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Cutaway T-62

Drivers Station
Again, some Skif kit components were used, namely the drivers’ seat and control levers. The seat was modelled in the stowed/flat position to aid viewing and add interest. A new seat frame was fashioned from 1mm styrene right-angled and H-section and detailed as previously described. The seat cushions were textured by adding crumpled pewter foil, flattened out to replicate the creased leather. The control levers received new mounts and were sanded to refine their shape somewhat. Additional controls were added.

I continued around the kit in my clockwise direction adding controls and details to the forward drivers’ station including the overheads.

Like much ‘modern’ Soviet armour, the combined ammunition and internal fuel tank module was next (I know.....makes you wonder huh?) This forms an integral sub assembly with the main drivers control panel. Using the original Skif components to give me the size and shape I recreated the new sections. Gauge bezels were created using 2mm brass rings (available from craft suppliers and used in jewellery manufacture). The ammo stowage was replicated by using 3mm styrene tube sections inset into a drilled panel. The tubes are only 10mm deep – it is impossible to see any deeper than this when assembled/installed so why ‘waste’ the material?

Original Skif Component

Components dry-fitted:

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About Dick Francis (DickyF)


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