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Another Trumpeter 1/16 Panther G Build - Steel Wheel - PAINT ON, FINALLY 15 JULY 2022


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7 minutes ago, josebagasteiz said:

 

What envy!! All projectiles sanded and painted, how lazy I am to get to it!! 

 

By the way, where did you get the additional projectile decals?? 

 

Hi Jose, if you're referring to the "FES" decals, those came in my kit.  I made the other decals using my Alps printer.  They didn't come out as good as I wanted them to but I suppose they're passable.

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Sigh...lousy photos again.  I think I need to take a class on how to friggen take pictures where the depth of field is a little more than just the object in the foreground.  A little more progress this weekend... actually it's taken me quite awhile to get this far.   First up, the drivers instrument panel and switch box.  I modified this extensively from what Trumpeter provides based on photographs in the M.A.N Factory book I have that shows  the inside of a steel-wheeled Panther.  The speedometer and tachometer were made from decals I created using my ALPS printer as the Trumpeter ones were nowhere near correct.  I found out after the fact that the red outer color on the one instrument is actually a light grey color.  Oh well, it's tough to find good color shots of this area....  The decals on the power box were also custom made and they should actually be yellow with red text...again, 20/20 hindsight as I didn't find out until after I printed them.  Thepower conduit cable is an old 0.039" wire wound,guitar E string that I've saved for decades as I thought I'd find a use for it at some point.  It's a little stiffer than I would've liked but it looks the part.

 

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Below is a shot of the radio racks in progress.  They're almost complete save for some retouching I need to do to make them more presentable.  The yellow lines were hand painted and I'm not at all happy with the way they turned out so I'll over paint them with the dark grey and look around for some yellow decal stripes that I can use.  I made the radio frequency (guess as to what they are but seems logical) scales using the Alps printer again.  Trumpeter did fairly well with the radio boxes but the racks themselves were a photo-etch nightmare so I chucked them and built new ones from styrene structural shapes.  There is one piece of radio equipment that Trumpeter does not provide and that's the intercom box which attaches to the aft side of the radio rack supports (not shown).  I'll have to scratch build that but it's a relatively easy task.  The wires from the power units on the right sponson will connect to the medium grey connectors I scratch built (lower right corner of each of the three radios).

 

These radios normally hang from roof supports at the front and rear of the racks, the rear mount is on the transmission cover.  In order to have the transmission cover removable, I need to engineer a way to mount the rear end to the transmission or leave it hanging.   There is an L bracket on the transmission cover that the rear support attaches to but I'm thinking I may be able to cement the rack only at the front location (on the glacis) and leave the rear support free, leaving the cover removable...we'll see.  I still need to create throat mikes, headsets (Trumpeter provides two that I know of) and the wires to connect them to the ICS box and radios.

 

Update: I decided that after I scratch build the ICS box, I'm going to strip all the paint off the radios and racks  and repaint the entire lot.  I'm so not happy with the way they look now.  I thought I'd be able to stomach them but I just can't.

 

 

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That's all for now... Next up:  The Kugelblende 100 (aka the hull machine gun).

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I haven't found many pictures of the Panther's instrument panel either, so it's a little left to free interpretation.

 

As for photos, to increase the depth of field (area in focus in front of and behind the subject of the photo) there are different methods. On a smartphone it is better to take the photo with the main wide-angle camera and then crop the image, you will lose resolution but to publish on the internet it will be enough. But if you take the photo with a reflex camera or another in which you can choose the shooting mode, do it in MANUAL mode. Close the diaphragm, the more you close it, the greater the depth of field will be. To compensate for light loss you will need to lengthen the exposure time and may need to hold the camera with a tripod. I hope it helps.

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Thanks Jose, I appreciate the tips.  I do use a digital SLR camera (Nikon D3400 with a 58mm lens) so I'll try manual mode and see what I get.  Also, is your name Joseba or just Jose?  I worked with a guy at CAF USA who came from Spain and his name was Joseba...just wondering so I can call you by your correct name.

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2 minutes ago, Juggernut said:

Gracias José, agradezco los consejos. Uso una cámara SLR digital (Nikon D3400 con lente de 58 mm), así que probaré el modo manual y veré qué obtengo.

 

 

If you have to lengthen the exposure time a lot, even if you hold the camera with a tripod, the photo may come out blurred just by pressing the shutter button. To avoid that, shoot with a delayed shot.

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12 hours ago, Juggernut said:

[…]  I do use a digital SLR camera (Nikon D3400 with a 58mm lens) so I'll try manual mode and see what I get. […]

Hi Juggernut I’d also suggest to use a tripod, as  manual adjustment of aperture setting to more f11 will result in accordingly long exposure time (possibly 1-3 sec.). So delayed shot as recommended by José and good lighting are mandatory to get some nice pics.

 

best regards 

Nils

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14 hours ago, Juggernut said:

Gracias José, agradezco los consejos. Uso una cámara SLR digital (Nikon D3400 con lente de 58 mm), así que probaré el modo manual y veré qué obtengo. Además, ¿tu nombre es Joseba o simplemente Jose? Trabajé con un chico en CAF USA que vino de España y se llamaba Joseba... solo me preguntaba para poder llamarte por tu nombre correcto.

 

 

The world is a handkerchief!!:o

 

I have worked a lot with CAF BEASAIN, the headquarters of this company in Beasain, Basque Country. I have supplied them with different parts and spare parts for the railway cars and locomotives that they build. What a coincidence!!

 

Jose and Joseba is the same. José is in Spanish and Joseba is in Euskera. These two languages are spoken in the Basque Country. So it's okay to address me both ways, don't worry about it.

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5 hours ago, N.H.71 said:

Hi Juggernut, for headphone set check SOL MODELS MM341.

The set provides 5 head phones and throat mics.

Alternatively Aber 16011 provides German tank crew equipment including parts to create / detail two headphones and throat mics.


Regards Nils

 

Thanks for the reference, I'll definitely check these out.

 

I just ordered a set of these from Korea.  I MUCH prefer resin/3D printed parts to photo-etch so the choice was easy.  Now I need to find buckles for the radio wire bundle straps...Aber may be a good source for those....I'll have to do some research.  I still need to engineer those funky pannier ammo rack clasps.  I may have to design them in Fusion360 and then 3D print them.

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3 hours ago, N.H.71 said:

Hi Juggernut I’d also suggest to use a tripod, as  manual adjustment of aperture setting to more f11 will result in accordingly long exposure time (possibly 1-3 sec.). So delayed shot as recommended by José and good lighting are mandatory to get some nice pics.

 

best regards 

Nils

 

I'm in luck, I have a very good tripod my wife bought me a couple years ago.  I'll try what both of you suggest the next time I've got the camera out.  Thanks!

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1 hour ago, josebagasteiz said:

 

 

The world is a handkerchief!!:o

 

I have worked a lot with CAF BEASAIN, the headquarters of this company in Beasain, Basque Country. I have supplied them with different parts and spare parts for the railway cars and locomotives that they build. What a coincidence!!

 

Jose and Joseba is the same. José is in Spanish and Joseba is in Euskera. These two languages are spoken in the Basque Country. So it's okay to address me both ways, don't worry about it.

 

Indeed!  I worked with several people at CAF USA that came from Spain and I became  good friends with several of them.  One, though I cannot remember his name now (it's been several years), invited me to visit him on holiday.  He is from Basque Country.  He was telling me about a holiday festival there that involves sausages and from what I remember, beer.  I hope I'm remembering it correctly.  He sent me photographs of his home under construction but I cannot remember which town he lives in.  We were all electricans at the time. 

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