Here are the pics of my "milling" operation. It took me 4 evenings to take ~2mm of material off the glacis plate so the front deck plate would seat correctly. I had a chance to visit Mark Bennet in Houston and look over his KT. My glacis plate is correct now. I have bounced around on the build as I have lots of parts on order. Assembled the axles and wheel hubs but must wait on the special wheel bolts from Steve W. before the wheels can be assembled. Also have the 7BA small-head bolts on order for the rear deck plate construction. Thank goodness all of you guys have figured out the assembly details for us tank building virgins!
Next week I'll get to have a 4 day buildfest and hopefully get started on the initial hull welds. Even though I'm going to zimmerit the hull, the seams will be locked up with some type of epoxy putty or bondo for added strength.
Pilot holes for the grease fittings
Milling the glacis plate
I made an axle layout diagram so I wouldn't mess up (don't tell me if I did). Also got a variety of angled grease zirks for use under the drive motors.
My lathe is a 1950s vintage "Unimat" from Austria. This was my dad's and made many a scientific apparatus. As stated in another thread on this forum I'm not much beyond drilling and milling with a hand drill, but it works.
The model will be the Schw Pz Abt 509 1945 tank shown above with all of the extra track links on the turret. It's something different.