Panzer III coming soon - Spring '18

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Panzer III coming soon - Spring '18

Post by Armortek » Tue Feb 20, 2018 12:07 pm

Great news for all Panzer III fans out there - we will be re-releasing a very limited run - only 25 kits.
Shipping will be towards the end of spring - price and shipping date to be confirmed in the next week or so.

For the FAMO fans out there - there is no impact on the FAMO ship date as the PIII will be manufactured whilst we are designing and prototyping the FAMO.

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Re: Panzer III coming soon - Spring '18

Post by Tim Page » Tue Feb 20, 2018 3:42 pm

That is good news for many Panzer 3 fans out there.

Will you be making any improvents to the kit or re-releasing exactly how it was done previously.

I ask because the aftermarket parts that Steve Winstone produced are a nonger available.

It would be great to get the road wheel profiles a bit closer to prototype and also a better scaled (smaller) Cupola would also be brilliant.

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Re: Panzer III coming soon - Spring '18

Post by Steve Norris » Tue Feb 20, 2018 4:49 pm

Enlarging the front access hatch and re doing the the rear deck plates would seem to be a good improvement as well as Tims suggestions
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Re: Panzer III coming soon - Spring '18

Post by Tim Page » Tue Feb 20, 2018 4:58 pm

Oh yes, modding that front access hatch is not a lot of fun to do and i managed to kill my Proxon when cutting out the hole.

One other thought would be if you could do a Schurzen kit as an upgrade for the Panzer III.
Maybe offering the Hull and Turret kits as two separate options.

I am wanting to add Turret Schurzen for my Panzer III.

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Re: Panzer III coming soon - Spring '18

Post by simon_manning » Tue Feb 20, 2018 6:14 pm

proberbly the best 1/6 scale value for money metal tank produced by any company, glad to see it back, regards simon manning.

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Re: Panzer III coming soon - Spring '18

Post by Stephen White » Tue Feb 20, 2018 6:41 pm

Agree with Simon, there is so much scope for fine detail, it's a much more complicated tank than its bigger German cousins.

I did a piece on the re-profiling of the roadwheels here:

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and I put the definitive profile here:

viewtopic.php?f=15&t=2545

There are a few other important corrections which Mark might consider:

- reduce the diameter of the cupola to scale and re-position to the rear

- increase the angle of the sloping top front turret plate and adjust the side armour plates accordingly. (I think this is the most important change visually)

- reproduce the characteristic curve of the track guards seen in side profile, they're currently flat, whereas the front and rear sections should slope downwards.

- correct the overhang of the hull top rear plate

- as mentioned by Mark and Tim, resize the engine access hatches (if it wasn't already done on the second production run)

- if it's economic to do so, produce the correct circular section to the roadwheel swing arms

- and a final wish, which is probably viable neither financially or practically: introduce the hollow track horns

I couldn't think of a better choice for a re-run of a fine Armortek model. Kept me amused for years.

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Re: Panzer III coming soon - Spring '18

Post by Dave Dibb (Armorpax) » Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:56 pm

My latest master is suddenly quite apt. Tim asked me for an aerial base at SW model show and hey presto more Panzer III's it could be fitted to :-)

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Re: Panzer III coming soon - Spring '18

Post by Armortek » Sat Mar 10, 2018 1:24 pm

We are now opening pre-orders for the PIII.

The 2018 PIII will come with several improvements -

The most significant from an engineering perspective is the TURRET SIDES MACHINED FROM SINGLE PIECE OF ALUMINIUM
This will give a level of accuracy of fit not seen before !
Have a look at the picture below to see the size of the block that we will be using.

From a modelers perspective the most significant improvements are:
  • REVISED WHEEL PROFILE
  • BALL BEARING TURRET RING
  • REVISED REAR DECK PROFILE AND OVERHANG
  • REVISED (SMALLER) CUPOLA
  • REPOSITIONED CUPOLA
  • ASSYMETRIC FRONT ACCESS HATCHES
  • INCREASED FRONT TURRET SLOPE
  • REVISED MAIN MUDGUARD LINE
  • SEMI RADIUSED SWING ARMS
  • ADJUSTABLE ANGLE TORSION BAR
  • ALL ALUMINIUM DECK AND BELLY PLATES
Pricing will be GBP3,295 (USD 4,795 or EUR 3,895 if paid by bank transfer to our USD & EUR accounts respectively ) plus VAT (where applicable) and P&P.

To reserve your model, please contact us as sales@armortek.co.uk to pay a deposit.

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