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Old 04-25-2007, 09:04 AM
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...well and this is for you James :-)

It is the last kit I have finished completely - a few more are still under construction.

This conversion kit from New Connection needs Tamiyas Stug III B as a base. Setting up the wheels was for sure not that easy since everything has to be aligned in the end. But once this was done and the paint was on, I was very happy about the look .... and its size :-)






Now its time to check if the wheels ar still aligned and we have the same height of our long legs ...











After everything is prepared we are ready for some paint ....



And this is the final result:







I hope you like this unique topic - the original was presented in one of the PanzerTract books.

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Did this ever run for real or was it a design concept only ?
Very interesting looking machine.
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Old 04-25-2007, 10:42 AM
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Old 04-25-2007, 10:46 AM
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How much was the Kit ? Where did you get it from ? Is it still available ? I have wanted the Minenraumpanzer III for ages !

Excellent build by the way
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Old 04-25-2007, 10:48 AM
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Ecellent work I just picked up PanzerTracts #14 on the Bruckenleger and it has this Minenraeumgeraet in it. I was looking at it and thought wouldn't it be cool to build it and two days it's here on PA!

What glue did you use to ensure that the suspension was strong enough to take the weight of the resin upper hull?

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Some answers ...

First - thanks guys for the nice words

@Ian : Yes there was one prototype built but it did not work too well. I guess it was then stored and thats how it was found in 1945.

@Lawrence : Well this tank has sooooo many legs that the weight is not a problem at all and the top is very lightweight anyway. The only part that is too heavy (at least IMO) is the concrete rollers on the back. In order to avoid any bending I just hollowed them out and adjusted them with their openings face to face - and since the gap between the two rollers is very small you cannot see it.

In any case - I knew you would ask for the glue :-)))) - so it is on picture 3 in the back. Superglues from a local supplier , one being very fluid the other one a little more sticky.

@James: It is still available. Just go to the NC website ( new-connection.de).
Its 159 Euro. Your closest supplier would be M.S.Models in Japan.

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Harry that is very Kewl.
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159 Euro = 260 aussie dollars needs to be alot more resin in the kit if i am going to pay that much looks like its back to the scratchbuild version !

Do they sell many of the conversions ??
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Hi James,

before I say something about the price and value of this kit I'd like to say something about NC.
The "company" is located close to me and it is a "one man show". He is focused on unique topics which have a small but stable group of customers. Of course you cannot go wrong producing the next "extremely early, late Tiger" and you will sell 1000s of it thus being able to have a low price but I'm looking more into the unusual. None of the large manufacturers will deliver them to you because they do not sell on a large scale.
So you need a small manufacturer and the only option for small prodction numbers is resin. This means silicon molds and this means you have to make new molds after about 20 pieces. This is very cost intensive!
The price is fixed by the complexity and amount of parts and the price of the master as well. Surely you will not get rich of it. On the other side I understand that it is high priced compared to a plastic injection kit today - well in case of the mine roller you get at least some Friul tracks with it :-)

Lately there seems to be a change in the plastic world as some plastic manufacturers just buy the resin kits and copy them in plastic. Good for the customer - bad for the small companies that get extinguished by that.

Finally, just to clarify my connection with NC: The owner is a good friend and out of this friendship I answer all the NC mails and update their home page. In return I have access to their knowledge and their data and get advice whenever I need it. My kits are bought and I pay the normal price - no rebate!

Thanks again for the nice words,

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