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Hi!

It's been a while. I've been mostly busy with the tool clamps and holders. There are a lot of these and the progress has been slow.

Most of the clamps and holders are from the Armorscale fenders kit I'm using. 

 

I intend to replace the plastic antenna mount as well, but the kit I plan to use hasn't yet arrived.

 

One thing I noticed when checking different photos is that Dragon got the upper conical bolt head row too high

on the upper hull additional armor plates and these need to be cut off and glued 1,5mm lower. 

 

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Smoke candle rack on the rear is E.T. Models little set. This one went together quite nicely.

All the bolt heads are replaced with Master Club bolts however.

 

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On the front I decided to use a spare track attached to the towing pintles.

This kind of configuration can be sometimes seen on DAK Panzers.

 

To the rear of the engine deck I added spare wheel holders each side - these can be seen quite often in different photos.

The stainless wire pre-bent holders were provided in the kit and I only added weld seams when gluing these in place.

 

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And finally, here's what happens when driving not careful enough.

 

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Kristjan

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And as the build phase has been mostly finished, here's how it looks before painting.

 

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Brilliant Kristjan. Really top quality model making. As mentioned on another thread I am not that keen on using etched metal but I can appreciate how good it looks when used by more competent hands. Nice one, look forward to the paint.👍👏

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On 03/04/2021 at 00:48, vaoinas said:

Thank you for your kind words.

 

I was a bit impatient to get the turret together so I tried to get all the insides to be painted as quick as possible.

Didn't bother too much with the details there, just enough that all that can be seen trough the hatches would be convincible.

 

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And that's how it sits in the hull:

 

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Then I hurried to glue two halves of the turret together to get over with it. And in the next day I realized it wasn't maybe the best idea, because the gap between the lower edge of the

turret and the hull was pretty obvious. Didn't measure it but I guess it was almost a half a mill or so. And that really was a bummer. I tried to shave off plastic wherever I could and it made

some difference but nothing to cheer about. So I glued 0.25mm thick styrene strip under the turret and it made the trick.

 

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Dragon has made it that way that the turret is held in the hull by the turret floor and after all mentined above I realized it may not be the best way to do it,

because after all the trying an fitting the turret in, rear legs of the floor started to break up and down and the plastic went really weak. 

Lot's of cyanacrylate did help that much that the thing didn't fell apart but it made also the legs look like crap.

 

So I decided to reinforce the plastic legs with some brass angle that I glued there. As you can see, it doesn't look much after painted, but I'm okay with this as 

it's not really visible.

 

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After all that it seemed great again and I added the missing weld seams to the turret shell and front plate.

 

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Among other things I painted the insides of hatches as well. I decided to make these elfenbein because I've seen a few photos

that show Afrikakorps Pz IV hatches that way.

 

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That's all for now.

 

Don't get bitten by Covid,

Kristjan

 

That looks really great! Are the weld seams included in the kit?

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Very nice work Kristjan, the PE looks fabulous and lovely construction work on the tank, looks great...👍

 

Ed

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You really have a lot of patience to work with PE. The tank looks fantastic!

 

Vytautas

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20 hours ago, Whitewolf said:

That looks really great! Are the weld seams included in the kit?

Thanks, mate.

The yellowish weld seams you see on the photos were missing in the kit. 
I made these myself using Tamiya Epoxy Putty and a blunt exacto knife blade that have the tip rounded.

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3 hours ago, vaoinas said:

Thanks, mate.

The yellowish weld seams you see on the photos were missing in the kit. 
I made these myself using Tamiya Epoxy Putty and a blunt exacto knife blade that have the tip rounded.

Its a really nice job! The weld seams are so prominent on the real thing, but in most cases completely ignored by kit manufacturers.....

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Lovely work Kristjan.

Sorry to hear about turret issues. IMHO, Tamiya have the best way, which is 2 slots cut in with 2 tabs. Holds it well and isn't prone to breakage. 

Looking forward to seeing the finished item

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Nice detailed build Vaoinas, nice and clean. Looking forward to the colour going on.

 

Regards

Simon.

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