More painting and various decals on. These were originally painted on by David Parker. I have no idea how he did it. The decals look great, but release from the paper very quickly, something to watch out for or you have floating decals.
A short update. The traverse motors and gearboxes are installed. This allows for various other things such as the gun triggers to be wired up to the junction boxes. I’m using very thin copper wire inserted into solder for this. I removed the solder I had installed and replaced it with the copper. I similar thing will happen with the main power cable from the junction box to the turret.
Different angles of both baskets
Copper replacement wires
One of the holes drilled in the solder ready for both wires. Just fits
The triggers are now wired up and the cog covers added to the traverse gears. These took a lot of adjustment and are still not yet perfect CA glue will sort that. The main cable to the junction box from the batteries is now fully painted on each basket and the front basket hangers have been properly shaped to allow them to fit over/ beside the rear inspection point on the traverse gear box. Not sure what Trumpeter was thinking here and wondered why David Parker had cut out this section of the foward hanger. It don’t fit otherwise lovey, simple as that!!
Cabling and cog covers.
The completed batteries to turret cabling in silver. It stands out against the red oxide, but not the ivory.
Front hanger, note the cut out section to fit the square inspection plate
Items now starting to be added . Front and rear supports are now in place. The small motor is also attached to the traverse motor. Other items like the MG spares boxes will go in next. Spent shell tins also. Just sitting there in these shots. The next thing will be the gunners’ seats and the connecting shafts for the traverse wheels. Getting very close to having this done so it is probably time to prepare for lots of shells and the dreaded hull shell racks. The JagdTiger ones are fine, but the Tiger ones are way off. I have a corrected set from AFV Modeller. As usual these resin ones are out of shape, but not twisted so, so that will mean that the shells will make them sit right. This would be the worst part of the build so I may as well get it over with.