My Panzer III is on it's way

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Post by Tim Bowman » Thu Jul 15, 2010 3:47 am

Very nice David!

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Post by David Da Costa » Thu Jul 15, 2010 4:12 am

Thanks Tim

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Post by David Da Costa » Sun Jul 25, 2010 10:21 pm

Today was a big milestone, my Panzer III rolled on it's tracks for the first time!

Ok, I was pushing it :lol:, but I wanted to make sure all the running gear was operating smoothly before I installed the motors and I am happy to say everything seemed very smooth. I even rolled it over a few obstacles to make sure the suspension worked okay and all was fine.

The hull is getting near being finished, I have now installed the great tool boxes made by Steve Winston along with his jacking blocks over the s-shackles.

I am wainting for the stencils to arrive from Armorpax so I can add the markings and then some weathering/ fadings etc.

Next job is to start on the turret along with installing the electronics etc.

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Post by Brian Leach » Sun Jul 25, 2010 10:25 pm

David,

That looks really good, esp the tracks and the exhaust!

Thank you for shareing,
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Post by David Da Costa » Sun Jul 25, 2010 10:33 pm

Thanks Brian!

I actually think the exhaust is a bit over done, so I will be toning it down a little.

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Post by David Da Costa » Fri Jul 30, 2010 7:28 pm

I have spent the last week working on constructing the turret.

It takes a lot of work (and patience) to get it all fitting together.

Next step is to fill the bolt holes, etch prime then work on the surface finish and welds.

David

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Post by Nick Farrugia » Fri Jul 30, 2010 8:15 pm

Hi david
the hull of your tank looks very good ,very realistic carnt wait to see the turret coming on willyou be making the top of the turret lift up for ease of access. I wish i had ,or will you fix it in place for realism.I found the turret to be quit cramped ,having the top lift up would make thing s a lot easier .
great build good to see it.
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Post by David Da Costa » Fri Jul 30, 2010 9:08 pm

Hi Nick,

No it will be fixed for realism, I will just have to deal with the cramped space.

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Post by David Da Costa » Sat Aug 07, 2010 2:20 am

I have been working on the left side of the turret and have the door almost done and added some texture to the turret side.

I also played around with a bit of weathering on the door inside.

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Post by Paul Morris » Sat Aug 07, 2010 6:21 am

Hi David.
Your Panzer 111 is really starting to look the part :) I really like the chips on the inside of the doors, I like to add chipped paintwork as well after reading your blog I am looking forward to seeing the rest of your tank.
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Post by Brian Leach » Sat Aug 07, 2010 3:11 pm

David,

Really nice job.

I hesitate to say this though. I hope you don't muind.
I was looking at some photos and saw that the turret door hinges are cast into the door, not welded on. I am traveling and was not able to check out my books or many photos. So there mat be variations for all I know.

Martin Pitcairn sent me this photo this week.

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The interior of the door really "pops".

Thanks for sharing

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Post by David Da Costa » Sat Aug 07, 2010 4:36 pm

Thanks Paul.

Thank Brian as well.

No problem, constructive criticism is always welcome.

I think you are right about the welds on the hinges, I will check a few other sources to make sure that it is something that is not unique to the Bovington PIII.

It looks like we all need to remove the welds as they come cast into the Armorpax doors.

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Post by David Da Costa » Sat Aug 07, 2010 5:52 pm

Well it looks like at least some PIII turret side hatch hinges were welded as can be seen in this picture.

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I also found drawings in Actung Panzer showing welds.

So the question is, are the cast in hinges on the Bovington PIII a post war add on maybe?

Anyone else with any information?

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Post by Tim Bowman » Sat Aug 07, 2010 6:26 pm

Hi David

Your door interior looks fantastic!

I think you are safe with the welds. I'm assuming they were produced both ways during the war. Although a Panzer IV, I believe the doors were the same and here is another example of welded hinges on a real Ausf J.

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and some others that might be useful

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Keep up the great work. Looking forward to your next post

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Post by David Da Costa » Sat Aug 07, 2010 8:23 pm

thanks Tim.

What I did notice on your first image is that there is no weld around the outside of the vision port. So that's another thing to check out.

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David

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