Crane - Panther X250

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Here's a vehicle that I ran across while looking at the Canon papercraft site, which has literally hundreds of papercraft models there for beginners and more experienced modellers.

This is the Panther Crane X250. Created by K.Yoshinaka. Found here:


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This model has lots of parts that move and some greebling opportunities. It looks like it will be an interesting challenge! A bit of a deviation from the usual sci fi items that I normally build. I guess it falls in line with learning how to weld structural steel as well as other construction items. Interesting stuff for sure!

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I like the fact that the construction vehicles are articulated. That gives them so many display options - and they are fun to pose. :)
 
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I like the fact that the construction vehicles are articulated. That gives them so many display options - and they are fun to pose. :)

Yes that's what attracted me to this model outside of the Sci Fi realm. Kinda Karakuri-ish.
 

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Hey everyone! Here's an update on the crane.

Chassis base with center turret holder.
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The top edge gas the red squares on top while the bottom is mounted on top of the green squares. Note the black edge treatment done with marker to remove white glare.
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Note the bottom of the turret
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Main chassis
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Note the raised front tabs that will receive the wheel wells.
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Wheel wells to the right and wheel axles to the left.
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Closeup wheel well edging. note that the lower flaps are NOT glued to the body yet.
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First wheel well attached. Note also that the turret is joined to the chassis in the center.
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Bottom view. Flaps are folded and glued in place. In gluing the flaps a weight was placed on top of both of the flaps to maintain and form a straight flap otherwise they would buckle.
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The other wheel well before joining with the chassis.
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Center chassis tabs joined to wheel well.
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That's it for now.

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I like these models. They areable to be posed, interesting to look at, as they are unusual, in the sense of you just don't see models like this sitting on the shelves of people's houses. :)
 
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This looks like it would be a fun project to tackle.

Rhaven,

Sorry I haven't responded earlier. Life got busy and I finally got a chance to get back into this model. The part I'm working on now is the wheels which have 7 parts per wheel which form the hub and the wheels themselves. Will post the pics when I'm done with the wheels. Both wheel wells are attached to the chassis now. Just forgot to upload a pic of the assembly. Will do so after the wheels are finished.
 
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I like these models. They are posabble, interesting to look at, as they are unusual, in the sense of you just don't see models like this sitting on the shelves of people's houses. :)
Yes. That's why I'm tackling this model. It's outside of the normal Sci Fi mold and a little more down to earth. There are a LOT of little parts to this, but it's NOTHING in comparison to some of the tank models out there with over 10,000 pieces. I think I would lose my mind working on the links.

Have a great day!

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You cann still greeble up the tracks, even by adding squares, to differentiate the tracks and give some texture to them. Lots can be done to bring some more life into these models, which I am sure you already know. . ;)
 
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Hey everyone. It been a while since there's been any posting regarding the model. Here are some pics showing the wheel construction, which was slightly more involved than most wheels for a lot of the models out there.

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Wheels - outer inset hub - Note the edge coloration on the circular portions.
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Wheels - outer inset hub - assembled
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Wheels - outer inset hub - close up - backside tab folding. Make sure to apply pressure from the front and apply glue to the tabs and fold around then apply pressure on both sides.
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Wheels - outer inset hub - assembled - pieces of inner hub before assembling
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Wheels - inner inset hub - lower portion of pic
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Wheels - inner hub assembled -before application to outer inset hub portion
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Wheels - outer edge - cut templates
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Wheels - outer edge - colored edges
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Wheels - inner and outer edges joined together. Inner hub assembled to outer insert hub
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Wheels - front inner and outer edges joined to inner hub assemblies. Backing cut with edges cut. Joining the inner hub asseblies was a little tricky due to the inner circular portions having to be bent inwards while being connected to the inner hub assembly and trying to maintain the inner hub centered. Recommend in future builds to add the inner hub LAST to the wheel assembly.
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Back portion of wheel folded and glued together to for the tire tread.
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Front view
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Inner hub and tire tread and backing assemblies joined together. When gluing the back flap to close the wheel assembly try gluing the edges together in stages and NOT all at once due to lining up the tire treads with the edges of the circular back portion.
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That's it for now.

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Chassis with wheels

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Bottom of chassis - as can be seen everything is white with no coloration.
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Axles for wheels - Note that the inside portion of the axle supports have been colored by a black marker.
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Axles - Note that the wheels have been glued and fully assembled. The axles have been inserted through the axle supports with the outer section extending through the support covered by rings (see right side with right support).
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Chassis - The wheel wells are colored in to reduce glare. Also it permits location of the axle supports.
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Chassis - all wheel wells colored in.
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Wheel axles assembled. Wheels are joined to the axles with the rings positioned first about the axles, then the wheels are attached. While this looks easy to do, making sure that each wheel matches up with the same level on the opposite side while being centered can be difficult. What was done was that one wheel was attached and centered. The other wheel was attached on the other side while rotating the axle support so that both wheels can contact the surface. Move the second wheel until it is level and centered with the other wheel. Then let the glue dry while holding (it doesn't take long). Note the tire treads. When looking at the model with out the flash you can't see the tire treads. Additionally, you can't see the tire separation either.
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Wheel / Axle support assemblies joined to the underside of the chassis. You can color in the ends if you wish they were left white to see if the axle supports were properly lined up.
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Chassis with wheel / axle assemblies. In assembling the wheels some of the sidewalls were accidentally manhandled and therefore gave a crushed in appearance with cracking of the sidewalls. The wheel hubs were then colored in by a black marker to eliminate some of the appearance of the crushed in areas.
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That's it for now.

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Hello everyone,

It's been a while. Have been learning how to MIG weld and have been getting involved in other life projects. Ok onto the Panther Crane...

Side support struts

Template - holes cut out with a leather punch cutter. The paper on the side is used as a reference for the size of the holes and what punch to use.
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Outer strut assembly assembled. The black post section was originally gray then colored black with a marker. The bottom of the post has upturned edges that are glues inside of the forwardmost portion of the strut. The gray struts (hydraulic jacks) were rolled between fingers, then colored by a silver marker. The bottom rectangular portions on the bottom of the picture were punched out and slid onto the bottom of the gray struts to form a "hydraulic piston".
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Hydraulic jack slid through the punched hole in the rectangular piece to form a foot.
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Hydraulic jack assembled and assembled to form the moveable strut (yes the strut moves - it is NOT glued in place inside of the black post)
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Hydraulic jack assembled - retracted
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Hydraulic jack assembled - retracted
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Strut receiver - note that the right hand side is folded back and glued in place and a "U" shape cut is made at one of the pieces on the right hand side.
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Strut receiver - note the tabs are folded inside of the area that receives the support strut
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Struts positioned inside of the strut receiver. Note that there are two receivers for left and right struts. The top strut receiver is joined to the bottom receiver. Note the "U" shape cut is there to receive the piston assembly of the hydraulic jack.
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The top strut receiver is joined to the bottom receiver. Note the left side tab overlapping the right hand receiver.
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Struts extended away from the stut receiver with the hydraulic jacks extended.
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Two pairs of strut receivers joined together. All pieces are retracted. One has a rear bumper attached and the other has a fornt bumper to be attached.
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Front bumper with additional piece attached the fold for this was pretty tricky to do and wasn't very obvious.
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Front view of the front bumper attached. Top down view of the rear assembly. You can see how the top piston portions are received within the strut receivers.
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Strut assembly extended with hydraulic jacks extended (front view).
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Strut assembly extended with hydraulic jacks extended (top view).
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That's it for now.

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Attaching the strut assemblies to the main chassis.

Note the rear central tab extending from the front of the chassis. This is glued on top of both of the strut assemblies. Also the back of one of the assemblies is attached to the main chassis. Lining up these assemblies can be challenging.

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Tab glued on top of both strut assemblies.
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Tab glued on top of both strut assemblies. Side view

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Front view of strut assembly joined to the front of the chasis

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Rear view of chassis with second strut assembly attached.
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Both strut assemblies attached to the chassis. Side view.
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Top view - Both strut assembles extended with jacks lowered.
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Front view - Both strut assembles extended with jacks lowered.
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Side view - Both strut assembles extended with jacks lowered. The jacks can lift the vehicle up and there's enough friction with the jacks to suspend the tires off of the surface.
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That's it for now. Onto the boom of the crane!

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Do a few of these and you can have a "Bob the Builder" diorama. :)
 
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