Turret Floor/baseA 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 CompartmentEven 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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