Pedals all but done. These will be some of the first items glued in place. The pedals were all replaced with the tread plate being used on the crew floor. Next up the accelerator pedals. Three full sized ones to make.
Springs for the steering brakes are in and I’m now working on the welds and the notching for the hull walls and sponson floors. There was an awful lot of plastic to remove along the tops of the wall inserts. This all needs to be cleaned up before the welds go down. Ironically I need to add slightly more plastic to the tops of the HL inserts. I have to buy that tomorrow.
Interior hull welds done and the firewall engine bay wall units together. These have been test fitted. I can now attach various items, add various other details and then paint the hull interior. Nice to be finally getting somewhere.
Finally had a day off to do stuff. Lots of items are starting to be added to the hull ready for painting. These can be painted with the hull itself. Other items made today are the replacement seat components for the radio operator seat. The kit parts are generic blah and I needed a third set anyway so all have been reconstructed and new seat pads made out of P38 as per the driver seats.
Kit back rest arm
Kit seats with pads removed
New pads underway
And ready to attach
And three new tool boxes for the hull MG under construction to replace the oversized ones
More items starting to appear. The oil reservoirs, note the simplified JagdTiger one. These need lots of details, but are on the way. The transformer box behind the radio operator’s seat wasn’t found in the JagdTiger as the power board above it was removed. This means I can use the spare one in the HL Tiger. These are both now being modified. The space in the JagdTiger was taken up with a second tool box as found behind the driver. I’ve made two so that I have one for the HL Tiger and two for the JagdTiger.
The oil reservoirs in two stages. More to do on the legs and the feed lines yet.
Transformer boxes for the Tigers being modified. Again, lots to do, holes to be drilled etc
And enough tool boxes for everyone. These are now complete
The transformer boxes are now finished complete with ammo box holders.
The HL crew compartment fuel tanks are also mostly done. I scratched my head over these dreading having to make them and looking for suitable shapes for them. Just being lazy. Very easy to measure up and cut out in the end. I added extra internal plastic so I could round the bottom lengthwise edges. Now they need various details added and will be ready to go.
The oil reservoir stands are also complete, but the units have lots to add yet.
The transformer boxes
The fuel tanks under construction with the kit ones being used as a guide.
Many thanks. It’s a slow old process. More work on the fuel tanks today, bogging and sanding mostly, and the construction of the third set of batteries. These now need the details found on their ends. The kit batteries have been cleaned up and the holes in the wooden lids opened up. More details tomorrow.
The batteries are now finished and ready to be hooked up later. The next problem before the radios is the forward lubricant tube racks. The left hand set are twice as high as they need to be and the attachment point for the hull wall should face up not down. This means shortening the top section, but as little of it is actually seen except for a section of the rack that can be seen through the floor framework where a torsion bar passes through it, I have been able to cut the left racks in half so that I can create a full set for the HL Tiger. It will all make sense when everything is in place. For now I’m just grateful I didn’t have to try to scratch a set.
Happy face, the nose actually being a grill.
The lubricant racks cut apart and waiting plastic surgery.
I’m now getting to the point where I can begin to assemble things within the hulls and need to do so before I can add more details such as linkages. I’ve had to write down the order of things to keep myself on track. Some things need to be installed and painted when the hull interiors are painted. The underneath of some things need to be painted before they are installed before the hulls are painted so that the tops of those things don’t keep getting painted over and over, but receive one cost along with everything else when the hull interiors are painted Aaaannnnnd some things just need to be completely painted whether I like it or not with mounting points left exposed so they’ll stick
And now I’m confused... hence the list.
Seriously though, here are the first items made now under NATO black primer and red oxide. This is all engine bay gear except for the modified JagdTiger gun cradle. Some items need more paintwork as the transmissions do, but you start to get the idea. The three firewalls need the ivory added and all the details painted, but I’m pleased with how they’ve cleaned up.
I looked at the completely scratched HL firewall and though, that’s worked. I can’t wait to start putting this stuff together.
Oil lines from the reservoirs to the transmissions completed. These are solder so can be bent into shape very easily. The reservoirs can now be painted.
Also the transformer boxes are partially in place with holes cut for the junction box wiring. I just need to add the earth wire to each and they’re done. The bottom half of each box has gone in place (unexpectedly), as everything is glued into the hull was in the wrong spot. Beginners stupidity!!! All fixed and sorted. The bottoms can be painted in place and the tops secured when various other bits of wiring have been attached to the inside of the boxes for the items attached to the transformers. Having the bottom of each box in place is rather good as it will provide and anchor point for the forward lubricant tube racks I’ve scratched. The can go in now too.
Transformer boxes and relocated junction boxes and spare lens holders.
The radio operator’s “escape hatch” yeah like really... hatches have been assembled and the HL one partially scratched to fit the hole in the hull floor. It needs sanding to shape it properly and then the three can go in. The white L shaped length in the background will provide new locking bars for the hatches. The moulded ones were for and open hatch, as in a removed one. These will be locked in the closed position. No one really knows why these were here as, unlike the Pz iv one in the same spot, there’s a torsion bar in the way.
So I finished the HL escape hatch, went to install it as the other two have been and discovered that the moulded hole in the HL floor is too far back. So I’ve cut out a large area and have replaced it with a section with a precut hole in it in the right place. Now it fits very nicely. I’ll add the hatch locking bars to all three and that’s another thing done.
New hole insert
Other holes filled
Some test fitting with the batteries just sitting there backwards.... as you do
In all the scratch building fun I've thrown the instruction steps to the wind. This, of course, has some dangers attached to it as there are actually kit parts that need to be prepared along side extras. So a quick check back has me making up the lower fuel tanks in the engine bay area, and the ilder wheel tensioners found also in the engine bay. This work has led to the wonderful discovery that the JagdTiger kit comes with the forward bulkhead that sits behind the front crew members, and being a JagdTiger, it doesn't need it.... sooooooooooooooo I can use it in the HL Tiger instead of having to scratch yet another item. Good thing too as there's quite a bit of modifying to do with these. Photos to follow.
Things finally starting to glue things in. I need to put things in place so that I can make the various linkages a lines. Quite a bit to do on this, but the kits provide just about all the parts so I’ll only have one set to scratch.
The black undercoat makes it very hard to see some things, but you get the idea. Only the HL Tiger has the fuel tanks in.
Idler adjusters now added to the engine bay walls
Lower engine bay fuel tanks. These are hidden under the radiators.
Boring stuff at present, sorry all. Starting to build all the little things and add the small details before I can proceed. A long boring week ahead. Wires and linkages look goo when done, but are fiddly now. So far all the tanks are in and the linkage covers added from where the driver’s seat sits backwards. I’ve also made the covers for the section forward of the seat and will add this to each when the linkages from the accelerator pedals are done. Other things done are the fuel distribution unit and what I’m guessing is a pump to bring it forward from the rear tanks.
Hulls with more gear added.
And distribution units. We saw one of these in the Pz iv
J crew area.
Not much to report, but it’s taken hours to do it. I was not happy with the legs for the driver’s seats so I’ve redone them at the correct height so that the linkage guards fit properly under them. The first parts of the throttle linkage has been installed. Lots of trimming and sanding to do for the next step, but we are making progress.
Seats. The attachment points were not at the right angle on the scratched seat so I’ve got to sort that before the new legs are attached.
Linkages x 3
Amateur plastic surgeon!
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Seat adjustments now complete and the throttle linkages are done. I’ve also added the fuel tank selectors to the left side fuel tanks as the JagdTiger one needed to be elongated for the longer tank. The photo shows it waiting for trimming. Each will need a handle and markings painted on later.
Doesn’t look like much, it’s nice to have progressed a little. Next I need to add the fuel lines to the rear tanks. This won’t be so much fun, but now is the time to do it. I have two kit sets and will have to make a third.
Many thanks guys. I wish I did know how to mold parts. I need a ton of gas mask containers. I don’t know how to scratch even one satisfactorily let alone the 15 I need for the three tanks. If I could make one I could mold the others.