Great detail work on both recent items I can only imagine how good they'll look under paint
The guys at the LHS here are always badgering me to join one of the local modeling clubs and I always give a non-committal response. Why? For the very same reasons you give concerning the local IPMS who needs to be around people like that
Post by panzerjager2 on Feb 24, 2016 22:13:30 GMT -5
Thanks again to all for the very kind words.......
To Mark, I just wanted to say NOT all IPMS chapters are like the Seattle, NO FAR from it. I travel to Portland and Arizona JUST for those chapters....my point is don't throw the baby out with the bathwater.....give others a try. Please note I was around the Seattle modeling "scene" for almost 20 years. Then I found others like I mentioned. Anyway that's one mans view
Post by panzerjager2 on Feb 28, 2016 2:48:23 GMT -5
OK this is the 2nd real test fit of the 40 to winch, It fit pretty good, there's an issue with the placement of the "rear" support beam, but that's gonna be a relative easy relocate. As to the winch itself, this thing currently at about 90% complete has 130 parts/pieces. I think it's gonna top out at 175.
Post by panzerjager2 on Apr 2, 2016 17:17:18 GMT -5
Well things have been "out a wack" lately so I haven't been building as much. Today I began working on the Spade/Sporn for the BergePanther. Please remember that the base of the Spade is from 25 years ago. I have updated elements, and am gonna finish it totally. So far I've added weld lines, braces, hooks and new locking loops
Post by panzerjager2 on Apr 2, 2016 22:52:04 GMT -5
Well that is a great question.... There are two techniques I use, like and have got a handle on. They are:
1). Milput works great. First you mix per instruction, then roll into fine threads(?). Applied directly to the area such as on the crane mounts for the Berge. Then using a toothpick simply "teeth" the putty till it takes on that weld look.
2). Take a syringe, purchased at Hobby Town USA, (sorry for the plug, but that's the only place I have found them. See picture) Fill it with Green or White Stuff putty. Apply directly to the area. Again go over it with a toothpick .
Post by panzerjager2 on Apr 7, 2016 10:39:52 GMT -5
Well lets hope that these pic's are better that the usual......
So the back story on both the 151 2.cm and the Spade/Sporn is: (this maybe useful for those thinking of building a BergePanther)
The Spade as a rule were weak structurally. Not completely FUBAR, but in need of reinforcement at key points. Now since my represents a "refurbished" BergePanther, the crew has field modified this repair. To include lateral support between the arms. And support to the vanes that run vertically.
Now the MG 151 (2.cm ) IS NOT the standard weapon for a Demag produced BergePanther. That would be a KWK 38 2.cm gun. This weapon, mount and even sighting system have been changed or completely upgraded. I did this because I like "tweaking" the norm as it were. The really cool twist is that the scope/sight actually has lenses...no way I can take a pic of it....we all know I can't take a pic worth a @#%^&$@.
Post by panzerjager2 on Apr 7, 2016 14:21:23 GMT -5
Thanks for the kind words........
In the preamble I wrote prior to this build.... We as modelers RARELY go back and rebuild or 2.0 or redo a build/kit.... It's been fun and sometimes I actually say to myself.... "This is the build I wanted to create 20 25 years ago". The MG 151 has been it's own reward and curse at the same time........ I even toyed with the idea of a 3.7 cm 36/37 AT gun I found in a picture.........But went with the 151.
It's been neat seeing you update and upgrade it with different features. 2.0cm weapons were to the Germans what the .50cal was to the US and they certainly had plenty of surplus MG 151s laying around when your Bergepanther would've gone through its refurb so why not spice it up a bit?