D.Kfz conversion.

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D.Kfz conversion.

Post by Midshipman Easy » Fri Apr 18, 2014 9:20 am

I have a bit of a problem. I bought a number of the early issues of "Military Vehicles" and then became a subscriber. So now I two of each of those early models including the Sd.Kfz 7.

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Now there might be times I need two halftrack bourne quad 20mm, I doubt it will be often. So what do I with a diecast Model? I could convert it to the artillery tractor, which I will do, sorta, but I also need a recovery vehicle. And then I came across this...
http://www.achtungpanzer.com/drehkran-h ... dkfz91.htm

Now OK its a Sd.Kfz 9, which is about 2m longer than the 7, and I can't find any images of a Sd.Kfz 7 with a crane but it appealed to me. I must build one.

But if I want both and artillery tractor and a recovery vehicle (and a quad 20mm flak truck) I would need some way to change between the types. Enter magnets.
So by placing small magnets on the model and magnetic plastic, the stuff from your fridge magnets, on the additional parts, that would allow me to change between types but keep the "frames" on the model when in use (with some care).
So to start I removed the screws and pulled the model apart.

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I them glued to magnets behind the drivers compartment (which I didn't photograph) to keep the front end down and two on the rear to fix the frame solidly.
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So previously I showed the rear magnets, here are the front ones.
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Next a simple frame with boxes for the support legs to steady the crane.
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Now add a toolbox with magnetic strip hind on the back of it and you have the bed basically done.
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And the magnetic strip.
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Next to build the crane.

So now the two halves of the crane body.
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These have been drilled for all the bolts and gears and drums and stuff that make up the crane workings.

Mounting the Cable drums.
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And now the thin styrene rod goes through for the bolts and knobbly bits.
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And then handles and levers.
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My normal painting is undercoat, basecoat, ink wash followed by 3 layers of drybrushing. Given all the quite fragile parts I'll have to think of something else. Might be time to try out the airbrush.

So the crane base. The tooth pick spike is to guide the base into a second smaller hole in the lower frame of the model and to help secure the crane when gaming.
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And so the progress to date looks like this.
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Re: D.Kfz conversion.

Post by Midshipman Easy » Tue Apr 22, 2014 12:26 am

Not much progress to report.

Anyway, the crane arm.
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Some aluminium and styrene pipe and part of the Airfix Resuce set fire hose rig for the collar.

The mounting bracket, after much swearing, cursing and foul language.
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The bracket ended up being several pieces and getting them to sit right, glue together and stay where they were supposed to be was...challenging. Hence the slow progress.
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Re: D.Kfz conversion.

Post by Midshipman Easy » Thu Apr 24, 2014 6:26 pm

The next two bits done were the pulley system on the end of the boom arm and on the crane body. No photos of the progress on these as I was swearing too much and had my fingers covered in glue. However once complete...
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Pulleys and hook from the Airfix recovery set. And now rigged...
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I am thinking of a couple of details on the tool box, foot plates for the legs and maybe a oxy-acetalene kit to finish the details.
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Re: D.Kfz conversion.

Post by Midshipman Easy » Tue Apr 29, 2014 12:20 am

So I wanted to add some tools to the tray.
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The Oxy-acetaylene tanks come from the Airfix "Emergency" set, the guages are headlights (from the same set I think) with the hoses of solder (thank you David Reasoner). Everything else from the bits box.

Next the foot plates for the support struts. That might take a while as I am a high school teacher and school has just gone back after a two weeks holiday.

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Re: D.Kfz conversion.

Post by Admin Fella » Tue Apr 29, 2014 3:04 pm

Great work mate, really clever.

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Re: D.Kfz conversion.

Post by straylight » Sat May 03, 2014 12:25 am

that has come up a treat. fiddly would be an understatement, well done on your patience and effort.

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Re: D.Kfz conversion.

Post by Midshipman Easy » Sat May 03, 2014 8:28 am

Thank you for all the comments. Sometimes I get this bee in my bonnet and just have to build something.

I find this all relaxing. If I'm concentrating on doing something like this then I am not stressing about whatever lse is happening like work.

Though this does sometimes mean I spend more time modelling when I shoul;d be working. :D
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Re: D.Kfz conversion.

Post by Midshipman Easy » Tue May 06, 2014 10:00 pm

The outside world, read Real Life like work, has been keeping me from doing much. I have managed to get the feet for the support legs done so that now completes the recovery vehicle.
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I have now also started work on the Artillery Tractor body. It will be far more square than the real thing but I am not up to building something with those sort of curves. The sharp eyed rivet counters amongst you might also notice that the floor of the rearmost crew area is higher than the first one which it shouldn't be. That is because it sits over the base plate for the gun/crane mount so I can't do much about that. I am stalled at the moment thinking about how I go about doing the actual benches.
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Re: D.Kfz conversion.

Post by Midshipman Easy » Sat May 10, 2014 10:34 pm

Further progress on the artillery body.
Seats.
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Cargo frame, equipment doors and canvas cover (folded).
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And door handles.
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Off to the paint shop now.
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Re: D.Kfz conversion.

Post by straylight » Mon May 12, 2014 12:28 pm

wow, it keeps getting better. Great work.

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Re: D.Kfz conversion.

Post by Midshipman Easy » Wed Jun 18, 2014 4:02 pm

The whole project has hit a bit of a snag. Namely; Work. Now that I have come out the other end of the silly season (mid-year exams and reports) I can gte back to this a little more. So...

Undercoated.
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Base coated.
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Re: D.Kfz conversion.

Post by Midshipman Easy » Wed Jun 18, 2014 4:04 pm

The whole project has hit a bit of a snag. Namely; Work. Now that I have come out the other end of the silly season (mid-year exams and reports) I can get back to this a little more. So...

Undercoated.
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Base coated.
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[url=http://s303.photobucket.com/user/twilko ... 5.jpg.html][img]http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn12 ... 207/Sample
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Re: D.Kfz conversion.

Post by fanai » Thu Jun 19, 2014 8:45 am

ME great work - yes making something is great therapy - I do it for my Railway stuff as I need very tough stuff for my wargaming group
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Re: D.Kfz conversion.

Post by Midshipman Easy » Sat Jun 28, 2014 4:28 pm

Here it is again after inking and drybrushes 1, 2 and 3.
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Re: D.Kfz conversion.

Post by Midshipman Easy » Mon Jun 30, 2014 11:54 pm

A final look now that it is all finished, based and varnished.

To start, the intended configuration as it basically came.
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The Artillery tow version.
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And with an idea for crew care of PSC leftovers.
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And now the version that started the whole process.
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So there you have it. 3 models in one at least one of which is rather unique. I hope you have enjoyed my sharing of this little journey.

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