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Armor and ground forces of the Axis forces during World War II.
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Takom Tiger 2 Repair Dio
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Posted: Saturday, June 02, 2018 - 09:09 PM UTC
Thanks Dave,

Rob,
Yes, the middle section on the engine hatch needs drilling out. Noticed it on the build but did not see it as a high priority. The engine deck and hatch are going to be sitting on the ground on timber blocks and will be done at a later stage.

Have been head down completing the B17 aircrew before going back to the king tiger dio.
Aircrew are done and it's on for the famo and trailer.




Michael

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Posted: Saturday, June 02, 2018 - 12:05 PM UTC
G'day Mike

Just an observation - between the two vents on top of the engine access hatch and up against the edge of the hatch is a semi-circular object moulded solid. It needs to be drilled out, as this was where the crew would insert the crowbar to lever the hatch open - the hatch was about 40mm thick, so it was bloody heavy.

Regards

Rob
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Posted: Saturday, June 02, 2018 - 12:24 AM UTC
Michael
Your idea(s) sound great, I'll be following as well.
The beast turned out excellent

Regards
Dave
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Posted: Saturday, May 05, 2018 - 02:51 AM UTC
Thanks Lagumiles.

The work is slow but there are more goodies being released from Miniart which can be used in the house. The house will be next to finish off. Filling up with all the extra items, tables, chairs, furniture and small items like crockery and a couple of figures to make the scene.

Looking into the house and the back yard will be a second diorama story with the wall and the gates being the separator.

Telling 2 diorama stories in 1 with the farm gates linking the 2 stories.

Here is the link for the items to be used in the house.
http://miniart-models.com/products/35584-east-european-home-stuff/

Michael
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Posted: Friday, May 04, 2018 - 12:18 PM UTC
I love big dios, great job Michael!!
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Posted: Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 07:48 AM UTC
Thanks Tim and Hello again,

Just dropping a quick update to let you know this thread has a slight delay at present with close off on the Tamiya famo and trailer as the tractor and trailer are near 97% completed with the kit to be pinned to the base and small parts to be glued into place.
And sadly to say I have torn into another project.
The HK Models B17 with the AC Models aircrew.

With the famo tractor and trailer near completion a large scale plane and crew is a nice distraction to building Amour.

Once the aircrew are completed I will venture back into closing the Famo and trailer off.

Without boring you all with the details I will show the progress.

The B17 Memphis Belle is my first large scale plane.









Other images in the Tamiya Famo thread



Michael
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Posted: Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 05:29 PM UTC
Corkscrew anyone? Hic
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Posted: Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 04:40 PM UTC
Brief update

All the wine bottles have the decals applied.
The decal sheet has 2 less than the number of bottles in the box, lucky Archer come to the party with wine bottle labels.

Ripped 2 decals out of the total , I can live with that.

I may need a break to do the beer bottle crates, there are a lot there.

Now back to the Famo and trailer .


Michael
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Posted: Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 06:11 AM UTC
Next project

Quite a few hours taken up for all the crates and bottles to be glued,painted and decals applied.
They are all going to be positioned in the bottom corner of the house with other stores.



It may be awhile before I post again

Michael
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Posted: Monday, January 08, 2018 - 03:03 PM UTC
Thanks Tim

I left the cover off as I was contemplating using the Miniart tank repair crew cleaning the barrel.
Then decided against it as the Mini art figures stand a little taller placed beside a 35th scale Tamiya or Alpine figure.

That and the fact that the diorama scene was leading to having too much going on around the tiger. A critical trap we all fall into with a large diorama area to work to.

Finding the correct visual balance as there will be a number of figures around the bilstein crane at the rear of the tiger with the engine ready to be placed onto timber supports.

Michael

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Posted: Sunday, January 07, 2018 - 05:02 PM UTC
Brilliant, fantastic especially knowing it's fully kitted out inside. Might it have had a bag over the muzzle under maintenance? What do I know, just a thought. Looking forward to Famo progress
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Posted: Saturday, January 06, 2018 - 04:03 PM UTC
Hello Again,

Head down trying to complete the King Tiger before heading back to work tomorrow.

Here are the completed images of the king tiger. Will sit behind glass before being placed onto the diorama.

The Tiger was predominately painted in Mig Ammo acrylics with additional Vellajo, lifecolour and Humbrol enamels.

Weathering was made with Ak Earth filter(wash) to distress the paint from new.
Oil paints for the chipping.

Now back to finish the Famo and trailer :good














Michael
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Posted: Thursday, January 04, 2018 - 04:49 AM UTC

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HNY Michael - yum, itís got that essential mean & deadly look, excellent work. Iím sure it isnít but it looks like a socking great knock-out pin dent in the front wall of the engine compartment Ė whatís its real purpose? Hmm odourless thinner eh Ė is that like zero-alcohol vodka?



Hi Tim,

Thanks for your words. The recessed circle on the front engine wall is what I can presume an access panel of some description into the engine bay. The round recess hole will be painted black.

There are some many things you can achieve with the odourless thinner apart from described as a zero-alcohol vodka

Michael
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Posted: Tuesday, January 02, 2018 - 03:34 PM UTC
HNY Michael - yum, itís got that essential mean & deadly look, excellent work. Iím sure it isnít but it looks like a socking great knock-out pin dent in the front wall of the engine compartment Ė whatís its real purpose? Hmm odourless thinner eh Ė is that like zero-alcohol vodka?
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Posted: Sunday, December 31, 2017 - 03:38 PM UTC
Hello again

Happy New Year

Here is the 95 percent completion of the Takom King tiger

There is still some further shipping with a combination of oils blended down with Mig's odourless thinner



The Tiger will have the rear engine deck off with the engine suspended in the air from the crane jib


The series of images are still WIP with some very minor detailing.







Michael
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Posted: Saturday, December 30, 2017 - 10:46 AM UTC
Thanks Mark and Giovani.

I appreciate your words.

Received some dry transfer vehicle numbers from Archer just recently and spent near an hour yesterday applying them onto the side of the vehicle. The spare tracks also have also been glued onto the track hangers.

The tiger has been completed with detailing, chipping and washes...etc.
The hatches and external components are being painted and glued into position today.

Photos to follow shortly.

Michael
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Posted: Friday, December 29, 2017 - 11:01 PM UTC

Hi Michael,

Great job so far. The King Tiger is fantastic. I'm following...

Cheers
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Posted: Tuesday, December 26, 2017 - 06:25 AM UTC
very nicely done
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Posted: Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 03:36 PM UTC
Hi,

Here are the work in progress images of the King Tiger.

No where near finished, early sneak peak of progress.









Michael
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Posted: Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 08:39 AM UTC
Hello again,

Next installment of images, Voyager etch fenders are on

The 3 front quarter fender brackets are not included in the etch set and had to be robbed from another etch set.
I could have scratch built the brackets but decided that it was easier and quick to put on from a back up Aber set.






Michael
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Posted: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 05:36 PM UTC
Hi Dave,

Thanks for your words, sorry for the late reply as I have been head down with the photo etch for the side skirts.

There has been some difficulty in the front fender etch bonding to the plastic fender.

The etch fender is finally on and progress photo's will follow shortly.

I was surprised to see that Voyager did not give the front and rear fenders in the etch set.

Michael
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Posted: Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 08:48 AM UTC
Michael This is a real stunner!
The tracks and wheels etc look very realistic and weathered perfectly, cool!
Nice presentation too, thanks.

Regards Dave
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Posted: Friday, November 03, 2017 - 08:16 AM UTC

Here is another small update on progress on the King tiger.

Both the turret and hull are glued together,the the voyager fenders are next and the painting begins. :yipee



The parts below are going to be painted separately and then glued onto the hull once intricate detailing is done.
All the hatch's will be covered up with Tamiya tape before and painting begins.

At the moment I have left the barrel and sleeve unglued, they will be painted and detailed individually and then glued in place.






Michael
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Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 11:29 AM UTC
Thanks Tim,

It is a shame that it has to be all glued together
With the king tiger on the diorama with the engine hanging out the back it will all be forgotten about. There will be other vehicles and figures beside the king tiger and I think it will be consumed with the overall appearance, Who knows there may be a camo net raised over the front that may distract the view inside

Michael
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Posted: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 04:41 PM UTC
Shedding a silent tear here for the interior...I guess youíve already gone through every argument for not gluing it all down?