Hello Guy, & Gals;
...... This information is for the builders that plan on building an interior, or
partial interior in there Panther.
..... If you are using one of these three books for Reference, there are some
things you need to understand about them.
1. Walther Spielbergerger"s "Panther & it's Variants".
2. We Feist & Bruce Culver's "Panzerkampfwagen Panther"
3. Tomas L. Jantz "Panther Tank".
..... These books are very good Ref. But, all three books are using the same
set of photographs, that where taken at the MAN facility. Many of the photos
are build up pics, and are not complete. They are showing various different
stages of construction. This was a common practice for the Germans during
the Second World War.
..... For example......... the chaise turret race and ring. In all three books it
looks the same. If you did not know better you could be mislead. DML also
made this mistake with there new model kits.
This is how your three Ref. Books show the chaise, (-) the seals
This is how the chaise should look, when the turret is removed. Note......... the turret ring gear.
...... I already know what some of you are going to say. So I will beat you
to the punch.
Note..... In this photo the crew is aliening the traversing transmission with the chaise ring, so they do not have trouble when they install the turret
later. Also note..... they only have enough bolts in the ring so it does not
move during alignment.
..... Hmmmmmmm looks familiar doesn't it. This is the error that DML made.
...... There is a reality easy fix for this problem. Slice through the bottom
of the ring, close to the top of the gear. Do not cut the whole ring off, you
will need this to keep the turret on the chaise.
..... After slicing sand both sides, ((turret ring) and your new gear ring),
flip your new gear ring upside down. Insert into the chaise and glue.
....... Whaaalla...... We now have a correct chaise, and turret.
Remember to do this on all of you tanks, until DML decides to make changes.