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Armor and ground forces of the Axis forces during World War II.
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DML #6370 Panther Ausf. G with AM-Works PE
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Posted: Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 08:41 PM UTC
I hope both of you would reconsider. It would be a sincere shame to not see your stuff any more.
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Posted: Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 07:39 PM UTC
Dear Mike,

I am very sorry to hear that you feel that you can no longer be a member here. I did not read your link to the 'argument' thread because I did not want to waste half an hour of my life, but I have spent hours reading your great posts and build logs over the years.

I wish you the very best of luck and many years of good modelling on another forum.

PS, I am going through a similar should I leave internalised debate, not because of arguments but because it does not seem like the same forum that I joined years 5 ago.

Best of luck

PS, I did just read it and I don't think that many people came out of that one with much dignity. If I do come pack and finish my Tiger Build here I don't want to be associated with stuff like this.
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Posted: Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 06:09 PM UTC
To all of my Armorama friends, both real-world and “virtual:”

It with a heavy heart and much sadness that I must say to you all that as of today I can no longer, in good conscious, remain a member and active participant here on Armorama or any other KitMaker Net site.

For many years, I have enjoyed my time here on Armorama. I have spent countless hours sharing my own builds and works with you, my friends. Over many hundreds of hours, I have tried to repay the debt I owe to modeling by sharing my techniques and methods while also answering questions. My intent has always been to try to help others to achieve their own modeling goals and to realize their own modeling potential. Through it all, I have tried to remain civil and respectful – To disagree without being disagreeable and to always be tactful. I think that in the main, I was able to do these things.

I have especially enjoyed viewing and commenting on the works that you, my friends, have taken the time to share. It is this interaction and social contact with you that I will miss the most.

Unfortunately, two recent incidents here by one of the official staff members have made Armorama a place where I cannot remain. Many of you may be aware of these two threads started by staff member Kevin Brandt, aka: SgtRam:

Armorama::Armor/AFV::Ode to Rivet Counters

Track_Link::General and Site News::Just Curious

Although I was willing to overlook the first of these threads as a momentary lapse of judgement and civility, when Brandt pursued the targets of his vicious personal attack to another forum, I could no longer rationalize nor passively accept and condone his behaviors and actions.

As an official member of the staff here on Armorama, Brandt holds a position of responsibility and represents both the site and its publisher. His behaviors are no longer the acts of a lone, anonymous internet voice; they become an extension of Armorama and its publisher. It does not matter that he (or anyone else) performs his functions here as a volunteer. As a staff member, he, his actions and his behaviors are inseparable from Armorama.

I sent PMs and emails to some of the staff and the publisher to protest Brandt’s behaviors and to ask that the publisher, Jim Starkweather, aka: staff_jim, take responsibility for Brandt’s actions. Unfortunately, my protests fell on deaf ears.

You may read Starkweather’s open reply here:

Armorama::Site Talk::staff_jim post

We are all judged, to some extent, by the company we keep, and at the time of my protest, it was my intention to simply cease any participation on any threads or topics that Brandt started or posted to. That intention, however, has shown itself to be impractical. I cannot separate the staff member from the site.

The real issue here is one of personal and corporate responsibility and civility. As long as the publisher refuses to take responsibility for his staff members, or as long as Brandt refuses to accept and show remorse for his own actions, Armorama is a site that condones and supports such behaviors.

To remain here, to continue to participate and contribute to this site’s content, is to effectively lend my own support and endorsement to what Brandt did and said. My personal ethic will not allow me to do so.

I suppose the possibility remains that the publisher, Jim Starkweather, and or staff member, Kevin Brandt, will do the right thing. It is possible that one day they might take responsibility for Brandt’s behavior and demonstrate some remorse by publically apologizing to Kurt Laughlin and Christophe Jacquemont for Brandt’s aggressive and viscous personal attacks on them. Accepting responsibility and apologizing would do much to restore this site’s reputation and establish some reasonable boundaries for civil behavior by all.

However, unless and until that day happens, I am afraid that I must bid you, my friends, farewell and…

Happy modeling!

Mike Roof, aka: SdAufKla
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Posted: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 - 09:34 AM UTC

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Why I havent been aware of this thread, silly me!?

Mike, I do remember our conversation in August 2011 and I really enjoy to see what came out.
You did a great job buddy!

May I´m allowed to share a few of these pictures on my website and on facebook maybe? Of course full credit included!

When ever I can do something for you, just shoot.
You have my email address.


Please let me know.

Splendid!

Best
LX



Hi Alex!

Of course I remember our correspondance back in August. I also recall and appreciate the quick service and shipping you provided with my order!

I'm sorry that I didn't send you a message to let you know about this build blog. I can't imagine why I didn't do that, but I'm glad that you found it in the end. Thanks for the kind words about the final results.

Certainly, you have my permission to use some of the pics here. If you need some larger format files for close-ups, etc., just let me know. The pics are already stored on the computer, so it's an "easy do."

Frohliche Weinachten!
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Posted: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 - 08:00 AM UTC
Why I havent been aware of this thread, silly me!?

Mike, I do remember our conversation in August 2011 and I really enjoy to see what came out.
You did a great job buddy!

May I´m allowed to share a few of these pictures on my website and on facebook maybe? Of course full credit included!

When ever I can do something for you, just shoot.
You have my email address.


Please let me know.

Splendid!

Best
LX
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Posted: Sunday, November 06, 2011 - 07:02 AM UTC
@SdAufKla – Mike,

Fantastic job! You could almost hear the sound of the engine straining to overcome the uneven landscape on its way to the next target!

A lot of effort on your part went into this project, I know how time consuming it can be to process a build and post it here and successfully communicate to your audience how you go about transforming a plastic kit into what appears to be the actual 1 to 1 scale prototype. Most Excellent!

Thanks for sharing your build, techniques, information and time here with all of us, hope this won’t be the last time. I really enjoyed reading through this post, very inspirational. I noticed your man-cave (hush your mouth ), I mean studio ,in another posting here, too cool!!!

~ Eddy
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Posted: Sunday, November 06, 2011 - 06:14 AM UTC
Appoligies to anyone who experienced problems downloading the photos over the last couple of hours.

Hopefully the Photobucket issues have been resolved now!

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Posted: Sunday, November 06, 2011 - 04:15 AM UTC
Hi guys,

Thanks for all the kind words and complements! You're gonna make me blush, tho, if you keep it up...

@ Big John: Hopefully I'll resurect the Stuggy over the next week. I've got to blow the dust off if and hope that I haven't lost any of the bits and bobs (don't think so...). Stay tuned.

@ Jerry: Hey ol' buddy, we missed you at the IPMS Lafayette Scale Modelers show in Fayetteville, NC yesterday! Your name came up in conversation a bunch as I was catching up with some of the old gang there. BTW: I took a couple of "happy snaps" of a "Jerry Ruttman D-13" conversion installed on a very nicely done FW-190. Looked pretty good for a stinky ol' wingy-thingy!

I'll send you the pics when I get 'em down loaded and all.

@ Albert: No worries about the display idea! I don't have any copy right on it!

In fact, if you get a chance to look through a copy of the "Osprey Modelling No. 30: Modelling the Panther Tank" by Steve van Beveren, check out the Panther on page 69 by David Parker - a VERY dramatic presentation and one that gave me more than just a little inspiration!

Share some pics of your build with us when you get a chance. I'll look forward to seeing it!

@ Darren Baker: I'll put something together. PM to follow.

@ Scott Amey: Yea, quite a "rush job" for me! Only 2-1/2 months from start to finish - some kind of record for sure!

See ya at the meeting on Wednesday!

@ Marc: One of the things I like most about this site is how the forums are structured to make it easy to post additions to and keep up with the build-blogs.

And speaking of that, I'm enjoying that B1 bis build you have going and am looking forward to the next installement!

@ W.J.: Glad you found some of the posts informative. I'm just trying to give back a little to community to repay some of the debt that I owe to all the other guys who've shared techniques and methods before me.

I've been inspired by and learned from so many other model builders over the years that I could never even begin to thank them all in person, so the next best thing is to pass on what they've all freely shared and given to me!

In the end, I hope I never stop learning new and better ways to do this stuff -

Take care and happy modeling!
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Posted: Sunday, November 06, 2011 - 01:13 AM UTC
Hi
Thanks to share a great work of the production process, it gives me a lot of inspiration.

Cheers
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Posted: Sunday, November 06, 2011 - 01:07 AM UTC
WOW Mike. That is really something to look at. Kinda neat seeing the end product 1st then going back to see how it was all done. Great PE work.

Now put it in a box and send it to me
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Posted: Saturday, November 05, 2011 - 02:12 PM UTC
Mike, you have truly outdone yourself here. Great build, Great paint and weather, Great display of a great tank. Can't wait to see it up close at the next meeting. It is beautiful.You did it in a relatively short period of time too, which is even more impressive.

GREAT JOB, SCOTT
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Posted: Saturday, November 05, 2011 - 06:47 AM UTC
Great work Mike with both the palstic and the photo etched parts. Perhaps you would consider sending in a build feature of this blog in order that it can always be found and be of help to the members here.
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Posted: Saturday, November 05, 2011 - 04:38 AM UTC
Outstanding work. What a great way to display a Panther. May I steal your idea for my Panther build? I may have mine going down a hill and over a small downed tree or something like that.
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Posted: Saturday, November 05, 2011 - 03:07 AM UTC
That is just out-freekin-standing brother. You worked out the track tension thing in your usual logical way as well. When turning(pivoting) the track on the far side of the turn is taught on the top while the down side track is limp from the application of the brake.
So you have articulated a Panther climbing,hitting a berm and turning,all while in forward motion. No small accomplishment.
As I have already commented earlier on the excellence of the build,I have nothing new to add!
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Posted: Friday, November 04, 2011 - 11:15 PM UTC
Mike, That is just down right awsome! Thank you for sharing this build. It serves as insperation to many of us.

I wondered what happened to the Stug IV build. Looking forward to seeing it completed as well.
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Posted: Friday, November 04, 2011 - 10:58 PM UTC

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great work realy enjoyed watching this build thanks for sharing



Thanks for the kind words, Chicane!

I should get back to my StuG IV Late project in the next few days. It's burried pretty deep in the 'ol Armorama forums, but maybe I can breath a bit of life back into it.

Take care and happy modeling!
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Posted: Friday, November 04, 2011 - 02:58 PM UTC
great work realy enjoyed watching this build thanks for sharing
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Posted: Friday, November 04, 2011 - 07:37 AM UTC
And one last 360 from a bit closer and lower down...















So, that's all folks!

I enjoyed this project. The AM-Works PE up-date set was fun to use and the DML kit (my first Panther since Tamiya's Panther G release back in the 90's) was a joy to build. It's not perfect, but the few problems I had with it were pretty easy to overcome. As with most other DML kits, it's major weakness is its instructions.

The AM-Works Pe set assembles and fits pretty well. Like most full-blown up-date sets, it has some challenges. However, it's a good value for the price and even beginners should be able to use most of it.

The new Uschi von der Rosten "disk" ambush cammo masks are a breeze to use and, IMO, also give a very good value for the money.

I hope you've enjoyed watching the progress on this one as much as I enjoyed building it.

Thanks to everyone who posted suggestions, observations, and thoughts. I appreciated the feedback and believe that the final result is better for your input!

So, barring any questions or comments - That's a wrap!

Have a great armor model-building kind of day...
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Posted: Friday, November 04, 2011 - 07:25 AM UTC
A couple of close-ups...









But wait! There's more...!
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Posted: Friday, November 04, 2011 - 07:22 AM UTC
Well, the change in the image size didn't seem to make any improvement, but also no harm. So, without furthur ado...













A few more still to come...
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Posted: Friday, November 04, 2011 - 07:18 AM UTC
This one's basically finished, so here are a few final photos. Hope these show everyone all they want to see. If there's something not pictured that anyone would like to see, let me know and I'll see about adding another "happy snap" or two.









I'll post these in three or four different posts so as to not make this single one too big. Also, I've expereimented a bit with the size of the pics, so I want to see how that works out before I post a ton and then have to go back and re-do them all...

More to follow.
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Posted: Wednesday, November 02, 2011 - 11:57 PM UTC

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Looking very nice mike. its comming together very well. Just make sure that last update has plenty of pictures of the finished model..........lol



Thanks, John!

Hopefully, "if the dam don't break and the creek don't rise" I'll have some finished photos up tomorrow.

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Posted: Wednesday, November 02, 2011 - 10:32 AM UTC
Looking very nice mike. its comming together very well. Just make sure that last update has plenty of pictures of the finished model..........lol
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Posted: Tuesday, November 01, 2011 - 11:52 PM UTC
Moving right along...!

The suspension has been finished (which did require removing one link from each track). The drive sprockets have now been glued on along with the outer roadwheels (which had just been a press-fit).

Before finishing up and fixing the suspension, I completed weathering the rear hull - adding some mud build-up and dried spatters. The rear stowage boxes have now been glued on too.

I've now added most of the tools and other OVM. These are pretty "contrasty" at the moment since the hull has received some weathering but the tools have not. I will tone down this contrast with a glaze later.

Still to add are the tow cables, MG's, cleaning rods (which I still have to make!), and periscopes.

Here are some general views of the hull right now:











Here's a shot of some of the missing details. The periscopes have had their lenses masked. I then painted them silver followed by flat black (the prototypes had a shell made of Bakelite - either black or an orange-brown color). I'll keep the masks on until last so that later clear flat coats don't reuin all the work. This might seem like a bit of over-kill, but when the light catches them just right, the periscopes really do look very good finsihed this way.



BTW: I finished and installed the radio operator's periscope before I glued up the hull. It still has the mask on the outside lens and has been touched up with black paint after the cammo colors.

The "terrain module" is coming along.

I've added a layer of Celluclay to it with a few sprinkles of sand and small rocks for texture mostly along the road way and the foot of the dry-washes. Once dry, this was airbrushed with Tamiya Flat Earth, Khaki, and Buff mixed in various ratios.

I then added a layer of pigments (the same colors used to weather the tank) followed by the static grass. Lastly, I added some ground foam and dead leaves.

Still to come on the base will be clumps of long grass, weeds and some small, leafy bushes in autumn colors.





So, probably not too many more up-dates to go on this project, and hopefully I'll have it done by the end of this week.

Have a great armor model-building kind of day!
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Posted: Monday, October 31, 2011 - 12:44 PM UTC
@ John: Thanks for the complements. Hopefully the final result won't disapoint!

@ Jerry: Hey old friend, I really appreciate that coming from you!

@ Jesse:

Thanks for the kind words, too.


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... If I had only one critique of the base mounting, it would be that, to me, the tracks are bit slack compared to what I've seen in some videos of these tanks climbing up a hillside.... It seems to me that almost any time under power, the tracks are taught along the top.



That's a good observation and a fair critique, and I appreciate you pointing it out!

All of the suspension parts are still loose in the photos, but I'm hoping that during final assembly most of the slack in the track will be taken out. (Seems to work during the tests!)

When I glue the drivers, I'll be able to rotate them to pull some slack over the tops of the track runs, and I'm going to cut the torsion bars to allow some of the road wheels to depress more as if under weight. During my test runs this took out most of the slack in the track.

However, I still might have to take a link or two out the tracks. It's really hard to see how all the moving parts will finally come together in the end...

Your points, though, certainly provide some motivation to do the job right! :-)-<

BTW: Great link!