Just bits and pieces and the painting of various items before weathering. I enjoy building far more than painting, but there aren’t too many items to do. On to all the steel bits next and some touching up of some of the black. The major work will be done on the breech and the spent shell basket. This is supposed to be canvas.
I’ve scratched various bits you can see on the exterior to replace the toy like items. I’ve also added the AFV Modeler late shell splash guard to the hull roof only to realise just how oversized the existing guards are. Lots of corrections to do before the hull top is in order.
Some rude words this afternoon. The turret basket floor is in place, but after all the testing was 2mm to the right. So swore, and then drilled two new holes for the front arms and unserimoniously (however you spell it), glued the bl@@dy thing back in place.
And now it fits and this thing is starting to look like a pz iv again. Time to chip and weather the interior.
Today I’ve completed the tops of the front fenders (flaps), and now need to do the sides, bolts, springs etc. I’ve also added the mounting points for the mesh schurzen, but won’t add anymore detailsor the brackets for the mounting rails. On these final Js the rails were tubes attached to the standard hull brackets.
The paint has dried since these. I will do some chipping and keep working on the exterior details. I’m waiting for some instrument panel decals so am held up with the interior. Plenty to do otherwise.
Just bogging, sanding and some chipping today. It’s all getting to the respectable point so I’ll be able to start on the turret. I will be adding welds, but they’re actually very subtle on the Pz iv so I’ll mark them in place rather than making mountains of Tamiya putty up. The Tigers will be another matter. I’ve gone for very subtle chipping too. It’s a new vehicle, dirty rather than cattle truck like.
I now have some clean palettes to work on with the panel beating completed for the upper hull and turret. The red oxide has been so useful in the filling and sanding process. Over the black primer it makes everything stand out nicely (or horribly as the case may be), so its easy to correct and gives a really good base for the top coats.
So, the list of things to finish are the front and rear fender details, springs etc, the lower hull filling and sanding which needs the interior finished and the upper hull attached to allow for painting and the tools added. I also need to redrill the attachment holes seen on the upper hull and turret roof. These were molded far too large, almost double their correct size. Things holding me up. Decals for the instrument panel and tools on order to supplement the garbage that came molded to the fenders.
I must say it is nice to have the muzzle brake on.
Working on various tools for the fenders. So things have come with the sprues I bought others scratched. The worst one for some reason is the aerial post, the rubber thingy at the base. I’m just about ready to give the turret interior a wash and graphite treatment and then close it up. I can then finally base coat the lot.
I was going to discreetly ignore the welds on this one, but worked out how to do them so have added them to everything. I’ve also attached some of the tools to encourage myself the something is happening. About half way now. My next session is about bolt heads and rivets, lots of bolt heads and rivets, groan. I was going to forget about them too, but I’ve put lots of work into this thing and cutting corners is not a good habit to get into.
Last shots for today. First a disaster, after months of sitting on the rear plate of the hull one of the exhaust stacks has been slightly melted during the welding session. Major rude word, well a few of them actually. Thankfully it just looks like some idiot crew member dropped a shell on it or something so I’m resisting all urges and leaving it.
Anyway, some almost painted shots.
And the remaining tools to be finished with clamps. I’ll use the evergreen in the shots to make these and some brass for the looped handles.
I also need to make the brackets for the jack, but that’s easy. It’s pictured here withe larger one for the Tiger ii. Heng Long actually did a nice job with these getting the size right for the different panzers.
Yep, I really want to get on with the Tigers. The only thing holding this one up is instrument panel dials. Archer doesn’t make 1:16 ones so they have to be made DIY. Anyway that will be for a few days time. I’ll get the upper camouflaged and prep the front and rear to camouflaged as well and worry about that last
So, the tools are done minus the brackets for the jack and the two lifting hooks on the front upper glacis plate. I had some minor location issues due to a miss-reading of the DML plans, but everything thing now fits nicely. There is one glaring mistake, but I’m ignoring it. The stupid track tools were molded backwards on the HL fender and I didn’t check until the construction of the clam was done. Do’h. It should be reversed, but still looks okay. Almost done. Once completed I need to return to the turret and make up the three gas detection plates
So it’s done. Last thing to add is the track holders on the front glacis. I’ll have to construct these 6 pieces. They are fiddly and complicated, but I’ve gotta do um. Once these and the gas’s detection panels I mentioned earlier are done. I’ll add the camouflage. This will be one of the late war factory schemes that are hard edged and somewhat boring. However they are easy to do.
I made the lifting loops for the upper glacis plate. These replace the earlier ones found on the hull sides
It took two goes to get the size right. My measurements were way out. Sorted now.
And the building is finished. Nothing more to do except get the dials and engine tech placards done and then the hull interior ican be weathered and closed up. I will probably wait until the hull is closed for the camouflage so that it all matches. I also need to paint up the wheel covers. I can’t quite believe I’ve finally got to this point. I just wish these had more interesting camouflage. Lots of good weathering to do though. Oh, and I also need to add the track rack on the lower hull front too. Almost finished....
So, shots of the track holders (the tracks actually fit into these with pins), and the poison gas detection plates.
Finally got the instrument panel dials and the engine placards done so I’ve weathered the inside and can finally glue the hull together. I can’t wait to do this as I can then finish the outside of the hull in preparation for the camouflage. This is supposed to be straight edge, but I’ll free hand it anyway. It would be nice to find a straight up dark yellow one, but not this late in the war.