I haven't been able to get any bench time; remodel and construction in the basement and redoing the master bedroom.
So, in my search mode, I've been trying to source ideas for the Heinrich bay (machine shop type things and figures [gads! figures ] and equipment). I don't want it to be overly cluttered, but it needs some life. Personally, I see this as a dio in a model in a dio (if that makes sense). And I will build this with that in mind. i.e. I will make a place for the Heinrich's bay in the Ratte and build the bay as a separate piece. Once done, it'll slide right in.
I'm also seeking images and ideas for the engine deck. Supposedly this thing may have had two submarine engines providing the power. If you look at a sub vs a tank, and consider the venting and intake...they're worlds apart. (probably because the sub ran mostly on batteries unless they were surfaced, running the diesels to charge said batteries)
I want the engine deck to look good. But it needs to "make sense" with regards to intake and output and cooling and access from above, et cetera.
I've been looking at the engine decks of Tigers, KTs, JTs, Panthers, and the like. They all have in common (generally) the four air inlet grills, two air outlet fans, and the access hatch. Would it make sense for the Ratte to have something similar, but more of them? Barring any space issues, would it make sense for the Ratte to have FOUR sets of these; two for each sub engine?
Thoughts? Would one or two (or more) with the crew compartment heaters installed make sense?
Last question before my brain goes even number: Exhaust. How many "exhaust pipes" would two diesel sub engines need? All the big German tanks have two it appears. Two sets of two, three, four?
Brain-fried with details. It's gotta be "real" you know, and make sense. Need your help folks.
p.s. My head is already working on the hydraulics of the Heinrich bay door.