Thus it begins. The second set of racks having arrived I can now easily sort the ammunition racks. I only need to partially scratch central rack for the second set.
I’ll have to finish painting the shells now.
This is just the first of 6 rack sets for each Tiger. The JagdTiger ones are just fine and ready to build thankfully. Each of these 12 units will be held together with strips top and bottom as per the real thing
One of the frustrations with getting exciting new kits and hitting lots of boring stuff like shells and these jolly ammo racks is that builds begin to stagnate. So, to move things along while still doing boring stuff it’s definitely time for the guns!!
The racks continue. The basic construction is almost done with two sets of radio operator racks left. Then I need to sort the shells, paint everything, Hope they all fit under the hull roof and kiss them goodbye. Not my most favourite part.
The guns, however, are most satisfying. The basics are roughly sorted with a few things left to add. I’ve had a lot less scratch work to do as it turns out that one of the sprues was included in the JagdTiger kit so the extra parts needed were mostly covered. The production turret comes with a metal barrel so I’ve added counter weights to help balance it. The other will use the one piece barrel as this is the one sported by “Anneliese”.
And now you know which example I’m doing of the preproduction turret.
Driver’s side front racks x 2
Why the shell stopper is shaped as it is. Folds neatly around the breach.
One piece barrel
Two piece production ( also found on preproduction turrets)
The Tiger guns are now ready for details that are missing in the kit. Then they can be painted. On to the JagdTiger gun now. There are a couple of questions about the length of the recoil cylinders, but that should be easily adjusted
The 128mm and cradle progress. Compared to the 88mm the breech is enormous. It’s lovely to see that the cradle still fits perfectly with the lower section made so long ago. I’ll need to hand paint the interior section as it had to be constructed before painting as you can’t place some parts after others have been placed. I could have done everything “on sprue”, but this will still work.
One of the arms. I will add one before painting, but the other will have to wait until I’ve prepared the unreachable parts of the gun with paint too.
So this is the basic construction minus the gun sight mount. I’ll do that tomorrow and then add the extra items and wiring. I’ll add the wiring to the two 88mms too and they’ll all be ready to paint. One thing I have to go back to the lower cradle and add are the teeth that engage with the cog at the base of the lower cradle. This proved the slight sideways movement of the gun.
I’ve also added texture to the forward canvas cover
The upper cradle is done and just needs details painting and weathering. I still need to do the gun itself, but this only has minor details to add. I need to do the same to the 88s and they can go under paint as well. The single action Badger is performing beautifully with the AK ivory, but I’ll need more. Off to order some now.
The wiring is 20 thou plastic rod I’m trialling. It is used by a number of expert modellers along with the solder. Works very well, but glue will split it under pressure so you have to avoid trying to glue lengths making tight turns.
Amateur plastic surgeon!
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The guns have all reached the point where they need details paint and decals on the 88s. Because they are so far along that has pushed the finalising of the 128mm cradle (teeth for the traverse mechanism), and the turret floors. In the preproduction turret this means some juggling because one has to have lots of things painted and installed before the basket can be attached as the stowage wall sits over the top of it. I’m using the kit supplied walls in both as the roof will not come off. It means I can cheat on a lot of detail improvements as you can’t see them anyway. I’d be here for the next five years if I did everything all of them need and there’s other stuff like a 1:24 109g to do at some point. The JagdTiger will have more adjustments as the roof does indeed come off that. Oh and the gun sights are also ready for detail painting too.
To bad things have happened today. I’ve stuffed up my lower back bending over looking in a bag. Just doing nothing but bending over too far. Typical. And I’ve discovered that the turret ring work I’d done on the Tiger ii was partly wrong. So back to the drawing board while I can’t move and I’ve sorted it out. Not finished yet, but now heading in the right direction. Photos tomorrow when it looks as it should.
The new turret ring support is done and the bottom of the production turret sorted. Now it’s time to add the major items around the turret floor. Once both turret floors are done the baskets can be added. I’ll paint the floors first.
The back slowly repairs and sitting in my modeling seat is very comfortable so lots happening. I’m moving ahead with the preparation of the two turret floors. I’m basically just using the kit parts as little or nothing will be seen apart from through the hatches. Makes for some quick easy work with a few adjustments. Go thing too as I could spend another year just doing over the Tiger turrets. The JagdTiger will require much more work as the top is made to come off. In any case most components are satisfactory in the dark. Trumpeter has used a lot of “thin edge thick wall” molding so in the case of the gunner shield you have to sand the walls thin or make a new one. I’ve gone for sanding. I’ve also salvaged their pathetic attempt at an emergency firing mechanism which they’d attached to the shield and made it look like a hinge. With wire attached it will do in the dark. Once I’ve drilled the holes for the wiring both floors will be ready for the turret baskets and the mounting of the guns. This will let me weather the whole lot together.
The mail brought an amazing gift today. One of the FB Panther guys is making a Bergepanther from his new Trumpeter kit (kick arse job too), and didn’t want the engine. He noted that I would one day like to make up one as a free standing model so said “here”. There is so much generosity it a stingy world.
Preproduction Tiger. One stowage wall remains off until the basket is in. So will be painted separately.