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Panzer '46 - Panther Bridgelayer 1/35 Mk2 - Done
« on: October 29, 2019, 06:17:06 PM »
Picked up a Tamiya Panther G.. well most of it. My buddy used the turret and some of the hull top for a Panther Turret pillbox. I got the rest.
So what to do with a Panther with no turret.

One thing I have not seen much of in the Panzer 46 genre is support vehicles, so here with go with a Panther Bridgelayer

Oh look, the top of a M-113 fits


Cobbled together a bridge, I decided that given the exposure to Allied Bridge Layers, the Germans would be a bit more elegant later on


Started on the supports and launching gear. Having to clear how hatches open changed the plan a few times.


Becomes a big sucker


Bridge gear with no bridge. Using the Churchill example of a swing arm, but my minds eye sees more cable launching than hydraulic.


Given the weights and swinging over bits,  I thing I will put a spade on the front as well, besides that might look cool as well.
Let's pretend that they fixed some of the drive train issues in '46.
« Last Edit: August 26, 2020, 01:17:16 PM by buzzbomb »

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Re: Panzer '46 - Panther Bridgelayer 1/35
« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2019, 06:20:57 PM »
Neato  :smiley:

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Re: Panzer '46 - Panther Bridgelayer 1/35
« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2019, 08:21:56 PM »
That's some fine engineering work right there.

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Re: Panzer '46 - Panther Bridgelayer 1/35
« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2019, 08:24:13 PM »
Another neat idea, BT. :smiley:

Perhaps they used the Jagdpanther final drive, which was, apparently, better designed & fixed most of (if not all) the Panther's drive-train issues. ???
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Re: Panzer '46 - Panther Bridgelayer 1/35
« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2019, 01:43:56 AM »
Here's one I sketched up years ago:



Can't wait to see one in styrene though. :smiley:
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Re: Panzer '46 - Panther Bridgelayer 1/35
« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2019, 04:27:32 AM »
That's some fine progress and it looks like it's coming together nicely.

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Re: Panzer '46 - Panther Bridgelayer 1/35
« Reply #6 on: November 04, 2019, 11:29:17 AM »
Ok, most of the plastic mangling is done
Couple of profile shots




Bit of bridge detail and launching arm


oooh look.. chain drive ??? (worth a try I thought Guy)


Sans Bridge


Bridge in deployment mode.


There are million engineering reasons why this method would probably not work. Still theoretically it sort of kinda works
Going to display with the bridge in place so a bit moot really.

Got a real Panther cupola coming, the M113 version does not look right.
Next to the paint shop

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Re: Panzer '46 - Panther Bridgelayer 1/35
« Reply #7 on: November 04, 2019, 12:29:54 PM »
Having partial kit was a benefit.  Sent you down this unusual build path.  Scratch building well thought out design and quality is super duper.  Cooly different.  8)

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Re: Panzer '46 - Panther Bridgelayer 1/35
« Reply #8 on: November 05, 2019, 09:09:38 AM »
Very clever! And a nice bit of recycling  ;)  Good call on waiting on a real Panther cupola too  :smiley:
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Re: Panzer '46 - Panther Bridgelayer 1/35
« Reply #9 on: November 05, 2019, 09:51:19 AM »
That looks superb so far and the engineering works as far as I can see (reality may see differently, but it appears to work and that's what's important here).

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Re: Panzer '46 - Panther Bridgelayer 1/35
« Reply #10 on: November 06, 2019, 07:04:04 AM »
My hat's off to you for building such a complex looking vehicle!

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Re: Panzer '46 - Panther Bridgelayer 1/35
« Reply #11 on: August 26, 2020, 01:13:14 PM »
Remember this... finally, finally pulled this off the shelf to finish it. Well, redo a lot of it an then finish it.
Redid all the launch gear to something that vaguely resembles workable



After the paint shop





Talk about a zombie Thread.. this has been going for nigh on 12 months.. off and on. Mostly off.
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Re: Panzer '46 - Panther Bridgelayer 1/35 Mk2 - Done
« Reply #12 on: August 26, 2020, 01:38:19 PM »
Looks fantastic, BT! 8) :icon_alabanza: :icon_alabanza:


Only 12 months?  ???

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Re: Panzer '46 - Panther Bridgelayer 1/35 Mk2 - Done
« Reply #13 on: August 27, 2020, 01:35:05 AM »
 :smiley:
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Re: Panzer '46 - Panther Bridgelayer 1/35 Mk2 - Done
« Reply #14 on: August 27, 2020, 02:15:46 AM »
That is really great!

Outstanding scratch-building allied to a gorgeous painting & weathering job.

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Re: Panzer '46 - Panther Bridgelayer 1/35 Mk2 - Done
« Reply #15 on: August 27, 2020, 05:20:46 AM »
 :smiley: :smiley: Really good looking build  :smiley: :smiley:
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Re: Panzer '46 - Panther Bridgelayer 1/35 Mk2 - Done
« Reply #16 on: August 27, 2020, 08:51:21 AM »
Beautiful work! Well worth the wait  :smiley: :smiley:
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Re: Panzer '46 - Panther Bridgelayer 1/35 Mk2 - Done
« Reply #17 on: August 28, 2020, 06:28:35 PM »
^^^^ What he said, superb build !

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