HL Panther rework

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Postby ronnie42 » Wed Oct 17, 2018 10:46 pm

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Its winter now so some more work on the tanks. New lower hull , side skirts , adding detail and paint. Making skirt holders a pain 3 parts to solder Going for the red lead showing due to shortage of paint. Just need metal sprockets, idlers, metal tracks . Wondering how to do the optics , thick perspex sheet cut to size ? Another problem is chain , what size are the links for track holders ?

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Postby HERMAN BIX » Thu Oct 18, 2018 12:24 pm

For chain, go to a cosmetic jewelry shop and look for a cheap necklace or better, they may sell chain off a roll.
For me, I look at the shape of the link to be round section rather than flat as a lot of that kind of cheap costume jewelry stuff is.

Please do tell us the look on the face of the young lady behind the counter when she asks if you need help, you tell her what you want, and then she asks what its for :O :haha: :haha:
Its gold, trust me !!
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Postby ronnie42 » Sun Oct 21, 2018 11:25 pm

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Every time i look at this more needs done. Outer wheels , strip above cylinder for cleaning rods and chain . Done some chain and pins for track and c hooks . Used soldering iron with a strip of brass to do torch marks on rear edges of turret . Might just use a Taigen G lower hull rather than fix outer wheels

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Postby ronnie42 » Mon Oct 22, 2018 12:02 am

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Spotted another problem sprocket position. Suppose the Taigen lower is almost accurate?

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Postby ronnie42 » Mon Oct 22, 2018 11:33 pm

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Found a fix in the TIPS AND TRICKS. Chop lower front and move gears back looks ok now. No big gap

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Postby ronnie42 » Mon Oct 22, 2018 11:41 pm

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Need some plastic for lower front now and it will be at correct angle.

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Postby ronnie42 » Tue Oct 23, 2018 11:00 am

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Turret internals scrapped and servos fitted , slip ring and some old sockets glued onto rear of turret base for counter balance to improve rotation.
Big servo for turret rotation , used 2 gearwheels as servo was in wrong position 1st time .
Two gearwheels moved servo further back and easier to adjust fit.
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Postby ronnie42 » Wed Oct 24, 2018 8:06 pm

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lower front plate fixed and no gap now. Cutting out the front must have fixed the slight warp .

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Postby Aljones34 » Wed Oct 24, 2018 8:52 pm

Lots of good work going on here, following along

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Postby Soeren » Wed Oct 24, 2018 9:30 pm

Cool to see how everybody attempts the Servo mobility differently :thumbup:
Where dis you find the various gearwheels, printed by yourself?

The motor and gears in the front, where did you get those from? Would be nice to hear your review once you move the tank.
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Postby Markocaster » Thu Oct 25, 2018 5:21 am

Nice problem solving. It’s looking very good


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Postby ronnie42 » Mon Oct 29, 2018 12:06 am

Hi Soeren You can buy gear and pulley packs from hobby and robotics stores. Tried to use pulleys and rubber band first but never worked . Always had slipping/ binding issues with the turret rotation . If the turret ring fitted the lower hull without some slop it should have worked. One day i will try the Tamiya leopard turret ring if i am brave enough to cut up hull and turret.

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Postby ronnie42 » Mon Oct 29, 2018 12:14 am

Hi Soeren They are Waltersons gears. Comes with a plate for gearboxs to sit on, 3 sizes of gears to fit motor and a gear puller if you want to change the ratio. The newer ones are steel gears instead of brass.

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Postby ronnie42 » Wed Oct 31, 2018 1:05 am

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New metal sprockets and idlers to replace wobbly plastic HL ones. Sprockets not very good had to file down , inner side quite thick.Might need another go on the teeth look like a wider profile . Changed gearbox's to Taigen ones, fitted a new base for the gears . Going to use the Waltersons ones for the metal lower hull . Had to drill new fixing holes in Taigen gearbox as the original holes are under gearwheels and spindles.

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Postby ronnie42 » Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:11 pm

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Just about sorted the wiring added a fuse to battery lead as i am using 3C lipo,s

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Postby ronnie42 » Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:48 am

Fixing the missing part above the cleaning rod tube. Was going to repaint but i found this . From Missing -Lynx forum

Two tone brown
Dec 09, 2003 #10

Just to add a bit more confusion and controversy; a number of U.S. vets I have spoken to and written to have insisted that they observed German vehicles with two distinct shades of brown in their paint jobs. The most obvious combination, to me anyway, would be a combination of the primer coat with a coat of the "rotbraun (provide your own number-all that stuff is too confusing anyway)." I should add that the two shades of brown was seen by these vets in combination with the famous dunkelgelb and whatever we're calling the green shade this week.
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El cheapo HL ,fixed lots of faults and still not quite right. Its a challenge sorting all the problems.

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Postby ronnie42 » Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:30 pm

Going to keep the Hl lower hull , Taigen hull will be saved for the Trumpeter project . Fitting supports for the sprockets and taking the edge off the lip on outer road wheels .
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Nylon support and metal sleeve
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marked for drilling out
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ready to glue
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Checking for fit
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Support glued in
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Cover fitted
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One side done, lip is less noticeable now after some sanding

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Postby ronnie42 » Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:14 pm

Fixing another problem , no forward deck joint. Tidy up turret and hull cables and paint interior.
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No 2 section deck at front
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Need a straight edge
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Tamiya tape to stop paint chips
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Lucky never messed up the grove
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Some primer to brighten up the interior, helps if you have a loose wire.
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Tidy lower hull now , moved TR away from motor leads and a paint.

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Postby Soeren » Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:30 pm

Nice addition, but your joint would be proper for a F hull not a G. :eh:
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Postby ronnie42 » Wed Feb 13, 2019 12:39 am

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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Its further back, an easy fix.

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