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The Takom Tiger ll with full interior, Ive never done a cut away model before, but I'm a keen one for AFV interiors, I know the old adage, why build what you can't see, well we can see it, on here,

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in front of the whole modelling community, I find the interiors of tanks just as interesting as the exteriors, seeing the crew stations where men fought, lived and sometimes died.  

 

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It's a big complex kit so lets take the lid off and see what it's like

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The first cut is always the hardest, takes a lot of conviction to make it, and I'm sure it will make for an interesting build.

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The King Tiger is a favorite for a lot of people, some may look at what I'm doing as a barbaric act of vandalism of a very expensive kit.  Tink Is looking at me as If I'm mad, but at least he gets to sit in a new box with what he thinks is his title on it, all be it inverted.

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I'm cutting off the whole left side sponson side, to replicate the artwork above, this is really going for it, I could make tentative cuts to individual armour plate, but I'm going the whole hog and removing a third of the kit in one fair swoop. There's no going back now, I'm totally commited now.

 

 

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the early stages of building up the hull interior involves making the drivers compartment and the gearbox and transmission area. But first the hull belly supports and the torsion bars.

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while that lot sets, time to build the drivers seat, it's a mini kit in it's own right.

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a dozen parts make up the drivers seat.

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the gearbox transmission constructed outside the hull, let thos items harden off while I continue with the hull interior.

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I'm really please all this detail work won't be lost, but even if I was doing it closed up, I'd not regret the kit showing me the anatomy of the legendary King Tiger.

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I'll stick to the box artwork as close as I can, with colours as well as how it's displayed.

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the drivers seat installed.

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2 hours ago, echen said:

Takom Tinks?

visions of grandeur, Tink thinks he's the King Tiger around here.

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20 hours ago, Pig of the Week said:

Just found this, excellent work! 👍

...it would be crazy not to have the interior visible with such nice detail... are you going to complete the other side "sliced off" bit too ?

no it's cut as far as I'm going, if you remove too much all the shell racks and turret mounted gear would be in mid air. I'm using the box art as a guide.

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21 hours ago, simmerit said:

Now that must have taken some bottle!!!!!

too right, it's a gamble, you never know if an idea like this will work until the final step.

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the transmissionan and gearbox, such an excellent little sub- assembly, it was a pleasure to build. 

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making a start on the uncut side, fitting the Torsion bar axle ends

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the transmission painted in it's base colour and fitted.

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the first of the track around the sprocket

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1 hour ago, metadyne said:

no it's cut as far as I'm going, if you remove too much all the shell racks and turret mounted gear would be in mid air. I'm using the box art as a guide.

I meant were you going to complete the bits you cut off to make up the small section as if the tank had driven thru a giant band saw ! 

Might be interesting to display it with the completed "cut off bit" alongside as it's got a whole side of wheels, track, suspension etc.. Just a thought :)

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On 10/11/2021 at 5:24 PM, Pig of the Week said:

I meant were you going to complete the bits you cut off to make up the small section as if the tank had driven thru a giant band saw ! 

Might be interesting to display it with the completed "cut off bit" alongside as it's got a whole side of wheels, track, suspension etc.. Just a thought :)

nice idea, but not what I have in mind for this one as I'm inspired by the box art, I had thought of doing an interior model sat next to the exterior on the same base. More like a science museum project though.

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A decision, late in the day, to leave off the rear armour in it's entirety to expose more of the engine bay inside

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planning ahead for the turret cut line. To leave the cupola ring in place

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