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The 1st thread,Metalbox 1/6 Panzer Luchs

Old 12-24-2018, 06:39 AM
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Hi , guys
It couldnít happier for me to share my build of the Metalbox Panzer II Luchs as my 1st thread here.

I have been waiting for the right moment to get a 1/6 tank for a long time. Due to the weight , my car trunkís size, Tiger I is not the ideal choice for me.Earlier Nov 2018, when I am ready to order the Armortek Panzer III, the Luchs is in stock.Normally , it takes 1 year to wait after the full amount is paid. Yeah, not a deposit, but the full amount.

This is the last delivery from Metalbox, as they are busy with some movie projects, and they wonít be supplying for a period of time.Also, this is the 1st time they supply tanks as assembly kits.

It took 4 days for the kit to arrive from Beijing to Shanghai. Despite of some minor screw hole mis alignment problem of the hull bottom plate, the building is quite straight forward. However, the Electronics are very basic. The sound card is just making sound ,rather than Sound Effect. I also found they adopted an un-open circuit design which leaves me no choice but to replace all of them with Open Panzer TCB, Benedini sound mini, Sabertooth 2*32 ESC.

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Old 12-24-2018, 06:44 AM
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Ultrasonic part wash



It seems to be CNCed


Old 12-24-2018, 06:49 AM
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Front plate


Added hull lifting hooks


Side rib bar


Welding seams
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love it, if I may ask, what did it set you back for the kit??
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Really cool detail work!
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Nice - Larryzhou, I never heard you could get it as a kit. Now you can primer, paint everything and Loctite all screws properly. Mine had a number of loose or missing screws.

Did the kit come with the jack brackets, rear blackout light, side angle bracket and pioneer tools or are you scratch building those? Mine is/was missing all of that hardware except headlamps, gas can brackets and side bins.

Will be great to follow your build.
-Bob

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Old 12-24-2018, 01:07 PM
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Very nice looking. Looks like a quality kit. Following along
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Old 12-24-2018, 05:11 PM
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Originally Posted by DirtyBird69 View Post
love it, if I may ask, what did it set you back for the kit??
hi DBird,

I am not a native English speaker, I didnít get what you mean . Do you mean the things I dontít Like about the kit?
if thatís the case, the only thing I donít like about it is its sound card & control board.

Old 12-24-2018, 05:24 PM
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No ,the tools, jacks,spare track links, Fuel cans are all optional. They charged me an additional 405USD for it.
I first contacted them at the beginning of 2017 about the releasing of Luchs assembly kit. They asked me to pay the full amount and wait for 12 months for its delivery. So , this time I paid immediately I heard it was in stock.

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Nice - Larryzhou, I never heard you could get it as a kit. Now you can primer, paint everything and Loctite all screws properly. Mine had a number of loose or missing screws.

Did the kit come with the jack brackets, rear blackout light, side angle bracket and pioneer tools or are you scratch building those? Mine is/was missing all of that hardware except headlamps, gas can brackets and side bins.

Will be great to follow your build.
-Bob
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did many hours of online research, and found out the kit doesn't come with many details. I added as many as I can.

ps. is there an auto-resize function ? the pics are too large to view.....

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2mm brass tube, itís a pain to make it


After many fail attempts, it is finally done
Interesting, everything looks ok on iPad.

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Manage to make the 2 lamps working. Hopefully , can get it done.



Waiting for Dremel to do the beauty work

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How it looks so far.


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Looking great Larryzhou. Would be nice to build from kit, much easier to paint everything.

I guess I will make my own detail parts. They are probably not available anymore from MB anyway. Their website is gone.

Are you planning on adding periscope etc? I was thinking of 3D print some periscope for hatches.
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Yeah I had to pay full amount for mine too. Then wait a year. I began to think I lost all my money.

Looking good!
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Hello Larry, I envy you got MB's last shipment. I live in Hangzhou so hope to see your wonderful build one day.

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Originally Posted by RC_BobM View Post
I guess I will make my own detail parts.
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Have you got a printer, Bob? If not, I might be able to help. I'm just starting on parts for my 1/6 Hetzer. I scaled this jerry can up from 1/16 and it came out pretty good.

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Let me know if I can be of assistance. If I can get this software snafu on the SLA printer figgered out so I can make it print the quality of accessories will only get better.
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Hi Gary/CRIUS
No printer for me yet. I use Shapeways to print my stuff. Their detail and super-detail resin is pretty nice.

That Jerry can looks fantastic! Hard to tell its not DID/Dragon. I could really use some US cans!

What resins do you have for your Creality? Perhaps lets discuss on 3D print thread rather than highjack Larryzhous' thread?

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Old 12-26-2018, 05:38 PM
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found some solid reference photos. Now , I know how its hull hatches are operated.
http://www.panzer-modell.de/referenz.../pz2l/006g.jpg
Sd.Kfz. 123 Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf. L "Luchs"

I also found a very interesting video clip, its builder makes it firing!! anyone has idea how it works? it seems super!
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Hi Larryzhou,
I was to surprised that drivers and radio op hatches open down onto operator. But there is no room to open outward because of the turret. I would think this would make it harder for someone to exist the vehicle in emergency.

The gun is a .22cal blank firing gun. It has motor which rotates a cylinder like a revolver and fires up to 20 blanks before reloading. It was designed by IIya Cerjak several years ago. He offered the plans for free (I have a set) but have not made the gun yet. The gun fires .22 cal blanks like used in nail guns - but no projectile (for obvious reasons). It does look and sound impressive.

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I looked into some of IIya Cerjak's designs. I even priced out the gearbox he had the plans for free online. Problem was the components outlined cost over $500 without the custom machining needed for the gearbox. Was much cheaper to just do electric power in my 1/6th scale stuff. I realize this is the blank firing mechanism, but it won't be cheap to build. More power to you if you get one built. It's still a great project.
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Awesome Build! Lucky for you for sure. Wouldn't get to worried about the details as they changed and were modified like any other tank. Even in the small amount of production on the Luchs it had an "early" and "mid" production. Biggest give away is the rear turret hatch. Don't have reference in front of me but one was more square and the other rectagonal. Also the Compass mount bracket on top of the turret in front right of the commanders hatch was later in production.

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I think this is the way the gun worked.

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omg
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I think this is the way the gun worked.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQGjz2SJE08
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Time to do some updates.
the building is almost there. After the Spring Festival , all electronics will be fitted in to it.
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I absolutely can not wait to see video of this little puppy in action. I doubt metalbox will ever be available to me, but you've got me seriously thinking about the Dragon Panzer II. just what I need, another project!!

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