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Panda Commander

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  1. A fun day out for all the family. Thanks for showing us these photos. lsn’t it great to see Health & Safety rules being ignored! Panda Commander
  2. Let's not forget what happened ~35 years ago, when the UK arms industry was given a clean sheet of paper to design a "bespoke" 5.56mm service rifle... Panda Commander
  3. The Part 1/48 Panther brass gives me parts for everything ringed below: My question: Is this correct? Would an individual Panther have had: a) The kampfraumheizung tower, AND; b) Sliding louvres over all the rectangular air vents, left and right? c) One pair of the sliding louvres (over the left or right hand side?) I am modelling "red 302" of 9 Pz. Div: - which is apparently an MNH Panther from early November 1944. Panda Commander
  4. Thanks for that, although it adds another question: The brass set l have includes parts for both the Kampfraumheizung and the sliding louvres, yet your source states that any given tank would have either one or the other, not both. Back to the books... Panda Commander
  5. No idea. I pinched the pic. Panda Commander
  6. Re the Kampfraumheizung on a late Panther G: Am I right in assuming that the crew could manually select how many "pie slices" (in geometry, "sectors") were fitted to the top of the tower to control the heat output, and that spare "pie slices" were clipped together by the side of the tower? In this image, have the crew fitted two sectors, and clipped the remaining four beside the tower for future use? (I have Panther: External Changes and the Canfora Panther book; neither seems to make this clear). Panda Commander
  7. Next-level modelling. Panda Commander
  8. Thanks for that, John. Now l’ve found that Aber do a set - 48 011 - which includes the fan covers for the fighting compartment heater: http://www.aber.net.pl/detal,503.html Finding it in the UK seems to be a problem, though. Panda Commander
  9. I've just bought the Tamiya 1/48 Panther G, and I'm looking into go-faster bits. Question: Does anyone make a replacement brass grille set for this kit? (Note: Just the grilles; my Jurassic eyes couldn't cope with 1/48 tool clamps, Schürzen etc.) Panda Commander
  10. Thanks for that. lt appears to have the early, small idler, so it’s correct for the tank l want to build: “Black 302” of 3./Pz. Regt.3, abandoned outside Hosingen during the Ardennes Offensive. Excellent! Panda Commander
  11. Just a quickie: Does the Tamiya 1/48th Panther G: - come with the large or small idler wheel? Panda Commander
  12. Hello, Ash; welcome to the asylum. A couple of acknowledged masters of the art of weathering, and who produce excellent, detailed, videos on their techniques, are Night Shift and Plasmo. I have often sought inspiration, and gained knowledge, from their presentations. Have fun! Panda Commander
  13. An excellent job. It could easily be mistaken for one a couple of scales larger. Well done! Panda Commander
  14. Inching ahead despite poor fit, ambiguous part location etc. I had to lop off these two "Polos" to get the side plates into some sort of fit: As she looks now (except that I had to remove and replace the spud box, as it would have interfered with the tracks): (Much filler required around the "cupola"). Exhaust shortened & end angle modified to match photos of Deborah. I'm starting to come up with odds & sods to be paced in the spud box to give the appearance of stores: Aluminium foil from an oven tray, shaped with the end of a paint brush in the 3mm hole of a Helix stencil, then cut out with an appropriate size of spring-loaded craft cutter: Voilà, a Brodie helmet! I'm reaching the stage where soon I'm going to have to bite the bullet, and learn how to use my new airbrush, compressor and spray booth... Panda Commander
  15. A payslip made from a sheet of papyrus shows a Roman soldier was left penniless 1,900 years ago after the military took out fees for certain items. The document was made out to a Gaius Messius, who participated in the Siege of Masada, one of the last battles during the First Jewish-Roman War. The receipt shows Messius received 50 denarii as his stipend, but fees for barley money, food and military equipment were taken out that totaled to the amount of his full pay. Because part of the deductions taken were for fodder, food for livestock, experts believe he was a legionary cavalryman and had to feed his horse and mule. It reads: ‘The fourth consulate of Imperator Vespasianus Augustus.’ ‘Accounts, salary. Gaius Messius, son of Gaius, of the tribe Fabia, from Beirut.’ ‘I received my stipendium of 50 denarii, out of which I have paid barley money 16 denarii. […]rnius: food expenses 20(?) denarii; boots 5 denarii; leather strappings 2 denarii; linen tunic 7 denarii.’ And the total of deductions is 50 denarii – Messius’ entire pay cheque. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9237493/Roman-soldiers-payslip-1-900-years-ago-reveals-left-BROKE-military-deductions.html Some things don't change, eh? Panda Commander
  16. Wonderfully precise use of PE there: exemplary! Panda Commander
  17. A wee bit more millimetric (literally!) progress: 0.5mm holes drilled into the Lewis mounts; MGs superglued into the mounts, then dry-fitted into the sponsons. The photo of D51 Deborah about to be interred shows that she had asbestos wrapping around her exhaust, but only one section of it: White sewing thread wrapped around the pipe, then "tacked" into place with superglue. An issue I foresee is the track grousers: JK Resin supply 30 and only 30 grousers, i.e. 15 per track. It's unclear how many grousers should have been fitted to D51 in real life; I've looked into it, but the only input I could find was a post on another modelling forum where a member stated - with no attribution - that he'd seen a figure of 44 grousers quoted as issue per tank. As I say, I have only 30... Looking at the burial photo of D51, the only grousers I can see are 3 fitted in the pattern: Grouser-Blank-Blank-Grouser-Blank-Blank-Grouser With some head-scratching, I've come up with the following arrangement to use that pattern, but spread the grousers I have evenly: So: the "Deborah pattern" as described above, followed by ten "blank" links, for a total of seventeen links; 5 of these 17-link sections making up one track. It may not be correct, but I believe that crews were given a lot of leeway, and it makes the best use of the resources I have available. Panda Commander
  18. Painstaking research and excellent graphics: Thank you. Panda Commander
  19. l’ve never tried it, but l’ve heard some people recommend running cotton through PVA glue on one’s fingers. lt’s supposed to slick down the loose fibres. Panda Commander
  20. The resin tracks comprise three lengths of track for each side, total 86 links per side (IIRC); and a total of 30 grousers, 15 per side. That’s all you get in the box. I’ll be using transfers from Fox Transfers for the lettering. Panda Commander
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