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Post by Brian Leach » Thu Aug 19, 2010 12:31 am

David,

Nice work again.

I was wondering what you intend to do with the turret storage box

Brian
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Post by David Da Costa » Thu Aug 19, 2010 1:10 am

Thanks again Brian.

If I had the silver soldering and brass fabrication skills I would re-make the storage bin to make it more representative of the real PIII (like some one else did). However, I don;t (yet) so I will probably detail it a bit with rivets and the wood aerial protectors as well as to make a back for the bin.

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Post by Brian Leach » Thu Aug 19, 2010 6:11 am

David,

Good luck to you. i am sure it will look great.

I dream of doing one like Jeff did out of sheet. I did some work on SolidWorks but havn't gotten too far. I have ordered some prints from the Bovington museum. Pricy but good.

Have you gotten the resistance solderer?

I have been looking at the one you mentioned, but for that money I am a little hesitant. Could it used on a box like the Pz III Kiste?

Thanks and have a good day,
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Post by Robert E Morey » Fri Aug 20, 2010 9:43 pm

Guys
Here is a nice bargan resistance soldering tool. It works great and won't break your bank. I have one and it works great.
http://www.micromark.com/Resistance-Sol ... pment.html
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Post by David Da Costa » Sat Aug 21, 2010 7:59 pm

Brian Leach wrote:David,
Have you gotten the resistance solderer?

I have been looking at the one you mentioned, but for that money I am a little hesitant. Could it used on a box like the Pz III Kiste?

Thanks and have a good day,
Brian
Hi Brian,

Yes I have it, but have not had much time to play around with it yet. I did try soldering a few test pieces of brass and it certainly works well and avoids de-soldering one piece while you solder the next.

David

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Post by David Da Costa » Sat Aug 21, 2010 8:01 pm

Got the two tow ropes painted and fitted to the PIII today.

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Post by David Da Costa » Mon Aug 23, 2010 7:47 pm

I started adding some of the markings to the hull this weekend.

I happen to have a Creation PCut vinyl cutter connected to my computer so I was able to draw and have the printer cut out on Avery paint mask film the two stencils required for the balkenkreuz on the sides and back of the hull. I put transfer tape on the front of the stencil to make lining it up and applying it easier.

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I still need to weather them so that they don't look so "fresh", but I am quite happy with the results (although I did spray a little to much white on and created some runs when I pulled the stencil off with the paint wet).

I am happy to make up stencils for any markings you require on your models for a nominal fee (to cover materials and postage and a little bit of my time).

If you are interested PM me. I will require the vector art file from you (.ai, .eps, .cdr, .svg, .wmf, .emf, .dxf, .hpgl or .rtf) in the correct scale.

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David

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Post by Tim Bowman » Tue Aug 24, 2010 6:33 am

Hi David

The rear deck looks incredible. :shock: Your chipped paint effect really gives the "veteran" look.

Keep up the super work

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Post by David Da Costa » Wed Aug 25, 2010 6:01 am

Hi All,

A few updates, I got the AA MG mount on.

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A back put on the stowage bin

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and the wooden isolation strips on the stowage bins.

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More detailing tomorrow.

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Post by David Da Costa » Thu Aug 26, 2010 2:17 am

Progress continues on the stowage bin.

Today I made and mounted three new hinges to replace the ones that come with the kit to better represent the real PIII hinges.

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Next will be to add two latches to the stowage bin.

Getting close to spraying the turret in the RAL 8000.

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Post by David Da Costa » Fri Aug 27, 2010 12:51 am

I got the RAL 8000 base coat on the turret today along with the tank number.

More markings to go on. I think the tank will be part of the 7th regiment of 10 Panzer Division.

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The end is definitely in sight now. Just down to the small details, weathering and of course the installation of the electronics.

Now I feel I am in a good place to start thinking about the A34 Comet which should be arriving in the next few weeks.

More pictures will be on my website later today.

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Post by David Da Costa » Thu Sep 02, 2010 2:09 am

Big milestone today!

My PIII moved under it's own power for the first time.

Still need to hook up the gun elevation and smoke unit and then a few small things to tie up and weathering.

Will make some video when I have time.

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Post by David Da Costa » Tue Sep 14, 2010 6:05 am

My PIII had it's first outdoor run today including driving out of my office and down some steps.

Here is some video, it's a bit long and unedited :oops:

Still some details to finish including some more weathering.

One side of the suspension is sagging so I need to adjust that too.

David

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzsS8HLnsTU&hd=1

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Post by Tim Bowman » Tue Sep 14, 2010 4:44 pm

Hi David

Very nice! You must be very happy with you Panzer III.

Congratulations
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Post by Dale jordan » Tue Sep 14, 2010 10:59 pm

Hi David . I'm so impressed with your build ,You must be over the moon with the way she has turned out . Nice video as well . Now which kit next ? Dale

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