To me, the rear of the top deck was a rear challenge, enjoyable but a challenge. If you remember I’m modeling this tank as 314 of the Schwere SS-Panzer Abteilung 101. Using “ The Modeler’s Guide to the Tiger Tank” as my main reference, and what I can find 314 was one of the original 27 tiger tanks delivered in July of 43 (I Think) when the unit was formed, so that would make 314 an early Mid Tiger. The Mid Tigers from what I can see went through a lot of changes on the top deck from April to October in 1943. I found no photo of 314 top deck so I’m only guessing what it really looked like. The only photos that I have seen of 314 only show the left side and rear, very little of the top.
The photo below shows the rear deck almost complete, I’m waiting for a Tow Rope set from Mike Stannard to complete the detail. Most of the work that I have done is from information that I gotten from different builds being done on this forum and from information I received from its members. I have numbered the different areas and I will try to review each section. Hopefully, this will help someone on a build when the next batch of Tigers is produced.
1 Engine Hatch
a. Air Intake and latches are from Mike Stannard.
b. Air Filter Cover I modified to look like an early cover, made the hold down screw from a brass bolt I had.
c. Tarp tie downs I made from scarp brass.
d. Mounting hole for Air Intake was moved back.
e. Square Head Hatch Bolts were made from S.S. lag screws I found.
f. Handles were made from welding rod and welded to hatch.
2 Front, Rear and Center Covers
a. Modified the grate openings.
b. Made new caps.
c. Countersunk the holes for the Square Head Screws, shorten the height of the screw head.
3 Centre Cover
a. Countersunk the holes for the Square Head Screws, shorten the height of the screw head.
b. Replaced center plate with new.
c. Added hardware details and casting numbers.
d. Armored Hatch has large hole for access inside.
4. Screens were modified with brass wire cloth.
Started the details parts for the front of the deck, will post that after I have a little more done.