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sdkfz 7 build log.

Posted: Mon Dec 24, 2018 12:42 pm
by simon_manning
This is the start of my favorite Armortek vehicle, i have been looking forward to one of these builds for years, iv'e had one in the past but circumstances meant i had to sell, it's a 2005 kit with a few extras, i will add as much detail as i can and hopefuly turn out o.k., there have been some excellent builds on here for this vehicle so a lot to live up to, seasons greetings simon.

Re: sdkfz 7 build log.

Posted: Mon Dec 24, 2018 1:25 pm
by Michael Röder
Hello Simon!

I wish you much fun in modeling.
I'm already looking forward to the progress.

Greetings from Germany
Michael

Re: sdkfz 7 build log.

Posted: Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:03 pm
by Paul Wills
Hi Simon,

I was thinking of starting my second Sdkfz 7 next, you may have put me off! I will be watching with interest though.

Paul. :wink:

Re: sdkfz 7 build log.

Posted: Wed Sep 25, 2019 10:33 pm
by simon_manning
After not doing anything on my sdkfz 7, now i have started, only a small amount, i have spent time thinking about and collecting parts, i have a set of Michal Matata sprockets which are a work of genius, they are a complicated item to make and way beyond me even if i was in the mood to have a go, Tim Catton Rifle Rack clips and semiphore indicator arms which are also superb, i will post anything of interest, but this vehicle has been well covered, to a high build level, regards simon.

Re: sdkfz 7 build log.

Posted: Thu Sep 26, 2019 1:03 am
by David Brady
Nice ingredients, I'll be watching looking for things to add to my build.
Those sprockets look superb....how did I miss these when they were being offered! I'f anyone has a set there thinking of selling please contact me.

Re: sdkfz 7 build log.

Posted: Thu Sep 26, 2019 6:19 pm
by Fabian Bekkers
Hello Simon I'll be watching your build closely have much fun of building I'll start next year.
Question sho made the turn indicators??
And rifle clips?? Are they still available??

Re: sdkfz 7 build log.

Posted: Thu Sep 26, 2019 7:00 pm
by simon_manning
Thanks dave and Fabian, Tim Catton is the man you need for lots of SDKFZ-7 upgrade parts, He supplies, Dashboards, tools, all the clips and brackets, indicators, i will send over his e-mail, he is based here in the u.k. and his parts are superb. also steve winstone does upgrade work on these vehicles, cuts down build time because your thinking about the Jagdtiger kit coming, regards aimon.

Re: sdkfz 7 build log.

Posted: Sun Sep 29, 2019 5:47 pm
by simon_manning
you have got to start somewhere so wheels it is, there's a small detail missing from the inner wheel's, a set of opening's, drill first then finish by hand, time consuming, one wheel every other day, to keep sane? regards simon.

Re: sdkfz 7 build log.

Posted: Sun Sep 29, 2019 6:49 pm
by David Brady
Nice tip simon....I will do this also just waiting for some drill saw rasp files to arrive

Cheers

Re: sdkfz 7 build log.

Posted: Sun Oct 20, 2019 12:08 am
by simon_manning
made some progress, finished adding some wheel detail and have assembled part of the chassis, i have to say these halftracks are a very enjoyable build, not to heavy and a change from a tank. regards simon.

Re: sdkfz 7 build log.

Posted: Sun Oct 27, 2019 8:12 pm
by Paul Wills
Hi Simon,

I knew if I left it long enough you would get started first :lol:

Great work with the wheels, are your wheels aluminum or the nickle ones and how long did it tke you to drill all of them out and file the slot?

Paul. :wink:

Re: sdkfz 7 build log.

Posted: Sun Oct 27, 2019 9:51 pm
by simon_manning
Nice to hear from you Paul, i think they are cast aluminium, new drill bit's 3mm, oil, on my proxxon drill stand, one wheel a night, about 1 hour per wheel, then some hand fileing, helped with a small beer. i am enjoying the build a lot, it's different from a tank, and lighter. get your sdkfz 7 on the go, some more halfrack interest. regards simon.

Re: sdkfz 7 build log.

Posted: Wed Oct 30, 2019 11:02 pm
by simon_manning
These Halftracks are a great build, simple but you have to be precise, the wheel clearence is close, i used some 7ba bolts to fix the wheels on for a more realistic bolt size, i never changed the bolt pattern at this stage, it might tempt me later, applied some base color on those hard to reach areas, its one of those kits you work out as you go, i like it. regards simon.

Re: sdkfz 7 build log.

Posted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:55 pm
by simon_manning
A small update on the build for some winter interest. i made the front axle bump stops and trial fitted the wheels, i will get the chassis running first with the motor's and basic electrics, to see what adjustments are needed, regards simon.

Re: sdkfz 7 build log.

Posted: Thu Nov 14, 2019 8:20 pm
by simon_manning
Fitted the main drive motor's and front suspension, made two leaf spring clamps and finished of the bump stops, all for now regards simon.