Another good day at the bench. The steering linkages and other items are now all in place in each hull so I can put the torsion bars together for the Trumpeters and make sure they fit. I’ve started making the required tubes that sit in the hull side walls. The kit ones are okay , but it is easy to make better ones and I need two for the HL Tiger so 6 are underway. I’ve almost completed the basic firewall layout for the HL Tiger so I can start construction the kit ones and copy components as I go. I can adjust the JagdTiger one at the same time. Once I’m this far it will be time to start on the transmissions.
Tubes and what will become handles for three firewalls.
The firewalls are now all prepared for construction, but I’ll let the HL one dry first. While waiting I’m filling in the notorious gaps between the fuel tanks on the Trumpeters. The Panther series they’re bring out should be fairly easy to construct as they’ve already incorrectly added so much of it to the Tigers. Lol. Easy fix with 4mm of plastic to fill the gaps in between. When cleaned up they all look great.
Once the firewalls are complete I’ll go back and add a few details I’ll forget otherwise and then start the transmissions. That’s where the real scratching fun begins.
Fuel tanks with fillers drying waiting for fitting, sanding and bogging tomorrow
Awesome sight seeing three chassis on the go at one time. Point to note - Bishop's modelling tools of trade: Hammer, chorded power drill and Sidchrome tool box. The drill I can understand - big kit, big holes, but the hammer?
Lots done today, but only on one part, the crew heater thingy begun yesterday. It is now all nutted out and fits. So now lots of sanding to get all the curves right. This is by far the most complicated item. I couldn’t have copied it and made it fit without the kit part.
The Trumpeter example sitting in situ
The copy with lots of work to be done, but nutted out
Resting in place
Also of note, the first of the fuel tanks sanded. Needs filling now.
And a wonderful addition. Finally a comfortable new chair for the hours spent at the bench. The first ever modelling chair.
It is black so I can see the white plastic bits I drop on it.
Next up finish the heater piping, do the next fuel tank and start on the fire extinguisher. Again no less than two kit examples to follow. These too will have extra details to be added.
Many thanks, its lots of fun. Things are moving here I just don't have time to post shots until tonight. I've had to move the drive shaft hole to the left as, as it turns out, you can't just turn the firewall over when you put the wrong holes in the wrong place. Anyway, all sorted and I'm in the middle of the extinguisher at present.
Progress. The heater and extinguisher are both finished and those for the Trumpeters are now being cleaned up. The next major part of the firewall set up is the junction boxers and transformers. Groan.
The wall layout complete
With heater added
The three extinguishers (not sure if they sing or anything).
I’m beginning to fix various components in place, iwiring things in as I go. The added wiring etc shows me just how much I’ll have to do to the Trumpeters, which lack the wiring detail replacing some with thick mouldings. A good week’s work ahead on those. Should finish this one today however.
With crew heater just sitting there
And the extinguisher waiting for the pipe work to the engine bay to be ent into shape
Last of the wiring being sorted at present and this will be done. I’ll do the Trumpeters together now as I know what needs to be sorted and rewired which I can do as I go. Today I also managed to pick up a roll of self adhesive foil. Looks like a roll of masking tape, but you could sticky tape your fish into it ready for the oven. Super useful for things like brackets for wiring and for hose clamps etc. it was something David Parker began to use in his Super King (Tiger), build. Oh, I also need to add a cooling dome missing on the kit. Three of those to make tomorrow.
Beauty shots from various angles
This shot also shows the extra wiring in plastic now added to the left hand side protruding from the flat conduit and the remaining wiring to be added sitting in front of the firewall
Lots of bits to now clean, but at least I don’t have to scratch them up
The HL firewall is now finished and the shared detail of the Trumpeters is underway. This will involve replacing cables, most of those created for the HL firewall. Then it will just be a matter gluing everything on the Tiger firewall and rearranging everything and gluing it on the JagdTiger firewall.
And sitting in place
Wire work removed
I hope to have these done this week, but I thought I’d finish the scratched firewall quickly. It is, however, becoming clear that to do this project properly nothing will go quickly.
Various wires and fuel lines being sorted. Various holes also being filled. Basically the fuel primer pump, the junction boxes and transformers have been rearranged and relocated. So the primer pump with the short fuel line will go on the JagdTiger as the pump was moved to where the power gear originally sat in the Tiger. The rearranged power gear for the JagdTiger goes further over to the right of the firewall (left hand side of the vehicle). It will all become clearer when the two firewalls are completed and sitting side by side.
Fuel primer pumps, short line for the JagdTiger
The two power gear configurations. JagdTiger to the right
The JagdTiger firewall with holes being filled
And the Tiger firewall also with power cables gluing in place
I cant believe how many errors Trumpeter let in to their 1/16 kits. I wonder if this is why the Ausf G Panther is taking so long. It is good to see they are learning to take on feedback about their WIPs (especially HB Panther Ausf A)
Sam Dwyer has some great work, have you seen his Meng Panther build on FB?
No I haven’t. I’m just very grateful for his JagdTiger build. The Panther should be very good. Just as long as they don’t mix early and late. The big surprise was the Pz iv mistakes. Thankfully David Parker has made a lot of corrected items to fix things. The engine I bought for mine is just outstanding, as is the rear pullie setup... and the list goes on. Looking forward to when you start the late J. You’d nail it.
So little to show for a couple of day’s work, each section once it’s added needs refining before the next layer goes on. The main thing now is that I have the two sections the lengths I want them and in the right spots to be matched properly when it comes to gluing them together. As can be seen there are mountains of details to add, and as I do this work I realise more and more the need to learn to cast things. I could just be making moods of the Trumpeter parts and using casts, but ... it would actually be really helpful with small parts to be used in the interior decorating so I might just get to and learn. Next up the missing sides of the forward section. The inner sloping sides are in place already