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Cutaway T-62

Vehicle Floor
I 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.

About the Author

About Dick Francis (DickyF)
FROM: ENGLAND - SOUTH EAST, UNITED KINGDOM


Comments

Amazing stuff there Dicky!!! I'm happy to see you have this up here!!! Some incredible scratch work!!!
DEC 18, 2012 - 03:24 AM
Thats just ridiculously Fabulous Dicky!!! IMPRESSIVE brother!
DEC 18, 2012 - 06:20 AM
Outstanding work Nemo. Loved the build on MSC and great to see and read it here.
DEC 18, 2012 - 08:23 AM
As far as armor thicknes....um it's a model right. Looks close enough for me. If that is an issue then I think we all need to put away our kits because EVERY model is out of scale when it comes to that, don't care who you are or what AM items you use, still not correct. As far as an actual vehicle cut a way like this, yes there are a few in museums ....with out rust. Hats off to Dick for all the hard work and and doing what many would never attempt to do.
DEC 18, 2012 - 08:26 AM
Yes I'm sure yours is MUCH better. Why not post it up and show us all how it should be done? - Steve
DEC 27, 2012 - 03:52 AM
Hi Everyone; Just Ignore Comments like these They dont need a responce, Jim; FANTASTIC WORK, !! Im Really Impressed HAPPY MODELING; MIKE.
DEC 27, 2012 - 09:35 AM
Well Done! Looks great...
DEC 29, 2012 - 03:42 AM
Even when I do not like at all "cutaway" models, I really must admire Mr Francis' job On the other hand, I have to agree with Florin that the armor thickness was not taken in account. I am more than ready to "ignore" the -for me- marginal difference in the turret back armor, but just doing a simple math the armor thickness of the turret side should be slightly more than 4mm in 1/35, and that is noticeable. I don't think its a fatal error, but its a flaw anyway, one that does not diminish the great job done and the huge amount of detail added. Seeing that some people usually cry and write lines and lines about some kits for a misplacement of 1 or 2mm in a bolt or a handle or about a "not enough rounded" shape, I believe that Florin's comments are not to be blamed. He just placed his opinion, and is as entitled to do so as any of us... His manners weren't worst than others we can find from time to time. Also, remember that its not neccesary to be a great violinist to be a good music critic, nor to be an excellent football player to be a good coach Just my 2 centavos
DEC 29, 2012 - 11:46 AM
I've learnt a great deal..................
JAN 03, 2013 - 08:14 AM
Really, really impressive build
JAN 03, 2013 - 04:17 PM