|If you have big dogs and a backyard this one should really hit home. Note that we also own Jeeps (although not a military version).|
Life is short, break the rules. Forgive quickly, kiss slowly. Love truly, laugh uncontrollably and never regret anything that makes you smile. - Samuel Longhorne Clemens (Mark Twain)
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
After the floor was in there was dry walling and painting and cabinet installing. It all sounds like it goes very quickly but you would be very wrong! We were fortunate in that the guys doing the tiling were also installing the cabinets which gave them a heads up on different conditions in the kitchen that they would need to deal with.
|Ready for the drywall. The weird cutouts are because of the way the original counter tops were installed.|
|What looks like an open window is actually the pass through to the dining room which will be going away.|
|And the patching begins|
|Cabinets starting to go into place. The island will be significantly bigger and provide more storage.|
|The first wall done is what we are calling the Butler's pantry.|
|Pull out shelves to fully utilized that 24" deep cabinet!|
|The hole in the ceiling had to be cut so that we could get the tall pantry cabinets up right! They were a bit to tall just to push into place and they came assembled as single units instead of two pieces.|
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Monday, March 16, 2020
This one is going to be a bit extensive, the proverbial wall of text perhaps. I'll go through a step by step build of a Rubicon Jagdpanther. This will be the G1 version for the Schwere Panzerjager Abteilung 654 after it was modified by their maintenance shops.
Step 1: Building the running gear and the lower hull. I'm not assembling the tracks and wheels at this point, it will be to hard to paint the inner wheels if I build them up, so those parts are all loose at the moment. One thing to keep in mind when you do assemble them is that the solid side of the wheel (no visible hole) faces to the outside. If you build them backwards you won't be able to mount them properly to the hull! At this point the only part of the running gear I have actually assembled is to glue on the driver and return wheels.
|The Parts, that's the most extensive set of running gear I have put together from a Rubicon kit.|
|Note that I have not actually glued together the road wheels and the track assembly. I'll do some priming and an initial coat of paint before I assemble them.|
|G1 hull right off the sprue|
|Tools removed from the right side. You can see the spot were the tools were on the left side in the next step.|
Step 3a: G1 Gun assembly. The only note I would make here is that you can glue piece D26 into place before you try to assemble the jigsaw assembly of the gun and I would recommend you do that. The gun is very "movable" I will probably glue it into a straight ahead orientation rather than leave it as built.
|Parts for the gun and mantlet. Note the tools removed from the left side, along with the missing attachment points on the hull from the knife slipping.|
|The gun from underneath.|
|Beginning the upper hull detail. Note that while I'm very grateful that piece D01 (last piece on the left) in included it is unique to the Jagdpanthers of the 654th.|
|The jack block is the last piece. You can see where it is suppose to go on the hull side. I did find a picture where it was mounted further back on a Jagdpanther from the 654th so that's where I glued it. You can see it in place in some later photos.|
|All of the tools in this step are moved to the rear deck.|
Step 3e: Here you will be attaching, and maybe cursing, gluing the upper hull to the lower hull. After that comes the sideskirts, which I won't be using, the crew figure (I wish there was more than one) and the rear plate.
So a few more notes. In step one there you attach C12 and C13, don't attach those in step 1. Do not attach those D Rings until you have assembled the lower and upper hulls. As I was putting the two hulls together I heard two pops as those D Rings went flying off into the vastness of the room, likely to never be found again. Its not a huge deal that they are missing now but the hulls will go together easier if you do this after the hulls are assembled.
Overall I'm pleased with the kit but I do feel there are somethings that could have been done better. The instructions certainly should have gone through an edit or two and it would have been nice if the G1 hull had a zimmerit coating since most of the G1 hulls had the concrete coating. I also had a hard time getting the hulls to match up cleanly. I'm going to do a little filling on the front to sharpen up that edge. The rear isn't to bad although I would have liked to have clamped it in place while it dried.
Overall, I like the kit and would recommend it. Should be a nice sturdy vehicle for the wargame table. Now I just need to figure out how to put zimmerit on it and make it look good. Never been one of my strong points.