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Old 10-23-2008, 11:22 PM
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NCAJ Panzerjaegerwagen 1:25 (GPM)

Here's my break from airoplaney things

The armoured trains used on the Easter Front have an interesting background. They've played a part in every 20th century conflict in the area from WWI, the Polish-Soviet war, WWII and most recently Nagorno-Karabak.

In some ways fighting on the steppes is analogous to the island hopping of the Pacific Theatre of WWII. Point strategic objectives surrounded by lots and lots of empty. Sea lanes connected the islands, and railways the towns. Armoured trains were like cruiser squadrons, keeping the ways open. And like them, they were subject to mining and vulnerable to airpower.

The Panzerjaegerwagen modeled here was basically a Pzkw III turret mounted on an armoured flatcar. It was intended to add more direct fire and defense against Soviet tanks.

The kit is 8 A4 pages of card with 4 more of mixed instuctions and patterns for 1mm formers. Not a huge amount of detail, but then it's supposed to be a fairly featureless. In any case it has a definite tank-ness about it - but with far fewer wheels and much simpler tracks<g>
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Old 10-24-2008, 06:31 AM
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Looking forward to this. Looks interesting
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Old 10-24-2008, 06:54 AM
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Cool - look forward to seeing this come together.
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The Panzerjaegerwagen modeled here was basically a Pzkw III turret mounted on an armoured flatcar. It was intended to add more direct fire and defense against Soviet tanks.
I think it's a Panzer IV turret - the Pz III turret wasn't big enough to mount the 75mm L48 gun that the Panzerjaegerwagen seemed to have.

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Old 10-24-2008, 07:04 AM
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I think it's a Panzer IV turret - the Pz III turret wasn't big enough to mount the 75mm L48 gun that the Panzerjaegerwagen seemed to have.

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You are correct. a IV H turret with the bustle and everything. Helps to re-read the references<g>
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In any case it has a definite tank-ness about it - but with far fewer wheels and much simpler tracks<g>
This will be cool, I like the idea of fewer wheels and tracks
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Having gotten sidetracked (railroad joke, eh?) with the XP-67 build, I return here with some photos of progress.

The first part of this build is the deck. The car is longer than will fit on an A4 page, so anything that runs the full length has to be pieced together. One piece of 1mm card forms the deck .

Fortunately I had heavy stock longer than A4.
Unfortunately one piece with card skin tends to warp.

The next pieces are open "C" section channels that run the whole length. They were a bitch. Cast iron, plain and simple. Each one not only folded over and back (five faces) but spliced together about a third of the way along

The box and various sticky-up (OK, sticky down) bits come next.

The box was quite painless really. The sticky down bits required colouring on their backs , or in the case of the plow structure on all sides.

Armour side panels of 0.5mm are next and I hope some careful gluing, clamping and cursing will let me massage out the warp and flex in the deck
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Oh, and the edge coluring looks much better in real life.
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That is an unusual-looking model!

The edge coloring looks just fine, though.

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Old 11-10-2008, 08:54 PM
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Looks like a great start. I'm a big fan of armored trains and I'm glad to see them so well covered in paper modeling. Please post any fit/print/alignment issues you run into. I don't have this kit yet, but it's on the list to get. Best of luck and I hope the rest of it comes out as well as this start!
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