First of all I’d like to welcome you here on Armorama and hope your visits will always be positive and creative ones.
I must say you are doing a masterful job with this kit. I see you are taking the time to render this vehicle as accurately as is possible. Please do not rush, take your time and do the best you can, it will pay dividends in the end and you’ll have a piece of art to be very proud of having in your personal museum. Many of us out here on the net, I’m certain, are enjoying this build. I know I am. I have the original release in the stash and will be putting mine together hopefully soon so I’m very interested in following your progress.
Thanks for providing us with this vehicles history, this makes your build log that much more interesting and provides us with an optimum idea of what the real vehicle would have looked like both externally and internally. You’ve even provided us with the vehicles hull and turret armor dimensions. The shear size of this vehicle and its weight could easy turn my car into a rather large sized pancake or scatter it throughout the city with either of its cannons, without me being in the car of course! To be on the receiving end of this beast’s larger caliber weapon, even behind any of the allies best armor plating, would have been like living a nightmare without the benefit of waking up and finding some comfort in knowing that it was only a horrible dream.
Listen Florin, if you’re interested here’s a link to James ‘Jamesite’ McFarlane’s Maus build log entitled Updating DML's 1/35 Maus 'Super-tank'.
He’s still not finished with this project but there is plenty of information that you might find of value for your build if you don’t already know about it? Also if you don’t already know about the photo-etch mesh screens set for the Maus from Yoshida Designs you’ll find that information, photographs and a link on the second page of James three page blog posting. I recently made a purchase using Yoshida Designs email address where he provided me with both update price information and his Paypal account for purchase of this set, he quickly had my order out to me. This mesh screen set for the grills is the most accurate aftermarket one available that I know of and well worth the purchase price. Below I’ve provided you with his current contact information in case you’re interested?
P.O. Box 2312
Winnipeg, MB R3C 4A6
Fax: (204) 452 – 2991
Atelier Infinite offers an accurately detailed Manlet and turret hatches set for the E-100 Dragon kit, which as you probably already know, is rendered as the No.2 Maus turret with the opening for the MG34 machine gun, so this set can be used for your project as well. With your scratch building skills and references you may be able to make the Atelier Infinite items yourself, your choice? Dragon’s E100 kit provides the modeler with the Maus’s V2 turret. The MG34 and opening on the turret for this weapon is missing on your kit. This modification to the turret for the MG34 is rendered on the E100 Dragon kit, being the only external difference between the two Dragon kits sharing the same turret. I think you already know that you’ll need to modify your kits turret for this weapon. This company also produces workable cast resin tracks, these are rather pricey and the kit items are only lacking a few opening on each of the links, which I’m sure you’re quite capable of doing over a couple of modeling sessions. The Atelier Infinite items are available thru HobbyLink Japan, you’ll need to check and see if they are in stock?
Lastly, If your interested in replacing the kits Kwk 12.8 cm & KwK 7.5 cm barrels with aftermarket parts, RB Models has them listed as a set as item# 35B88 and are both well detailed complete with spiral grooves, a plus at this scale as this could easily be seen on these larger caliber guns. The 7.92mm MG34 is listed as item# 35B38; this is a short barrel piece with muzzle. They also produce a brass 2cm antenna as item# 35A02 and their respective antenna mounts as item# 35A15, you’ll need two of each, as these parts are not included in the kit although there are holes on the hulls upper roof panel in the proper locations for them. All of these items are available thru them online at extremely reasonable prices including shipping.
Anyhow, I’ve subscribed and I’m going to take a seat and watch you do your thing!