'Tank Mechanic Simulator' Panzer VIII Maus Restoration Guide: How to Repair Vintage World War II Tank

By Staff Reporter , Updated Sep 14, 2021 03:20 AM EDT
(Photo: Screenshot from Alex K's "Restoration Maus - Tank Mechanic Simulator")

In Tank Mechanic Simulator, players can now fulfill their dream of owning a vintage World War II tank by repairing and restoring them using parts on-hand, much like Car Mechanic Simulator 2021.

In the game, players will have the opportunity to do it with one of the 15 vehicles, 12 of which are tanks, while the rest are either armored vehicles or self-propelled guns. These vehicles can be found either at the scrapyard or buried in the ground, which they can excavate using special tools.

They can tinker German tanks like the Tiger 1 and the Panzer III, Soviet tanks like the T-34/85, the T-34/76 and the KV-2, and American tanks like the M4A3E8 Sherman "Easy Eight" and the M26 Pershing, using more than 200 parts, which are all usable depending on what tank that needs to be restored.

Along the way, they will also use tools such as the hammer, the rust removal tool, the grinder, the sandblaster, the wrench tool, and more to renovate the tanks.

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They can customize their restored tanks with paint, camouflage, and decals, like what the members of Owarai Girls' Academy did to their tanks in Girls und Panzer, as well as test driving them and taking them to the shooting range to experience firing its barrel.

Once they are satisfied, they can either sell them for more profit or open their own tank museum.

How to Restore Panzer VIII Maus

The Panzer VIII Maus is a German super-heavy tank that was supposed to be rolled out during the World War II. The said tank boasted a heavy armor and a 128mm KwK 44 L/55 gun that can destroy every Allied armored fighting vehicle at ranges exceeding 3,500 m.

However, the tank was not fully deployed in every war theater in Europe as its testing grounds were captured by the Soviet army in 1945 while it was testing on its second prototype, the V2.

Nowadays, the Maus can be seen in either tank museums, in video games such as World of Tanks, or in other forms of media like the aforementioned Girls Und Panzer, during the match between Owarai Girls' Academy and Kuromorimine Girls' Academy.

In Tank Mechanic Simulator, the Maus is part of its recent Patch 1.2.6. Update. To restore that said tank in the game, players must look for it first. In a Youtube video made by Alex K, players can look for it in the scrapyard. When they say the Maus, who appears to be rusty, they can buy it in order to start said restoration.

Once the tank is in their garage, they can now remove the tank body's internal and external components, including its engine, tracks, wheels, lights, suspension, other external parts, fuel tank, radio receiver, other internal controls like the steering lever, gad pedal, and hand brake, ammunition boxes, and electric motor.

They will also remove the parts in its turret, including the gun barrel, the internal parts for the cannon, the projectile caps, the seats, the air compressor, the guide and bearer rollers, and its other parts.

Once they are done removing the parts, they may now start restoring the Maus, beginning with its engine. Players will notice that the engine block is rusty, so they need to remove it. To do that, they will left-click to begin the said rust removal, which could take minutes.

Afterwards, using the sandblaster, they will sandblast the said engine until it looked brand new. Once they are done restoring the engine block, they can now assemble the whole engine.

They need an oil filter, a water pump, a supercharger, an ignition magneto, the engine heads, a crankshaft, the pistons and their rods, the generators, a starter engine, a fuel pump, an injection pump, the spark plugs, the exhaust manifolds, the valves and their valve arms, and the cooling water outlets.

They will also need the reduction gears, a reduction gear cover, an air filter plug, an air pre-filter, an ignition wire, an air filter pipe, a fan transmission, a gearbox shaft, an exhaust coolant reservoir, the camshafts, the timing covers, and the air intake manifolds A and B.

Once they finished building the engine, they will proceed in restoring the tank itself. Just like they did in the engine block, they will proceed to rust removing and sandblasting the tank body and the turret. Afterwards, using the paint gun, they will coat them with a primer, followed by a new coat of paint.

After that, they may proceed re-assembling the other parts, including its suspension, other interior parts, and the barrels for the turret. Finally, they can replace its oil, fuel, and coolant before starting the engine to see if it can run smoothly.

Once it is good to go, they may now test drive their newly restored Panzer VIII Maus.

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