HL Jagdpanther rebirth

This section is to 'show and tell' about any customizing or re-vamping you have done (or are doing) to a Heng Long tank.

Postby palepainter » Sun Jul 05, 2020 10:00 pm

After a few years hiatus from the hobby, I ran across a smoking deal on a few incomplete, but decent shape HengLong tanks. The Jagd I am working on will be getting the full treatment. Upgrading all suspension and drive train. Converting from BB to IR battler. I just happened to have a recoil unit that was brand new for it. Modified barrel and insert into the recoil unit.

Metal wheels in place. Waiting for driver and idler as well as metal track and 3:1 gear boxes. I have some older electronics around that I hope I can manage to get to work. Will be running 2.4 radio with it. 6 channel probably for a few bells and whistles to be added. All the infrared sighting will be created on my 3D printer.

This weekend has been mostly working on the welds and flame cut plates. Going through what is missing and what needs to be fabricated. Generally forming a plan of attack and research work. Should be a fun battler with out the rotational turret.

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Postby Max-U52 » Sun Jul 05, 2020 11:39 pm

I'll be watching this one with interest. I did the same thing a few years ago, started with a $109 HL JP, went nuts (Kept it airsoft, though), and here she is now.

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Unfortunately you can't get the brass gearboxes anymore, because they work great and give me a scale top speed of about 23 mph, definitely close enough for the girls we go out with. @) :haha: :haha:

Let me know if I can help. If you're using a 6 channel you have at least V2 electronics for it? I have lots of parts for one of these, and I did a ton of videos on this one, including making a smoker that would do justice to those huge pipes. I didn't have the smoke turned on in the video above, but this is what it looks like

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It now has an IBU2 in it, but before that went in I swapped the elevation onto the rotation channel, so I have up and down and don't have to cycle the gun all the way through. Hmmm, wait a minute, you said you're making a battler? The aforementioned "old electronics" must be Tamiya? That would be cool. Like I said, let me know if I can help with this one. 8) 8)
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Postby palepainter » Mon Jul 06, 2020 6:55 am

I have a Mako board that’s a couple years old. Hoping I can get it to cooperate.
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Postby Soeren » Mon Jul 06, 2020 3:09 pm

Looks promising. :)
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Postby palepainter » Tue Jul 07, 2020 5:13 am

This eve I spent fabricating accessory tool box on back of upper hull. I also worked on the cast textures up front. Debating on zim or not at this point. I’m sharing some of the reference photos I have as well.

Waiting on some goodies from Across both ponds.

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Postby Soeren » Tue Jul 07, 2020 10:31 am

While you are at it, make sure to delete the ‚eye' im the mantlet.
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Postby palepainter » Tue Jul 07, 2020 3:12 pm

Soeren wrote:While you are at it, make sure to delete the ‚eye' im the mantlet.


I’m not sure on that yet. Have considered using it as a port for the IR transmitter With flash in the barrel. Not certain if I can use the IR and flash both in barrel.
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Postby Tiger6 » Tue Jul 07, 2020 4:03 pm

Depending on the local club rules, you could put the emitter in its tube at the end of the muzzle break and still have space behind for the flash to peek out - I'll see if I can find a worked example later.

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Postby palepainter » Sat Jul 11, 2020 11:03 pm

Made some progress on some of the fabrication and tid bits. Modified one of the crew to man the MG. Working on supplemental armor and waiting on metal drivers and idlers. New Mato bearing motors are in. Additional outboard support bearings in place on drive axles.

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Postby PainlessWolf » Sun Jul 12, 2020 1:55 am

PalePainter,
It is shaping up to be another Beauty indeed. The extra armor and stowage box are a treat!
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Postby palepainter » Sun Jul 12, 2020 3:20 am

Thanks Painless.
Working on a Vampir optics for it now. The one on the front of will house a laser sighting device. Hope I can get it to work.

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Postby palepainter » Sun Jul 12, 2020 6:15 am

The last was a prototype to verify main components and scale. First two ready for detailing.
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Postby palepainter » Mon Jul 13, 2020 1:02 am

Worked on LeD lights and details inside driver Vampir system. Also picked up radio and ordered receiver. A good buddy of mine is an electronics genius for Ball Aerospace. We are going to work on a system for a smoke delivery system that will be emitted from the side of tank that takes the hit. :D His idea. Lol. I gave him one of my old Panthers to mess with.

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Postby palepainter » Tue Jul 14, 2020 6:02 am

I worked up the Vampir system with the MG mount this evening. I have just about perfected the STL file for print. Finishing up the little details with styrene. LED next.
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Postby palepainter » Wed Jul 15, 2020 1:52 am

This afternoon, I printed out Shurzen brackets and cut the side armor. The printer is a great tool making this build a lot of fun.
The learning curve on the design program isn’t bad either. I have been using Tinkercad for all the design work so far. If anyone needs the stl files, let me know.

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Postby palepainter » Sat Jul 18, 2020 7:08 pm

A few pieces I have been waiting on made it here to Colorado. The Hentec adjusters from Forgebear made great time in the ever elusive international shipping maze, along with metal idlers, drivers and tracks. I installed the Hentec system first with minimal clearancing. I had to convert the idler axles to machine screws. I used brass tubing to take up the spacing between the M4 screw and the ID of the bearing. I inserted the new machine screw and the bushing in the idler wheel. Then a M4 screw slid perfectly into the Hentec adjuster assembly. Clamped it down and then threaded on the nut to tighten assembly all up. Very little slop in the assembly. Mounted the drivers then added a link to the track and assembled it all. Adjusted tensioner and it’s ready to rock. Pretty happy with the machining in the parts. The tensioner is such a blessing in this heavy drivetrain.

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Postby PainlessWolf » Mon Jul 20, 2020 2:39 pm

Good morning, Doc!
This Beauty is really coming along! I cannot wait to see what paint scheme you will select. ;o)
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Postby palepainter » Tue Jul 21, 2020 1:31 am

Thanks Painless. Going pretty smooth so far. I got the initial color sequence and pattern finished over the weekend.

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Postby PainlessWolf » Tue Jul 21, 2020 1:51 am

Pale!
Where did the Jagdpanther go? One minute it was there on the counter and then it vanished! ;o)
regards and following along,
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Tue Jul 21, 2020 10:53 pm

That’s Bananas !!
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