2018.5.11 UPDATE: Getting My Panther On

Hello Friends,

I’m not sure — yet — but, if the work I did on the master bench this week is any indication,  I think I might be starting to build up a head of steam again (finally).  If I am, it might even turn into a new ‘Summer Offensive.’  Come on, let me give you the full details.


No new products this week, sorry.  I am aiming to release the next items on May 25 (and that target is looking good right now).


I am still toying with the U.S. T29/T30/T34 series.  I have several smaller pieces finished, but I am not sure if I want to finish the full series of planned releases for this one or not.  I just don’t know if there is still enough interest here.  I may have taken too long and missed my window.

More M3 Lee/Grant items are definitely in the works.  I just don’t know if they will make it this month, or next.


I had a great week mastering for the Panther.  I managed to finish everything I wanted to do for the suspension and will start on the rear hull this weekend.  I am focusing on the Ausf A for the moment, but will also be working on the D and G.  As of this moment, I have over 2 dozen (24+) items planned for the Ausf A/Panther in general.  I suspect, by the time I am done, that number will double, if not triple.  What’s more, everything I am working on is being designed to work across the Dragon, Takom and Rye Field kits (they “might” work with Meng, but you’ll have to find out about that yourself.  I — me, Joe — simply do not think the Meng kit is on the same level as the other three kits).


As of this moment, there is not one order left in the house.  Everything has been filled and shipped.  So correct that!  Order something this weekend — so I’ll have something to do next week (idle time is not good for Joe).

 I still have six returned orders.  I will try to find email addresses for their owners so I can contact everyone directly, but, if you have a missing order that is older than 5 weeks, please email me so I can check on this.  All these returns are a new thing for me.  I don’t think I’ve had  as many returned orders in the whole of the last 17 years of operation as I have had in the last 3 months.



I am going to email the gentleman who has been helping me with this project and ask him about another option.  If it works, I might just throw money at this problem.  I simply do not have the time to 1 — learn what I need to know or 2 — do it.  I guess this is one of those areas where wisdom and humility must prevail.  In this case, being wise enough to know when you need help and humble enough to ask for it.


The shop is in good shape, but it still needs some long-term clean-up.  If BB will let me take some time away from my weekend house chores, I might try getting some of this done this weekend.


I am still feeling good.  I am losing weight again, and that helps with a lot of my other health issues.  But I am going through some other areas of personal “growth.”  For one thing, I am starting to really get down on myself for being lazy — especially in my personal friendships.  I know I am a lousy friend.  I tend to wait for people to call me and never reach out to my buddies on my own.  I need to fix that.  And there are some other areas where I would like to be a better person, and I am starting to work on them.  But, as my oldest friend would tell me, if these are the biggest problems in my life right now, then they are ‘high class’ problems — the best type to have (because they are, frankly, problems of luxury and not necessity).  So, I’m working to become a better human being and friend.  Maybe that will also make me a better resin shop owner and vendor.  I sure hope so 🙂


Well, that’s all I have for now.  So, until next week, stay safe and try to build something (preferably something using TMD resin).


2 responses to “2018.5.11 UPDATE: Getting My Panther On

  1. Cliff Leverette

    Hey Joe, why not do a realistic fan set up for a Panther radiator or do the entire radiator with a separate fan. I’ve got Tank Workshop panther radiators and some Verlinden ones which fall short of what you can do.

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