Free Model #3 - ICM's Panzer IV Ausf D

Discussion in 'Armory & Military' started by KCStephens, Jan 24, 2008.

  1. KCStephens

    KCStephens Member

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    Starting the tracks

    Well it's that time! Time to build the tracks. To get my feet wet, I decided to build a small test section consisting of 10 links. I will eventually hang this on the front of the finished model...

    Here is my step by step construction...Starting with the printed sheet...
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    Cut off the Grouser bars and and laminated them to a second thickness of card stock and added additional details.
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    Separated the guide plates from the inside track halves...
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    Added a paper tab to glue both inside halves of the track together
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    Cut out the slots for the drive sprockets
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    Finished section - sans grouser bars and guide plates...
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    Cutting out the grouser bars
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    Finished section - outside view
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    Finished section - Inside view...
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    This small track section went together pretty good... Now onto the rest of it...
  2. lriera

    lriera Member

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    Wow thats a very well done "old way" track (no laser precut tracks, etc.).

    It looks very well to me. Keep going the good work, it only rests a lot more tracks :thumb:

    Greetings
  3. Lex

    Lex Dollmaker

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    Hard to believe a free model has all these... Nice tracks!!!
  4. cgutzmer

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    WOW! that is excellent work :)
    Chris
  5. KCStephens

    KCStephens Member

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    Small set back

    For a while now I've been slowly working on the tracks. Well, tonight I have to report that my little dog Cooper, God rest his sole (JUST KIDDING!!!) decided to help me out a little bit. He's a great little dog but very mischevious... anyway to make a long story short he chewed up about 8 hours of hard work. Thank goodness it was only one of the two tracks - I guess it could have been a lot worse.

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    P.S. No dogs were harmed in the making of the build :mrgreen:
  6. lriera

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    I am sorry for that "accident". But you are a very optimistic person.

    You are doing a great job with this build and I am learning useful things for my own builds. Thank you.
  7. Soaring

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    I second that!

    By the way... what weight of cardstock do you prefer on a model such as this? :D
  8. KCStephens

    KCStephens Member

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    I printed this model on 67# vellum bristol cover - the thickness of this paper is .009"
  9. Stev0

    Stev0 Active Member

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    Pets: The anti-hobbyist.

    Heav, are you going to submit pictures of the final build to Naka? I'm sure he would like them from looking at the other build pictures up on his site. Kudos on the track build that survives so far.

    BTW. Nice build. I want to make the ICM T34 but add some soviet graffiti on it or perhaps a white wash for winter time.
  10. bclemens

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    HeavyKevie, I showed my dog-loving wife, Cathy, your posting about Cooper's shinannigans and Cathy fell completely in love (with the dog, not me...) She has an animal bent-
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    So if you are in the mind to get rid of him, please let me know...sign1
    If Cooper came into our home I'm sure I could get a lot more card modeling done...Cat would have something besides me to pay attention to...

    She told me to tell you that you need Caesar Milan and scooters. I'll leave it to you to Google that out :thumb:
    By the way- nice work on the model!
    Cheers,
    Bruce
  11. cjwalas

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    Your work is exemplary. True craftsmanship in paper modeling and your photo coverage is very helpful for those of us that hope to someday be in the same league! Many thanks for sharing this build.
    Chris
  12. KCStephens

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    More bits and pieces

    I'm still working on the tracks but progress is slow... I'm about 60% finished with them...I just had to shift gears a little and work on some other small parts before I totally go nuts!

    I built part of the exhaust, the tool box, tow hooks and the jack...
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    That's it for now...
  13. Fishcarver

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    Superb!!

    Kev:
    This is excellent work! Please keep it up!!

    Jim
  14. redhorse

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    It would be hard to get too angry with a dog that cute.

    This is a wonderful build, I've really enjoyed following along so far.
  15. col. kurtz

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    this is a excellent build so far by the way my phaser is on stun if you need it train97 sign1
  16. logicman

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    Such craftsmanship! :thumb::thumb::thumb:

    Such a nice dog!

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  17. lriera

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    Excelent build. Thank you for the tutorial on building the top and bottom of the exhaust.
  18. exzealot

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    WOW!

    This is amazing work. The detail on the wheels and sprockets are unbelievable. And the tracks....

    Can't wait to see this insanity end with the final model. Should be way cool.

    Ken
  19. KCStephens

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    Moving right along

    It's been a while....but THE TRACKS ARE FINALLY DONE! and everything is beginning to come together. I still have a lot to do if I'm going to have everything finished up by the June 30 deadline but I'll give it my best shot.


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    Tracks are finally done. I just have to add the grouser bars once I get them mounted to the tub.



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    Road wheels, return rollers and bumper-stops installed.

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    Drive gears and tracks installed...


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    Bottom view. Had a bit of trouble with the transmission housings... They were not thick enough to center the track over the road wheels so I had to laminate them to 2mm of card stock to bring them out a little from the side of the hull.
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    Here are a couple of close up pics....



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    Just have to add the grouser bars to finish the tracks I waited till last to glue them on so the track would be more flexible. I used the sticky edge of a post it note to hold them while I paint the edges.

    Thats it for now.
  20. Fishcarver

    Fishcarver Active Member

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    Lovely Work!!

    Keep at it, Kev!
    JR