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Cutaway T-62

Right Bulkhead
This was a very basic affair and basically consisted of a plain bulkhead cut to size to fit between the ammo stowage and the firewall and detailed with some cabling and bolt details along with some of the donor Skif kits' ammunition. Unless a section will be completely visible on the finished build I will not go overboard on detail/accuracy. I do NOT subscribe to the ‘Because It’s There’ school of thought – life’s too short and there are too many models to be built.......

Next up was the:
Investigation had revealed this to be a fairly complex structure comprising fuel stowage, ammunition racking and the fighting compartment exhaust fan assembly. Starting with the fuel tank – this was made from layering sheets of 2mm styrene sheet to give me the required thickness, the resultant ‘block’ was sawn and sanded to shape and detailed with a filler and hosing. An ammunition stowage was fashioned from 0.50mm sheet and three more Skif shells filled it. The fan opening was cut into the wall and lined with a thin strip of 0.1 sheet to recreate the coaming. The scratched fan and motor was added and the opening covered with scrap Aber mesh from the bits box. The fan unit was ‘wired’ with 0.3mm rod.

Firewall minus the RH side fuel tank and shells, removed for paint.

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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