HL Panther rework

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Postby Jimster » Wed Feb 13, 2019 1:52 am

I really like this thread. I’m very impressed by the thought-out efforts and tenacity of your modeling energy. Keep the project rolling.

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Postby Soeren » Wed Feb 13, 2019 7:47 am

ronnie42 wrote:Hi Soeren Looks like we are both wrong , weld line at turret ring. Should have looked at the Trumpeter kit to check. Better get the filler out now :(
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Not exactly, there is of course a weld seem, but on the F hull it is where you üutit. The G had it at the turret ring section, as correctly presented on the Trumpeter kit. Have plenty of G and F hulls for reference. Better to have a look before, especially as ypu have the fantastic Trumpeter kit at hand.
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Postby ronnie42 » Wed Feb 13, 2019 8:37 pm

New weld line and the old one filled in . That will keep Soeren happy, could have been lazy and left it as i have a steel wheeled lower . Wonder if they would have used a G turret with an F hull ?
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Weld correct now
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Mistake corrected now i need to touch up the camo

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Postby ronnie42 » Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:19 am

Time to attack the loaders hatch
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Getting the bits ready
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Bit cut to size, i hope.
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Hatch opened up.
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Made a support for hatch
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Rough fit needs turned slightly
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Almost right.
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Hatch looks ok for now.

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Postby Soeren » Thu Feb 14, 2019 9:22 am

Definitely use full additions. You wouldn't have been happy in the end with the wrong plate weld. So goods decision to change it right away.
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Thu Feb 14, 2019 11:16 am

Oh yeah, once seen it cannot be unseen and would have bugged you !!
Great job enhancing the loaders hatch, surprised no one makes a kit for those ?
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Postby ronnie42 » Thu Feb 14, 2019 12:17 pm

Hi Herman Schumo do a loaders hatch , but it is always out of stock when i look. No use as i am not one who wants to wait ages for parts. Always better to try first , if i goes pear shaped i might have to wait until its in stock. :(

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Postby ronnie42 » Sun Feb 17, 2019 11:12 pm

Run out of paint , going to give it the repaired look . Top deck main plate as well after my mistake putting plate half in wrong place.
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Giving it a loaders hatch repair, no camo just hull red.
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Another fix required redo the turret counterbalance weights as they fouled the hinge.

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Postby ronnie42 » Thu Apr 11, 2019 10:26 pm

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If you have an old Heng Long Panther with no working hatches, this is a an easy option for hiding the switch . Cut 2 holes behind the jack block, small one is to line up the magnets and fit switch behind. A couple of magnets to hold jack in position .

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Postby ronnie42 » Sat Nov 09, 2019 2:35 pm

Sorting out the storage bins , they should have standoff brackets and a plate underneath. Added lids , hinge and locking clips. Next was brackets for the exhaust, thats one side done.
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Support plate, needs another 2 bolts
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Storage bins now on brackets.
The Trumpeter 1/16 kit is showing up lots of detail, HL Panther might never be finished .
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bin lids and exhaust bracket

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Postby SCHWEREPANZER » Sat Nov 09, 2019 4:51 pm

Did someone use the word tenacious? In spades here. Great work.

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Postby ronnie42 » Sat Nov 09, 2019 11:10 pm

Hi Thanks When i think i am getting somewhere another little fix pops up. Next stage some chain work, on one side.

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Postby ronnie42 » Sat Nov 09, 2019 11:20 pm

Found some chain , one side done. Don't like the track holder pins , might be on the thin side. Paint may make them look better.
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Might need thicker wire for track holder pins
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Tools need some work.

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Postby ronnie42 » Mon Nov 11, 2019 12:00 pm

Casting numbers on crew heater and fixed grills on fans, like the 3D effect on the wire. Wish Aber would do them ,think they look better than the PE flat ones. A pain trying to cut a circle on the mesh as its interwoven , and some wire falls out at the edges.
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Pics highlights the glue will try a drill to remove
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Grills were underneath the easy option ,no need to get the circle cut to fit. .Like the unpainted bit in the middle now, wear and tear.
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Ring is looks a little bashed good, 1st try wire was too big

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Postby ronnie42 » Mon Nov 11, 2019 10:51 pm

Resizing the covers at rear of engine hatch. Using the Trumpeter kit to check size ,HL ones are undersized.
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Increased the diameter of the covers

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