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Cutaway T-62

Turret Floor/base
A round plate was cut using my Olfa compass cutter and the escape hatch access quadrant was cut out. Anti-slip mats were added to the top using 0.5mm Clapboard Siding embossed styrene sheet to recreate the ridges on the real items. The centre boss was built up and topped off with the Skif original boss. I then built up the starter motor/pre-heater module from various sizes of styrene stock, tube and rod and fitted that to the turret base floor panel which was detailed with more bolts.

This completed the fighting compartment build.

Engine Compartment
Even though I intended leaving the engine deck in place but envisioned leaving the engine access hatch open I still needed to fit all of the major components due to the open grilles if I wanted to avoid the dreaded see-through syndrome. Once again, I utilised the Skif parts, namely the gearbox, engine bay cooling fan and what appeared to be a hydraulic distribution block (??). These received a little detailing. I had a resin T-series engine block in the bits box (origin unknown) to which I added some detail by way of cabling. This was mounted on a 1mm sheet floor which was profiled to accept the gearbox whilst maintaining the correct height relative to the Trumpeter drive wheels – remember the gearbox wasn’t in Trumpy’s plans and therefore was mountless! I added final drive internal mountings.

I then made the cut-out in the upper hull corresponding to the lower section, filed and sanded the cuts. Because the Trumpeter kit is designed to have the engine deck closed up, the hatch is incorrectly modelled for display separately and the coaming is non- existent. For this reason I cut out the existing panel and scratched a new replacement incorporating a few modifications gleaned from my refs.

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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