PANTHER 111, 116TH WINDHUND Dv, HOUFFALIZE 1944

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Postby HERMAN BIX » Sat Jun 12, 2021 5:09 am

Well its time for a new build.
Have been gathering parts for a lot of projects before carrying on & this one has almost all the bits required.

The Wife & I were fortunate to be able to visit Houfalize in 2009 & had a good ole walk over, touch, smell & taste(yeah that was me) of the famous Houfalize Panther.
You will all know that the poor thing has now gone to be restored to an accurate static condition. When I saw it, it was a target for graffiti & neglect. I've been following its restoration progress with interest. One day, when someone invents international travel again ( :/ ) I might get to see it ............

I've had an H/L Panther G for a while now, its a 6.0 version.
Plan to turn it into the early G '111' from the morning before it was blown into the river, killing the crew.
There is still some mystery surrounding the tanks deceased crew, where are they buried, who exactly were they, and of more concern......were their remains still inside the tank when it was recovered in 1947/8 ?
For a fairly well known surviving Panther, there is still much left unanswered in its story, and a few minor quirky features on it that others dont have.
There is also some info from a one time child that grew up in Houfalize(pictured on the wreck) that has added more layers of info to the machines story.
Thats why I wanted to build it.

I'm off to take the tank apart.................
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Sat Jun 12, 2021 5:15 am

More pics….
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Sat Jun 12, 2021 5:18 am

Last lot
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Postby Ad Lav » Sat Jun 12, 2021 8:23 am

Nice project Herman.

I’ll keep an eye on your progress :)
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Sat Jun 12, 2021 9:02 am

Ad Lav wrote:Nice project Herman.

I’ll keep an eye on your progress :)


Thanks Mr Lav, “just another Panther” it nay be, but with the current restoration going on, and the many mystery circumstances over its final moments, and that of its crew, there is a lot to learn & unpack on this subject tank.
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Postby SCHWEREPANZER » Sat Jun 12, 2021 12:32 pm

Will be following with rapt anticipation, Mr. Bix. Great pictures of the subject in question.

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Postby HERMAN BIX » Sat Jun 12, 2021 12:39 pm

SCHWEREPANZER wrote:Will be following with rapt anticipation, Mr. Bix. Great pictures of the subject in question.


Thanks mate, there has been a lot of research gone into this one.
I hope I can do it justice.
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Postby EAO » Sat Jun 12, 2021 2:18 pm

Herman,

Another lovely Panther! I'm sure you'll pull this off nicely, and your research shall make this very interesting indeed. I'll be watching along with great interest! :thumbup:

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Postby Jofaur86 » Sat Jun 12, 2021 7:39 pm

:D Good evening,
Panther Houffalize catering, on the net
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wbqrpCpAhfU

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Postby Jofaur86 » Sat Jun 12, 2021 8:19 pm

:D Good evening,
Panther Houffalize catering, on the net
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wbqrpCpAhfU

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Postby John Glover » Sat Jun 12, 2021 8:55 pm

Hi Herman.What parts do you need. I have early exhausts, exhaust shields,replacment fan housing for where the crew heater was, and a after market early mantlet.regards John

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Postby HERMAN BIX » Sun Jun 13, 2021 12:23 am

John Glover wrote:Hi Herman.What parts do you need. I have early exhausts, exhaust shields,replacment fan housing for where the crew heater was, and a after market early mantlet.regards John


Gday mr GLOVER, I would be interested in those for sure. Pm with a proposal when you can mate
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Sun Jun 13, 2021 12:27 am

Thanks for those links Mr Jofaur .
There are quite a few informative sites on this tank that seem to have popped up since it restoration began.
I have uncovered an interview with one of the kids in the pictures, but it will take a bit of editing to post it.
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Sun Jun 13, 2021 12:46 pm

Been checking the period pictures, looks like both stowage boxes were missing off the rear.
No indication if this was as a result of the blast that flung it over the bridge, or they were lost earlier.
Could it be that they were not fitted at the time ??
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Postby Jofaur86 » Sun Jun 13, 2021 1:29 pm

Hello,
yes Mister Herman, there are many articles on the net, since the restoration of this Panther, but nothing more precise on this event? and unfortunately, not many witnesses of the time?
on some articles it is explained that it was the blast that turned the Panther upside down? and in addition in the river and on the back, therefore impossible if possible survivors, of exits, probably drowned? weird that no witnesses mentioned this episode

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Postby lmcq11 » Sun Jun 13, 2021 2:22 pm

Thank you Mr Herman,

You bring back memories of a roadtrip i did in 2011 with my late father who wanted to visit WW1 and WW2 sites in France and Belgium, me too of course. I made sure to bring him to Houffalize to see the Panther. The town put it in a prominent display downtown. I agree with its restauration.

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Panther 111 Houffalize


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Panther 111 Houffalize


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Panther 111 Houffalize


The town of La Gleize is 40 minutes away to see one of Peiper's King Tiger.

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King Tiger at La Gleize


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King Tiger at La Gleize


And Vimoutier in Normandy to see the Tiger 1 among so many other fascinating places.

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Tiger 1 in Vimoutier

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Postby PainlessWolf » Sun Jun 13, 2021 5:03 pm

Herman,
And people ask why we as Modelers do so much German Armor. They all have fascinating stories to tell if One will just stop and listen. Following along to hear this particular Panzers Tale.
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Fri Jun 18, 2021 1:53 pm

lmcq11 wrote:Thank you Mr Herman,

You bring back memories of a roadtrip i did in 2011 with my late father who wanted to visit WW1 and WW2 sites in France and Belgium, me too of course. I made sure to bring him to Houffalize to see the Panther. The town put it in a prominent display downtown. I agree with its restauration.

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The town of La Gleize is 40 minutes away to see one of Peiper's King Tiger.

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And Vimoutier in Normandy to see the Tiger 1 among so many other fascinating places.

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I know its 2 years, but thats still pretty close to running into each other really !!
I am humble to hear your Dad passed away, but at least he got to see & touch things that obviously meant a lot to him.
many folks never get that chance..................
The 111 Panther looked exactly the same when I was there & the town did little to clean it up after that. :think:
The KT looks the same and so does the Vimoutiers Tiger !
Its an amazing small geographic location crammed with places to see & "feelings" to take in...............
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Postby EAO » Fri Jun 18, 2021 2:21 pm

Gentlemen,

Very lucky to have seen and touched such amazing historical artifacts. I'll probably never get the chance, in all reality. The ass clowns who deface such important and rare historical items should be pummeled!

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