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Trumpeter 1:16 Panther build 9 months 3 weeks ago #31

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The ducts are now done and various engine parts are underway





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The jolly ducts are too small. They should be like the Tiger ones. Back to the drawing board with The unused ducting from the Tigers. All is not lost.

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So, new air ducts for the radiators. A bit long so the rear lips will be shaved off. More engine components added too.

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Building up the new ducts



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Today I’ve made up the shock absorber cover for the radio operator side. I’ve also put more engine components together and begun setting up for the linkages on the inlet manifold. So nice knowing what direction I’m supposed to be going on with all this having made two others already. Trumpeter May have buggered up other things, but this engine is a very nice basic unit. Easy to pimp up.

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Engine bits to be cleaned up



Linage mounting points in place



And the best feeling, first paint on. As this is a Jan 45 vehicle this will be the colour all through.



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The engine grows more bits and the linkages and springs on the inlet manifold are done.











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Trumpeter 1:16 Panther build 9 months 2 weeks ago #37

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Just a few parts added after a long day at work. The exhausts are waiting for some black on them before I close them up. I’ve ordered the Rye Field Panther G in 1:35 so I can get various measurements for the late items. It still has some inaccuracies, but is streets ahead of the much larger Trumpeter. For fun I’ll combine it with one of my DML Panther Fs to make a definitive one for my collection.



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The engine progresses with many of the pipes now in place. Sooooooooo much better than the vinyl Tiger pipes. A win for Trumpeter here. Sadly still no extinguisher pipes so I’ll have to make these as per the other two engines.

The Heng Long crew heater is being upgraded so that engine deck panels can be displayed removed

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The engine is now complete and ready to paint. I’ve not added the complete fire extinguisher pipe work as most isn’t seen in the smaller engine bay. The nozzle between the carburettors is there. It goes together well and is ready to paint.

The crew heater is almost ready for screens and pie wedge shaped covers.

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Trumpeter 1:16 Panther build 9 months 1 week ago #41

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Lots of painting and priming today. Items include the engine, the radiator units and the deck crew heater unit.
I began putting the engine bay plumbing together too.













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The Rye Field Panther arrived today so I’ve been able to start sorting the firewall and various other components for the late G with crew heater. The Rye Field Panther kit is a stunner. It goes to the next level beyond DML. Still with some mistakes, but a beautiful base to work on. I’m going to combine it with my spare DML F to make the ultimate Panther F 1946 build.

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First thing to sort was fitting the crew heater. I discovered that Trumpeter has already marked where the holes will be for the engine deck heater entrance.







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Moving into the bay the ducking takes the hot air to the firewall. The radiator hose needed a first adjustment to allow it to fit beside the new duct. New holes were added to the firewall and lots of ordinary detail removed. Not Trumpeter’s best work. As with the Tigers it has to be remodeled anyway.







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The final piece of the puzzle as far as the crew heater ducting is concerned is the section that goes from the crew side of the firewall to the hull floor. I had hoped that buying the Rye Field Panther would solve this, but it has the ducting finishing at the crew floor which isn’t far enough down. Two possibilities exist. Either the pipes come up to the crew floor to meet the ducting or the ducting goes all the way to the hull floor to meet the pipes. I am allowing for both possibilities while I await the judgment of much more knowledgeable people on Facebook. On a side note, I planned to combine one of my DML Panther Fs with the Rye Field Panther to make a fully kitted out F. As both kits are very accurate size wise they fit perfectly together so this is a definite goer.

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Trimmed for the second option above, but can be shortened for the first. Another section is ready to be added to mate with the twin pipes



Fitting nicely with the engine bay side



The side show blend





The Rye Field Panther is a superb kit. It is now the benchmark until Takom releases their G. Hats off to DML though. It’s still top quality without the hugely complicated interior.

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Trumpeter 1:16 Panther build 9 months 1 week ago #45

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Wow I am really behind on this build, so I'm going to have to sit and go through the thread properly but from what I've seen so far amazing work as usual
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Trumpeter 1:16 Panther build 7 months 5 days ago #46

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As with the Tiger family build this has gone almost nowhere, but the engine is now ready for painting. The second display engine is moving forward too. A few of the parts haven’t come with this so I’m scratch building these. Nothing dreadful thankfully. This will have all the gear, pipes etc, all over it. I think I’ll have it as an engine to be rebuilt. Lots of weathering fun then.



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Test post

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Works fine, so did the other test post, did you pay the bills? :P :)

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Trumpeter 1:16 Panther build 7 months 4 days ago #49

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It seems to have sorted now, but the problem I reported in the bugs section still hasn’t appeared as a post in recent topics. Onwards

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I have been plugging away at the display engine doing little bits at a time. One of the sprues didn’t come with the kit so the white plastic is shows scratch built items. I’m up to the inlet manifold, having added all the mounting posts for the linkages BEFORE I’d glued the carburettors in place. Fourth time right. All the pipes for fuel and fire extinguishing and so forth will be added as you will be able to see them.



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Trumpeter 1:16 Panther build 4 months 3 weeks ago #51

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Manifold finally done on the second engine





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Still watching your inspiring work mate, love it.
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Many thanks. Very slow at present. Just so busy. I’ve really got to kick on with these four cats.

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Finally the piping is starting to appear. I just have to connect the large pipe sticking out the rear and then add all the extinguisher pipes and nozzles.









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