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Old 04-14-2009, 11:56 AM
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Dragon Panzerjäger I


That's the boxart that I did fro the kit- one of the more successful paintings for me given the time constraints on these things.

So while I have not finished the Bison I completely, I felt the irresistible urge to begin work on this item from Dragon. My interest seems to be a rather pedantic one of trying to progress though the ranks of my kits almost mirroring the progression in development of the real things- I find that this may help me get a grasp on the changes and improvements that the Germans came up with as they went along perfecting the design of their AFV's.

This kit #6230 shares many of the same sprues as the previously mention ed kit with a few exclusive sprues thrown in.
I won't bore you or me with pictures of sprues on this one- just straight into it. I learned a few things on my last encounter with the Panzer I kits from DML, and except for cutting the wheel and suspension parts off the trees and then cleaning them up, I will skip working on them and jump right into the gun and hull aspects. I mean modelling is supposed to be fun right, not drudgery!

I will be keeping the metal rims off the wheels until after the initial weather of the road wheels as well this time- hoping to create a better shiny flat surface on those parts with a metallic paint. Also I will keep the metallic strip along the fender off till after most of the work is done as well- preventing the inevitable cracking off that happens when handling fragile and brittle CA joints.

Here are few informal shots of parts on the sprue trees.




My initial excitement of getting to build a new type of gun from Dragon, namely the captured 4.7 cm Pak 36 (t) that is used on this tank killer was eventually wilted by some of the real difficulty in achieving a great result I had envisioned. But more on that later...


The two halves that will be cleaned up and joined, it'll be intersting to see what after market barrels/photo etch become available.




As you can see some of the parts are insanely small!
I tried to build my gun to be movable but this time around I had to make it static, the tolerances on the tiny parts is just soooo narrow- maybe I'll do better next time!
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Old 04-14-2009, 12:09 PM
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Some work on the hull- which for the most part comes as one piece. You only need to add the front and rear plates.
The rear engine deck is unique to this kit looking the part when compared to images of the one at Koblenz.
I was not happy with the placement of DML's weld beads- they should be higher up , sort of that the point of where the armour plate meets , not on the side as their parts have it. I also did some weld beads on the rear aspects of the hull , learning from the last build to make them a little more fine.




I also used the kit rear tow point angle iron parts, but will try to finesse these as they are a bit crude as can be seen here after their initial placement.




The road wheels all spiffy and ready to be used later.
















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Old 04-14-2009, 12:14 PM
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Nice

I will be watching this very careful Go go

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Old 04-14-2009, 12:19 PM
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The mud flap parts


The parts for making the three ammo boxes


Again, the usual interior parts


Back to the gun- some sub assemblies begin.


Take your time with all these as there is not much room for mistakes...













The casement


Radio parts


Back to the engine cover
a close up of the welds on the kit- not bad but not good enough it seems for me!


Sanded off


Some Tamiya sprue stretched and glued in place






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Old 04-14-2009, 12:32 PM
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Jumping ahead... I did'nt feel like taking so many pics during the build of this gun- I was having too much fun!
Anyways- here it is test fitted into the hull


I cut out the two posts that are on the lower mounting bracket and replaced with true cylindrical bits of Evergreen rod. The kit joint required some tricky clean up and wasn't really a cylinder. I have begun the cutting into the liquid cement softened weld beads as well, after they set up over night.


One minor gap was filled with some putty as well, to be sanded yet.












More close up of the bead


Upper hull parts, the interior vision block parts in place. These parts are really only rudimentary representations, the real things are way more intricate and detailed- I could use and Aber set to upgrade these but this is going to be OOTB.


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Before I go on- here are some pics I took years ago at Koblenz of the specimen there. Click thumnail...
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What a speedbuild you made there James. I think I know what you did over easter....

Are you doing 2 builds simultaneously? This one and the Flakpanzer?

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Wow!!!! What a speed-building!!!
James, your sample cames with the holes for rear axle???

Mine has not!


Thanks for the Koblenz pics!

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Wow!!!! What a speed-building!!!
James, your sample cames with the holes for rear axle???
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Thanks Fellas!
Not really a speed build, rather a more relaxed, lazy attitude to posting progress pics

As for the holes in the hull- I drilled those Dario, as I think there may have been something there on the real one. I've only caught a glimpse in a few pics of some kind of lock nut - still not 100% sure.
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