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Panzer38(t) recreation
Old 01-22-2018, 03:37 PM   #1
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~Greetings Tankers!~

I am T_ankmann, I represent a group of young engineers who are attempting to reverse-engineer and build a Pz38(t) Ausf.D from scratch. The goal is to make one as a proof of concept, showing that we can make a period-accurate AFV without shipping original parts from overseas.

We chose the Panzer 38(t) because there are no examples currently in the United States, and in our opinion the chassis was one of the most well designed and widely used platforms in WWII.

So far we've put in approximately 300 hours into design, historical accuracy, and research, including engineering a modified Wilson gearbox without a physical reference. Every assembly except the engine will be designed by us using reference images from living examples, restoration projects, CKD Archives, and users manuals.

Today we were working on networking, financing (whoo boy), chassis design, running gear design, and final drive engineering calculations. A full writeup of this week's progress can be found here. We have a webage/blog that we do most of our updates on but I wanted to reach out to you guys because it sounds like something you'd be interested in following.

Anyway, thanks for listening, I'll be revisiting this post every week or so to post pictures and updates!

P.s, I hear rumors of a Pz38(t) project built off a Pansarbandvagn 301 chassis, is that still around? I can't find hide nor hair of it online anymore. I'd love to get in contact with them and share information.
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Old 01-31-2018, 01:25 PM   #2
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I have and I am slowly restoring a 38t here in Illinois.
The repro may be finished before my real one is done!
Anyhow feel free to contact me for It would be nice to correspond with you in regards to your project.
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Weekends and updates.
Old 02-01-2018, 11:42 PM   #3
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@Kubel44, I would love to start a dialogue with you! We are fairly ambitious and any new information we can gain or share is always a plus! As far as I was aware we were the only Panzer38(t) Project. I'd love to hear where you got it, which Ausf, and how long you've been restoring tanks/vehicles! Email me at t.ankmann@project38.net

For everybody else, Iím very excited to bring you this update! (also seen here on our website)
First order of business, progress reports!
Framework: Beckett has done an outstanding job working and reworking his framework drawings to maintain the highest level of accuracy, after all, itís off of this frame that the shape of our tank is based. He even worked a little bit in AutoCadís 3d function to bring us the wireframe orthographic view. Looking good!
Seen here are Beckettís frame drawings and new business cards!
(we also got business cards, theyíre sweet, more on that down below)

Turret: Tristan has come very close to a final design for the turret drive mechanism! In this design, the housing is made from 3.5″ schedule 80 steel pipe and pipe caps, with some cuts and holes. Round, compact, and at exactly 4 degrees of turret rotation per turn of the handle. Well, 4.007 degrees of traverse per turn but I think thatís close enough. Historical accuracy is his ďthingĒ.
(not a true section drawing but I just threw everything in there to give a good overview of the mechanism)

Steve put in many hours on the running gear this week, mostly modeling the wheels so that the internals can be calculated. Iíll have screenshots/printouts of his final product for next week I assume.

Business and Business cards!
Our paperwork has gone in to officially make us an LLC! Replica and Restoration Works LLC is the name chosen by the team, mainly so as not to limit ourselves to tanks, but also because it sounds a bit more. . . . [safe?] than Das Kriegsministerium, letís be honest.
We also got 200 business cards in 3 different variants (see below). Weíll be needing them because tomorrow we go to Fort Indiantown Gap! Thatís right, weíll be at the Battle of the Bulge reenactment tomorrow and Saturday! Super exciting and I canít wait to talk with some of the tankers/actors there.
From top left: The front with an Ausf B. A drawing Beckett whipped up, the TNH-S (predecessor to the 38(t), and plain text.)

We also have access to Solidworks, so maybe more 3d items will come your way? Who knows? Itís all very exciting.

Thatís all for tonight! Iíll post pictures of the reenactment on Sunday!
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