Late Tiger 1 commission build by Phil Woollard

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Re: Late Tiger 1 commission build by Phil Woollard

Post by Phil Woollard » Sun Jul 07, 2019 3:01 pm

Hi Allan, It's the old 5.5 mm flat bottom drill bit again in the drill press but you have to start with a standard bit, drill down a few mm then swap for the flat bottom ( if you don't use the standard bit first the flat bottom will wander) , drill down until in has a nice clean square/flat bottom, then file the whole top section until the holes are just a mm or so deep. It all sounds long winded but that's how it's done! If you have a milling machine it would be easier.

Just had conformation that we are going to install the turret interior 8) ....Phil.
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Re: Late Tiger 1 commission build by Phil Woollard

Post by Phil Woollard » Tue Jul 09, 2019 7:41 am

Work on the deck fittings.
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We are using these nice hatch upgrades but the white metal hinges are no use at all and will break the first chance they get, so the brass hinges make very robust second replacement and will last forever. These are bolted to the hatch and not bonded!
The white metal periscopes will also be replaced with the spring loaded examples.
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Test fitting the aftermarket barrel cleaning rods.
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Trimming the cables to fit the nice cast ends, these will not be to functional as the cables are just bonded into the tubes
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A fair amount of de ragging was required on the turret base but a lovely piece of machining.
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Tough brass fittings, not my favourite material to work with.
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The white metal fitting when cleaned up and in place look very nice but they are very fragile and will need to be treated with respect.
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Re: Late Tiger 1 commission build by Phil Woollard

Post by Vince Cutajar » Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:13 am

Looking at those hatch accessories gives me a feeling of "deja vu".

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Re: Late Tiger 1 commission build by Phil Woollard

Post by Phil Woollard » Tue Jul 09, 2019 12:54 pm

Hi Vince, it's not my favourite job although I am looking forward to fitting the spring loaded periscopes, I wonder if the mantlet on this Tiger will contact the hatch? :roll:
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Re: Late Tiger 1 commission build by Phil Woollard

Post by Vince Cutajar » Tue Jul 09, 2019 2:00 pm

So, I went to check and on my Tiger. The mantlet will not contact the hatch when it is open.
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On the other hand, the lower part of the barrel sleeve will hit the periscope head on. I don't think the spring would save it.
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I always thought that the body of the periscope (black in my photo) was always bolted to the hatch and that the facility to swing open was to allow the lower and upper prism (or mirror) assemblies to be inserted in the periscope body.

Vince
p.s. In the lower photo, if I try to close the hatch than it will contact the mantlet. The turret has to be traversed a little to the right so that this won't happen.

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Post by Phil Woollard » Tue Jul 09, 2019 3:13 pm

Is there any way you can raise the turret up a few mm, maybe the spacers are a bit low?
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Post by Vince Cutajar » Tue Jul 09, 2019 3:25 pm

As you will eventually find out, it's not worth raising the turret so that it will miss the periscope because then the barrel sleeve will then hit the hatch. Also the clearance between the turret base and the hull roof would be so big that it will look ugly.

Have to see if I can find information of what the clearance between the hull roof and the turret is on the real thing.

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Re: Late Tiger 1 commission build by Phil Woollard

Post by John Heath » Tue Jul 09, 2019 4:32 pm

Is this photo of any use. Not sure where it came from.

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Post by Phil Woollard » Tue Jul 09, 2019 5:28 pm

Cheers John, boy that really does hang over those hatches!
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Re: Late Tiger 1 commission build by Phil Woollard

Post by Phil Woollard » Wed Jul 10, 2019 1:31 pm

More work to the deck.
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I have fabricated the hull mg canvas cover fixings
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I have temporarily fitted the periscopes to check for clearance issues, these will be replaced with the highly detailed spring loaded examples
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It's all coming together nicely.
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Nice driving light just need to run that cable.
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Re: Late Tiger 1 commission build by Phil Woollard

Post by Phil Woollard » Thu Jul 11, 2019 9:02 am

Putting together the icons front fenders, these are very nicely presented kits and make a beautiful addition to your model but there's always a catch and this one is that the very tiny brass rivets are short (as in missing) around 6 in total, come on guy's! :roll:

I've been setting out Tim's beautiful tools and clamps, nothing fixed yet as that's a job for today. The Tetra fire extinguisher is exquisite. Just a small orientation problem with the axe head stowage mount.
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Really annoying that we are short of the tiny rivets.
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Busy or what? I doubt the pick axe will end up where it is.
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Nice!
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I don't have to say anything do I?
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Here's one that will drive someone crazy, as the Tiger may portray a vehicle from a unit fighting on the Western front in the winter of 1944, we are considering mounting the snow shovel on the front plate! What are peoples thoughts on this addition?
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Plenty of room for the track hammer, if you take a look at the hatch cover in the background you can see casting "blow holes" that will need to be filled, this I believe is due to gas in the molten metal during the casting process, you can also see my m2 hinge mount holes x3 that also need filling.
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As you can see the axe head mount is handed to follow the head angle, it needs to be the "other hand" so I will have to find a way to change this, maybe some filing is required. worth noting are the x3 m2 counter sink fixings for the hatch hinge, an awkward job as you need to re position the hole over the existing ones.
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Re: Late Tiger 1 commission build by Phil Woollard

Post by florian rudolf » Thu Jul 11, 2019 10:01 am

Verry nice build Phil

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Re: Late Tiger 1 commission build by Phil Woollard

Post by Phil Dawe » Thu Jul 11, 2019 10:43 am

Loving it all Phil. More Gucci parts arriving here tomorrow from the USA :D

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Re: Late Tiger 1 commission build by Phil Woollard

Post by Vince Cutajar » Thu Jul 11, 2019 12:05 pm

I believe that the snow shovel was removed from the glacis in January 1944. One can always say it was a field addition by the crew. Also for the pick axe; a field addition.

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Re: Late Tiger 1 commission build by Phil Woollard

Post by mark j. radick » Thu Jul 11, 2019 1:58 pm

Wow ! you are making incredible progress ! and it looks great !

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