The items for the central section of the upper hull are now complete. I've fudged on the items on the right hand side as these are basically two lockers, one for various things and the other for ammunition. I've added covers, but I don't think they really existed. I know that the two on the opposite wall definitely don't have covers, but thankfully the sprues I bought from Trumpeter actually have the key parts for both ammunition lockers so more cutting, pasting and hey presto they're done and they fit. So on to the main event, the front section.
F@#k me!! Tony, this is awesome. So many positive things to point out, but I'll just stick with the humble sprung seat back!... and then install said seat and hide most if not all the work. It's because you know it's there, like an offering to the great modelling "creator".
Components for the forward MG coming together. I now need to make the vision scope and the head rest and that will be enough to sell it. I also have a multitude of ammunition bags for this and the other builds so I'll add one of the two that should be present. As you can see this through the hatch it's worth the detail.
It really is. I'm going to find it very difficult to make anything smaller now to be honest. I'm glad I have the 1:24 109 G. The Tiger family will certainly take care of things for a few years. Not sure what I'll do then. The only drawback with the huge kits is the space.
Driver's vision port done, the front on and the radio set roughed out ready for details. I'm getting a location check done for the radios as the are no location holes etc obviously. I'll paint everything up and then I have no idea how I'll attach the wires as I can't get the roof off to do so. We'll fudge it no doubt. Once the hull top is in place you'll only get a glimpse of things anyway.
A successful test fitting for the radios and the compass underway. With the JagdTiger arriving shortly I'll need an extra compass and engine pipes from AFV Modeler. I should really get two new radio power source sets too, money may limit things, but if I get everything I need then it's all done.
Everything is now finally in place in the hull so I'm going to let it all sit for a few days and work on the turret interior. This is half done so I'll go back to things like the gun and finish detailing. Thankfully the wiring can be done in two parts, floor and ceiling so joining the top and bottom together won't be the drama it's going to be in the hull. For now some shots of the hull ready for weathering.
Lots of details to paint now, but I'll let it all dry while I work on the upper area. I should add that the turret floor isn't yet attached it just appears in the last shot as a hint of things to come. Once everything is detailed I'll attach it before the washes and weathering begin, then it will blend in with everything else.
Had a fun day with this, just moving it forward and skipping ahead a little to encourage myself that I am making progress. I discovered that the commander's cupola is for the E to G, the H onwards carrying an up armoured version. To simulate this I've added layers to the bottom half to give the impression of the later cupola. Not perfect, still a little small, but it will work. I wish I'd grabbed the Trumpeter one when the spares were available, along with the tools, but they're out of stock at present. I've also laid out the wiring for the turret roof and just need to make crew lights and intercom boxes, then I'm almost there. Weathering to follow.
And photos of the replacement return rollers, the first of the metal road wheels to be installed, not because I'm up to them, but because I wanted to do something outside while I wait for some info on the inside. They fit like a glove and the tracks sag beautifully over them. I love the final configuration with the three wheels per side. Nice to see that they all line up too.
Finally I have finished the interior. The wiring is now complete and secured in place and everything is under black and ivory part 1. I've also completed the schurzen doors and have pre-painted the hatch interiors and surrounds so that I can shut the hatches when it's time for the base coats. Thankfully the schurzen have fitted nicely. The mix of scratch and aftermarket is making this makeover work.
Next up painting all the interior details adding decals and weathering the lot. Then I can close it all up and hit the exterior.
Next step is to fill various holes in the roof and attach various items so that I can have the crew hatches tight shut for exterior painting. I've also made the padding for the two crew bucket seats. These were strapped in place and I've included the strap for the turret example. You can see underneath it so I had to. I've also stocked up on paints today so I have no excuse for not getting on with the interior. I confess that I'm rather enjoying the construction side of things and I love the way the turret is progressing. Tempting to jump ahead, but that would not help.
And the seat pads with strap under one seat. This will be painted a different colour
A big night at the bench. I've had to do a number of things to put chess pieces in the right place as it were. I am waiting (weeks), for some decals for the instrument panel so cannot close the hull down. I also need paint stripper to clean brushes so that I can paint interior items with the right brushes. So I've taken the opportunity to sort out the forward deck hatches and the interior and exterior of the lower glasis plate, or however you spell it. Too tired tonight. It's been such a mess for so long I'm surprised at how reasonable it looks. I've also sprayed up the suspension and wheels. Thankfully the lovely replacement metal wheels cover the toy suspension. Worst effort from Heng Long by far. It will look fine covered up. I've done this so that I can see how many extra links I need for the tracks. Two aside in fact. What I'm very grateful for is the fact that I somehow scored an extra three spare tracks (normally three only), which means that I have more than enough. The shot with a set of tracks sitting in place is a very satisfying moment as the hull starts to look a little larger against. You forget the size after months with just a basic tray.