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1/24 Rosenbauer Panther scratch build

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Hi Guys,

We just got two new Panthers at work to replace the old appliances so I thought I'd have a go at scratch building one.

Here is the real one:



I've made a start on the chassis and brought a lot of resin parts for it including Wheels, diff sets and engine so far. It's going to be big when it's finished, 500mm long, so I'm going to detail it as much as I can.

Here is where it's at so far:

Full size plans:



Chassis and wheels:



Diff looks just the right size:


engine assembled:




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I put the diff together tonight, went together with no problem and even better it turned out to be exactly the right width so didn't need any modifications to fit. I'll count that as a win!

One down, two to go:


Wheel hubs dry fitted:





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The diffs arrived yesterday so I built them up and dry fitted it all together to see how It'll look. Just waiting on the gearbox now then I'll be able to mount it all up so it'll finally be sitting on its wheels:




Next to a 1/43 diecast Panther I'm repainting in our markings for a workmate:



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Hi David,

Not really, I've had a few other projects on the go lately. I finished the Diecast Panther:



before and after:


And I've been working on another work vehicle the last few weeks:


I did modify one of the diffs on the Panther though. All three were the same but the middle set needed a drive shaft to connect to both sides so I cut a piece off another part and adapted it to fit:





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Hi guys,

I can't believe it's been over a year since I did any work on this. Life has a bad habit of getting in the way.[smiley-laughing002]. In the last 12 months I've got married, went to Vegas for the honeymoon, ran two more recruit courses, passed my first post graduate university paper and now my wife is 3 months pregnant with our first baby. I started an Airfix 1/24 GR3 Harrier to get my mojo back. I've almost finished it, just waiting for some paint to dry before I can gloss it, so in the mean time I pulled the Panther back out.

I brought two Revell Simbas in the hopes that I can use a lot of the parts since Simbas and Panthers are both built by Rosenbauer.

Here's the pics so far:




I built up one of the chassis to see how close it'll be to what I need:


It is much more detailed than my scratch built attempt and with a bit of surgery it'll be a good basis to build up from:


Mounts for both sets of rear wheels are in exactly the right spot, I'll just need to modify the front to change it to 6x6 instead of 8x8, and the chassis will need to be shortened a couple of mm forward and aft of both axles but still much easier than building and detailing everything from scratch:


I built up a kit diff to check sizes and it is the same width as the resin part. It's much less detailed so I'll be using the resin sets instead. Ran into a problem with the resin wheels and tyres I brought. Although very well detailed, they turned out to be much smaller than the kit parts. Crisis averted though, the kit tyres match the diameter of the scale drawing exactly and are pretty well detailed themselves so they'll be going on the resin diffs:8/IMG_5586_zps0uo22u70.jpg[/img][/url]





I'll try and get some more done over the next couple of days. I'll build up some substructures to see what I can convert to use.

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I'm finally back! Just rereading this thread and I cant believe I started this over 5 years ago! A lot has happened over the last few years but it's now coming into winter so hopefully I'll be able to find time to make some progress on it. A few things to happen that affect the build is:


We now have one of the newest Panthers at work so I now have to decide which one I want to build.


Rosenbauer have themselves made diecast models of our new truck in 1/87 and 1/43 scales.


And Hasegawa have released a 1/72 plastic kitset of our older two Panthers.


So I can either build our old one along side the hasegawa kit copying its parts as I go or build the new one scaling up the measurements of the diecast models. Either way, both versions are on the same Volvo Penta chassis and drivetrain so I've got a while to make up my mind.

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