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Armor/AFV: Axis - WWII
Armor and ground forces of the Axis forces during World War II.
Hosted by Darren Baker
Maus 1:35 with interior
Mecsweden
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Västra Götaland, Sweden
Joined: January 24, 2016
KitMaker: 137 posts
Armorama: 136 posts
Posted: Sunday, October 09, 2016 - 05:28 AM UTC
really love your work on this tank
FlorinM
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Bucuresti, Romania
Joined: August 01, 2011
KitMaker: 385 posts
Armorama: 211 posts
Posted: Sunday, October 09, 2016 - 06:46 PM UTC
Four years have passed since the first post on this build blog, four years since this started. A big "Thank you!" to all those that were by my side to see the Mouse slowly grow. Progress has been made but there is so much more to do so better get to it!
TMikeCurry
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Missouri, United States
Joined: June 02, 2009
KitMaker: 128 posts
Armorama: 97 posts
Posted: Sunday, October 09, 2016 - 11:59 PM UTC
Hey, it's still cool stuff and we're with you to the end! It still is fun to see this project taking shape.
FlorinM
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Bucuresti, Romania
Joined: August 01, 2011
KitMaker: 385 posts
Armorama: 211 posts
Posted: Monday, October 10, 2016 - 12:04 AM UTC
Yeah, but it is so slow. Wish I had a "Fast Forward" button for this!
Wisham
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Alaska, United States
Joined: September 05, 2007
KitMaker: 133 posts
Armorama: 119 posts
Posted: Monday, October 10, 2016 - 12:54 AM UTC
Fun to watch this come together.
Braille
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California, United States
Joined: August 05, 2007
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Armorama: 1,437 posts
Posted: Monday, October 10, 2016 - 05:58 PM UTC

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Four years have passed since the first post on this build blog, four years since this started. A big "Thank you!" to all those that were by my side to see the Mouse slowly grow. Progress has been made but there is so much more to do so better get to it!



All good things take time. Keep up the excellent work, so very interesting to see this vehicle being put together and with an interior especially now that the manufactures are releasing kits with interiors.

Enjoying the history that you mention on your posts too, makes it that much more interesting.

~Eddy
FlorinM
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Bucuresti, Romania
Joined: August 01, 2011
KitMaker: 385 posts
Armorama: 211 posts
Posted: Monday, October 10, 2016 - 10:19 PM UTC
(Fingers crossed) A decent, modern molding Maus kit, now that would be AWESOME! And at least with some rudiments of interior, not just a huge, empty box. I'll take two! One to become the V1 - the one with the simulated weight turret, the other would be built as the V2 in its initial configuration. Work on this one will continue regardless, so much was invested in it.
FlorinM
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Bucuresti, Romania
Joined: August 01, 2011
KitMaker: 385 posts
Armorama: 211 posts
Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - 02:06 PM UTC
Radiators detailed and painted. For obvious reasons, all filler caps on the Maus had very fine retaining chains. I chose not to reproduce them because in 1/35th any attempt would look grossly over-scale.





jmsbd07
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Minnesota, United States
Joined: April 11, 2014
KitMaker: 96 posts
Armorama: 94 posts
Posted: Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 08:05 AM UTC
great to see more progress, do you have any Idea how you want to show all of the details? as it would be fun to see a cutaway model of the maus with the interior.
FlorinM
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Bucuresti, Romania
Joined: August 01, 2011
KitMaker: 385 posts
Armorama: 211 posts
Posted: Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 10:39 AM UTC
In my opinion cutaways are a sacrilege. They might serve a purpose as teaching aids in engineering schools, but have no place anywhere else as they destroy the subject, compromise its integrity and ruin its shape and volume.
This one will be built as the real tank was. If possible the access hatches will be made workable.
FlorinM
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Bucuresti, Romania
Joined: August 01, 2011
KitMaker: 385 posts
Armorama: 211 posts
Posted: Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 08:27 PM UTC
The small, auxiliary radiators have been painted and received their mesh.


Reflecting photographic resources the mesh on the small radiators is coarser when compared to that on the main ones.

plstktnkr2
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Maryland, United States
Joined: October 10, 2002
KitMaker: 343 posts
Armorama: 300 posts
Posted: Sunday, October 16, 2016 - 10:20 AM UTC

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In my opinion cutaways are a sacrilege. They might serve a purpose as teaching aids in engineering schools, but have no place anywhere else as they destroy the subject, compromise its integrity and ruin its shape and volume.
This one will be built as the real tank was. If possible the access hatches will be made workable.



Rather then do a "cutaway" why not do it in a "Ghost" fashion with some walls on the side done in clear plastic with all the details on display rather the "slice and dice method" of a cutaway?
FlorinM
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Bucuresti, Romania
Joined: August 01, 2011
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Posted: Sunday, October 16, 2016 - 02:32 PM UTC
That would also be a sacrilege, the real tank had thick armor, not window panes. The focus of this build is maximum possible accuracy.
plstktnkr2
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Maryland, United States
Joined: October 10, 2002
KitMaker: 343 posts
Armorama: 300 posts
Posted: Monday, October 17, 2016 - 09:51 AM UTC

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That would also be a sacrilege, the real tank had thick armor, not window panes. The focus of this build is maximum possible accuracy.



As a modeler I respect that response, can't say I would be any different.
You Rock Brother!
Rick
Radioman62
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Indiana, United States
Joined: September 02, 2016
KitMaker: 4 posts
Armorama: 4 posts
Posted: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 09:24 PM UTC
I will be following this build of yours I am amazed in what you are doing and giving all of my 1/35th scale away now!
Zaaphod
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Slovakia
Joined: March 26, 2013
KitMaker: 65 posts
Armorama: 63 posts
Posted: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 11:15 PM UTC

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That would also be a sacrilege, the real tank had thick armor, not window panes. The focus of this build is maximum possible accuracy.



"Isn't is redundant then, building something into tiniest of details that no one would ba able to see?" he asked, building missing drivers position on T-44 kit, that also nobody will ever get to see.

That is very good answer. We are creating models, scale replicas of things. For tech demonstrations, use AutoCAD.
FlorinM
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Bucuresti, Romania
Joined: August 01, 2011
KitMaker: 385 posts
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Posted: Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 12:21 AM UTC
When I started this I wanted it to be really special, as accurate as possible, because as a modelling subject the Maus was never treated seriously, having a status of "Paper Panzer".
Sure, when finished, most of the work won't be visible. So what? I know what is in there and you Guys do too. What really matters is the fun doing the research and then how it all comes to life. And the reward of sharing it all with kindred spirits. The journey also matters, not just the destination. In the beginning my knowledge about the Maus was limited, when this is done I could probably write a book. Thank you all for being by my side on this journey!
jrutman
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Pennsylvania, United States
Joined: April 10, 2011
KitMaker: 6,686 posts
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Posted: Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 06:20 PM UTC
You are correct. You are building it because YOU know it will be in there. When all is said and done,we,ourselves are the ones we have to satisfy,aren't we ?
Keep goin bro,
J
plstktnkr2
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Maryland, United States
Joined: October 10, 2002
KitMaker: 343 posts
Armorama: 300 posts
Posted: Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 07:36 PM UTC

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When I started this I wanted it to be really special, as accurate as possible, because as a modelling subject the Maus was never treated seriously, having a status of "Paper Panzer".
Sure, when finished, most of the work won't be visible. So what? I know what is in there and you Guys do too. What really matters is the fun doing the research and then how it all comes to life. And the reward of sharing it all with kindred spirits. The journey also matters, not just the destination. In the beginning my knowledge about the Maus was limited, when this is done I could probably write a book. Thank you all for being by my side on this journey!



When you write your book, I would love to have the second copy, signed please
pimpdogbert
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Illinois, United States
Joined: November 25, 2005
KitMaker: 130 posts
Armorama: 88 posts
Posted: Sunday, October 23, 2016 - 09:20 AM UTC
This is the best post on the site un my opinion and the work you do is simply amazing. And with the first hand look inside the Maus is priceless. I so much on one of my favorite tanks and I say thank you!
Cole4862
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Canada
Joined: December 31, 2016
KitMaker: 2 posts
Armorama: 2 posts
Posted: Friday, December 30, 2016 - 12:37 PM UTC
How's it coming, boss? Just recently got myself a Maus, will be using this for reference to build an accurate Maus. I found a pretty good PDF on the Maus. Hope it helps.

http://www.hobbyhavoc.com/oldhavoc/ebooks/Trojca%20German%20Secret%20Panzer%20Projects.pdf
FlorinM
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Bucuresti, Romania
Joined: August 01, 2011
KitMaker: 385 posts
Armorama: 211 posts
Posted: Friday, December 30, 2016 - 01:27 PM UTC
Marrying a pyramid to a a couple of cylinders for the ventilator housing is no easy task, I'm working on it. When there is something decent to show, it will be posted.

Regarding the book - for the Maus, the pictures are good and the line drawings look decent-ish at a first glance.
The E 100 with a Maus turret makes me cringe, it was at least supposed to have a Maus II turret, with a sloped front plate and a range finder on the roof. Like the Panzer IX and X , the Lowe is an aberration, just because it appeared as a line drawing in Signal in 1944 does not even qualify it as a "Paper Panzer" - that turret is way too small for the 10.5 cm gun it was supposed to house and had the gun fired the commander would have been made mince meat by the recoil...
Roshindow
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Trento, Italy
Joined: May 10, 2014
KitMaker: 34 posts
Armorama: 32 posts
Posted: Monday, January 16, 2017 - 06:45 PM UTC
What do you think of the newly announced Trumpeter Maus with interiors? See some inaccuracies from the preview?
FlorinM
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Bucuresti, Romania
Joined: August 01, 2011
KitMaker: 385 posts
Armorama: 211 posts
Posted: Monday, January 16, 2017 - 07:11 PM UTC
To be honest I had no idea Trumpeter would make a Maus, but know that Takom will release the two prototypes as separate kits supposedly in february.
FlorinM
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Bucuresti, Romania
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Posted: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 11:16 AM UTC
Having seen the Trumpeter CADs for their Maus with interior, it is clear that it represents the initial version, the one like the V1, with the modified aviation motor. There are some dodgy things but will make judgements about accuracy only after I see the actual plastic parts. The Takom kits are without interior.