Could you measure the width and height of the bracket that protrudes from the front top of the steering bracket drums (one each side of the drum with the connecting rod that holds the steering arms please?
Irony of ironies, I ordered various sprus from the site so have some very helpful bits, but not the taps as I ran out of cash. You can't actually see these with the top on so I'll use some fill ins that suggest something is there. Just don't look closely.
Hi Andrew, many thanks for the scans. No it's the triangular looking arm that is sticking out the bottom of that picture. There is one each side with a rod joining them, which is the mounting point for the arms that join to the various bits of the steering mechanism. When the drums are right way up the triangular arms stick out almost 45 degrees up above the part you've pointed at. It has the drive shafts that join to the side of the transmission. I hope that makes sense. I wish I knew how to draw lines on the picture. The picture of the drive shaft is actually pointing at the part I'm talking about even though the line from the end of the drive shaft picture leads to the part you are pointing to. The part I mean is pointing down at the bottom of the drum
Major frustration because all the spares arrived today and I could use one more spru in particular... the one they don't have listed..... The parts I do have are fantasic, for both this and the Tiger II. They have revealed, sadly, that the steering drums are too narrow as I used the 1:35 interior I have as guide and not a one with decent dimensions. I could order the two sprus I need to make up the kit one and a number of other parts too, but that would make for a whole lot of wasted scratch work. Not sure what to do actually. And I really want the F spru and can't find it anywhere. Still, if these are the least of my problems I'm doing well.
So, I put it to all of you, do I get the replacement stuff I can get or just leave everything as is..... wrong!!!! Can I live with it.... Poopies!
And of course I just ordered them. Not expensive and even if it's all a waste of scratch work it's all good experience. I will end up with a nice transmission, the correct size for steering brakes, a new central section and stuff which I may or may not bother with depending on how close my effort was. The firewall will remain so I'll have to prize that away from the current offering if I change it over. I guess it's silly, but I hate things being wrong. The other items that have come include two out of three radios, lots of the internals for the turret (I really want F spru for the rest), nice schurzen for the turret with brackets thank goodness and the fans for the large rear engine hatch. These were the main reason I ordered parts. Impossible to scratch build. So lots of fun ahead.
Finally an update. I could start a new thread entitled "makeover of a makeover" as the extras on the sprus have shown that various things are wrong. The bin needed further reshaping to get the correct Pz iv dimensions. The covers showed that I was still way out at the rear of the bin. This required complete disassembly and now we're good. The schurzen now fits as it should.
An unexpected bonus was the inclusion of the barrel and mantlet assemblies. I've ditched the metal barrel as it was incorrect all round. The basic shape now looks much better than the original. The AFV Modeler breech fits perfectly. It needs cleaning up and all the details added. I now wait for
The replacement parts so that I can return to the interior. This is all very good training for the Tigers.
These two shots show just how off I was with width of these steering brakes. Not sure what happened, but the new parts will sit this. Some required parts are on the sprus I already have, jut have to wait for the rest.
Decided to make a proper final J turret front as the trunnion guards came on one of the sprus and the kit piece wasn't quite right even after the adjustments. This all works much better. I've also sorted the spare wheels carrier.
I'm now going to make up the crew guard for the gun
breech. I've mad one of these for the StuG iii, but this final version is slightly simpler being more tube than guard. Lots of bending plastic, but quite simple.
Andrew, by the looks it's okay, but I'm surprised that Trumpeter hasn't done one with interior yet. Trumpeter seem to have made "some" of the sprus available so that you can make your kit into another variant. It seems to depend what spares are on hand too. The F spru (the one I'd love to get, is nowhere to be seen. If you tried to buy all the sprus it would cost way more than a whole kit, but a few for the parts works out very cheap. The various other sprus I need are now in the mail so I'll be able to get things moving inside again. The turret interior is on the move though so at least there are things to proceed with. Perhaps the biggest irony of all is that I'm still missing those jolly "taps" for the steering drums.
So, the breech is basically done with various details to be added such as bolts and the block. As can be seen, this is a mixture of resin breech, kit parts and scratch work. The MG is still to come and the sight needs to be scratched, but I already have various kit parts to complete them with.
I'm also making the one schurzen frame that is missing. Not hard, but one does need to remember to make it to fit the opposite side.
Made an annoying, but ultimately important discovery looking at the Parker build of the kit. His work is wonderful. As suspected I set the breech too far in, 4mm to be exact. This meant prizing it all apart and adjusting the loader's side guard rail to have the dip in the correct spot for the breech block lever. In the end this was a good thing as it allowed me to correct the framework. It all now sits where it should.
I've also started to put together the various items used to elevate the gun and turn the turret. In the J this was no longer power assisted as the turret traverse motor was removed. The bin has had its final tweaking and can be detailed. It will happily fit where it should do the schurzen will fit properly.
I've also begun the cooling fan housing. I have the key components on one of the sprus I especially ordered, but have needed to scratch various items shush as the housing. It is in its most basic shape at present. It is nice to get this one to this point because I was beginning to wonder if it was ever going to progress.
Photos, breech spacing sorted including replaced cylinder destroyed during surgery
Having a few days break so here is the latest. The bin is on. The engine fans are half finished. I have half the drive shaft mechanisms so will need to scratch the rest. At least it is the front half of each gear box. Hopefully when I return the other sprus will have arrived. Family members can collect them from the post office for me.