21st Panzer Division Pz.Kpfw III Ausf M Build

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21st Panzer Division Pz.Kpfw III Ausf M Build

Post by Antony Rowley » Tue May 19, 2009 11:37 pm

Hi All,

Finally got round to starting my Panzer III. I'm going to build mine more or less "Straight out of the box". As you will see from the photo's I don't have a lathe, drill or even a work bench. My build will take place on my lounge table and sometimes on my garage floor. Don't get me wrong I'd love to have my own work place with all the machines and tools some of you other guys have got. Anyway, I've decided to start on the turret first as from the instructions this is the "most demanding":

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Loose fit all the turret sides which will need a little filing and filling.

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Armorpax's superb split hatch aong with all the fasteners on the right hand side.

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Some of the tools aranged in order of use :lol: :lol:

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My Dremel, a must for these builds.

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Fitting of the hinges and turret doors

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Extra detail supplied by Armorpax. I'll use these welds as my bench mark for all the ones I'll produce using Milliput.

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Von Luck's best mate couldn't wait to try out the new cupola

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Lot's more to come..............

Thanks Antony
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Post by Paul Morris » Wed May 20, 2009 4:52 pm

Hi Ant.
Watch out for scratching the table, your good lady will have your guts for garters :lol: .
See you Sunday mate.
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Post by Robert E Morey » Thu May 21, 2009 5:15 am

Tony,
You don't have to worry about freezing your bajinga's off in your work area at least! Pauls right though, it will have more scrutny from the missus.

You're lucky to get a PIII. I look forward to following your progress. The PIII looks excellent right out of the box - amazing what a good paint job will do.
Bob

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Post by Richie Wignall » Thu May 21, 2009 10:04 pm

Hi Antony

Alls i can say is WOW :P , building in the house :P and on the kitchen table :twisted: :twisted: , glad you told her :lol: :lol: OR she is out :lol: :lol: :lol:

Looks great, see you sunday :wink:

Richie :wink:

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Post by Tim Bowman » Thu May 21, 2009 10:38 pm

I don't get it. You guys are talking like dinning tables aren't meant to have Armortek models built on them or something! :D If it's a problem, I'm sure Antony has a nice, special, fancy table cloth he could put on there to protect the Panzer III from the table. :lol:

Looking great Antony. All I can say is that I am jealous! I would love to have a Panzer III.

Kind regards
Tim
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Post by Antony Rowley » Fri May 22, 2009 10:11 am

Thanks for the comments guys, but please don't worry too much about the table as I'm going to sand it down and re-varnish it when I'm finished. I'll be doing a bit more to the turret in the next few days so I'll post a few more photo's then. I've also got to order some more parts for the turret off Armorpax which I'll do now.

See all the Leighton Hall crew on Sunday :wink:

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Post by Antony Rowley » Wed May 27, 2009 12:25 am

A little more work done:

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Raised the turret bin up a little and once the holes are filled no bracket will be seen.

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Added the front lifting hooks

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Completed the front mantlet and extra armour.

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Tightened all the sides and roof and all fits nicely. Just a little filing and filling needed.

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A few more parts on the way thanks to Dave at Armorpax.

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Post by Steve Norris » Wed May 27, 2009 11:10 am

That looks a very nice tank, cant wait to see it.
Steve

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Post by Paul Morris » Wed May 27, 2009 1:26 pm

Hi Ant.
Looking good mate nice model but please....shift your pink handbag off the window sill next time, or everybody will find out :roll: lol lol .
Cheers Paul
P.S. and is that a bottle of nail varnish :shock:
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Post by martin pitcairn » Wed May 27, 2009 8:00 pm

Antony, can i ask why have you raised the turret basket? All the drawings and pictures ( except for the ones hidden by turret shirts) i have show it level or even slightly below the roof level? sorry to question but i plan to build a PZIII and this has thown me!

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Post by martin pitcairn » Wed May 27, 2009 8:05 pm

Sorry Antony, I am writing b******s, it helps if i dont look at PZIV when i should be looking at PZIII. or maybe it was the bottle of wine!

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Post by Antony Rowley » Sun Jun 14, 2009 1:20 pm

Hi All,

Finally got a bit of time to add more items to the turret:

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Door stops & hand rail added.

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Turret door inside detail thanks to Dave @ Armorpax

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Rear pistol ports added again thanks to Dave @ Armorpax

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First coat of primer really shows out how much more I need to fill and sand.

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I'll let it dry then sand and prime some more. Next I'll add a little texture to the surface as it is a little too smooth IMHO.

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Post by Steve Norris » Sun Jun 14, 2009 1:41 pm

Hi Antony,
Turrets looking good, but one small detail needs altering, the door stops are on upside down :roll: .
Hope thats not set you back to far.
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Post by Antony Rowley » Sun Jun 14, 2009 2:23 pm

Hi Steve,

When I first saw them I too thought they went the other way round but after looking at my Panzer III books they do seem to go this way.

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Does anyone have any ideas of what I could use to make the rain guards :?:

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Post by Antony Rowley » Sun Jun 14, 2009 3:23 pm

I've added the stipple effect with a large hobby brush while the primer was still wet. A couple of coats should do as I don't want to over do it. Once all this is done I'm going to add my welds using milliput. Any help on what I should use for the rain guards would be very welcomed. Thanks.

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