Your KT is a marvel of eye popping detail. Great job, I love every post. I can tell you are really enjoying this build. I love the use of resin detail parts with the metal tank. Very cool. Thanks for posting your progress.
Thanks Robert, The copula has no interior detailing besides the basic periscopes. All head rest detail and hatch opening spring canister detail was scratch built. out of brass, resin, and plastic.
The hatch spring mechanism and handle are functional and actually assist in opening the hatch and swinging it to the open position.
for the copula hatch pivot arm the kit wants you to use a large Allen screw. The problem with using the screw is that the threads show when the hatch is in the open position. To fix this I covered the exposed threads in solder and turned the solder down flush thus removing the threads. To mount the bolt to the hatch I drilled a hole through the hatch arm and the bolt, I then inserted a lock pin to secure the whole unit together.
On the copula's exterior the kit supplied periscope covers were re worked to have backings to them. Before I was able to add the backings I first had to rework the shape of the guards giving them an angle. Once the angle was ground into them I was able to add the backings.
The backings and the MG rail were soldered to the periscope covers. In addition to the backings I also added several other small copula details including hatch aligners, hatch arm details, and a range finder.
The kit also supplies you with the turret crane bosses. The bosses were made out of CNCed steel. Before I was able to add the bosses I first had to widen the hole of the bosses on my lathe, and I had to grind an angle into two of the bosses so they sit level on the turret's roof.
Another piece of detail that I added to the turret front was the addition of the commander folding range finder.
Two barckets were added to the turret's rear along with the kit supplied armorpax D rings.
The turret antenna base mount was machined out of resin and mounted to the tank's turret.
The final bit of detail that was added besides the final turret plate welds was the close quarter defense weapon. The kit supplies you with a CNCed aluminum mount that has some basic details.
The kit wants you to glue this component into it's place, but I decided to make the part pivot as per the real vehicle. This was done in a similar way as I did the front driver's periscope. After some basic slot screw details I mounted the weapon and it pivots smoothly. Once the tank is complete I will post a you tube video showing the grenade launcher in action.
With the turret complete I can now add the finishing touches to the hull and the tank will be ready for painting...hopefully by the end of the week more to follow.
The last bits have been added and fabricated and the tank is now ready for painting.
The tank's rear grenade grill guards have been fabricated. These grills were fabricated out of brass, steel, and aluminum. They will be bolted to the tank permanent after the tank is painted. These were the last components to be scratch built for the model before painting.
The tank's side skirts have also been added. The kit supplies you with a set of laser cut steel side skirts with Photo Etch Brass skirt edgings. The skirts are excellent and were assembled OOB with no extra mods needed.
The kit supplied laser cut steel front fender tips come pre welded and are basically ready to install out of the Box.
The edgings were all soldered to the fenders
The fenders were then primed and mounted to the tank. The fenders went on smooth with no problems or hang-ups.
After the fenders were added I wanted to take the tank for one last test drive to see how the tank runs with the side skirts added. The tank ran very well and I made a video of the test drive and posted the video on youtube.
That is a great looking paint job! Great detail too, excellent in every way. I like the snow and trees in the background definately looks Battle of the Bulge ready. Will look even better with the tracks. Excellent job.
I have a question about the gun elevation and the final test drive videos. It appears that the gun does not bounce while motering down the road (excellent video effects!). Is that what the springs on the gun are for, to dampen the gun movement?
Brian, The springs are to aid the gun elevation motor in lifting the heavy gun barrel...but, I don't see why they can't add tension to help kepp the gun from bouncing.
The tank's markings and weathering have been applied. along with the tracks, side skirts and grenade guards. I didn't add the steel drybrushing to the tracks because the tracks will scratch themselves after the tank runs a short distance.
The tank is now about 95% complete. Next will be the addition of the tools and the antennas. Then the tank will be ready for action.