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1936 leFH 18 10.5cm Towed Artillery

PostPosted: Sun Mar 01, 2020 11:30 pm
by PainlessWolf
Afternoon all!
I finally got the 44' International Harvester KR-11 Lend Lease truck completed so now it is time to work on the Field Piece that it will tow. I remembered when I opened it up that it was a cast resin kit. The manufacturer is MPM and it is certainly intricate with _lots_ of small parts cast with _LOTS_ of base material requiring removal. After removal of finger prints and a nice slash on the left index finger, I have worked out a process and have the right tools to safely remove all that extra material. I will be following up with pics and progress updates a lot quicker than I did with the truck. The kit is 1/15 in scale but who knows what scale the JJRC base truck actually is ( I think it is 1/16 - 1/14 ) so this gun will not look out of place being towed or sitting next to the truck in the tank area. Pics: ( Click to Enlarge )

Re: 1936 leFH 18 10.5cm Towed Artillery

PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2020 4:23 am
by PainlessWolf
Another night, another drill bit in the ol' index finger. ;o) Tonight saw steps Four and Five completed. Thank all the Powers for the Tamiya flexible plastic saw. I might make this assemblage of old resin into a Field Piece yet. Again, the base material covered up pegs meant to mount other parts. Fortunately, I have a goodly length of that metal rod left that came with the kit. Pics: ( Click to Enlarge )

Re: 1936 leFH 18 10.5cm Towed Artillery

PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2020 3:15 am
by PainlessWolf
I was able to spend sometime working on the next two steps ( almost was just one but I'm thick headed that way ) today. Some head scratching on how to let the wheels go round and round was needed. A little careful drilling and some machine screws provided the answer. I want as many of the parts on this model that are supposed to move, move like they are supposed to. Aside from going crazy in brass ( no offense, Barry ;o), I think it will be functional enough. My fingers are cursing me roundly because of all the resin I am removing ( which is slowly removing the tips of my fingers as well). Pics: ( Click to Enlarge )

Re: 1936 leFH 18 10.5cm Towed Artillery

PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2020 5:22 am
by sassgrunt
You're doing a great job on the kit, (albeit with the parts fighting back somewhat). It will be a great piece to be towed by your truck, as long as the resin towing hitch holds up to that.

I know that the same company also made a resin 7.5cm Pak 40, but I have never seen one for sale. And, other than using it as a fixed gun emplacement; it would also be a good candidate to be towed by something.

Anyway, keep care of your fingers and continue on to what's a very enjoyable build to watch!

Re: 1936 leFH 18 10.5cm Towed Artillery

PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2020 7:01 am
by PainlessWolf
Sass!
Many thanks for the Look-See ( and the Kit ;o) I will probably reinforce ( or replace ) the kit's tow setup with a metal one. Due to the all resin construction, this gun will definitely be a slow as you go tow. ;o) ( one of the reasons I upgraded the truck's electronics to progressive steering and speed control )
regards,
Painless

Re: 1936 leFH 18 10.5cm Towed Artillery

PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2020 5:40 am
by PainlessWolf
I jumped onto the build tonight expecting to knock out a couple of critical steps, 8 and 9. Well, four hours later, Step 8 was done. The large pieces for the gun trails were soaked in extra resin and some of the small boxes required extensive cutting and sanding and cleanup as well. At least we have caisson tonight. I should be able to start priming and painting within a week. I will be satisfied with that. Pics: ( Click to Enlarge )

Re: 1936 leFH 18 10.5cm Towed Artillery

PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2020 11:58 am
by HERMAN BIX
Some days a man wonders why simple s$%t is so hard !!!
Its going to look a treat behind that Soviet lorry mate

Re: 1936 leFH 18 10.5cm Towed Artillery

PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2020 2:32 pm
by Max-U52
That looks great, Painless. I would highly advise that you use bearings on that axle. Resin doesn't wear very well.

Re: 1936 leFH 18 10.5cm Towed Artillery

PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2020 2:51 pm
by PainlessWolf
Good Morning, Herman,
My hands will certainly have something to say the next time I open up a resin kit. I don't remember the Profiline Kit for the early StuG Ausf B requiring so much cleanup but then there are so many more parts and resin gating involved in this field piece.
regards,
Painless

Re: 1936 leFH 18 10.5cm Towed Artillery

PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2020 3:07 pm
by PainlessWolf
Good morning, Max,
This kit was designed as a display model. I have had to do a significant amount of drilling and pinning to get parts to move so that I could have a towed form of the Gun and a dug in\ready to fire version. The wheels were just stub and hole mounts suitable for gluing together. I drilled all the way though and made a screw channel out of epoxy. The axles are now small carriage screws. This is good resin but as you say, resin is still resin. I don't anticipate a lot of use outside of the odd video and static display but if that ever changes, I can remove and install bearings with this new setup.
regards,
Painless

Re: 1936 leFH 18 10.5cm Towed Artillery

PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2020 3:31 am
by PershingLover
Wow Painless, you are really moving fast! I swear everytime I log in you've got something done! Nice work

Re: 1936 leFH 18 10.5cm Towed Artillery

PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2020 6:55 am
by PainlessWolf
Hello Pershing Lover!
Thanks for looking in. My hands have paid the price for the swiftness of the build. * ouch* ( Well, considering how long I dithered over finishing the truck, I guess it is only fair ) Tonight, I took a break and made a run up North to get some small brass hinges. That armor skirt in front hangs too close to the ground so it will have to work as designed as well and be hinged to lift over obstacles while under tow. I may wind up removing the shovels on the trailing arms and hinging them as well to flip up and over while under tow. I'll have to think on that one.
regards,
Painless

P.S. Here is a link to the look I am going for: https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=htt ... AdAAAAABAi

Re: 1936 leFH 18 10.5cm Towed Artillery

PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2020 8:05 am
by jarndice
When I read of the self inflicted harm you are causing to your fingertips I cannot help ask the question we all of us ask, "Am I really doing this for FUN" :lolno:
Your patience with building from a resin kit is both exemplary and a warning.
Brilliant results so far, I shall watch with great interest without the slightest intention of ruining my digits working in such fine detail. :thumbup:

Re: 1936 leFH 18 10.5cm Towed Artillery

PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2020 3:07 pm
by PainlessWolf
Good Morning my Friend.
I hope that the day finds you in fine fettle. ( Fun = Satisfaction?) Thank you! I was sitting this morning and reading your reply while looking at those shovels. A solution presented itself so I will work on them and the armor skirt before I move on to the barrel. This piece may not get a lot of mileage but it should look somewhat authentic while under tow and dug into a firing position.
regards and thank you for looking in.
Painless

Re: 1936 leFH 18 10.5cm Towed Artillery

PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2020 5:57 am
by PainlessWolf
A couple of days away to let the holes and cuts heal up a little and it was back to it this afternoon. Today, I wanted to make the Shovels workable so that the gun could be fitted with a proper tow point. Also, the stiff armor skirt up front was a breakage looking to happen so I addressed it tonight. The resin on this kit is good quality and took to my massaging it with drills and a saw very well. I only had one break and fortunately, it was minor. ( The resin, not my long suffering right shoulder joint ;o) Pics: (Click to Enlarge)

Re: 1936 leFH 18 10.5cm Towed Artillery

PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2020 9:55 am
by jarndice
I do like the thinking behind fitting spacers, It surely increases the practical value of making the "Shovels" viable.
This is turning from what most builders would consider to be a semi-static into a practical working model :thumbup:

Re: 1936 leFH 18 10.5cm Towed Artillery

PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2020 10:03 am
by Model Builder 4
It's coming along a treat painless, great work :clap: The thing with these resin items is that they have about a gazillion parts to them :crazy: if we lived on the same side of the pond I'd send you my kirin nebelwerfer to build for me :haha: :thumbup:

Cheers, Lee.

Re: 1936 leFH 18 10.5cm Towed Artillery

PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2020 6:29 pm
by PainlessWolf
Good Morning,
Jarndice!, if it is big scale, it should move or be moveable. ;o) Lee! Your model and a blank check made out to cash and we're talking. ;o)
regards,
Painless

Re: 1936 leFH 18 10.5cm Towed Artillery

PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2020 9:32 pm
by Max-U52
PainlessWolf wrote:Good Morning,
Jarndice!, if it is big scale, it should move or be moveable. ;o) Lee! Your model and a blank check made out to cash and we're talking. ;o)
regards,
Painless


You better make that TWO blank checks. Something always comes up at the end, can ya dig it? :haha: :haha:

Re: 1936 leFH 18 10.5cm Towed Artillery

PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2020 10:39 pm
by Trora
you do a great job , i love it you have a clean style in your build proccres

Where you buys the Haubitze ?

Gr Ralf