Im one that will be watching for sure.
Cant wait for that OMG WOW factoer from you Bishop
Update In Stash:
Lots of 1/35 Armor mainly WWII German and a few Modern British/American pieces, 1/32 Aircraft and 1/48 Aircraft. Aircraft chosen to replicate RNZAF and RAAF types through the years. Some RAF & USAF types exist also.
The next part of the build has arrived, the HL Tiger II with preproduction turret. I will use the hull and barrel from this along with the Trumpeter turret to make the second tank. The one HL did for this is perhaps their most toy like. Too much work to be bothered, but the hull is pretty much the same one as on the Production turret version I did previously so its a good foundation to work with. It is as per usual all now in bits. I will build the two side by side so that I can make the interior bits as copies of the interior bits I'm putting together from the Trumpeter kit. I'll end up with a late 44 Tiger used in the Bulge and the famous prep-production example seen in photos both before Tiger production began in earnest and after the war along side the hull of the huge Tiger Grille and a Panther. This super early Tiger II had rear fenders as front fenders, which is how it can be recognised in the post war shot.
Quick photos before the destruction. Such a big model
Sitting on the enormous kit box
Two shots of the toy turret
It has useful parts such as the cupola and the loader's hatch, but the rear hatch is just too much hard work. I may put it all together and make a turret under construction kit of diorama, but we'll see.
As a correction, the word I was looking for was Prototype not just preproduction. And, it is a Jagdtiger beside it not the Grille. Anyway the shots I was talking about. FOR DISCUSSION ONLY, ALL COPYRIGHT ACKNOWLEDGED.
During the war
The side shot as seen on Achtung Panzer
And the after war shot.
I have spare rear fenders which will easily fill the role. The only modifications I will need to make to the turret are to add the commander's pistol port and the larger communications port, both dropped from the 50 preproduction turrets. I can also use the nice metal HL barrel rather than the two piece Trumpeter one. Not sure why Trumpeter went for the two have barrels. Hate having to remove the seams. I'll have to use the Production turret one from the Trumpeter kit so at least one metal one is a help.
So, the HL Tiger II is in bits and the Trumpeter box is open. I've removed the tracks so that I can start on them and I've also removed the preproduction Krupp turret to add to the HL hull. I will give it to HL, the hull and the base of the Trumpeter turret mate almost perfectly. I need to remove the tiniest bit from the inside of the turret ring armoured cover so that the turret can rotate freely on the hull top, but otherwise the scale matches beautifully. I've also ordered replacement exhausts and armoured covers for the HL hull from Tank Army, along with engine deck screens. At $26 AU for the lot it is worth it as the kit exhausts are okay, but the armoured covers need extra work that is already included in the aftermarket ones. Having seen how well the Trumpeter turret mates to the HL hull I'm now starting to get excited about this ridiculous double project. Just need that book now.
I've now started the tracks for the Trumpeter Tiger and thankfully they're very nicely molded. Sadly the famous links between the tracks are as always, full of ejection pin marks. These really need to be filled if one is to get one's money's worth out of this kit so I now have a few days full of bog ahead of me. It is the perfect job for my horrid Tamiya filler and will be very easy to clean up when done. The only trouble is that there are so many to fill. The other good news is that they go together easily. I will need 46 pairs a side and then some spares for the turret. I also have some HL spares for the other turret if needed. I really need to choose which prototype I'm making as I think the third one had turret tracks and all the equipment, but the first and second didn't. These three were actually made in mild steel so that everything could be tested and then the rest were production spec.
One of the misnomers about the Tiger II relates to the two turrets, known as Porsche and Henschel turrets. Both were, in fact, made by Krupp, Henschel and Porsche making the hulls. The Porsche hull was rejected, the Henschel hull taking both the Krupp turrets. Why the rounded one was ever considered I have no idea. It clearly had a whopping shot trap below the gun, alleviated in the production design.
All very boring for the next few days, but they will look great
And that's what's so horrid about Tamiya filler. Heehee, the HL turret really isn't up to scratch so I may make it into a wrecked turret diorama. Actually that would work now that I come to think of it.
This wonderful publication will show you "how its done", and inspire you on any build you try. This guy set the bench mark. I really good reference for Tiger IIs.
The floor of V1 now ready for filling and sanding. I'll scratch build the interior as I put the other interior together. The kit interior needs an enormous amount of work so this is going to take a couple of years.
And the roughed out replacement exhausts ready for completion later
And the first adjustment to be made to the hull. For some reason the sponson floors are molded at a slight downwards angle. This creates problems once the interior is glued in place and one tries then to glue the hull together. There are real problems trying to bend everything to fit. So the suggestion is to correct this before anything else is done then everything builds up into the right shape. This photo shows everything now sitting level. The fix involved running the razor saw along the corners where the hull side and sponson floor meets and simply bending to the right position and filling with plastic strips and CA glue. This is now all dry so can be sanded back to the correct shape ready for weld beads. The welding will cover anything astray and add strength too.
A tiny update. I'm holding off on these two Tigers while I order various bits and pieces to replace things. I've made a second order with AFV Modeler for various replacement bits, as the kit bits aren't up to scratch. However, I will be able to use them in the second Tiger so they won't be wasted. I will make one more order next month and that should do it. I'm sure there will be other things along the way, like the barrel. I've collected a few BNA points so used them today to buy a replacement barrel for the production Turret. The Trumpeter one is in two parts and I'm just too old to be bothered trying to sort out seams. So glad when DML introduced nice solid ones, and when people started making aftermarket ones too.
The barrel from Aber, comes in three parts as per the original. It doesn't include the muzzle brake as the kit one will be fine and will help reduce the weight of the barrel. One of the problems when using a metal barrel is getting it to sit right due to the weight. There are fixes, but less weight at the business end will help.
The barrel and seam. I dug this out to see how bad the seam was and ordered the replacement while the glue was drying.
So, next up, more waiting while I work on the Pz IV
The barrel has arrived from BNA and is beautiful. I've got to take some shots. I really want to start these now, but will wait for the other goodies to arrive and keep working on the Pz IV. I have enough to work with for all these kits so there is a lot of scratch work ahead.
The JagdTiger has arrived thanks to BNA and Australia Post. I think I'd better start a new thread about a Tiger family monster build. First up I'll get the tracks out of the way as I did on the Trumpeter ii (same fill and sand job, more tracks), and do the prep on the lower hull. Then everyone will be at the same point in the build. Photos in the new thread.
The good news is that the track with teeth is good, the bad news as from last time is that the joining tracks without teeth have many ejection pin marks to fill. No hurry, 10 a day will see them sorted. I just don't want to do this at the business end of the project. Like having to do the bibliography after finishing the assignment.