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Old 10-11-2017, 02:42 PM   #1
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1:6 nashorn 88 mm self-propelled guns

For more than two months, and finally finished this 1:6 nashorn 88 mm self-propelled guns, I had actually been FOA nashorn, but disrepair has broken, due to the plate too difficult to processing, I simply gave up the original body, ask a friend to help me to draw the nashorn body figure, and then use acrylic cutting, I the whole body to make it again. The guns were still used in the original parts, but they were all disassembled and reassembled. In addition, I reworked the gun shield and used the ABS sheet to make it stronger and lighter. In addition, I abandoned a lot of original parts, such as to make all the tool box, radio, floor, ammunition and all sorts of small parts, I also give up the gun tube, FOA the barrel was bent, I estimate is the resin material deformation. So I had to re-use the 3D printing technology to make a new barrel, and the original nashorn would only retain less than 40% of the original parts, and strive to improve the accuracy. Color of weathering, finally to make a complete nashorn, can now officially into the queue, so I all the most heavy tanks will keep the best state, later will be using this new technology, the next batch of works should be the Soviet SU76 self-propelled guns and YA12 tractor

Give up FOA body, because steel plate breaks, I have no welding technology, can not repair itself


Using ABS to make a new shield, because this material is suitable for processing, I can't control the steel plate






Remade parts, all toolkits open, not a whole resin. I remodel 3D printing production because FOA's weight wheel thickness is inconsistent, I can't polish them one by one, I have to make it again, I hope this defect has been corrected



Use SolidWorks to model the nashorn body





The laser cuts the acrylic sheet and then assembles it, which is estimated to be 30 percent less weight, and the acrylic is cheap, and the body costs less than $100, which is, of course, the Chinese market








Assembly finished, after painting the background color




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Old 10-11-2017, 02:47 PM   #2
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Re: 1:6 nashorn 88 mm self-propelled guns

Final effect, camouflage and weathering






































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Old 10-11-2017, 06:04 PM   #3
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Stunningly gorgeous
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Old 10-11-2017, 06:19 PM   #4
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It looks awesome! You are a talented model builder!
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Old 10-11-2017, 07:06 PM   #5
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WOW! Fantastic job


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Old 10-11-2017, 10:23 PM   #6
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Using Acrylic would scare me but it sure did turn out nice. Great Job!
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Old 10-11-2017, 11:20 PM   #7
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Amazing piece of work there, very impressive!!!
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Old 10-11-2017, 11:46 PM   #8
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Really nice work !
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Old 10-12-2017, 12:26 AM   #9
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Re: 1:6 nashorn 88 mm self-propelled guns

Amazing job! I LOVE to see a "transparent tank"! That would be a great idea for a tank with full interior

To answer a few of your questions:

1) How old is your FOA kit? FOA has updated all the Pz.IV parts and accessories about a couple years ago, including the wheels. Now made from Masters of Frontline Hobbies

2) When the metal parts separate, there is a method to repair the connection. It is in the instruction manual. Basically make an L shape bracket and glue/bolt to both sides. It does not involve welding

3) Bending the front curved armor is easy with 20 gauge metal. Just use a "fire extinguisher" or some large pipe to control your bend angle

Your final product is VERY convincing. Congratulation on a beautiful tank!

I'm currently finishing a commission build Nashorn for a customer, with full crew from Egonzinc, and Ton is also starting another commission build Nashorn for a European customer. We will post all these pictures here
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Old 10-12-2017, 01:32 AM   #10
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Re: 1:6 nashorn 88 mm self-propelled guns

I really like the clear version as well. reminds me of those "Visible" models that used to be so popular
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Old 10-12-2017, 09:13 AM   #11
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Amazing job! I LOVE to see a "transparent tank"! That would be a great idea for a tank with full interior

To answer a few of your questions:

1) How old is your FOA kit? FOA has updated all the Pz.IV parts and accessories about a couple years ago, including the wheels. Now made from Masters of Frontline Hobbies

2) When the metal parts separate, there is a method to repair the connection. It is in the instruction manual. Basically make an L shape bracket and glue/bolt to both sides. It does not involve welding

3) Bending the front curved armor is easy with 20 gauge metal. Just use a "fire extinguisher" or some large pipe to control your bend angle

Your final product is VERY convincing. Congratulation on a beautiful tank!

I'm currently finishing a commission build Nashorn for a customer, with full crew from Egonzinc, and Ton is also starting another commission build Nashorn for a European customer. We will post all these pictures here

My FOA nashorn kit was purchased around 2010, and I bought Panzer IV in 2011, both of which have inconsistent wheel thickness. I'm upset about that. I can manage to improve road wheel and The tail wheel by myself, but I have no way to improve The driving wheel. This can cause the wheel to jam or derail when the vehicle moves forward
About steel plate fracture, when I received nashorn suite, car body on both sides of the steel plate is broken, and because the side armor version is too heavy, I can't rely on myself a person to install (hold the steel plate, and then punched or using reinforced Angle), I can only use some glue is unreliable. Because I was a novice at the time, I didn't know how to drill holes on steel plates (which is still a problem today). I've had a lot of experience in recent years, but the initial hull has been closed and it's hard to reinforce it again (unless the entire vehicle is demolished). Recently, the front deck of nashorn was also broken, which prompted me to decide to abandon the whole body and make a new one
I am glad to hear that you have improved the parts. Maybe I will purchase some new parts later. But I've recently been partial to a homemade vehicle. There are some obvious advantages to using acrylic. For example, the acrylic is transparent, and when you install the board, you can see all the structures, and you can reduce the error probability to the lowest, very precise. Acrylic is also very good processing, drilling there is no problem. In addition, the acrylic weight is lighter, and my nashorn has lost 30 percent of its weight. The only drawback is that acrylic is more brittle, easy to fracture, this need to be careful to maintain, but I think, to use ABS plate can avoid this problem, the same light and easy to process, I suggest you use ABS sheet fully replace steel plate, in the field of static model
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Old 10-12-2017, 02:11 PM   #12
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Re: 1:6 nashorn 88 mm self-propelled guns

Contact me directly at loic@fieldofarmortanks.com. I'm not sure if you built your Pz.IV yet but I can help

The FOA Pz.IV family is in 20-gauge metal because there are LOTS of bends and small parts. Our larger offerings like the Panther, Tiger I, Jaagdtiger are in ABS, which is easy to detail and model.

We are currently converting the lower hull of the Kingtiger to ABS as well, but the turret will stay metal (18-gauge) due to its curvature

Looking forward to seeing more builds from you. The detail is exceptional
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Old 10-12-2017, 04:25 PM   #13
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Re: 1:6 nashorn 88 mm self-propelled guns

A great build, as one who built one of the first FOA Nashorns I can relate to your problems. I know that they have taken care of the early problems with the road wheels and armor. That is one Very Nice Nashorn that you have built. Looks perfect.
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Old 10-12-2017, 05:40 PM   #14
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I really like the clear version as well. reminds me of those "Visible" models that used to be so popular
Me too! Did a "visible mustang" a lifetime ago.

But back to the tank. It looks excellent, and I love the camo!
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Old 10-12-2017, 10:47 PM   #15
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Freaking Awesome....KUDOS!
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Old 10-13-2017, 09:38 AM   #16
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Contact me directly at loic@fieldofarmortanks.com. I'm not sure if you built your Pz.IV yet but I can help

The FOA Pz.IV family is in 20-gauge metal because there are LOTS of bends and small parts. Our larger offerings like the Panther, Tiger I, Jaagdtiger are in ABS, which is easy to detail and model.

We are currently converting the lower hull of the Kingtiger to ABS as well, but the turret will stay metal (18-gauge) due to its curvature

Looking forward to seeing more builds from you. The detail is exceptional
Many years ago, I bought the Nashorn, Jagdpanzer, on EBAY. Pz.IV I don't remember buying it on EBAY or buying from FOA's official website, I only remember that Panther was purchased from FOA. But these products are definitely FOA products. My E-mail address is dendong123@163.com and azazel526@gmail.com. I can use 163 E-mail to send a mail to you. But I remember in the EBAY purchase tanks suite, I'm using Google E-mail address, because the Chinese government has strengthened the network blockade, I can't use Google E-mail address. And because I haven't used EBAY for a long time, I forgot my password. Therefore, cannot query the purchase record of that year.
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Old 10-13-2017, 08:21 PM   #17
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Re: 1:6 nashorn 88 mm self-propelled guns

An outstanding build. Fantastic final result with beautiful camo and weathering.
On a minor note, there were no Nashorns used by the SS. All were used by heavy anti tank units of the Heer and used as fire units to help problematic areas, particularly of the Eastern Front.
Thanks for sharing this wonderful miniature!
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Old 10-15-2017, 06:50 PM   #18
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Very nice build. The paint and weathering really is impressive. Fantastic details!
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Old 10-18-2017, 08:44 AM   #19
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That is just superb...if only the dictionary contained more words that define how great something is, I'd definitely find a use for them on this post...simply outstanding. Thanks for sharing, Steve
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Old 10-21-2017, 11:54 AM   #20
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Re: 1:6 nashorn 88 mm self-propelled guns

Jaw dropping good is all I can say.
Wow talk about raising the bar up a notch ,you shot it through the roof.
Should make up a set of plans for sale, on this bad ass build.
Can't wait to see what you come up with next.


And what part of the world do you live in?

That chair on the roof made me think wild times.

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Old 10-21-2017, 09:36 PM   #21
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Re: 1:6 nashorn 88 mm self-propelled guns

Let's be cautious Jeff. The fact that the Chinese customer made a Solidworks drawing of the body, does not take away the fact that he had the FOA laser cut parts in his hand to copy from.

The copyrights of the drawings are still the property of FOA. Steve at Panzerwerks has always be very vocal about copying in this industry, and customers need to realize that it does not help the hobby to suppress the hard work and investments of the established companies to gain a few dollars

But the Chinese customers paid for his FOA kit, and is totally justified to modify it, upgrade it, and change it - especially for such outstanding outcome

My 2 cents

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Love it! It has life! A beast of a weapon and you should be well pleased.
Thanks for sharing.

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Old 10-22-2017, 03:52 PM   #23
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Let's be cautious Jeff. The fact that the Chinese customer made a Solidworks drawing of the body, does not take away the fact that he had the FOA laser cut parts in his hand to copy from.

The copyrights of the drawings are still the property of FOA. Steve at Panzerwerks has always be very vocal about copying in this industry, and customers need to realize that it does not help the hobby to suppress the hard work and investments of the established companies to gain a few dollars

But the Chinese customers paid for his FOA kit, and is totally justified to modify it, upgrade it, and change it - especially for such outstanding outcome

My 2 cents

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You don't have to worry about, I built nashorn just personal hobby, my main business is not a model, I am a cartoonist, I didn't ability to also have no ambition and your competition in the field of the model, so the design drawings is just my private ownership, it will not be used for mass production, I will not copy FOA parts used for any commercial purposes, the most, maybe later I will use the vehicle body design to build a Hummel howitzer, but it must be after many years.Since your parts have been improved, I will order some parts then
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An outstanding build. Fantastic final result with beautiful camo and weathering.
On a minor note, there were no Nashorns used by the SS. All were used by heavy anti tank units of the Heer and used as fire units to help problematic areas, particularly of the Eastern Front.
Thanks for sharing this wonderful miniature!
I lacked the tanksmen of the bundeswehr and could only be replaced by the ss
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Old 10-23-2017, 02:59 PM   #25
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Azazel526, I'm not surprised you are a cartoonist! Your attention to detail can be noticed in your builds

I'm a big fan of Romain Hugault and his incredible talent in the Aviation cartoons



Would love to see your cartoon work!
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Old 10-30-2017, 12:43 AM   #26
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Let's be cautious Jeff. The fact that the Chinese customer made a Solidworks drawing of the body, does not take away the fact that he had the FOA laser cut parts in his hand to copy from.

The copyrights of the drawings are still the property of FOA. Steve at Panzerwerks has always be very vocal about copying in this industry, and customers need to realize that it does not help the hobby to suppress the hard work and investments of the established companies to gain a few dollars

But the Chinese customers paid for his FOA kit, and is totally justified to modify it, upgrade it, and change it - especially for such outstanding outcome

My 2 cents

Loic

Well I thought it was his idea, yep can't copy yours a no no there.
But still a great build.

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The Nashorn is an awesome vehicle, and to see one done so well in 1/6 scale is great!
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