I would like to know what size brass wire should I use when making the grab handles for my WWII Panther D early in 1/72nd scale.
Assume that the rod used for the real handles has a diameter somewhere between 15 - 25 millimetres.
Dividing with 72 gives 0.2 to 0.35 millimetres.
I think I would go for close to 0.2 with 0.25 millimetres as upper limit to allow some margin for paint thickness.
shows the side of the mantlet, supposed to be 100 mm thick and a grab handle on the drivers hatch.
Comparing the sizes makes me think the handle is 12 - 13 mm thick
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The side armour of the turret is 45 mm thick and the handle on the rear top edge of the turret seems to be about 0.3 x the armour thickness which would mean about 12 mm (and 0.17 mm in 1/72)