Steve does another Elefant

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Re: Steve does another Elefant

Post by Robert E Morey » Tue Nov 24, 2020 2:14 am

Great looking details Steve. What a monster. Your zimm and welding is excellent. Will be a real beast.
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Re: Steve does another Elefant

Post by Steve Norris » Fri Nov 27, 2020 8:50 pm

Added the remains of the weld after the jack mounts were repositioned from the front plate to the rear plate. Big thanks to Phil for his suggestion to use templates to achieve the desired effect.
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A bit of texture has also been added to the front plate.
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Re: Steve does another Elefant

Post by simon_manning » Fri Nov 27, 2020 10:44 pm

Looks good steve, the bolts and zim pattern looks tricky, a lot of attention to detail on that front end, regards simon.

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Re: Steve does another Elefant

Post by Christoffer Ahlfors » Sat Nov 28, 2020 8:41 pm

Awesome effect with the removed jack mounts! :D

"A bit of texture has also been added to the front plate." What an understatement! :shock:
A little too much is about right...

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Re: Steve does another Elefant

Post by Steve Norris » Tue Dec 01, 2020 9:50 am

The rear hull extension is now attached, I’ve added zimmerit to the difficult to reach areas .
Torch cut marks and rebates for the weld detail have been added.
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Tow cable brackets have been added plus rebates for the weld detail.
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I’ve added a couple of extra fasteners to the rear plate to prevent any movement, weld will added to the outside joint and I wanted to prevent this from cracking.
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Re: Steve does another Elefant

Post by Steve Norris » Fri Dec 04, 2020 3:07 pm

After a bit of work I have got the upper superstructure fitted.
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Extra fasteners added to the forward joint
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A couple of extra fasteners in the rear upper plate
Time to start doing all them weld joints.

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Re: Steve does another Elefant

Post by Steve Norris » Wed Dec 23, 2020 2:35 pm

To add a bit of difference and interest I have decided to fit my Elefant with the split and hinged rear hatches. From what I have read there were only 4 Elefants modified in this way and at least 1 was in the headquarters company of Schwere panzerjager 653.
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It’s taken a fair bit of work to get everything to fit correctly but I cracked it in the end
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Everything needs careful alignment otherwise the tapered faces of each part will not fit flush when closed
The final rear hull details and the zim need adding and the back end is complete.

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Steve.

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Re: Steve does another Elefant

Post by Steve Norris » Thu Dec 24, 2020 6:40 pm

Rear hull zimmerit now complete
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Re: Steve does another Elefant

Post by simon_manning » Thu Dec 24, 2020 8:00 pm

Outstanding work on the Hatch steve and the zim, Developing into a superb build, Look's Good, seasons' greeting's to you and your family, regards simon manning.

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Re: Steve does another Elefant

Post by Paul Steels » Sun Dec 27, 2020 5:46 pm

Looking fantastic Steve
I am getting everything together ready to start my elefant
Where did you find out the placement for the hatch’s that go on the underside flooring also did you bolt them on or glue
Are you using tile adisive for the zimimit of milliput
Keep up the good work
Thanks paul

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Re: Steve does another Elefant

Post by Robert E Morey » Sun Dec 27, 2020 8:00 pm

That hatch is a master work. I love the one of a kind look. Brilliant. Love following your builds.
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Re: Steve does another Elefant

Post by Steve Norris » Sun Dec 27, 2020 9:08 pm

Thanks for the positive comments guys
Paul,
I found a diagram on line for the lower hull access panels and used a bit of artistic licence from there. The panels are all bolted in position as per the real thing. The Zimmerit is a mix of tile adhesive and brown acrylic paint, For application I use a set of Mike Stannards excellent Zimmerit tools which I would recommend obtaining.
Looking forward to seeing your build.
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Steve

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