Zvezda 4500R Maultier Mit Pak 43/3 L/71

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Zvezda 4500R Maultier Mit Pak 43/3 L/71

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Evening gents

What happens when you can't progress with the 3 builds you have on your bench???

Start another 2 :lol:

The victims this time, though the Maultier really is the GB star

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The Maultier box is full but not bagged

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And it did tow something similar, though I have not found any references of this version of the Pak 43/3 L/71, I shall use artistic license and build them together anyway,

If you find any photos even on the carrier, please post them

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Lets see how these go.

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WooHoo! Not alone anymore! That Maulter is neat! Never really noticed one with a Panzer II running system. Always assumed they were the Italeri style. Can't wait to see this one progress.
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Nice choice Steve :D

The Maultier+Pak 43 combo seems to be really popular :lol: I have something similar planned, except that I'll use a Pak 44 instead :mrgreen:

It would seem this type of Pak 43 was only used for fixed fortifications on the western border in late 1944. They were probably emplaced by a construction crew and then stayed there until overrun. Of course they had to get there somehow and the Maultier seems like a good choice.

Mark, this version was the only one with the Panzer II suspension. The Carden-Loyd wasn't really suitable for a truck of this size and weight.

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I was just about to say that :lol:

Thanks Philipp, and yes they needed to be transported some how, why not the 4500R

Time for glue and plastic

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Done a bit this week

The engine
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21 pieces and no wiring and nothing on the interweb :evil:

Help

Usually, always, I love the internet research stuff, but this has really £1$$ed me off big time :twisted:

I could use some artistic license IF I knew what any of the components attached to the block were!

Where is a knowledgeable mechanically minded fellow blogger when you need one!

Next

The chassis rails, and the slightly mismatched moulds that the kit came out of

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Not the best photo but you get the idea, and it pops up all over the parts :evil:
I do have a very bad habit of taking the seams off all the parts, even those you will never, ever see :oops:

And one of the rails snapped at the sprue attachment points, it just keeps getting better :evil: :evil:

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One super glue repair later and some serious construction

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Its long isn't it, 8 inches, or 200mm, and there seem to be a lot of parts too!

A further 71 after the 21 in the engine.

Its going to be a busy day, visiting hospital, so maybe some more next week.

Hopefully someone, PLEASE, might be able to give some guidance on wiring the engine?

More soon?

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Update later this week Raoul, after my orthopedic surgeons consultation!!!
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Lookin good Steve. How much of the engine is going to be visible? Are you going to have one of the engine covers open?

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Nice start Steve!

Mercedes-Benz have an enourmous digital archive with thousands of photos, but sadly no L 4500 engine among them.

However I found this:

http://www.fahrzeuge-der-wehrmacht.de/A ... _4500.html

Some of the photos are a bit blurry but maybe they can help?

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Super reference site Philipp,

Bookmarked both for this and future builds.

It should be enough, for what you will see, and to answer your question Adam,

Both sides up and off, with the mechanic/driver scratching his head, looking at the engine.

That is the cunning plan, on a road as one really long diorama, we will see ;)

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Either I am getting faster at this modelling thing, :?

Or this is flying together too :roll:

The plastic is very soft and tears up with a file, so I have used nearly half a bottle of extra thin cement, just to smooth off all the swarf from sanding and filing :evil:

It is big too, :o

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Very impressive Steve :D

Might tempt me to start my own.................... :? :lol:

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