Sunday, July 15, 2018

King Tiger Sd.Kfz. 182 w. Henschel Turret – TAKOM 1/35: Part 1

A life without model making is possible but pointless! So now for some tank modeling besides my daily job and my ph.d. thesis. I built my last tank some 20 years ago, so there are new aspects to learn. This Tiger II will be part of a diorama, probably an Ardennes diorama.
Both engine cooler units will be visible underneath the grills of the rear deck.
So I built them according the instructions using red oxide primer as a base coat.

Weathering was done with washes and some chipping with acrylic paints.

Upper hull dry fitted over the lower hull. Grills are still missing.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Focke-Wulf Fw 190 D-9 | 1/12 th Scale | Part 23 – Seat guide rails

First I made a template defining the correct angle of
the seat inclination. The guide rails have to precisely fit
behind frame 5.

Guide rails milled from brass and files to the correct dimensions.

Top view of the guide rails and frame 5 segments.

I soldered stripes on top of the H-profile.

One profile is already cleaned up. The holes are
to lock the seat in 6 different height positions.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Focke-Wulf Fw 190 D-9 | 1/12 th Scale | Part 22 – Right shell and fueltank chamber roof plating

Frame 6 of the right shell.

Dry fitting of parts.

Former made from 2mm MDF of frame 6.

Longitudinal stringer and frame 5 and 2.

Again, some dry fitting ...

Fit is OK ...

Segments of frame 6 have to fit exactly.

Detail of frame 2 (with 4 holes).

Tank chamber roof plating started.

More plating done.

No, that isn´t a kitchen sink!!

Plating completed :-)

Detail shot of forward section.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Focke-Wulf Fw 190 D-9 | 1/12 th Scale | Part 21 – Upper reinforment straps supporting the upper engine mounts

Right side: The strap was cut from 0.3 mm litho.

Shape and dimensions were taken from the
Bentley drawings.

The rivet pattern from Jerry Crandall´s
superb YELLOW 10 book.

Left side showing the upper strap. The real one
was made of steel.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Focke-Wulf Fw 190 D-9 | 1/12 th Scale | Part 20 – Right fuselage shell

Dry fitting of parts.

Foot step and hand hold.

Using styrene templates to make the frames.

Coffee break :-)

Someone has to clean the workshop!!

Right fuselage side shell: After cutting
it´s time to mark all important details.

Fit is OK!

Cutting the hatches was done next.

Followed by embossing the rivets and shaping
of the panel.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Focke-Wulf Fw 190 D-9 | 1/12 th Scale | Part 19 – Center fuselage section

Left fuselage shell taped to the jig. Marking frames,
rivet lines et al.

Dry fitting to the fuselage.

Checking the fit and dimensions.

Embossed rivet detail.

Making the finger strap.

Finger strap glued into the shell with epoxy.

Test of Z- und U-profiles bent from litho.

Joggle joint.

Doing the joggle.

Fit is OK.

Frame 7 formed over MDF.

Hand grip glued in place.

Test fitting a template for frame 6.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Focke-Wulf Fw 190 D-9 | 1/12 th Scale | Part 18 – Center fuselage section

Jig for the center fuselage section. Built from MDF and balsa.

Frames marked on the jig. I also cut some frames
from MDF as templates.

Designing the roof of the luggage compartment.

Making a tool for shaping the panel.

Basic shaping of the panel is done. Some areas had
to be annealed four times.

Dryfitting of the panel.

Right side view. More bending to come.

Sides bent dowwn to allow for mounting
the canopy rails.

Tool for making frame 6.

Upper segment of frame 6 in place.

Some details still missing.

Dry fitting looks OK.

Picture shows the shape to good advantage.