Always keep your eyes open

Several years ago I got an old Airfix kit of the 88mm Gun & Tractor in 1/76 at a garage sale for the huge price of $1  When I got home I realized the tracks were missing.  So the kit got built and painted and sat waiting for an idea to replace the tracks. 

I dropped by my local hobby shop today.  In addition to all the normal goodies, they had a small box with a bunch of small parts bagged up, most were going for a few dollars each.  This included some figures as well as many armor components in several scales such as turrets and other such parts.

One of the bags contained a turret for a Panzer II as well as two fairly long tracks that looked like they would be the correct width for the tractor.  Took the bag home and sure enough a good fit, in fact, 1 track looks like it will cover both sets of drive wheels.  It just goes to show you should keep your eyes open when out and about.

Tamiya 1/35 Panther Ausf. A Part 3

The turret is now together,   There were some minor fit issues with the gun mantlet but that was solved.


Started working on the turret details such as grab handles, then hit a snag and a first for me.  A missing part.

Part B11, the commander’s hatch is not on the sprue or in the box.  The bags were sealed when I got the kit so it’s likely it fell out at the factory back in the mid 70’s.  I’ve reached out to my local IPMS group to see if anyone has an extra one, but that killed the mojo for the night.  

I may continue at least the assembly up to priming before deciding how to proceed.