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sunray

1/35 Tamiya Panzer Kampfwagen II Ausf. F/G

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I have never built one of these tanks before so I here is my entry.  As you will see I have brought the Eduard photo etch set as well to add a bit of detail.

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First job was to clean up the upper and lower hull parts which didn't take too long then I filled the holes in the lower hull.  I also started to remove the plastic detail off the upper hull ready for the photo etch.

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To do this I just used a needle file for the moulded detail, a razor saw for the storage box and a knife for the plastic grills.

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I also used a dremel to thin down the mud guards.

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As this is an old kit I decided to fill in the gaps in the mud guards underneath where the moulded box detail.  To do this I used scrap bits of plastic and plastic sheet.

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I filled any small holes as well with homemade filler and I added plastic sheet where the grills are going to be to make the hull light tight.  While I was waiting for the glue and filler to cure I assembled the wheels.

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When I was happy I started to assemble the hull as per the Tamiya instructions which was straight forward.

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The turret went together next without any problems.

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Now for a bit of photo etch and a tiny bit of scratch building.  I attached the photo etch for the mud guards and grids with CA glue and then I bent the photo etch for the exhaust muffler and used CA glue to attach that.  When I had a look at the kit part for the exhaust pipe I though I would have a go and see if I could make a better pipe myself.  All I used was a piece of copper wire which was roughly the same thickness as the kit part.  I clamped the copper wire in a vice then I flat the end with a file.  I marked the centre with a metal scriber and then I slowly drilled out the centre.

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The problem I had with my first attempt was that when I tried to bend the pre-drilled copper to the required shape the copper sides of the now copper pipe would start to collapse.  So take two.  This time I bend the copper first then I drilled it and that worked a lat better.

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All I had to do was then cut it to size and fit it.  To make the exhaust from copper wire was really easy to do.  I only had two attempts and I found the copper easier to drill than plastic.  If you have a go and you will see what I mean.  Anyway here is the pipe attached.

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Next was a bit more photo etch to do.  This time on a box.

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I removed the detail.

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I then started on the frame and here are the tools I used.

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Then just checking the fit.

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Then I added the handles and a few other things.

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Then on the hull it went.

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I've built a couple of these over the years and although it's an old kit I've thoroughly enjoyed them. I used the Eduard set on the last one I built and it does add a bit more finesse to the build.

Looking forward to seeing how you get on.

Cheers

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Really is a golden oldie, one of the first Tamiya kits to hit the shops in Den Helder 40+  years ago.

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The etched set brings this oldie to life.

 

John.

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1 hour ago, Bullbasket said:

The etched set brings this oldie to life.

 

John.

Are you going to do anything else to it?

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Thanks guys.  I had a rest from the photo etch and I had a play with the wheels.  First I tidied them up.

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Then using my dremel I sanded the edges and with them a nice and round I used my razor saw on them to add a bit of damage to the wheels.

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All I did was to put random cuts into the wheel then I lightly sanded them and finally I gave the affected areas a tiny coat of Tamiya Extra Thin glue to remove any sharp edges.

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Now back to the photo etch.  Eduard instructions being easy to follow I proceeded to work on the jack and the sledge hammer.

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First I cleaned up the parts as per the instructions.

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Then I started on the photo etch.

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I used CA glue to attach the photo etch and plastic parts.

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After this I added one or two more bits.

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I think the Eduard set is one of their better ones. It isn't too challenging and provides just a bit of extra detail. Are you using the Tamiya tracks?

Cheers

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Excellent job with an old kit.

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Thanks Carius.

 

2 hours ago, Bangor Lad said:

I think the Eduard set is one of their better ones. It isn't too challenging and provides just a bit of extra detail. Are you using the Tamiya tracks?

Cheers

 

You are right about the Eduard set.  I will be using the kit tracks as I couldn't get my hands on a Bronco set.  I normally make a stand from oak flooring the same way I have previously.

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The tracks aren't too bad. Getting them to sag is the key to making them look more realistic.

 

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Great work that photo etch makes a big difference

 

  Roger

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Nice build.

Are you going to do the figures as well?

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NIce progress /upgrade...:popcorn:, cheers mate

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On 15/03/2017 at 11:03 AM, John_W said:

Nice build.

Are you going to do the figures as well?

 

Thanks John.  I am not going to add figures as I will be using them on another kit.

Thanks chaps.  While building this kit I can understand why it is still in production, its just loving building this.  Anyway I have been busy doing the photo etch and I am really enjoying do this as well.

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As you can see that I have left out a few tools out of their holder just because I have saw missing tools in photo's but I am going to add the shovel to a different part of the tank.  As if the shovel has been used but they didn't have time to put it back in its holder.  I looked at the kit part and I thought I would try something different.  You get a flat shovel head in the photo etch set so I used that and using the kit part as a template I cut a piece of brass rod to size for the shaft.  First I added a bend in the shovel head.  Then I thought about using CA glue to join the parts  but I decided to solder them together instead.  Using a piece of MDF with right angles and straight lines drawn on I temporary stuck the shovel parts in place.

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Then I just soldered them together.

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Then on with the rest.

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The turret was straightforward like the rest of this kit and I drilled out the two gun barrels.

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As per the Eduard photo etch instructions I removed what I think is the main gun barrel cleaning rod detail from one of the boxes and now its time to put it back.  The Eduard instructions tell you to use plastic rod but I decided to use copper wire instead.  First I cut and straightened the copper wire. 

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Then I added the photo etch clamps to the box lid.

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Then I just added the copper wire and then the handles for the photo etch clamps.

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I also added the jerry can holder.

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Thats all the photo etch on.

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Looks great :popcorn:

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Jesus, no wonder I lose motivation. Great job Sunray!

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Looking good - can't wait to see this in paint!

 

  Roger

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Really good work with the etched brass.

 

John.

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All the PE and scratching makes this a completely different animal to the original Tamiya kit. Great build !

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Great stuff!

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Very nice upgraded...:popcorn:, cheers mate :D

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