Update on the Reproduction Panzer IV Build
Great progress on the Reproduction Panzer IV Hull Build for the second week. If you missed the first week’s recap, click here. It seems like more progress than it actually is because we are assembling the big chunks of steel. Its the glamour work where every piece added leaves a big impression. We should enjoy these times because it will bog down when we get to the small pieces.
Heat is the devil! One of the biggest “sleeper” problems when fabricating is letting heat distort the work and then setting it permanently in place with more weld. It can take a nice piece and turn it into a distorted mess. We had to wrestle with it a bit due to the weld heat. We won the day though, so the floor of the Reproduction Panzer IV hull is complete, good looking and measuring exactly to specification.
The “oops” was picked up by the restoration team at CFB Bordon, Ontario, Ca. They are in process of restoring an unmolested Flakpanzer which is amazing. AFTER you have finished reading this post, go check them out. I have added their Facebook link at the bottom.
Up, Over and In she goes. I think each side wall is about 2,500 pounds.
But I’m never too far from the old CAD drawing, “Just in case we point in the wrong direction.”
Notice there is a gap between the sidewall and the center section. The gap is filled with what Michael referred to jokingly as an “engineering strip.” A patch takes care of a lot of engineering I guess. It works beautifully and the floor and sidewalls become one.
Next week we will focus on the nose pieces and maybe… with any luck tack weld the nose on to test fit and see how it looks. The rear will go on after we figure out how to shove a GMC 702 v12 into a space that is too small. Were going to have to do some modifications to the engine bolt-ons. We should have a chance to start looking at that also.
It would be a silly mistake to permanently put the rear on (and also the nose) before we mount the drive train. Its open now and access is ideal. Access, only gets worse from here.
Until next week…
Thanks for reading… Now go check out the Flakpanzer work on Facebook. It is inspiring to say the least.