The Panther Project Vol 1: Drivetrain and Hull
The technical development, a performance evaluation and a detailed combat history of this seminal German tank of World War II is beyond the scope of this published work. Instead we will concentrate here on a visual feast for the eyes,
96 pages detailing an incredible work of restoration being carried out on a Panther Ausf. A in the workshops of the Wheatcroft Collection.
As we have had access to the reconstruction of this tank from the early stages we are in a unique position to be able to photographically record the work that has been carried out and that is still to be completed. We plan that there will be at least three volumes of work that shall record this incredible project. The access that we have had has allowed us to visually record a great deal of this vehicle in a way not normally seen in other modern studies of the Panther that are in either museums or in private collections.
By being able to photograph virtually the entire vehicle before fitting of all the major components we have been able to document those elements that are not normally visible even in those studies that comprehensively cover interior walkarounds. Over this and the following volumes we will be documenting every element of the vehicle including all major sub-assemblies, both before and after installation. This will hopefully build the most complete study to date of the construction via restoration of this iconic vehicle.
This volume is primarily concerned with an examination of the interior of the hull, suspension elements, gear train and drive components, completed parts awaiting installation, and some about to undergo restoration. Also included is a reasonably complete history of this vehicle as we know of it to this date.
Tiger: A Modern study of Fgst.NR. 250031
The Research Squad are pleased to announce the release of Tiger: Modern Study of Fgst. NR. 250031, a complete photo study of the Aberdeen 712 Tiger tank. The Research Squad were given given special permission by the collection and Aberdeen Proving Ground Museum to fully document this important vehicle in order to create a photographic record for any future restoration work. This includes a full exterior walk-around, a complete documentation of the interior and also a detailed study of the engine compartment and engine.
To this end the knowledge and expertise of many contributors were brought together, not least of which were our two guest technical editors, Liejon Schoot and Rob Veenendaal, without whose massive contribution this book would not have been completed.
The book comprises:
+/- 690 images.
69 technical diagrams (including 27 selected re-mastered diagrams at A4 size)
This will include:
- a full exterior walk-around,
- a complete documentation of the interior
- a detailed study of the engine compartment.
- a history of the vehicle from capture to present date
- a veteran interview with driver of Maj. Leuder
- a technical article on the Vorpanzer with diagrams