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Landkreuzer P-1000 Ratte
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Posted: Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 07:30 AM GMT+7
Wow, that great. You'll need to put some MG42's on the sides for just in case.
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Posted: Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 06:01 AM GMT+7
Holy Smokey Joes.

A key component of the Ratte build is on its way!



Mike
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Posted: Monday, December 18, 2017 - 02:33 PM GMT+7
Thank you Joe. Words of support are pleasing.

The P1000 has not ended, just set to the side while a full kitchen remodel is done and a couple of Campaign builds.

I will get back to it, you bet!

Mike
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Posted: Monday, December 18, 2017 - 09:37 AM GMT+7
Been following your progress since I started modelling and joined back in 2014...So impressed!🤔😩😧😧😧 even if I knew how to do this, I probably wouldn't do as good a job on the painting. Keep going sir!!
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Posted: Monday, August 28, 2017 - 11:18 PM GMT+7
Freakin' awesome!!

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Posted: Monday, August 28, 2017 - 10:39 PM GMT+7
Mike are you going to weather that beast of a turret? Would look great with rain streaks and bird poo!!

Paul
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Posted: Sunday, August 20, 2017 - 08:50 AM GMT+7
Hello Mike, I was just wondering if you are going to build a new spray booth for the Tank frame? Your turret looks Awesome. I still can't believe you are building it in 1/35th scale.
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Posted: Sunday, August 20, 2017 - 08:44 AM GMT+7
More of the turret:

The opening to my paint booth is about 33 inches.








Mike
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Posted: Monday, August 14, 2017 - 04:21 PM GMT+7
I like it!
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Posted: Sunday, August 13, 2017 - 01:26 PM GMT+7

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The first ever 1/35 German battleship turret? I think after this you need to go bigger. Maybe do a full 1/35 battleship?




Nahh.. the next will be a 1/6 Ratte based on a VW bug that you can drive.
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Posted: Sunday, August 13, 2017 - 10:00 AM GMT+7
The first ever 1/35 German battleship turret? I think after this you need to go bigger. Maybe do a full 1/35 battleship?
TacFireGuru
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Posted: Sunday, August 13, 2017 - 09:47 AM GMT+7
I now have, for the most part, a completed 1/35th scale battleship turret.

I dug around online looking for an appropriate color (based on other kits, previous builds, cross reference paint charts, et al) and came up with Vallejo Air's Pale Blue Gray. I am quite pleased.



Mike
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Posted: Friday, August 04, 2017 - 02:20 PM GMT+7
Some wet sanding with 1800 grit. I may seek a different "light gray" as that one seemed too dark (?). [see previous picture] Heading to the LHS tomorrow, so we'll see.



Mike
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Posted: Wednesday, August 02, 2017 - 10:49 AM GMT+7
Looks great, Mike. It is fantastic to see the beast get some color.

Looking forward to see more.
TacFireGuru
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Posted: Wednesday, August 02, 2017 - 10:29 AM GMT+7
Last of the primer.



First of the Light Gray.



Tape removed from around the barrels.



There's some minor touch ups to do and some very light wet-n-dry sanding to do before I give it it's final light gray coat. About 2/3 of a bottle of thinned Tamiya Light Gray used.

Mike
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Posted: Monday, July 31, 2017 - 01:42 PM GMT+7

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...there should be plenty of room in the turret.


Valid point Steve. Visually they'd be nice there, but being realistic they would be inside.


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...they need a metal-mesh walkway for the maintenance crew...


The angle of the roof there Tom is not steep at all...so wasn't figuring anything additional.

Alas, I may use the boxes for something else - like on the rear deck. We'll see.

Mike
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Posted: Monday, July 31, 2017 - 09:13 AM GMT+7
If those boxes get any servicing, they need a metal-mesh walkway for the maintenance crew, with a gap in the railing. Should add a little more visual interest!
salt6
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Posted: Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 03:58 PM GMT+7
Mike,

I know the boxes would add visual interest to the turret but if they are something important, there should be plenty of room in the turret.

I've really can't wait to see the tracks go on.

Good luck,

Steve
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Posted: Friday, July 28, 2017 - 12:34 PM GMT+7
I decided it's time to get the turret (mostly) done, so I'll be focusing on it (along with a couple smaller [LOL!!] builds).

I'm finishing up with the second ladder set and doing some seam clean-up. I gave the base of the barrels a fresh coat of satin black in prep for taping and a potential "Haze Gray" initial/first(?) coat.



One of the detail items that came with the PPP Radar und KDO40 Turm Heimdall were two "control" boxes. I've been playing around with trying to determine where to put them. I'm liking this location.



They would be out of the way but easy enough to work on due to the low slope of the turret in that location. I'm looking for some thin'ish solder so I can run cables from the boxes to the base of the KDO40's platform. If I do this, I have some scale tread plate that I'd put over the cables where they cross the roof's walkway.

Mike
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Posted: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 08:31 AM GMT+7
Wow! Looking impressive Mike! Really huge. Can't wait for the next update.
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Posted: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 05:42 AM GMT+7
Turret. Other than the size of the Ratte itself, the main turret is what draws the eye.

Photocopy of a kit's instructions with 1:1 measurements ultimately converted to 1:35 scale.



Turret base compared to MAUS turret.



It has begun looking like a battleship turret.





Lots of rivets!



Took a little bit to figure out how I'd mount the barrels so they could be raised and lowered.



Paper Panzer Productions "came to the rescue" and didn't even know it with their range finder.



It now has real teeth!



Back details - scratch, metal, resin (Shapeways), plastic...one of the hardest areas to figure out "how" I was going to replicate.



Primed.



Mike
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Posted: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 05:31 AM GMT+7
Tom, I'm not sure I have a scale large enough...

There is a dining area for Senior Officers in there. Unfortunately it got sealed up when I closed up the left side where the tracks go...

Mike
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Posted: Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 09:35 PM GMT+7
Mike, I'd forgotten how far you came with this beast! The retrospective was a great trip down memory lane. (I can't shake the image of a grand dining room somewhere in the bowels of the beast, with generals sitting round an antique table, candelabras burning, as waiters bring them schnapps from the mantelpiece over the marble fireplace with which to toast the Fuhrer...)

By the way, have you put it on the scales lately? Be interesting to know how much raw plastic the Third Reich is consuming on its latest wonder-weapon.

Can't wait to see how it develops!
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Posted: Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 04:36 PM GMT+7
Mike,
I became a subscriber because of the very thing alot are experiencing now. When I first found kitmaker I had been out of the hobby for some time and started looking through old threads to get caught up only to find a lot of them the pics were gone making the threads almost useless. I joined to get the extra space for pics and to help keep the site around. It is a learning curve for sure to post pics but once you know how it's easy.

Cheers Rob.

PS a bit of catch up is all that is needed!
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Posted: Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 02:48 PM GMT+7