Working on the header tank and fuel tank I’ve reshaped the header tanks from rectangular prisms to the current later shape by adding to the rear and cutting a section out of the front. The side detail has been sorted, the sides now needing trimming and filling to blend them in. The main details will go on top. The fuel tanks will need smoothing out and straps added. The fuel cap will need a new handle rather than the solid block that was there.
Engines now ready for dark grey and details painting.
I sprayed the engines with the dark grey and with the NATO black primer it gives a great effect. Just slightly satin as they should be. I can now pick out the details. The air filters are supposed to be insignia white though after weathering they seem to look ivory. I only have crap white paint so I think I’ll get some MR insignia white and be done with it. The headers are being detailed as are the fuel tanks. Lots to go, but we are moving forward.
The headers are now done though they will have oil lines into the interior added when installed. The fuel tanks are also done, but the new caps need to be painted up the flat sections in the photos are the dividing wall between these two items and the engine. This will become clearer when installed. The air filters are also painted ready for decals and weathering. Very shortly it will be time to paint all the engine details, add all the fuel lines and install the lot. Very exciting, but lots of details to paint in the next few days.
The fuel tanks and headers are now done and awaiting details. I’ve reached the point where I either go through and paint the details and install everything and THEN make the radio/ driver’s console for the three tanks OR or go ahead with the radio/ driver’s console and leave the details painting. I actually have a huge stockpile of parts ready for detailing and installation so I think it’s time to make it all fit before I build anything else. Once the rest is in place it will only be a matter of finishing the crew decking, the radio/ console and the shells and the bottom half of the hull is done. Then I can start on the three upper hull interiors. I should realistically be on to the turrets and JagdTiger gun and upper hull area by about Christmas. Should be finished these by Christmas next year.
A quick update with the early stages of engine painting. The red oxide pipes are done and the rubber joints need painting along with their clamps. Some of the dull metal grey parts are done as well. The three compasses also have their missing bases added and are ready for their faces to be attached once the decals are in place. These will be wired up to their power supplies as the interiors are laid down.
I’ve gone the “put the interior together first” route rather than make yet more items so that I’ll have the space to make the radio consoles. I hate the fiddly interior painting so it’s a good discipline to get it done.
The compasses are part of David Parker’s range at AFV Modeler, as are a number of the upcoming items.
The compasses are almost ready to install. The covers are on and Pledge is now protecting the compass faces. The wiring is also attached and simply needs painting black so that it can be bent into shape when fitted. Solder is just wonderful for this sort of thing. The other engine has had the lighter metal areas painted and just need the pipe joints done.
The other items show will make up the four replacement air cooling pipes for the engine bay. The kit vinyl half pieces are just too horrid and wrong anyway. I now have to bend these old bits of plastic rod into shape. They were once torsion bars for the Verlinden Tiger. These are the last of them to be recycled.
Cables before and after bending
And bits for the new ones
The beads will become the mounts and the four rods bent up to become the tubing. Tape will be wrapped around them to simulate the ribbing of the pipes.
Today I’ve corrected one of the headers to make it suitable for the JagdTiger. A simple process of removing the extra details found on the later Tiger example. I’ve also installed the compasses and confess that the JagdTiger one has gone in even though it probably never had one (this one was jolly well going to anyway after all the effort!!!), and I’ve bent the engine air pipes ito shape and completed their wall attachments. There is a lot of cleaning up to do before the tape can go on, but we’re getting there. A big relief.
I’ve also painted the hose joints and now have to add the colour for their clamps. I’m doing this with a silver pigment pen (uni-ball) which is an utter God send. The inner clamp needs some correcting as the ink flows more freely than I thought, but the two examples give the idea of how it will look. As with everything on the engines weathering will tone this all down.
So not being able to help myself I’ve started on the radio/ console stacks so I have something to make while painting. Good thing too. These will take ages to fix. They are the hardest correction to make in the entire makeover. NOT Trumpeter’s finest hour. They have molded the crew air filter to the com set and have installed the top radio set upside down. The frame is rubbish. Still with cutting and pasting and copying another David Parker beauty from AFV Modeler, I should end up with three credible units. The JagdTiger one is slightly simpler and the HL one will only be see through hatches so the good one will go in the Trumpeter Tiger.
The surgery turns out to be rather major so I’ll see if I can make this radio face come together. If not I’ll leave the other radio for the HL set as is. No one will see it anyway.
To roughly correct the position of the disks etc I’ve had to cut the radio face into four. It’s still not right, but closer. The trick will be filling in the gaps. The other thing I could do is leave the third set out of the radio stack. Watch this pike of plastic.
The radios have been freed and the JagdTiger top radio successfully reassembled so now I can start to make the racks for them. I’ve also freed the intercom set from the radio stacks so I can reposition them.
I’ve drawn on some of the engine clamps on one of the engines. These need cleaning up, but the pen works a treat. I also got a white pen and wish I’d seen a black one.
The PE racks now coming together. Once these are complete and the radios cleaned up I’ll continue scratching the large frames for the stack. One set will be like the PE ones and the JagdTiger frame a little simpler. This is nice straight forward PE.
The inner racks are now complete so I can move to the exterior rack for each. These are quite complicated so I’m glad I have the AFV one to copy. The radios slide in and out of racks easily so can be painted without trouble. I’ve decided not to bother with all the headsets and mics. That would involve 12 sets of each.
A hitch. I forget to check my JagdTiger reference for the radio and discovered that it’s set up like a Pz iii/iv. Poopies!!! So I've cut up the radio stack I’d prepared for the HL Tiger and have turned the upside down radio the right way up and have moved it to the bottom. No one will see, but I’m not sure you could listen to the rugby on this set up let alone talk to HQ.
I have Oscar Goldenman’s words from the beginning of $6000000 Man going through my head right now “Steve Austin, a radio barely alive... we can rebuild him”
One of these things is not like the other
The next part of the framework for the Tiger radios. Part of this exists on the ex Trumpeter stack so it’s a matter of building the missing walls etc
The frames continue to grow and the rejigged JagdTiger stack is basically ready for the interval frames to be added to them. I was trying to save as many as I could from the first time around to save plastic, but nah, too many were wrecked in the rebuild. So that’s next up.
More on the radio racks. Both Tiger racks have progressed and the PE frames even fit into the rack. The JagdTiger radio stack is also done and the simplified rack has also been constructed. Lots to do on all these items, including adding the handles to the Trumpeter radios. The molded blobs are in the process of being removed as various bits of glue are drying. That great joy is going to be adding the dash to each. I’ll have to scratch one of them and the Trumpeter pair need lots of work.
The radio stacks are now all finished apart from any plugs and wiring I’ll add so now it’s time for the driver’s consoles. I also need to sort out the comm boxes too. Only part the way there with all these, but it’s nice to have reached this point.
The HL Tiger
And the Trumpeter courtesy of AFV Modeler
Next up the consoles. One to make and two to modify
More work done on the stacks. The dashes are in place and the comms too. Just a bit more to do on the two Tiger ones and then they’re done. The other thing I have to do is organise the various connectors and plugs for the radios. They should all be suspended from the hull roof. Not sure if I’ll do that or use a spacer and mount them “above” the transmissions.