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Old 09-12-2010, 06:32 PM
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Pz.Kpfw.II Ausf.F (Dragon 6263, 1:35)

Soon I will be starting on Panzer II.
As always, I'd appreciate if anyone knows any problems with the instructions, when not to follow them...

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Old 09-12-2010, 06:42 PM
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I know of one problem, which is the drive sprocket:

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The major issue with the drive sprockets supplied in that they only have 25 drive teeth when the actual sprocket has 26 drive teeth but there is little you can do about this other to live with the incorrect sprockets unless someone want’s to make resin replacements with the 26 drive teeth.
All the 1:35 plans in the references below show the 26 teeth and on checking any suitable side on photos of the Panzer II (and other types) confirms the presents of the 26 drive teeth and hopefully this will be fixed at some stage?
I'm not too concerned that it has only 25 teeth. I assume that the Magic Track will fit around it nicely.
However, If I'm not happy with the kit track and I buy an aftermarket track, it probably will not fit.
The solution would be to get Fruil sprocket and track which should fit together. I've never seen the Fruil replacement sprocket, but as per the picture below which is from Fruil website, it has only 25 teeth.

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Old 09-13-2010, 12:28 AM
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There is a major (?) issue with the suspension too.
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Old 09-15-2010, 02:36 PM
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I don't seem to find many threads on the Pz.II, or many extras to buy etc. Perhaps this panzer is not so popular as others.

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There is a major (?) issue with the suspension too.
There is an issue with the suspension. I don't think its a major issue though.
Apparently it is easily fixed as explained in a review on track-link.net



Now to the Friulmodel replacement sprocket.
As can be clearly seen from the photograph below, the sprocket has 26 teeth.
I have enquired about the replacement, and it has only 25 teeth (same as the kit).
This means, that should I or anybody decide to use the Friulmodel track, it should fit the Dragon sprocket.
It's disappointing if you pay nearly twice as much for the track and the sprocket than what you pay for the Dragon kit and Friul can't get it right.
I will try the Magic Track first!

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Old 09-15-2010, 07:51 PM
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Nice fix on the suspension.
Here's a link to a build I did on this kit.
http://panzerfaust.ca/ArmourWorkshop...php?f=11&t=262
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Old 09-15-2010, 09:06 PM
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Great attention to detail. If you plan on removing the seam that runs lenght wise over the leaf springs, I may be able to help with a home made tip. By attaching sand paper to a small square piece of bass wood, you could remove the seem from each step in the spring without damaging the 90 deg. step to the next spring. It looks as though it will not be very visible in the end but this may help.
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Old 09-16-2010, 01:22 AM
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Says Paul Owen :"These will have to be corrected to be accurate. Fortunately this is easy to do... ".
I do agree with James. The "easy way" is to buy and use TWS parts. Not perfect but at least the hardest part is done there.
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Says Paul Owen :"These will have to be corrected to be accurate. Fortunately this is easy to do... ".
I do agree with James. The "easy way" is to buy and use TWS parts. Not perfect but at least the hardest part is done there.
Sorry Laurent but I really can't recommend those TWS parts- they have their issues as well! Perhaps order a sprue with the Tamiya parts? Or maybe ask Dragon for some from their more recent Pz II kits?
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Sorry Laurent but I really can't recommend those TWS parts- they have their issues as well! Perhaps order a sprue with the Tamiya parts? Or maybe ask Dragon for some from their more recent Pz II kits?
In new complete sets this problem is solved, corrected?
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Sorry Laurent but I really can't recommend those TWS parts- they have their issues as well! Perhaps order a sprue with the Tamiya parts? Or maybe ask Dragon for some from their more recent Pz II kits?
Actually I have this TWS kit but never used it yet, never even looked at it so I do not know about its flaws ...
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