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Post by mutt71 on Tue Oct 07, 2014 5:01 pm

I spent most of the day driving to and from Southern NJ yesterday to pick up three newly acquired vehicles, a DID Sdkfz 251C, with a 2.8 Taper bore gun and carriage, as well as a bridging conversion kit to make it into a 251C7. I am naming her Erika, after my Daughter. I spent most of today, going over all three vehicles (251C, Horch and a Kruppe Protze), to check on any damage and repairs that I would make. I started with the 251 and found that I want to add a lot of stowage, a front MG mount for the front of the crew compartment. After dusting it off, I turned to the Horch. It had suffered some damage somewhere along the line, so I set out on repairs of the obvious. One tire was almost off of the rim in the back, so I spent about an hour repairing that, as all of the screws and nuts were in a parts baggie (Thanks TTT!) then onto the fender over that wheel. I had to call on some "tin knocking". I got things pretty well straightened out, to include the dashboard that had a fit issue. I put the doors on it and transferred the crew to the Whermacht as well as the other two crews. I am done for the day now, as it has just started to rain. I will post photos tomorrow, weather permitting.
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Post by dti62 on Tue Oct 07, 2014 5:47 pm

Oh Jack,
PLEASE DO....!! cheers
Need to see your late birthday gifts.  Razz Laughing
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Post by Halftrack1 on Tue Oct 07, 2014 7:33 pm

PICTURES< PICTURES< PICTURES< Come on Jack no teasing allowed. However it really sounds like you hit the lotto in 1/6th scale. Can't wait. Just kidding I can wait till tomorrow.
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Post by mutt71 on Wed Oct 08, 2014 6:55 pm

I took some photos and will try to post them here of Erika!

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Post by mutt71 on Wed Oct 08, 2014 7:05 pm

I will post more as I make progress on Erika.
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Post by Threetoughtrucks on Wed Oct 08, 2014 7:24 pm

Glad they went to a good home. It was a good deal and I'm glad you are happy, I know I am happy with the deal. Thanks.

Will look forward to what you do with all three.

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Post by dti62 on Wed Oct 08, 2014 7:41 pm

Say Jack,
After all the modifications are done, get her outdoors before the weather turns foul for a couple of shots. I envy you guys with these vehicles.
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Post by Halftrack1 on Wed Oct 08, 2014 8:49 pm

NICE, REALLY, REALLY, NICE. ITS NOW DIO TIME. Were all ready for the kick off Jack.
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Post by mutt71 on Wed Oct 08, 2014 10:19 pm

Ken, I'd love to get them done and outside for photos, but, they each weigh a ton! LOL I doubt that they will be done before the snow falls. That won't stop me though.
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Post by Threetoughtrucks on Thu Oct 09, 2014 12:07 am

When I bought this beast, the shipping invoice said it more than 60 pounds. It is a great model but the older I got the heavier it got.

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Post by Halftrack1 on Thu Oct 09, 2014 8:41 am

Ya I know the feeling. I think my 251's weight in at between 60 and 70 lb each, but I think my heavyweight is the FOA Pz IV. Takes two people and a stretcher for that one.
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Post by dti62 on Thu Oct 09, 2014 12:45 pm

Say guys,
We're not getting any younger in this hobby, let alone carrying these monsters around. I know the feeling of getting up in age.lol lol
Jack do what you can, if you have to do a backdrop photo. LOL
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Post by dti62 on Thu Oct 09, 2014 12:47 pm

Threetoughtrucks wrote:When I bought this beast, the shipping invoice said it more than  60 pounds. It is a great model but the older I got the heavier it got.

Charlie

Charlie you crazy..!!LOL LOL Laughing Laughing
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Post by mutt71 on Thu Oct 09, 2014 7:53 pm

Charlie, I am with you on that getting older part. I tried to pick up one of these vehicles to carry it out to my pick up, but, almost did a face plant inside Charlie's Man Cave. I knew they were heavy, and I know that my heart is blasted, but, I just had to step aside and let Charlie's son and my buddy move them. I went to the Cardiac Doctor today and he told me that my heart works at almost 1/2 of it's capacity. That was GOOD news, as it was working at 12 -15 5 just 2 years ago! I was also told that it will NOT get any better than this. I feel very blessed with the news that it is at half capacity.
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Post by Halftrack1 on Thu Oct 09, 2014 8:58 pm

Jack glad to hear that you've made a improvement on the health side of the world. I do hope that you will get even a little better even after the doc visit.
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Post by hansalbin on Thu Oct 09, 2014 9:35 pm

Best way to move the 251 is to take the links off. Will save you about 20 pounds, yeah all metal. How I move mine. Easy on Easy off.

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Post by dti62 on Thu Oct 09, 2014 11:41 pm

Ya, take it easy Jack.
Don't need to hear your in the hospital again, need you with us buddy.  Very Happy


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Post by mutt71 on Fri Oct 10, 2014 12:11 am

Thanks Dave. I asked about that and they said that I was very lucky to have gotten to where I am now, but, to not expect anything more than it is now. One can only hope and pray.
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Post by Ostfront43 on Fri Oct 10, 2014 7:44 am

Sweet haul! And even better that both parties are happy. Looking forward to seeing some dio photos. And getting new toys helps the heart improve, win!!
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Post by Threetoughtrucks on Fri Oct 10, 2014 1:09 pm

Jack, you saw my carts for the "heavy" or big stuff. Metal rolling carts with adjustable shelves that you can roll around. Fairly cheap, assembles in 5 minutes. All you have to do is roll them to where you want to pose them for pics, and place them on the ground. Just be careful and don't overdue.

BTW - Now, I have so much room in my man cave, I'm finally going to dig out my Command Car I haven't had room for display in years.

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Post by dti62 on Fri Oct 10, 2014 1:38 pm

Charlie,

Can you share some photos of it, would really like to see it. Very Happy
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Post by Threetoughtrucks on Fri Oct 10, 2014 2:48 pm

The cart is sold as a "Chrome 3 tier Heavy Duty Utility Cart". I bought 3 from Amazon and am happy with them, 400 lb capacity, 250 lb capacity for each shelf. Shelves are all adjustable and have a lip around each shelf that can be up or down depending on your vehicle. A rail to move the cart around, which roll on big wheels easy.
I use 2 shelves for big guys and the bottom for parts.
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Ignore the Mauser, the 2nd pic just to show the wheels.

The Scout Car is Taowan and is my last really heavy model. Not a problem so far. The "251" Jack bought was so heavy for me, it sat on the floor in the same spot for 5 years. I couldn't even get that up on a cart.

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Post by dti62 on Fri Oct 10, 2014 3:31 pm

Looks good, great ideal with the carts. If I can ever afford one or two vehicles, that's what they'll be on.
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Post by mutt71 on Fri Oct 10, 2014 4:18 pm

Charlie, that is a great idea!! I didn't realize that they were on wheels to begin with. I am on the lookout for a 12 ft enclosed travel trailer that I can put my collection into instead of paying for a storage unit and also using my F-150 for storage. Those shelves would be a sure thing then for me.
By the way, I have 1/2 of the bridging equipment done for the 251C/7. It gave me fits at first, trying to identify the side rails, .but I got that ironed out. They are heavy in their own right, so there goes even ore weight to an already very heavy beasty
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Post by mutt71 on Fri Oct 10, 2014 7:25 pm

I finished putting the bridge sections together and thought I was well on the way with this part of the 251 Project. Well, I could not be more wrong! I forgot to fold several of the cross members, before riveting the rails together. So, I guess that I will walk away from it tonight and start undoing what I did today and do it all over again. Well lesson learned here! SMH
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