A13 Cruiser detailing.

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A13 Cruiser detailing.

Post by Phil Woollard » Thu May 30, 2019 4:18 pm

Something different before I start on a very special Late TIger 1 build in the next couple of weeks. Looks like that will be having a full interior or the best part of one at least!

I very recently acquired this scratch built early cruiser, beautifully put together using Armortek Comet tracks and sprockets.

I really just need to ad the exterior detailing and fine tune the motion control and sound system.

I have made a start on the turret rivets of which there are many.

Please note that I do have Armorteks blessing to post this one off model in the off topic section.
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Those wheels need lots of nut and bolt detail.
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The guy that built it had special permission from the Tank Museum (rather like Armortek) to measure their slightly later example
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I shall change out all the cross head fixing for stock m3 Armortek screws. The road wheels and tyres need detailing with the many fixings and the tyre cusioning holes.
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It uses a 12v motion system which is very similar to the early Armortek models motion pack but chain drive to the sprockets, it uses the Armortek sound module reproducing the V12 Liberty engine sounds, it's so much easier now with the new Armortek modules and the reliable no maintenance motor/gearbox units.
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Not a pretty tank but it does grow on you, especially when you research the history.
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Re: A13 Cruiser detailing.

Post by Phil Woollard » Sat Jun 01, 2019 7:46 am

A very quick video of the cruiser systems proving trials, before workshop refurbishment.

https://youtu.be/HeK8wP7RZzE
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Re: A13 Cruiser detailing.

Post by Phil Woollard » Sat Jun 01, 2019 3:36 pm

As it's so quiet on the forum today a little progress on the turret detailing. I'm using as many Armortek parts as I can.
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Another 160 odd rivets to go on the turret
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So nicely thought out and implemented interior
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Re: A13 Cruiser detailing.

Post by Phil Woollard » Sun Jun 02, 2019 7:04 pm

Finally finished the turret detailing. Now to the hull although I have made a start on the scale hex head bolt change out and the fitting of scale Allied tow shackles.
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The turret looks so much better cleaned up and rivets added, now the massive hull needs the same treatment.
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I'm not keen on that big site thingy stage right of the gun, so I shall make a sharper version. then just the 2 pounder gun detail armour fillet.
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Re: A13 Cruiser detailing.

Post by Phil Woollard » Tue Jun 04, 2019 8:42 am

I think the wheels now have enough detail, m 2.5 hex heads throughout. Next job the front deck plate hatches and the drivers armoured "pill box"
I want to portray this vehicle as one of the survivors of the ill fated early battle for France, maybe one that made it to North Africa, so a nice British desert yellow with some nice contrasting weathering showing through to the dark green, with plenty of desert sand erosion and active service chipping.
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Now finished the gun fillet armour and made a new view port. I wonder if you guy's recognise the little Armortek fittings that I use?
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Experimenting with the deck stowage placement. Added the various service access hatches on the rear deck, they don't open but that's an easy job for the next owner.
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The tyres now have the myriad of cushioning holes and the wheels now have 2.5 mm hex heads, some research photos show these wheel bolts as being quite prominent and others almost invisible.
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Re: A13 Cruiser detailing.

Post by Phil Woollard » Tue Jun 04, 2019 8:03 pm

Been working on the front plates, see if you recognise the hinges that I have used for the front access hatches.
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Still have a hundred or so rivets to ad to the front plates and drivers pill box. the front access hatches will just slip under the hinges nicelyl
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Those hinges are not far off the cruiser series type used on the front access hatches
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Good battery and track tension idler adjuster access
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I have the fender and kit locker stiffener groves to ad to these areas
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Re: A13 Cruiser detailing.

Post by Vince Cutajar » Tue Jun 04, 2019 8:46 pm

Those hinges look just like the Tiger 1 turret upper spare track holders that I have.

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Re: A13 Cruiser detailing.

Post by Phil Dawe » Tue Jun 04, 2019 8:48 pm

You are doing a cracking job on this Cruiser Phil. Once you weather it up it will really come alive! :D

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Re: A13 Cruiser detailing.

Post by Phil Woollard » Wed Jun 05, 2019 4:18 pm

Nearly done now maybe just another day of detailing then onto painting
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As usual the grey primmer shows every speck of dust and imperfection so get this stage right and all will look just fine when the top coat goes on.
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I don't want to see another rivet for a while.
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I'm not keen on the look of the flood light but that's how they were.
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Re: A13 Cruiser detailing.

Post by Christoffer Ahlfors » Wed Jun 05, 2019 9:11 pm

Amazing!
What a transformation! :shock:
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Re: A13 Cruiser detailing.

Post by Phil Woollard » Sat Jun 08, 2019 10:55 am

As it's so quiet a few words reference the cruiser sand shields, well the removal of. It looks so much better when the track and idler are showing. I am searching for a pair of Armortek Comet idlers at present and may have found some, other than that it's a new pair from Monique.
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It just ads interest rather than all that lovely Armortek track being hidden away.
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Just a few rivets and the engine deck area is finished.
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I wasn't going to cut the hatches but now i have
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Do I make a dummy Liberty V12 half engine? The sound from that woofer is awesome.
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Re: A13 Cruiser detailing.

Post by Phil Woollard » Sun Jun 09, 2019 7:37 am

A quick update on the idler situation, I have turned these interim replacements that will be fine for now until some comet examples come along. There are a few photos of the Christie suspension to for those that are interested in that innovative system
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Simple but effective, if i can't get any comet idlers these can be further detailed.
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Brilliant suspension system
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Re: A13 Cruiser detailing.

Post by Phil Woollard » Tue Jun 11, 2019 4:38 pm

All ready, I think, for top coat tomorrow!
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Re: A13 Cruiser detailing.

Post by Phil Woollard » Wed Jun 12, 2019 4:22 pm

Well other than decals and endless weathering that's about it.
Reference painting, using an air brush I used 6 x 10ml of a standard desert colour and mixed 3x buff to lighten ( all tamiya) to cover the majority of the tank, then around another 40 ml a shade darker for the lower hull, then a very diluted black wash for the mucky areas, the shading was a darker desert, dry brushing to follow once its cured for 24 hrs and possible highlights for the rivets with a bit of chipping.
Oh and the paint was diluted adding suitable thinners by as much as 100% . So that's around 130 mls in total. 8)
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The camera angle gives the illusion that the wheels are out of line but I can assure you they are not! I can now use thinners to clean off the light lenses
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It will be interesting to photograph the tank in day light after the decals are added, maybe tomorrow if it's not raining.
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Re: A13 Cruiser detailing.

Post by Phil Woollard » Thu Jun 13, 2019 2:17 pm

All done but for a video out in the dust, if anyone would like this cruiser (I'm not asking to much for her) contact me via my email. Comes complete with new charger, TX and charger, and spare track, the tank has all the usual functions including fully proportionate smoke, head lights, flood light, turret light, gun elevation/depression, mg with led, Thomas Benedini sounds, turret traverse, Christie suspension, shipping in the UK preferred but can ship World wide at cost. Please note this model is big being larger than 1/6th scale

A big thank you to Armortek for allowing me to share this detailing log with you guys.

Just need to clean up the workshop and start laying out the Late Tiger 1!
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I have put an extra link in each side and the tracks now hang just like they did back in 1940
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