A bit further with the details. Pedal now complete so I just need to scribe the rear panel (you'll see), and the turntable can be painted.
The turret ring bolts are also in place so I can now add the welded brackets for the "turret teeth" cover and it's time to wire things up.
I've reached the point where I really need to understand how various pieces of linkage work attached to the turret traverse and gun elevation units. The loader's traverse unit is "free standing" as it turns without power assist. The main unit is also no longer assisted by the motor used until being dropped for the Js. So much to learn.
The air filter is almost done as are the engine cooling fans
That moment when the air filter is finished and you know where to put it in the engine bay, and when you realise that you have to change the radiator access hatch because it's for an earlier model. The hatch should open too
Not much to report. A long day at work, but I've done a little more on the twin junction boxes attached to the front legs of the turret basket. I've also added the rear engine mounts and have started the adjustments to the hull rear.
The last shot shows various bits cut away to create the simplified J towing configuration. The part fits an H so I'll have to cut the extra from it. Various other parts will be fabricated and added.
Junction boxes sorted and sitting in place for now. I've also gone ballistic with the hull side air intakes. Opening up the engine bay means that the blank side walls inside really couldn't stay. The "armoured grill" setup each side of the hull is a major feature of the bay and the reshaping of the exterior angle of the engine deck left the grills a mess in any case. So, I must be mad, but it's all gone. Now I have to finish cleaning up the two new cavities and create the grills. Thank goodness I have 1:35 items to follow. Lots of cutting and bogging up to do, but it will help sell the engine bay.
One of the aftermarket items I've gotten from AFV Modeler, is the pulley and belt set David Parker has made for the Trumpeter iv. These will be visible in the open bay, but so will the pulley release spring, that is IF you have the small hatch on the rear upper hull open. This is not the case on the HL hull, but the solution is very easy. Drill out the hatch and make a new one.
The hatch needs the surface details and then is done.
To night I'm going to work on various items in the engine bay so that I can finalise the area. Then I can move ahead with the radiator and the piping on the engine and around it. Things are a light more simple in the final J bay. No fuel tank for the turret motor, no turret motor for that matter and therefore less piping from the engine. The Air filter is also very basic and only involves a shorter pipe. I concentrate here for a little while and the return to the front end of the hull. The turret will be last on the list. Then it will be back outside with a huge amount of work to bring things together. I really want to start on the Tigers, but I know this won't proceed if I do so at this stage. I'm having lots of fun with it and it's good training so the Tigers can wait.
When you discover it's all wrong, easily fixed. Everything has come off okay and can be either replaced with the correct sized pieces or simply glued back on. I've had to do this because the two crew compartment hatches just weren't right and because nothing was going to line up properly in the bay on the others side of it. I'm happy that it's going to work. Makes me more careful now about measuring things properly as I don't want to have to keep going back with this or the upcoming Tiger builds.
Shots of the remodelled fire wall. The hatches have been made larger and new covers created. The handle has been replaced and the spring added to the engine bay side. This releases something to do withe the engine. Watch this space. The kit parts have replaced various items as they are closer to correct. The air vent to the engine still needs more work front and rear. The access hole for the drive train has been moved yet again and the engine mounts adjusted for the slight move of everything to the left.
In the bay there is a corrected central pillar. It needs more details, and the mount for the radiator has bee fitted. The filler detail has been added and this lines up nicely with the small hatch on the large engine deck hatch. The lines from the three fuel tanks have also been glued in place. These will be attached to the fuel distribution unit made yesterday. A huge day at the bench and I'm exhausted, but satisfied. I can now get back to doing what I'd planned for today and create the throttle linkages and the holder for the radiator, mounted on the firewall, that they pass through.
Thanks guys I'm having lots of fun with this at present. So today the auxiliary fuel tank came together. A rough old thing, but it will be mostly hidden. The fuel distribution thingy was attached and the mount for the other fuel pump thingy was made up and attached too. Various other details have also been added. Tomorrow I will work on the throttle linkages and the internal brackets that hold the radiator. I'm waiting for a confirmation for my estimates re the firewall bracket, but the main hull roof bracket should be straight forward. The is the bulkhead bracket that runs along the roof between the large radiator hatch and the central engine access hatch. This hatch is always part of the molded hull roof of a model, the other two hatches being separate items to glue on.
It's funny when you work out on things when they're out of the confines of the engine bay. There seems to be plenty of room. When the all go in for testing it gets rather squashy.
When you discovered that the radiator doesn't line up with the hatch or the wall bracket because yet more dimensions are out. Now 10mm wider. And the arms for the throttle are done as ready for later installation and the other side of the handle detail is also complete. There is also fuel line added to the fuel pump thingy too, but that isn't in a shot. A satisfying day withe every thing fitting ready for the construction of hull roof radiator bracket.
Radiator cut in half to add the extra 10mm. An extra 3mm was added to the reservoir.
The difference a day makes. The radiator bracket is finished, but the mounts for the throttle linkages have been changed. All better. The bulkheads that support the radiator and the other side of the central engine hatch are now in place and still everything lines up. Various other items have now been added to the firewall as well. The next step is to work on the fuel lines and carburettor linkages so the everything can be joined up and painted. It will be so nice to finish a compartment. Then it will be back into the middle. Oh, before the engine detailing will come the rear wall braces and the junction boxes and regulators.
Just a few bits at the end of a very long day. The tunnel for the throttle linkages forward of the firewall. It can't be attached until the engine bay is complete and the fuel tanks are fixed in place. Also the fuel lines to the fuel filters on the side of the engine. Real modelers attach them. I'll let them sit hidden. The plates for the bolting of the hull rear to the hull floor are in place now awaiting bolts. Sleeeeep....
They moved the fuel distribution unit into the crew compartment for the J didn't they. So all the pretty fuel lines have gone from the engine bay and have been prepped for the crew area. This revealed more problems there all of which have now been sorted.
The radiator is finished and the air filter fitted to the bay side of the firewall. AND.... finally some paint. I'm now using repco's red oxide which, I think, Andrew, recommend. Perfect red oxide colour finally. The black base coat still works a treat, but it looks much better.
Moved and just sitting to give you an idea
Holes filled with new ones to be added to allow the fuel lines through
Next up its time to detail the engine and attach fan belts and pullies. Thankful David, of AFV Modeler fame has created a masterpiece set of these to go with the engine so that will be a matter of patience rather than mad scratch work.
Nah just for fun. I don't have access to clubs and shows though there is a club in Adelaide. Not sure the work is good enough for that anyway, but it's not what I do it for either. Just enjoying, and also glad of the support from here.
I like your idea of fun! But your research and scratch building is as good if not better than any I have seen online anywhere. I'm glad that you choose to post here because we get to see it and it inspires us to "give it a crack" just for fun too!! Great work mate!!