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 trackā€¦

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Tamiya 1/35 Panther Ausf. A Part 2

The main gun barrel was next.  Doing a test fit of the two pieces I knew it would have its challenges.  Glued and clamped it up in sections and left it for 24 hours to set. There was quite a bit of sanding to be done to get this looking reasonable.  In the end, I came up with an idea to use my cordless drill as a poor man’s lathe to assist with the sanding. Using this and my Flex-I-files , it now looks far better.  There is still some sanding and filing to go on the barrel end.  

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