Many Parts Become One

Posted on September 21, 2016 by Niek Nijsen

Updates on a regular basis…. Yeah right.

I did manage to get a lot of work done actually, but there’s not much to show for it. Why’s that you might think? Well, it’s because I put together roughly 50-60 small parts to form one bigger part. Most of the work went into weathering all these parts and getting them ready for assembly. Once dry I glued them into place, which eventually led to a completed turret basket. I think the best option would be to have the photos speak for themselves, which can be found in the gallery as usual.

A bit of work was done on the turret itself, with various items glued to the roof and another sheet of zimmerit being added to the outside. I also glued the hatch that sits above the driver and radio-operator which allows maintenance crews to remove the gearbox. It’s been cut in half to match the opening I’ve created in the hull. Resin parts were added to the actual exit hatch for the right side and will be added later. It still needs a bit of work to fit perfectly, but this will come once the upper hull is in place.

Focus than switched to the rear section. I’ve sprayed the radiators and finished the fan assembly. Although they’re not entirely correct for the King Tiger (they’re based on the Panther), the change required wasn’t worth it to me as they’ll be mostly hidden from sight anyway. Besides, I’m yet to find the person to tell me what’s wrong with them. Are you that person…? With the radiators and fans painted, I glued them into place and weathered the whole bit to match the rest of the engine components. Little work is left here with just adding a few details here and there and finish the final look with some pigments.

And that’s about it for now. Like I said before, have a look at the photos, which tell a lot more than those few words above. Now that I’m building two models at the same time (King Tiger and the Spitfire), I will be swapping between them on a monthly basis. So updates on both will also be slightly slower, but hopefully every other month. Thanks for your dedication in following these builds and I look forward to hear your comments!

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