The engine is basically finished. It needs specification plates on the rocker covers as earlier described, the arm for the carburetor throttle control and the plumbing for the fuel lines. It will have a few other pipes hanging from it too once I've worked out how it is plumbed in and then it can be painted. I love the look of these before the paint goes on, but it really will need the paint. I've just about finished the air filters too, just working on the clips for the covers at present. The butterfly nuts are in place.
Nah, they never existed, though there were a couple of mine layers made that were confused as BergeTigers. However, I do happen to have a BergePanther that would do very nicely heehee. ITS FINISHED!!!. Well, for now anyway. I'll post shots in a bit. I'm now up to making the fans and mounts. I have 3 bubble blower container thingies that are the perfect size so will buy a fourth or maybe two so that I can put these together. They are a very interesting item being purpose cast rather than being simple boxes. The photos will show what I mean. I need four tubes with rounded ends (like a test tube), that I can then build the triangular prism around. Again, photos will make clear what I'm talking about. I will make the radiators as part of the set up so that the whole thing will have extra strength and I will have surfaces to apply P38 (car bog), to. The most complicated part will be the fans themselves. Photos to follow.
And the next section under construction X 2
You can see where the ends of the tubes will protrude underneath the triangular prism. Simple to make once you have the shape worked out. Thankfully the bubble blowing mixture tubes are the perfect width. Just got to get enough of them... tomorrow.
The photos explain themselves pretty well. The pots aren't really pots as the non-exposed sides open onto the radiators, however these end pieces provide the right exterior shape and the fact that they are closed off will be hidden under surfacer and paint. The fans have been constructed from Italeri Panther wheels, horrid when used on Panthers, but very useful for work like this. They are nowhere near perfect, but they won't been seen anyway except through the grills over the top of the armoured grills in the dark so this is just a fun piece of learning how to use different mediums together. The plastic used for the bubble mixture holders is both flexible and yet brittle. Model glues don't work on it and CA has a hard time holding it together too. P38 bog has no trouble, however, so each unit is actually very solid. The basic shapes are now sorted and the P38 sanded as I want. So the next thing to do is to add various details around the fans and then complete the radiators (the black boxes at the rear). Once these are done I will have to prepare the bays for painting and then paint these up along with the wooden covers for the large fuel tanks that sit forward of the radiators. This area is by far the easiest part of the hull interior apart from the engine. I'll move onto the forward area next and work back from there. This means it will be time for the transmission.
These are now all but finished just the hosing needing trimming when each is installed. I had no idea how to make these or how they'd turn out, but I'm very pleased with them. Onto the fuel tanks now.
Next update. I decided as time was so scarce to move onto the transmission as this is the next most complicated item in the hull after the engine. I am building it up in parts so that I can work on the shapes in small doses. It is a complicated piece indeed. The first part is the front section that relates to steering and where the final drive couplings attach. I first tried to view this area as a series of cylinders, but it is far more complicated. So I've isolated the central shape and created this as a hollow block (with internal bracing etc), and have cut and shunted to remove and add bumps and recesses as required. I now have it to the point where I can start adding major details. I'll then move down the transmission to where the actual gears are housed. This as a connecting section and then the actual gear box (nicely hidden under the rectangular box we are used to looking at. Once this is all complete I can them add all the millions of bolts and so forth, and the dashboard and the radio stack. After all the other builds, particularly the Jagdpanther, I am on familiar ground with the radios at least
These photos show the build up of the front area and the nice Verlinden transmission I'm copying.
The Verlinden piece first