7.5 cm PaK 40/3 auf Panzerkampfwagen 38(t) Ausf. H

Joined: November 3rd, 2012, 7:08 pm

November 25th, 2016, 10:07 am #1

OK, I will bite the bullet, so...

Mind you, I am not sure if I'll get it done on time - nor I will push myself too hard to finish on time, as there are other priorities on my workbench, well, you know, table in the kitchen ;) But winter evenings are long, dark and cold lately and I quite enjoy sitting on the sofa beside fire in front of telly, having tray on my lap, box full of plastic beside me, side cutters in one hand and cup o'tea in the other. We'll see how far I'll able to go with such attitude :-"




Dragon kit of 2008 vintage, in 1:35 scale, will be build out of the box as the details and parts count is sufficient and there's a few PE parts included as well as turned aluminium barrel and some other bit thrown in the box. Only aftermarket addition will be set of Friulmodel metal tracks. Although Dragon added their Magic Tracks into the packaging, but after my bad experience with the same on my Bison I build....well, I thought, I better not take any chances and go for the tried solid and easy to work with item from Hungary.

There is confusion and many questions over the chassis used by Dragon in this re-boxing. It's a long story, so I'll cut it short, I'll use it as it is... Over all lovely little kit with lots of parts and sharp details, which should keep me happy for a while.


...to be continued, hopefully :wave:
Filip . . . .

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November 25th, 2016, 10:46 am #2

...after 2 evenings, it looks like this:



Dragon did excellent job on the interior and full fighting compartment as well as engine details are provided.
I have decided to leave the engine out from two reasons, firstly I think, that opening the top hatches over the engine would completely destroy the overall shape of this gun and secondly - and most importantly - I don't feel like messing up with wires, stretched plastic sprue and all the other extra detailing needed to make it look 'real'.
I'll keep the engine parts though, hoping to use them in the future on Grille M.
Filip . . . .

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November 25th, 2016, 2:21 pm #3

That's excellent progress Filip, and quick too!

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November 25th, 2016, 8:27 pm #4

Wow Filip, that is quick and nice work but I have to wonder why I'm so tired as you'd think after sleeping non stop for two days I'd feel more rested :-"
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November 26th, 2016, 12:30 pm #5

That looks like a lovely little kit.. how much of that rather nice interior will be visible in the finished model?
Mike

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November 26th, 2016, 3:26 pm #6

Hehehe... close to nothing, that's why it'll be straight from the box without too much of messing around and without engine, that would completely kill it off.
Filip . . . .

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November 26th, 2016, 4:35 pm #7

Another evening with Midsomer Murders - yes, Brian :P - and another few bits done, I even glued both engine halves together, just, because I could:



I am going my own way and, contradictory to the instructions, gluing together as much as I can, in a hope, that it would make painting and final assembly, well, not less complicated, but cleaner. So, the engine turtle deck, fire wall, gearbox, breaks, gun cradle and the engine shaft is one sub-assembly, which, I am hoping should slide into position after paining.
Obviously, the bit above the gearbox is not attached yet.

Now to see what else will be going on the inside, glue it, clean it and get it ready for painting.

Oh and yes, that is my own addition at the rear of the gun cradle. A few bolts will be added later on that bit of plastic. Not sure, what went wrong there, whether it was my fault or Dragon lack of engineering in that part, just didn't like it as it was from the box - and that area will be seen, unlike most of the interior.
Filip . . . .

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November 27th, 2016, 11:13 am #8

Well, last night wasn't as productive, as I was hoping. I've done some of the bits ready for paint, but ran into problems with ammunition containers inside the hull. They look nice in the kit, easy to fold PE frame onto which plastic shrouds meant to be glued. No problems there, but...they somehow don't fit where they supposed to be.
The instructions are very vague and not helpful at all in this one, unfortunately. I had all my reference books upstairs, in my son's bedroom and as he was asleep, well, I didn't fancy to go up and rooting through library, long story short, after few bends there and back again and there once more, the PE part fell apart. It's not a big deal, a bit of plastic strip will get it sorted, but disappointment nonetheless.
After one hour of trying to figure out, what Dragon meant and how to fit those into the hull, I gave up.

Early start this morning, bath time, quick run over with hair dryer and all parts should be dry and ready for some colour, hopefully, later today:

Filip . . . .

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November 27th, 2016, 11:18 am #9

I missed this....welcome to the group build filip and might progress so far too!
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November 27th, 2016, 2:08 pm #10

That Mercedes engine might be slightly underpowered for a couple of tons of steel, IMO :D
Mike

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