.
Ian, I use a medium strength Loctite 243......Mick
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Re: Mick's Panther A

Post by Steve Norris » Sun Apr 16, 2017 7:49 pm

Hi Mick
Good progress being made there.
Just ensure everything is square,I only noticed the misalignment on mine when I had the upper side plates fitted and went to install the hull top plate.
Regards
Steve

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Re: Mick's Panther A

Post by Peter Silcock » Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:06 am

Coming along there nicely Michael. Hope you are using a proper painters mask with disposable filters when spraying that etch primer- the stuff is absolutely lethal to the lungs!

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Re: Mick's Panther A

Post by michael hilton » Mon Apr 17, 2017 4:56 pm

Thank you Steve and Peter, I have a suitable paint spray mask, also with the garage doors open front and rear most of the primer was blown outside by the wind..... :shock: Steve, I have checked very carefully while building the lower hull, all is well. Enjoying the build :D ....Mick

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Re: Mick's Panther A

Post by michael hilton » Tue Apr 18, 2017 6:23 pm

Wouldn't you just know it, the Sun comes out.....the lawn needs cutting....I managed to top coat the underside....once she is turned over never to be seen again, that's that.....Mick :wink:
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Re: Mick's Panther A

Post by Stephen White » Tue Apr 18, 2017 6:49 pm

That'll be a bottom coat on the top then Mick? Glad you're enjoying the build, in your various workshops. Thanks for posting. Stephen

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