Vehicle FloorI am a lazy modeller; rather than fill/sand ejection marks and similar I will always try to ‘paper over the cracks’ by skinning the model. The floor was measured and the requisite panels were cut from 0.5mm styrene sheet and fitted with I-Beam structural members to raise the floor panels clear of the torsion bar arrangement. Torsion bars were added from 1mm styrene rod and 2mm tube. Details were added using hex rod for bolt-heads, and pewter foil for pipe/cable clamps. The crew escape hatch was fashioned from 2mm and 0.3mm sheet and sanded to shape with added styrene and wire details. This was fitted in position between the number 1 and 2 wheel stations: Having made the decisions based on the cutaway guidance points above and my references – I waded in with razor saw and my Heavy Duty Craft Knife – I always use the retractable blade type knife for ALL my cutting requirements as I find it more stable and easier to handle than a dedicated modelling knife (instead, I use these for simply picking up small components or removing flash etc) plus the replacement blades are MUCH cheaper! I then turned my attention to the bulkheads.
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