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Armor and ground forces of the Axis forces during World War II.
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RFM Jagdpanther Ausf. G2 Build Log
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Posted: Monday, October 07, 2019 - 02:33 PM UTC
Thanks for the positive comments guys.
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Posted: Sunday, October 06, 2019 - 04:36 PM UTC
@d11129pw Mark,

It has been a pleasure and an inspiration following your build. You successfully completed a huge part count kit and that itself is quite a feat. Thanks so much for your effort and for all of the tips while getting this piece together.

~ Eddy
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Posted: Friday, October 04, 2019 - 11:33 PM UTC
Thanks, Mark, it was most informative build and I'm sure it would be very useful for fellow modellers including me!
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Posted: Friday, October 04, 2019 - 10:53 PM UTC
The journey is coming to an end. We are at the last step of the build, Step 64. We add the front fenders, tow cables, and roof panel.

Instructions


Parts


You are provided two type of tow cable "eyes". The difference is their length, as you can see in the picture.


I selected J86 as it looks like the one used in pictures from my reference books.


RFM uses 3 separate pe parts for the headlight. I found this to be a real pain in the a** to assemble to the headlight. So, I left it off.

The fit of the fenders is not a problem.

The fit of the roof to the superstructure is not perfect. It doesn't sit squarely without a little persuasion.

Pics of finished build








As you can see, the superstructure DOESNT fit on the lower hull. This is very disappointing. I may play around with the fit and see if I can improve it, but Im not sure I have the skill level for that.

The level of detail in this kit is next level. With that comes many frustrating issues with getting it all to fit properly. Clearly, I wasnt successful in getting it perfect. Im sure more experienced builders wont have the same issues as I came across. Many times, I had to walk away from the table for a few days and come back with a clear head.

Overall, I enjoyed the challenge of the build, and I was able to push my skill level up a notch. For those that will be building this in the future, hopefully I have highlighted one or two things to help you.

On to the next build.
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Posted: Wednesday, October 02, 2019 - 11:35 PM UTC
The tracks have been painted and installed





The next step is the last one for the build. I then need to finish painting the tools and install them.
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Posted: Wednesday, October 02, 2019 - 11:33 PM UTC

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Looking good! I like the interior detail!



Thanks Thomas
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Posted: Wednesday, October 02, 2019 - 06:40 AM UTC
Looking good! I like the interior detail!
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Posted: Wednesday, October 02, 2019 - 02:16 AM UTC
I've completed the left track as well.





And the spare track links


Time to paint.
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Posted: Tuesday, October 01, 2019 - 07:12 PM UTC

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Mark,
Been a while since I checked in. Everything looks great!



Thanks
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Posted: Tuesday, October 01, 2019 - 05:21 PM UTC
Mark,
Been a while since I checked in. Everything looks great!
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Posted: Tuesday, October 01, 2019 - 04:31 PM UTC
I've completed the right side track and the test fit was good.





On to the left side track, and the spare links.
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Posted: Monday, September 30, 2019 - 10:52 PM UTC
The main focus of Step 63 is the assembly of the tracks.

Instructions


I'm not attaching the superstructure at this time. I haven't decided how I want to display this once it's finished.

RFM also includes the option to build the track assembly tool for a diorama.

RFM also includes ice cleats (X4) for a winter build. The instructions also show these are part X7. That is not correct. Only X4 is the cleat. You are only given seven on each X Sprue. In reality, these were installed on every 5th to 7th track link. For 87 links, this would require 12-18 ice cleats per side. RFM hasn't given you enough to assemble correctly.

Parts




Track Assembly Jig - Glue the two parts together and it will hold 11 links.


You need to be careful of the orientation of the links. Otherwise, you will assemble them backwards. Here, I show the correct and wrong orientation.


Here are the first 11 links in the jig


You have two types of pins, X14 & X15. Which side you install these determines if it is a left or right side track. X14 is the outside pin. The pins are grouped in sets of five to make is easy to install.


The assembled first run for the right side.


Test fit around the Drive Sprocket



Place the complete link into the first spot on the jig. Then place the next links to complete the second run.


Continue doing this until all 87 links are assembled.

The tracks are designed to be workable. You need to carefully place a drop of glue at the head of each pin. Too much glue, and the track won't move. I use a pin to place the drop.


This is a slow process that can't be rushed.
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Posted: Sunday, September 29, 2019 - 10:15 PM UTC
Step 62 finishes the roof assembly.

Instructions


Parts


The instructions tell you to connect Y29 and Y79 with a wire through the hole. If you elect to do it this way, a .2mm or .3mm wire should be used. I elected to glue the parts together as I won;t be having the assembly moveable.

Assembled



Next up are the tracks.
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Posted: Sunday, September 29, 2019 - 09:35 PM UTC
Getting closer to the finish line. Step 61 continues with the roof assembly.

Instructions


Parts


Installed



It's easy to loose that tiny pe bracket, Y86. No real issues here.
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Posted: Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 11:23 PM UTC
Step 60 starts the roof panel assembly. This version of the kit has the roof as a clear part. That gives you the option of leaving it clear and being able to view the interior. Or, you can paint it. I'll be leaving it clear for my build.

Instructions


I started with sub-steps A32 and A33

Parts for A32/33


One of the handles (L20) disappeared on me. So, I scratched a replacement from .5mm wire.


Parts for the step


Assembled



No real issues here. The hatches don't fit together that well. But, it's good enough for me.
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Posted: Friday, September 27, 2019 - 11:31 PM UTC
Step 59 adds the outer roadwheels.

Instructions


Parts


Installed



The running gear is now complete. I'll attach the drive sprockets after the tracks are assembled.
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Posted: Friday, September 27, 2019 - 10:42 PM UTC
Step 58 adds the Drive Sprocket, Double Roadwheels, and Idler Wheel.

Instructions


Parts


Installed



The roadwheels fit easily as these use polycaps.
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Posted: Friday, September 27, 2019 - 10:37 PM UTC
Time to start adding roadwheels. Step 57 adds the inner roadwheels, drive sprocket gear assemblies, front tow hooks and two PE brackets.

Instructions


Parts


The fit of roadwheel C1 is very tight on the axles. I decided to open the holes just a bit to allow them to fit easily. I used a #41 drill bit to do this.


Parts Installed





Everything fit nicely.
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Posted: Friday, September 27, 2019 - 01:56 PM UTC
I have completed Steps A27, A29, and A31.

Here are the double roadwheel set for Step A27.


Be careful when installing the polycaps into C8. I show you here the correct and incorrect way to install them. The polycap opening needs to be installed "face down"


Completed


Step A29 assembles the Idler Wheel. No real issues with this one. The idler represents the late 665mm dia. version.





Step A31 assembles the Drive Sprocket. Again, this is the late version. No issues with the assembly.




Time to install all of these sub-assemblies.
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Posted: Friday, September 27, 2019 - 12:27 AM UTC
Time to get to the roadwheels, drive sprocket, and idler wheel. I'll be leaving all the parts on the sprue to do the primary painting. Once this is completed, I'll complete steps A27 through A31.

Instructions


RFM has given you one of each style of roadwheel for use in a diorama. These are in Steps A28 and A30.

Parts

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Posted: Friday, September 27, 2019 - 12:07 AM UTC
Before getting to Step 57, you have a number of sub-steps dealing with the roadwheels, drive sprocket assembly, idler wheel.

I'll start with Step A26.

Instructions


Parts


RFM gives you the internal gears that provides you many options for a maintenance diorama.


Assembled



The level of detail is excellent.

Since this is a very late war version (April 1945), the skid (G36/37) is used in place of the return roller. However, if you want to build an early 1945 version with the return roller, you can. The return roller is part C14.
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Posted: Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 03:19 AM UTC
I'm back from my trip down under and back at work on the build.

Step 56 doesn't have many parts. The rear panel, from Step 55, is installed along with the lower storage box supports and the rear tow hooks.

Instructions


Parts


Painted and installed



The tools and jack will be installed later.

This completes the assembly of the lower hull. Next you start on the running gear.
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Posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 04:47 PM UTC
I'll be travelling for the next couple of weeks. So, new updates will happen after I return on the 25th.
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Posted: Sunday, September 08, 2019 - 02:55 AM UTC
Completing the back panel with the addition of the storage boxes and exhaust mufflers. I have left the exhaust hoods off at the moment. I still haven't decided if I'll use them or not.

Instructions


Parts


Installed



I haven't glued part J28 yet, as I need to install the jack later. So, I have used Microscale's Micro Liquitape. It holds the part in place and is then easy to remove.

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Posted: Sunday, September 08, 2019 - 02:01 AM UTC
Continuing with more tool brackets on the lower back panel. The instructions shows both shackles as part J60. This isn't correct. One is J55, the other is J60.

Instructions


Parts


Installed