I've edited the topic title to make it a little more accurate. The room has space in it and I need to wait for the bins to be emptied so that I can throw more garbage away so the boxes are all open and I have no idea where to start. I almost think I'll start with the turrets and JagdTiger gun mount just for something different. For the coming months I'll just be building interior parts, particularly for the Heng Long hull, and heavily modifying the Trumpeter parts. This has all been done so well by others so I'll be covering very well documented paths thankfully. I can't believe that I get the chance to build all these.
So, the first hurdle. The jolly prototype I was wanting to build (V2), has rejected early drive sprockets and tracks with lots of teeth, which were ultimately reintroduced on the final Tigers in an updated form. This means I have the wrong sprockets and tracks for such a build and no one makes them in 1:16. So it looks like one of these is going to end up with zimmerit and become one of the Normandy examples with the incredible camouflage. Should have guessed things wouldn't have been so easy. Anyway, this will mean some zimmerit work as per the late Tiger i so a bit of extra time. I might actually begin with that rather than the turrets as it's an easy (boring), way to start and I don't have to keep cleaning the room to make it happen
I quite enjoyed attempting the Normandy camo, I don't think I got the lines tight enough on mine but I enjoyed trying something different.
Really want to see what you do with this beast, it'll be huge.
Have been plugging away at cleaning and giving the prototype Tiger some plastic coating to melt zimmerit into. Same method as the Tiger I, old school. As this is going to be a Normandy Tiger it won’t have spare tracks on the turret so I’ve opened up the holes to fill them with putty. It could make it into ”Annelise” with the winter camouflage so I shall keep all options open.
Finally the boring stuff is done (apart from the room cleaning), and the zimmerit is finished. This now means I can head inside and prepare the three hulls. The first thing to do then is make up the floor supports that run down the length of the hull for the HL Tiger. The Trumpeter ones are already in the kits. This is the first time I won’t need to scale things up and down to scratch them. They already exist in 1:16. Lots of counterfeiting ahead.
The only bad news so far is that I can’t use the HL metal barrel as it is too thin at the turret end and too thick at the business end. It is a toy one after all. So lots of filling and sorting for the two halves of the kit one. At least I have the kit one. This kit actually has the two complete turrets with necessary parts rather than two shells with shared parts. Only the basket and gun components are shared and I got a second set of these when buying Pz iv bits.
Making two sets of road wheels. Theraputic, but nothing exciting. Once the two Trumpeter sets are done then all three builds will be up to the same point and I'll be ready to start on the hull interiors. Trumpeter seems to have done a nice job on the road wheels so that's a start.
Work is making bench time a little difficult at present, but things are proceeding. Still just wheels, two barrels have been sorted too. The Tiger road wheels are finished and the JagdTiger ones are half done. Easy, but boring. At least there are lots of good threads to catch up on. Lots of great work from everyone.
Finally back to the bench because of a bit of a bug. I’ve brought the three lower hulls up to the starting line, adding the floor to the HL hull and the items for the T hulls that already exist for the HL Tiger. All the wheels are made, but need lots of finishing to make them ready. All the sink and other holes/ marks have been filled and the four bump stops for the HL hull are under construction. The 8 for the T hulls just need to be cleaned up. I’ve also fitted the second attempt at an interior for the HL hull MG and have adjusted the MG by removing the wooden stock. The MG come from the T JagdTiger kit as it proves the two MGs as per the Tiger ii kit, but only requires one. It also comes with the rear deck MG 42. I’ll doctor up one of the metal 34s I originally bought for the Pz iv, but didn’t use. Next up the internal scratch work begins. Without David Parker’s book I’d be stuffed.
MG gear. The white insert was the first attempt that was too small