Thanks, work is nuts so I've just been chipping away at things. I'll put in some time today working on the engine deck and the forward hatches. The aftermarket stuff arrived and is very nice. Much better than what was there.
I have decided to pike out and get some aftermarket things for this. AFV have a great engine and breech to go with the Trumpeter kits so I bought one of each. There is a lot of other nice stuff too, but the prices are.... well... ridiculous.
I've got to take some photos. I continue to work on simple outside things as I'm a bit brain dead at present. I have the final exhausts basically sorted and am working on the interior pieces for these at present. I've also got the front fender details roughed out too. Next up I'm going to mount the wheels and position the rear idlers in the right spot. I can see how many extra links to add to get the right track sag and I can make sure I build the transmission etc in the right spot to fit the forward axle. I need to disguise this so that the wheels will turn, but you won't notice a complete axle under the transmission parts. In the real thing there are of course two axle shafts that join to either side of the transmission. Smoke and mirrors/ snot and string....
Not much time at the bench, but the engine deck is now roughed out and the holes drilled everywhere for the hatches. You can see where I've started to work on the detail for the front fenders (such as they are), and the exhausts. The next step with these are the internals for the exhaust stacks. Plugging along little by little and just waiting for the parts from the UK so that I can start the interior.
More detail on the turret roof.
The engine deck
The front upper glacis and fender details (beginnings)
Ticking along slowly here. I've done more work on the turret bin so it will fit in place when completed. The hooks that were on the hull sides have been moved to the rear of the turret itself and will need a little more work before they are finished, but look fine behind the bin. I've also sorted the cupola hatch. Thankfully, on the final J, the hatch cover was made to swing sideways like the Large cats. This made replacing the F2/ G hatches very easy. The hatch comes directly from the KV1 with some modifications. The post attached to the hatch actually fits into a tube inserted into the cupola roof. The picture actually shows the tube rather than the post, if that makes sense. As you can also see each of the empty openings now has the ribbing attached to the undersides that the various hull hatches rest on. I can now attach them all and pretty much move into the interior. I am waiting for the goodies to come from AFV before I begin. These should come either this or next week.
Note that the cupola is just sitting in place at present. It needs a complete interior before it will be glued in place
While all the other builds are progressing this has been ticking along with me adding little bits here and there while I wait for the gear to arrive from AFV in the UK. Should be this week.... I'm also waiting for the book to guide me through the Tiger builds, but that should arrive from AFV in the next two weeks. Slow and frustrating, but hopefully this week will bring some joy. Anyway, the hatches are in place and the filling and sanding around them is on the go. I will also need to build the fans for the engine hatch (right side), but I'll put that off until I'm in that part of the interior. There is a lot of work to do, but it will take my mind off other massive builds. A busy couple of years ahead.
So, moving into the interior. Here is the engine kit and the breech and block that's arrived from AFV modeler. The book for the Tiger II still hasn't appeared. Hopefully this week. The engine came in a metal box and looks to be beautifully molded. I'm starting with the raised platform that sits in the middle of the hull and into which the turret floor fits. I'll do this first because it will divide things up nicely into compartments and it will orientate the locations for everything that needs to be fitted elsewise. Locating this platform is always interesting as it has to be in the right spot to take the turret floor. Ah the fun of scratch building.
No Gary they don't do a Tiger engine. He's basically made the extra parts for the Trumpeter Tiger ii and their various Pz ivs. They're not that hard to make to be honest. I just felt like getting a nice looking engine and breech for this as the rest will be snot and string. I still have the money plans I made for the Tiger engine. I can check the dimensions with the Trumpeter one and send them
Had some time at the bench tonight so all the things I've been working on over the last two weeks are coming together. The shots include the marking out of the hull floor, the construction progress of the engine and the assembly of the central platform and fire wall.
The hull and initial work on the firewall first
The platform added to the firewall. Building to the two as one unit has made it so much easier to position everything in the hull. The top will be added in sections and the shell boxes built in over the top of the gunner side of the platform later. The access holes have been cut into the firewall and are now covered. These can be seen in the engine bay so had to be included. As you can see, the engine is about half made so we'll have a look at that in the next shots.
I've just come across his work on the Pz IV. I have no idea how he makes the pipe work so perfect in the engine bay. I'm so glad I bought his Tiger II book. The work on the Tiger engine is phenomenal. Unlike my work on this which will be very ordinary hmmmm.
Good luck with this build, I already know it's going to be a stunner as per all your previous builds, but always good to see how you get it to that point. Here's to running out of awesome ways to describe the work that you do!
Finally an update. Time is an illusion, bench time doubly so. However, I've had some brief time to work over the last week or so and have basically finished the engine, minus the exhaust manifolds and the air intake for the carbies, and it's just a beautiful little model. I've also created the airfilter unit that sits to the side of the engine and the tubing, that when cut to the correct lengths, will join the engine to the filters.
I've also jumped into the construction of the transmission. At present it is just basic shapes so there is a huge amount to do on it, but it is at least starting to look like something to do with the transmission. To be honest it looks deceptively easy to make, but ends up being all sorts of shapes. Thank God for Duplo blocks. The red one at the heart of this is the perfect size. On the ninth day God made Duplo blocks so that when the kids finished playing with them their parents could use them for scratch building.
This has taken an enormous amount of bog so far, so it is a good thing I didn't throw out the Tamiya filler. Horrid as it is it has filled lots of holes and gaps and has finally dried hard. This has meant that I haven't wasted my good Humbrol filler. I so wish I could still get my Squadron green putty in AU. It might cause cancer, but it is still the best by a long shot. I am open for suggestions about filler as the stores I go to aren't even stocking the Humbrol stuff anymore. Too expensive they claim, so we are stuck with Tamiya. Rant over.
I've also created the transmission cover for the glassis plate.
And photos of the transmission. I should note that the drive shaft tunnel running between the fuel tanks was originally too shallow, so I've also cut the bottom out and moved it all down. Everything now lines up front to rear.
Having completed the front of the transmission I realised that I'd made the same mistake on some of the other builds in that I hadn't allowed for the axle to run through it. In this case all the work I'd done of the axle was wasted as the shafts running from the transmission to the final drive look nothing like I had constructed. Having opened the hatches to be able to see the interior I was forced to come up with another solution. I could have done this on most of the builds as there is always a detachable final drive housing. Filling the holes in each of the housings to allow the drive sprockets to fit snuggly into the housing it then became a matter of bolting them into place. The bolts will be hidden by the final drive and also add further strength to the housings by stopping them from wanting to spin around on their single screw in attachment points
Next up, time to detail the transmission and finish the firewall. Thankfully in the final version the firewall was simplified a little.