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Sd.Kfz.7 8t Late Production Build
keenan
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Posted: Thursday, October 15, 2009 - 12:03 PM UTC
Another step:

B41,32,39 and 33...
No issues with the assembly.
I am fairly certain it should look like this:




I decided to build the chassis first and add the the running gear later so I skipped ahead and and added part B4 and assembly C.

Couple of pics of that:




I am going to move to the big step 7 next. I am leaving the the running gear parts until finally priming, painting and assembly.

Shaun



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Posted: Saturday, October 10, 2009 - 03:38 AM UTC
Part of step 6:
Subassembly B tucked into place. It took me about five minutes to figure out how to get it in there but it does fit.



Parts B55 & 56:



The location of these wasn't really "positive" on the frame. There is a lot of slop but I think I have them in the right place.



Parts B15 &16 added:





Parts B53 & 54 added. I am going to fill some of those seams.



The story so far:



One to subassemblies C,E, G and D, parts B10, 11 and 12.

Don't forget to add part B2 before you add D and G...

Shaun
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Posted: Saturday, October 10, 2009 - 02:56 AM UTC
I'm back...
Step 4:
I filled a pretty big seam between B23 and B 29. Not bad considering this was only the second time I got the filler out:




Subassembly B finished:



Shaun
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Posted: Friday, October 09, 2009 - 10:37 AM UTC
During some building "down-time" I found this.....
I couldn't figure out how this part fit.........thanks to IPMS USA member Mr Downen for figuring out the puzzle.

Build #1 I had to install it after the fact.....not fun and I guessed how it went (it was wrong).
Will try it this other way on the next 2 builds.

Anyone care to guess what area of the end frame member the other end of the rod goes to?

http://www.ipmsusa2.org/reviews2/mil-veh/kits/dragon_35_sdkfz7-flak4/step7detail.jpg
keenan
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Posted: Tuesday, October 06, 2009 - 12:51 PM UTC


Done and done. Got everything straightened up.
Sorry for the rather expensive delay...

Shaun

/It is toasty and quiet...
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Posted: Saturday, October 03, 2009 - 10:58 AM UTC
HI Shaun well done on the first blog you seem to be a natural at it. Great start on these and your photo quailty is rather good. Keep it up. Also as for the appendix out I think i'll pass on that .

Jaymes.

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Posted: Saturday, October 03, 2009 - 09:55 AM UTC
Should have invited me over, I would have put that furnace in for ya.

Build is looking real sharp, hopefully you'll be continuing soon
keenan
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Posted: Saturday, October 03, 2009 - 04:08 AM UTC
Yeah,
It is 60 degrees in my house everywhere but the master bedroom with the space heater. I don't anticipate getting much modeling done until the new heat delivery thingy is installed and running by Tuesday.
Shaun
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Posted: Friday, October 02, 2009 - 05:47 AM UTC
Furnace guys came today and I guess I am getting a $3500 furnace for Christmas.
Guys will be working done there Monday but I will put my parka on an stay with it.
Shaun
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Posted: Friday, October 02, 2009 - 04:29 AM UTC
Shaun....and any others building / have built the Dragon 8-ton......part B1.....got a pic how that rascal attaches?

As usual.....I caught that one after installing the winch and had to snake it in / through and under after the fact.....sheesh.....at least on the next 2 I will do better...lol

Thanks
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Posted: Thursday, October 01, 2009 - 03:15 PM UTC
The round piece dead center on the front axle in the picture shown below......it should face towards the rear of the vehicle

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Posted: Thursday, October 01, 2009 - 02:32 PM UTC
What are you guys referring too when you say "pip" or boss? Little help please. Thanks.
Firecaptain
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Posted: Thursday, October 01, 2009 - 01:41 PM UTC
WOW......COLD weather already......

I have 3 chassis going now......

Parts B55, B56, and B12....get those mounted BEFORE the tranny goes in.......much harder
with the tranny mounted........as I found out on my first chassis......
keenan
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Posted: Thursday, October 01, 2009 - 01:01 PM UTC
Joe is absolutely right folks. Although it is not called out in the sub assembly step the final assembly step it shows the boss (pip) toward the rear. Mine is on backwards.
There is no going back now so I will make the best of it.
Many thanks Joe, good catch.
Sorry no updates tonight. I have furnace issues. Believe it or not it is already getting down in the mid 30s at night here in the Great State of Indiana. Furnace guys coming tomorrow. Lots this weekend...
Shaun
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Posted: Thursday, October 01, 2009 - 04:15 AM UTC
Shaun...and anyone else building or has built this one.....

The little "pip" or boss on the front axle......




I'm thinking that part B31 should mate up with that boss on axle towards the rear of the vehicle, so that "pip" should therefore be oriented to the rear.....thoughts?


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Posted: Wednesday, September 30, 2009 - 02:02 PM UTC
Thanks all. Another step or two tomorrow.
Shaun
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Posted: Wednesday, September 30, 2009 - 05:29 AM UTC
very nice work so far. I must say i like your clean and precise method of work. I am certainly taking some 'leaves' out of this thread!
Firecaptain
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Posted: Wednesday, September 30, 2009 - 04:40 AM UTC
Hey Shaun....you caused me to break out my 8T and start construction last night....

The exhaust was in fact a bit of a puzzle, but mine came out looking like your's pictured.
If you look at the muffler those tabs / locators, match up corresponding tabs on the framework.....so with that in mind.......I feel your way shown is correct.

and you are correct.......this is one nice kit.....my Trumpy versions will probably be on the sale table at the next IPMS show......

I pulled out my second kit to build the chassis on that one too since I'm an 'expert" at it now...lol
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Posted: Tuesday, September 29, 2009 - 05:15 AM UTC
Excellent work so far, Shaun! Kind of eying my kit now thanks to your WIPs.

Rob
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Posted: Monday, September 28, 2009 - 02:50 PM UTC
Thanks for the feedback, Joe.
Shaun
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Posted: Monday, September 28, 2009 - 06:14 AM UTC
Fantastic WIP pics......never can have too many...I love a WIP with plenty pics.....hate the ones that show the kit box and the next thing you see is the completed and painted model.

Following along as I have all of the Dragon SdKfz's in the stash.....plus a Tamiya Famo...

Any one use those new wheel masks that are out now....with so many wheels and so many versions
I'm tempted to try them. Is it made of plastic or paper and are they re-usable?
Thanks
keenan
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Posted: Sunday, September 27, 2009 - 01:39 PM UTC
End of step three, thought I would change the background for the photos to make everything look better...
Last four parts for this step, some very minor cleaning up needed but nothing major.



The directions are clear in this step and the assembly is pretty much shake and bake.
Finished engine:




Onward and upward...
Shaun
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Posted: Sunday, September 27, 2009 - 01:17 PM UTC

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Anyone need their appendix out?
Shaun




NO thanks Shaun I'll pass on that one. Funny though. Keep up the great progress. Looking good so far.
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Posted: Sunday, September 27, 2009 - 05:44 AM UTC
Good progress so far Shaun.
keenan
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Posted: Sunday, September 27, 2009 - 02:16 AM UTC
Anyone need their appendix out?
Shaun