Panzerfabrik News

PzKpfw II ausf. L "Luchs" FIRST RIDE

Today we took out the Panzer II "Luchs" for its first ride. Everything went well. Suspension, wheels, sprockets engine all worked. Test---- Passed! Now on to making it look like what its supposed to look like.

Luchs build!

Luchs build. Screens made and mounted. Rear deck is pretty well done. Needs hinges and tow cable holding clips. Fighting compartment is drawn and ready to be cut. Picking color. I like the color we started with but it's too glossy. Here are some other choices of RAL 7028

Luchs updates yet again !!

The armor caps for the rear lid are done and the engine deck is just about complete. The screens need frames to be finished and hinges on the doors are almost done.

Hallelujah! We have Luchs Wheels!

Hallelujah!!!! On the way home with rubber on the PzKpfw II Luchs wheels. Making these wheels have been such an adventure I am sobbing with happiness

More Luchs Wheels!

Old news. This was the final version of Luchs wheels.


Wheels are fixed and will be off for rubber soon. The machine shop faced the hub face so that its Square to the plane of the wheel. Then the wheels were Lathed to spin true and not wobble. The fix worked perfectly and they are exactly the way they need to be. Will be moving on to the electrical system soon and bummer.... we have to add a second radiator. So that will mean a little rework on the ass end.

Panzer II Luchs progress!

Panzer II Luchs progress... wheels are the devil. They look good but they wobble. Bummer. More work to straighten them out. We will all be older than dirt by the time they are done. Engine is back in and looks beautiful. Tub & drivetrain are things of beauty.

MORE! Luchs !

PzKpfw II ausf.L. Luchs progress. Buried in the wheels. Finally, have a working prototype for the inner wheel. See it compared to an original Luchs wheel. Dave is painting, detailing, and assembling the tub. International Harvester engine painted in Maybach colors. Beautiful!

Another Luchs update!

PzKpfw II Luchs progress: Starting to paint. All these things will never look better than they do now. Wheels are starting to take shape. They're going to be cool but each one is a project in itself.