RH side running gear complete…and the rear plate is on as well along with all the bits and pieces apart from the external fuel drums. I am leaving them off and just having the mounting points fitted.
Luckily I am not doing the left hand running gear…that will be submerged and at an angle …
Luckily, as this was snapped when I opened the box …the front idler axle …
Upper hull details added… There wasn’t much so didn’t take long lol
All that has to go on are the L and R side skirts and the ERA blocks on hull front and RH side skirt.
And I have started to box in the underside of the upper hull under the drivers hatch and turret ring area where the acrylic pour may seep into…
Will get started on the hull ERA and the turret assembly tomorrow after work.
Isn’t it a wonderful feeling to start a brand new kit?
Great start John.
Yeah, it was quite nice cracking the box open and then cutting into the bags…
Excellent progress thus far John, .
I’m presuming the ‘boxing off’ the drivers hatch/turret ring is because all hatches will be left open, or possibly the turret displaced, and that you’ll put a ‘lid’ on top of the box walls so that the water will only flow inside to the depth of a few mms, ?
Yeah, the turret will be on, but the acrylic pour may seep under the bottom of the turret and the box there will just catch it… The drivers hatch will be open and I want that small area totally full of murky dirty water
ERA blocks are on … RH side.
As I am not showing the LHS, I have added extra ones from those onto this side … I have seen many images of extra blocks added to vehicles in theatre so I thought I may as well do it here as well.
Front, with extra ones added.
These are for the turret, with a few extra added.
And I still have between 18 to 28 spare blocks in various configurations I can use if I fancy it.
The boxing off of the underside of the upper hull has been finished
Not super neat, but no one will ever see it and it will do the job required of it.
Will start the turret build tomorrow
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Looking good John, I think it will look amazing with the water actually penetrating the hull and turret, .
So here’s where we are…
I few posts got lost over the last few days, so I will re-add what I can remember…
Turret is built up apart from the barrel and Comd MG
ERA were added, but the instructions didn’t marry up with how they actually fitted, so I improvised… And added extra blocks which have been seen on various real wagons in the war …
This is a pig of kit, but more on that later…
Will be going over the whole turret with Mr Surfacer to fill a lot of small gaps. …
As I alluded to above…this kit is a pig … Soft detail all over, gaps on nearly everything, mold lines, sink marks, pour stubs, things not fitting correctly… To many issues to mention … I would strongly suggest just removing the ERA sprues and putting the rest in a bin…
Even the ERA blocks have issues… every single one you can see in the above images needed sanding, trimming to some degree to make them ok.
Thankfully… Most of the hull will be submerged if the plan works out…
I have stolen the external fuel drums from my T90 and going to fit them onto this, along with some fuel lines I was also able to remove …
Will get a bit more done later, and full seal the hull as well…
LH lower hull is now fully sealed.
Once primed, it will get a base coat of green, but this will then never see the light of day again…
T90 fuel tanks added. I did also add some external fuel tank connection piping to the RH side, again removed the now defunked T90 …
Still need to fabricate the 2 fuel pipes from the external tanks to the rear sponsor tank… I snapped that bit and lost it . Will try to get this primed tomorrow… And also start on the base scene …
While these old kits are rough around the edges they can be made better and used in interesting ways like this!
Coming along nicely there John.
Cheers Terry .
Did a bit on the base area.
Rear bank has been added. This is what the T72 will have slid down. The whole rear bank of florist oasis has been sealed in.
And from the side, showing the area of balsa that’s been cut away.
The wagon has been primed.
A general fit of the wagon in the box. The rough area where the cocktail sticks are on the bank will be hacked out a bit so the wagon sits slightly flatter. That way I can get the drivers cab submerged but visible, and a small area of the turret under as well.
The arrows show how much more of the balsa will need to be cut away… Possibly more ??
Just an idea, and it may prove difficult after everything else is done, but maybe trim away that front corner right at the end, so that you don’t cut too much off now? Not sure if that makes sense!
Lol…great minds think alike …
I going do some groundwork for the bank and get some earth texture on it. Get the wagon fitted or at least measured up for the area it will sit in, the paint that fully up. I will not be cutting anymore of the balsa until the wagon is secured in place and at least 2 or 3 levels of the acrylic pour have been done so I can judge the amount of balsa that has to be cut away …
Going to have to do a bit of surgery on the manlet and it’s cover.
The built kitl the barrel shown in an elevated position…
For my plan to work and the barrel tobe a bit submerged with the angle of the tank, I need the barrel basically straight.
So I needed to chop of a small frontal section of the manlet which I can reshape with putty to show the barrel level …
Don’t worry about the seam, most of it gets hidden when the manlet top cover and ERA blocks are added, and the rest Mr Surfacer will deal with
Looking really good John, , will the finished model be clean, as if it’s only just slipped in, or will it be silted up, as if it’s been submerged for some time…if that makes sense?
Coming along very nicel, nice extra details like fuel tanks… will be nice to see this in the water… will you be adding waterplants?
Thanks G @G-man69 & Bert @bwilt …
I will be doing this one dirty and muddy/silted up … Will be ordering some of the AK effects, slime, grime,moss etc …
Good question Bert …now you’ve mentioned it, I may look at getting some water type plants to liven it up a bit … Not sure where to look for those though… There will be some debris around the tank from the current as well…build up of twigs, small branches etc.