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#26 Proud Kraut

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 08:55 AM

Lars,
Just came across another reference, especially for the M43 projo racks:
panzerserra.blogspot.de/2017/02/m43-howitzer-motor-carriage-203mm-t89.html

Peter

 

Peter,

 

thanks for the link! Seems I have had found this page the same time you did. Looks like the M43 conversion will become a more difficult project!

 

Lars
 



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Posted 19 May 2018 - 04:37 AM

I had to pause modeling and this project for several reasons. At least I got my hands on the old AFV-Club M115 Howitzer kit. So I can now build a M 40 and the 203 mm M 43. Here's the kit:

 

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Posted 19 May 2018 - 04:37 AM

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#29 Proud Kraut

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Posted 19 May 2018 - 04:38 AM

last sprue

 

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Posted 20 May 2018 - 01:18 AM

Looking forward to following this build,thanks for taking the time to post. Mike

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Posted 21 May 2018 - 10:47 AM

Thanks Mike!

 

Meanwhile I finished the chassis of the Tamiya M40.

 

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Posted 21 May 2018 - 10:48 AM

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Posted 21 May 2018 - 10:49 AM

Dfinitely NO kit for modeling beginners. It took me two hours even to apply all the cables and chains for the rear gate.

 

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Posted 21 May 2018 - 01:29 PM

Nice progress Lars. The M-40 is really coming along.
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Posted 23 May 2018 - 11:39 AM

Terry, thank you!

 

I finished the Tamiya M 40 today. I must say this is really a great kit. Details, manual, decals, everything's excellent with one exception. I really missed an aluminium gun barrel. It's a shame that such an excellent kit has still a plastic gun consisting of two split halfs. Here are some pictures before I'll start the AFV-Club variant.

 

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Posted 23 May 2018 - 11:40 AM

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Posted 23 May 2018 - 11:42 AM

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Posted 23 May 2018 - 11:42 AM

last one for today:

 

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Posted 24 May 2018 - 10:41 PM

Nice build so far Lars. I think we have all gotten spoiled with the aluminum turned barrels. I remember always hating to see that seam on the gun barrel when the two halves were put together. But an experienced modeler like yourself and I can overcome such things. I can't wait to see how this comes out.

 

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Posted 25 May 2018 - 01:01 AM

Lars,
There IS an aluminum replacement gun tube, Tamiya item #12670. It's rather expensive, though, but also contains 10 turned brass projectiles. I guess that if it had been included in the kit, that might've influenced sales figures...
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Posted 29 July 2018 - 12:40 PM

Unlike my last dios (M31 & M36) this one will take a little bit longer I'm afraid. Holidays, family affairs, house & garden.... But now it's high time to move on. I started with the 8 inch gun of the M43 today.

 

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Posted 29 July 2018 - 01:51 PM

Excellent!! Excited to see your pics as you proceed.

I have a Tamiya M40 sitting in my stash as well. 



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Posted 29 July 2018 - 01:55 PM

Great work Lars.Looks like a complex build.

 

Well done



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Posted 30 July 2018 - 10:43 AM

Thanks guys!

 

Great work Lars.Looks like a complex build.

 

Well done

 

Indeed, the gun contains of 54 parts; each HVSS has 19 parts, lol.
 



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Posted 06 October 2018 - 12:21 PM

Well, it' s been a while. High time to go on with this project now. After having finished the chassis I'll continue with the ammo racks. These are the main difference between the M 40's and M 43's interior. PzAufkl posted a link to this build report: http://panzerserra.b...-203mm-t89.html with more details and original pictures of a M 43.

 

 

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Posted 06 October 2018 - 12:22 PM

As you can see on the following pictures my first attemps are not very successfull. I need more practice...

 

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Posted 07 October 2018 - 08:01 AM

These racks are killing me...

 

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Posted 08 October 2018 - 08:46 AM

Have you thought of using a larger drill bit? Try a larger bit using your hand only. Another tool to try is a tapered reamer.



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Posted 08 October 2018 - 11:39 AM



Have you thought of using a larger drill bit? Try a larger bit using your hand only. Another tool to try is a tapered reamer.

 

Thank you! Unfortunately I don't have any of these handy right now. I will definitely get me a set of reamers the next time.

 

This is what I have so far. For sure no masterpiece but good enough for being not visible at the finished kit finally.

 

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Posted 09 October 2018 - 10:26 AM

Hey Lars, I wouldn't expect a masterpiece with a WIP photo. That's why it's a WIP. So far so good. You know what you have to do to make it to your liking.

Patience my friend, patience. I myself, I like the preliminary look.

 

Semper Fi.

 

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