Next update. This series of shots shows how I build up different shapes to create a part. This is the casing that surrounds the gears within the gear box sitting between the front steering section and the main part of the gear box under the rectangular cover. I look for shapes within the main shape, such as the main cylinder running through the area and then build the other shapes, bumps and recesses around it.
As you can see I don't trim things until the final shape is close to formed. This helps hold things together, and in the case of the long square "tubing" supports the structure while other things are added. Once everything is where it needs to be it all drys and then I start trimming. I can then add and subtract sections to begin to fill in the missing details.
When the section is complete it can be added to existing sections so that the whole can be blended together with more adding and subtracting of parts. These photos take us up to the completed basic shape. I can now work from front to back with all the details as I did on the engine. I like to work methodically along the structure so that I don't miss things. Some things need to be added after everything else, but following the orderly process means that I know I have to go back and fit them. Nothing worse than breaking things apart to add something forgotten. Once all the details are complete (and there are mountains of them), I'll then make the items that sit on top of the transmission. These, mentioned in a previous post, are the radios and dash.
Believe it or not the transmission is only a millimeter short. That will do me.
The two sections you can see on the rear of the transmission will connect the transmission to the drive train, the larger box thingy on the left, and the hydraulic pump for the turret traverse motor on the right.
Photos as promised. They show the progression of the detailing, including some adjustments I've had to make. Still lots to do, such as adding a million bolt heads to various things and some trimming and filling of other things, but I'm almost ready to start building the dash and the radios. I think I mentioned before that the radio stack is actually meant to hang from the roof, but it is usually attached to the top of the transmission for ease of installation. I think it is attached in both places on the actual tank.
So, they are starting to look like each other
Very glad to be working on all this. Work is so busy I hardly even have time to look at the forums let alone post, but plugging away at the builds is keeping me sane. The work all you guys are doing is also keeping me inspired so thank you.
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To me your model making and scratch-building are from a parallel universe ...
A joy to behold ...
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Plugging away at it the transmission is basically done. It needs lots of wiring behind the dash and the radios will also need to be plumbed in, but it can all now go on the shelf with the growing interior and wait for painting and installation. The radio sets still need the batteries added so I'll do that and then move onto the suspension. The time has come to make pretend torsion bars. The layout of the wheels doesn't match the Tiger at all so this will be smoke and mirrors. I need to add this all now so that I can start to work on the forward components (seats, break drums, etc).
The original part
Struggling to find any time to post, but I've plugged away at this. The torsion bars have been laid in the floor of the hull so that I can start building details in. The hydraulic pump for the turret motor is also under construction. Photos asap
So, the floor is done and the turret drive motor is now in the middle of being detailed. The floor is nowhere near exact as we are working around a completely fantasical suspension system that sticks into the hull sides completely unlike it does on the real thing. However, most of the offending extras will be covered (as will much of the interior you can now see ), so that's okay. The torsion bars and frames are as you would expect to see them if you looked inside a Tiger. What is rather nice is that with the hull roof on the turret motor sits just where it should. Next up all the wiring.
The turret motor that is driven by the drive shaft from the engine which turns into two drive shafts running to the transmission. This part of the turret motor sits below the top section seen on the floor of the turret basket and is connected to it by a small drive shaft running up from the hull unit. The top section is the "motor" and this lower section provides the power off the main drive train
Apart from the wiring I now need to construct the final drive linkages with brakes, the lower fuel tanks, the details in the engine bay, the batteries, the forward bulkhead and the lower shell stowage bins. I can then paint the floor area and begin installing things. Plenty of fun ahead.
I have some wiring in place just so I can say its there. I've never bothered with models in the way before, but I'm doing so with this. The turret motor hull component is finished and the four wall ammo bins are under construction. These run along the walls of the lower section of the hull. The shapes are done and will hide a lot of the "toy" parts of the lower hull. Once in place I can do the batteries and the forward cross beam. I can soon start painting and installing. I'll work front to back I think. Photos hopefully today. My first day off in 6 weeks.
The bins and turret unit just sitting there and with the cover in place to give the idea of how things will look. You can see some of the fantasy wiring as well. This is done so that the wiring towers have something hanging off them. These you will see if the floor pieces are removed when the turret is off. These pieces surround the turret basket floor when it is in place.