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Armor and ground forces of the Axis forces during World War II.
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Maus 1:35 with interior
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Jakarta Raya, Indonesia
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Posted: Tuesday, May 06, 2014 - 04:14 PM UTC
Hey florin! really great build you're doing there! I wonder how long would it take for me to be able to do scratchbuild like that! If my friend knew about this, he'll surely freak out because he's a fanatic of maus (and other german heavy tank)! By the way, are you planning to display it closed or opened to show the interior?
FlorinM
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Bucuresti, Romania
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Posted: Monday, April 14, 2014 - 12:47 AM UTC
The only long distance journey under its own power took place on 21st of April, 1945 from Kummersdorf to Wunsdorf, 30 kilometers away, guzzling 350 liters of Diesel fuel for every 10 kilometers. Otherwise it traveled by railroad, on its huge, purpose designed rail-car.
The crew was part of Kampfgruppe Kahler, a mixture of civilians and veterans turned instructors.
A civilian that is known to have driven the Maus was Oberingenieur Otto Zadnik.
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Virginia, United States
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Posted: Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 01:32 AM UTC
Hi Florin, I am amazed at your technical knowledge of the Maus details. Can you guess who was manning the Maus when it was sent to Zossen? Would it have been a mix of factory personnel and military tankers? And do you know what road they traveled on? It must have amazed townspeople as it passed through. Thanks.
FlorinM
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Bucuresti, Romania
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Posted: Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 01:04 AM UTC
This restoration could answer to questions such as what is the exact shape of the track rail above the roadwheel bogies. Or could really mess things up. I've heard that at least the original generator unit is somewhere in a technical museum in some forgotten russian town. Hopefully they will scrounge up some other parts. With regard to the engine, maybe they will collaborate with Daimler-Benz?
The amount of work involved is staggering, because they wreaked havoc with the cutting torch while gutting it in the early to mid 1950's.
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Virginia, United States
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Posted: Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 12:00 AM UTC
Hello, I joined just to follow this great thread as the Maus has always fascinated me. But now to learn they are going to restore it! WOW!! Does anyone have a guess as to how long this will take and how much money? I will guess 5yrs and $20million US dollars, since they much modify the museum or build Maus it's own showroom.

Tom
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Posted: Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 10:02 AM UTC

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The news leave mixed feelings. It is good to clean the hulk that rusts away, but if they don't do an accurate job, it will become even more difficult to investigate how it looked in its original WWII state. I just hope that they don't use the drawings shown in the video...



Yes I agree, they must do a good job restoring the tank but this is positive news.

I would imagine that they are going to mount a modern power unit in the tank though which will have implications on the internal layout.
FlorinM
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Bucuresti, Romania
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Posted: Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 04:19 AM UTC
The news leave mixed feelings. It is good to clean the hulk that rusts away, but if they don't do an accurate job, it will become even more difficult to investigate how it looked in its original WWII state. I just hope that they don't use the drawings shown in the video...
ceerosvk
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Slovakia
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Posted: Friday, April 11, 2014 - 05:13 AM UTC
Maybe they got inspired by you!
FlorinM
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Bucuresti, Romania
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Posted: Sunday, April 06, 2014 - 09:38 PM UTC
Thank you for the vote of confidence. Hopefully the project materializes and you will have a signed copy from me. I was thinking of a blend of history with references for the modellers, something that won't be boring. Something that begins with the Mammut (with its smaller turret stacked on top of the main one) and ends with the 15 cm armed Maus II.
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Slovakia
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Posted: Friday, April 04, 2014 - 09:37 PM UTC
Donated, as promissed. Keep up the great work!
FlorinM
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Bucuresti, Romania
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Posted: Friday, April 04, 2014 - 12:18 AM UTC
The campaign to fund the Maus book is now live. If any of you guys would like to give a helping hand, this is the link:
New Maus Book
Late edit: Campaign was a failure, with only 3 backers and 50 euros that were returned at the end...
FlorinM
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Bucuresti, Romania
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Posted: Sunday, March 23, 2014 - 01:20 AM UTC
No need to wait, I already own it and have read it a year ago when it was released. According to its author, son of the director of the Boblingen Testing Facility during the war, it is unlikely to be published in other language than German.
John_O
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Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium
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Posted: Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 08:54 AM UTC
Once this book is released in English you'll have all you need: It's extremy detailed. A book on building the Maus like Florin is doing, now that would be sweet!

John
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Slovakia
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Posted: Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 10:14 AM UTC
A book about Maus is actually brilliant idea. I sure as hell would buy it.
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Posted: Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 04:30 AM UTC
Oh very nice. On the book idea, Kickstarter or any crowd fund site will help out as a English book on the Maus is not at all available and I'm sure that once modelers and armor fans find out about it will support it. I know I will! Just a little food for thought. Your updates get me all kinds of excited

Cheers Alex
FlorinM
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Bucuresti, Romania
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Posted: Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 10:00 PM UTC
Preview of the driver's left side. A switch box for the valve batteries was added to the rear wall and you can see the handles temporarily fit.
FlorinM
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Bucuresti, Romania
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Posted: Saturday, March 08, 2014 - 09:15 AM UTC
The documentation at hand would compile into a solid, hefty article, but a book would take 5 to 10 years of in-depth research and another 5 years to process the information and write. Time is not the issue however, but lack of funding. In order to bring new information the book would require research journeys to France for some archive documents, England to track down the original factory drawings, Germany - visit at Daimler-Benz tracking the MB 517, maybe find something at Porsche and do some detective work about Kampfgruppe Kahler during the final days of the war, and Russia where the hybrid is, also to investigate the rumors about the third Maus. The formal training and the willingness for such an endeavor do exist, but without the material means it can't be done. I'd rather share information here with you guys!
jrutman
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Posted: Saturday, March 08, 2014 - 02:38 AM UTC
I agree with Alex,
You have the know how to write the diffinitive Maus book.
J
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Illinois, United States
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Posted: Friday, March 07, 2014 - 11:20 AM UTC
Florin with all you know you should write a book about this beast. You really know how to bring the Maus alive with your knowledge.
FlorinM
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Bucuresti, Romania
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Posted: Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - 12:10 AM UTC
It was quite an involved procedure: the driver would open the main fuel tap, fuel would be pumped into the system, while the radio operator opened the main hydraulic valve located to his right front, the driver pressed the amber colored button, bringing the electric system to life with a hum. Then the ignition switch would be flicked and the Maus would roar!
pimpdogbert
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Illinois, United States
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Posted: Tuesday, March 04, 2014 - 06:35 AM UTC
Cool update! It seems to me there are a lot of steps to get this beast running.
FlorinM
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Bucuresti, Romania
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Posted: Tuesday, March 04, 2014 - 12:01 AM UTC
A tiny update for now. The smaller handle is for the main fuel tap, while the larger one above it is for a fuel hand-pump. These are located on the rear bulkhead, to the right of the door (looking to the back).

John_O
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Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium
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Posted: Sunday, March 02, 2014 - 09:21 PM UTC
You are doing a fantastic job! Really looking forward to the next steps!

John
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Bucuresti, Romania
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Posted: Sunday, February 16, 2014 - 04:57 PM UTC
Glad you guys like it, stay tuned for more!
plstktnkr2
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Posted: Sunday, February 16, 2014 - 08:30 AM UTC
Absoulutly awesome!