Modelik SdKfz 234 Puma

Discussion in 'Armory & Military' started by Joseph, Sep 13, 2004.

  1. Joseph

    Joseph Member

    Hi all,
    I've begun the building of this kit and I'll try to post pictures of its progress (sorry, webcam only!)
    I've always wanted to build an armored vehicle but those tracks are prohibitive for me -I really don't like repetitive work :). So I've chosen one with WHEELS :) (ordered an Olfa circle cutter...)
    I've laminated all the internal frames on 1mm cardboard I received from Poland. So far the fit is perfect and I can only recommend the use of exact thickness (I tried multiple layers of thinner cardboard before, with bad results).
    Enough talk, and a few pics now :)
  2. charliec

    charliec Active Member

  3. Joseph

    Joseph Member

    Hi Charlie,
    thanks a lot for the advice! It will be much useful for me.
    Unfortunately the pictures of the suspension parts are broken links...
  4. Jim Nunn

    Jim Nunn Member


    I’m just finishing up this model and it does have a couple of minor and 2 major fit problems.

    The minor problems can be taken care of by simply trimming parts to fit. The one that may cause the most concern is the angle on the suspension hinge points don’t match up to the angle on the bottom of the hull just trim them it to fit.

    The first BIG problem is in the wheels. The inner diameter of the wheel formers (parts 37 and 66) are under size by at least a 1 mm, if I remember correctly it may have been more. This was a problem for me because I tend to cut out all the parts and build all sub assemblies at one time. I wont go in to my work around because you can correct the problem before you get to the wheels. Take parts 37e, 37g, and 37h and measure the outside diameter then add .018 inch (a little less then .5 mm). The paper Modelik uses is .008 to .009 thick so we are adding the thickness of two layers of paper this is to compensate for part 37b. And yes I do use dial calipers when I am building models. This dimension should be the inside diameter of parts 37 and 66. If you do not do this in inner parts of the wheels will just fall through the wheels.

    The other BIG problem is the fenders Parts 40cl, 40cd, 40dl, 40dp I may have the incorrect part numbers but these are the fender tops and the under side of the fenders. The problem is the fender top is short by 1mm (0.039in) they are short on the rear section of the fender that starts in the middle of the hull and extends to the rear before the fender bends down. Not much you can do here I have had very little luck with stretching paper. To correct difference I cut the under side of the fender to fit the upper section. Looked like a good Idea at the time but this throws off all of the fits on the rear of the model. The exhaust pipes did not match to the mufflers and the fender gets in the way of the tow hooks. All I can suggest is to move the inlet hole on the mufflers and trim the fenders to fit. Also the fenders were not a great fit on to the hull but that could have been my fault.

    Quite frankly the Halinski models have spoiled me and if I weren’t doing the article for the magazine I would have scraped the model and gone on to my next project. I have to ask. Hopefully Modelik reads these posts don’t you guys Bata build these models?
    After a long vacation and some time off from building models I have restarted this model and have fallen back in love with it and I must say its looking good and I plan to enter it in the IPMS orange con next month. So Its worth the work and will build up into a nice model, not a show stopper but a good solid model.

    It just goes to show you that it pays of to work around the problems and you know if it were easy we would have women and children building these models.
    OH! OH! Now that was defiantly NOT PC I better get my asbestos suit on I can hear the igniters clicking on the flame throwers

    Jim Nunn
  5. tino

    tino Member

    Hi Jim,
    Do you gonna show the end of your article of this model in
  6. Jim Nunn

    Jim Nunn Member

  7. Joseph

    Joseph Member

    Thank you Jim for the advices - it will surely help a lot.
    And thanks to Tino for sending me the pictures :)
    I've had no time lately, so I've only begun to glue the skin on the bottom of the hull. I stole from my daughter a marker that almost exactly match the color of the kit, I'm colouring the edges before glueing - it's much better than retouching afterwards.
  8. Joseph

    Joseph Member

    Still glueing the skin to the hull...
    I wanted to show how I colour the edge of the glueing tabs. This way, no white will show even if the fit is not perfect...
  9. barry

    barry Active Member


    good colour match as well I see.


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