Vickers Tank Pt.3

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Vickers Tank Pt.3

Joined: November 13th, 2008, 10:18 pm

August 24th, 2009, 3:49 am #1

My last post ended with the realization I had muffed up the guns for the Mk.VIc version, so I hacked 'em off and scratched some replacements. What was needed is a box structure around the Besa 15mm and the .303 machine gun. The structure is 10 thou sheet styrene, cut, fitted and sanded.:

I messed up this job using the original Airfix barrels, but I found a barrel assembly from an old Scimitar kit, and used that for the breeches the second time around. I added a stretched sprue barrel for the 15mm, but kept the original barrel from the Airfix .303 coaxial gun. I noticed from reference photos that the MkVIc had a square shaped panel on the side of the turret. I cut off the triangular shaped one and added the new square one:

The kit searchlight was drilled out, cut off its mount, and placed atop some bits of sheet cobbled together to form a new mount:

The smoke dischargers were drilled out on both ends, and bits of sprue were added for the wires running into the turret. I tried using armature wire for this, but the tiny bits proved beyond my hammy fingers, so it the sprue was substituted even though it looks over-sized:

Time to move on to the interior. I carefully test fitted the right side bulkhead, then added bits of sheet and sprue:

The inside edge of the back bulkhead is supposed to be a rounded shape, but after two tries, I couldn't manage it. I opted for the square shape, figuring not much will be seen inside once the driver figure is installed:


Roland the headless Vickers Driver now has a head, albeit one from that awful Airfix soft-plastic RAF ground crew set (I say awful because I find that soft-plastic extremely difficult to work with):

Okay, now this is starting to look like a tank:

Some sheet styrene was added along the left side bulkhead to replace what was lost when I cut out the hatch. The other strip on the right side bulkhead is a piece of metal on the tank that the hatch rests on when it's closed up:

Hey! Watch where you're pointing that thing! An Airfix ground crew figure (hard styrene - Yes!) from one of their RAF vehicle kits, added for scale. My, that's a tiny tank!

Hope y'all enjoy the post. More later!
Best! Ted...
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Joined: February 26th, 2002, 4:32 am

August 24th, 2009, 3:57 am #2

posting more progress shots.
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Joined: May 22nd, 2009, 11:25 am

August 24th, 2009, 7:31 am #3

My last post ended with the realization I had muffed up the guns for the Mk.VIc version, so I hacked 'em off and scratched some replacements. What was needed is a box structure around the Besa 15mm and the .303 machine gun. The structure is 10 thou sheet styrene, cut, fitted and sanded.:

I messed up this job using the original Airfix barrels, but I found a barrel assembly from an old Scimitar kit, and used that for the breeches the second time around. I added a stretched sprue barrel for the 15mm, but kept the original barrel from the Airfix .303 coaxial gun. I noticed from reference photos that the MkVIc had a square shaped panel on the side of the turret. I cut off the triangular shaped one and added the new square one:

The kit searchlight was drilled out, cut off its mount, and placed atop some bits of sheet cobbled together to form a new mount:

The smoke dischargers were drilled out on both ends, and bits of sprue were added for the wires running into the turret. I tried using armature wire for this, but the tiny bits proved beyond my hammy fingers, so it the sprue was substituted even though it looks over-sized:

Time to move on to the interior. I carefully test fitted the right side bulkhead, then added bits of sheet and sprue:

The inside edge of the back bulkhead is supposed to be a rounded shape, but after two tries, I couldn't manage it. I opted for the square shape, figuring not much will be seen inside once the driver figure is installed:


Roland the headless Vickers Driver now has a head, albeit one from that awful Airfix soft-plastic RAF ground crew set (I say awful because I find that soft-plastic extremely difficult to work with):

Okay, now this is starting to look like a tank:

Some sheet styrene was added along the left side bulkhead to replace what was lost when I cut out the hatch. The other strip on the right side bulkhead is a piece of metal on the tank that the hatch rests on when it's closed up:

Hey! Watch where you're pointing that thing! An Airfix ground crew figure (hard styrene - Yes!) from one of their RAF vehicle kits, added for scale. My, that's a tiny tank!

Hope y'all enjoy the post. More later!
Best! Ted...
This is enthralling to watch. CHEERS!

Andrew
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Joined: April 26th, 2006, 10:40 pm

August 24th, 2009, 3:05 pm #4

My last post ended with the realization I had muffed up the guns for the Mk.VIc version, so I hacked 'em off and scratched some replacements. What was needed is a box structure around the Besa 15mm and the .303 machine gun. The structure is 10 thou sheet styrene, cut, fitted and sanded.:

I messed up this job using the original Airfix barrels, but I found a barrel assembly from an old Scimitar kit, and used that for the breeches the second time around. I added a stretched sprue barrel for the 15mm, but kept the original barrel from the Airfix .303 coaxial gun. I noticed from reference photos that the MkVIc had a square shaped panel on the side of the turret. I cut off the triangular shaped one and added the new square one:

The kit searchlight was drilled out, cut off its mount, and placed atop some bits of sheet cobbled together to form a new mount:

The smoke dischargers were drilled out on both ends, and bits of sprue were added for the wires running into the turret. I tried using armature wire for this, but the tiny bits proved beyond my hammy fingers, so it the sprue was substituted even though it looks over-sized:

Time to move on to the interior. I carefully test fitted the right side bulkhead, then added bits of sheet and sprue:

The inside edge of the back bulkhead is supposed to be a rounded shape, but after two tries, I couldn't manage it. I opted for the square shape, figuring not much will be seen inside once the driver figure is installed:


Roland the headless Vickers Driver now has a head, albeit one from that awful Airfix soft-plastic RAF ground crew set (I say awful because I find that soft-plastic extremely difficult to work with):

Okay, now this is starting to look like a tank:

Some sheet styrene was added along the left side bulkhead to replace what was lost when I cut out the hatch. The other strip on the right side bulkhead is a piece of metal on the tank that the hatch rests on when it's closed up:

Hey! Watch where you're pointing that thing! An Airfix ground crew figure (hard styrene - Yes!) from one of their RAF vehicle kits, added for scale. My, that's a tiny tank!

Hope y'all enjoy the post. More later!
Best! Ted...
Thats the way to stick plastic !!!
Sweet...

Thanks,
Allan



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Joined: April 2nd, 2007, 11:33 pm

August 24th, 2009, 4:55 pm #5

My last post ended with the realization I had muffed up the guns for the Mk.VIc version, so I hacked 'em off and scratched some replacements. What was needed is a box structure around the Besa 15mm and the .303 machine gun. The structure is 10 thou sheet styrene, cut, fitted and sanded.:

I messed up this job using the original Airfix barrels, but I found a barrel assembly from an old Scimitar kit, and used that for the breeches the second time around. I added a stretched sprue barrel for the 15mm, but kept the original barrel from the Airfix .303 coaxial gun. I noticed from reference photos that the MkVIc had a square shaped panel on the side of the turret. I cut off the triangular shaped one and added the new square one:

The kit searchlight was drilled out, cut off its mount, and placed atop some bits of sheet cobbled together to form a new mount:

The smoke dischargers were drilled out on both ends, and bits of sprue were added for the wires running into the turret. I tried using armature wire for this, but the tiny bits proved beyond my hammy fingers, so it the sprue was substituted even though it looks over-sized:

Time to move on to the interior. I carefully test fitted the right side bulkhead, then added bits of sheet and sprue:

The inside edge of the back bulkhead is supposed to be a rounded shape, but after two tries, I couldn't manage it. I opted for the square shape, figuring not much will be seen inside once the driver figure is installed:


Roland the headless Vickers Driver now has a head, albeit one from that awful Airfix soft-plastic RAF ground crew set (I say awful because I find that soft-plastic extremely difficult to work with):

Okay, now this is starting to look like a tank:

Some sheet styrene was added along the left side bulkhead to replace what was lost when I cut out the hatch. The other strip on the right side bulkhead is a piece of metal on the tank that the hatch rests on when it's closed up:

Hey! Watch where you're pointing that thing! An Airfix ground crew figure (hard styrene - Yes!) from one of their RAF vehicle kits, added for scale. My, that's a tiny tank!

Hope y'all enjoy the post. More later!
Best! Ted...
You really are showcasing some craftsmanship. Nice details and thanks for adding the figure for scale. Good idea!

Cheers

Regards,

Dan From Tacoma, Washington USA
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Joined: November 13th, 2008, 10:18 pm

August 24th, 2009, 5:39 pm #6

My last post ended with the realization I had muffed up the guns for the Mk.VIc version, so I hacked 'em off and scratched some replacements. What was needed is a box structure around the Besa 15mm and the .303 machine gun. The structure is 10 thou sheet styrene, cut, fitted and sanded.:

I messed up this job using the original Airfix barrels, but I found a barrel assembly from an old Scimitar kit, and used that for the breeches the second time around. I added a stretched sprue barrel for the 15mm, but kept the original barrel from the Airfix .303 coaxial gun. I noticed from reference photos that the MkVIc had a square shaped panel on the side of the turret. I cut off the triangular shaped one and added the new square one:

The kit searchlight was drilled out, cut off its mount, and placed atop some bits of sheet cobbled together to form a new mount:

The smoke dischargers were drilled out on both ends, and bits of sprue were added for the wires running into the turret. I tried using armature wire for this, but the tiny bits proved beyond my hammy fingers, so it the sprue was substituted even though it looks over-sized:

Time to move on to the interior. I carefully test fitted the right side bulkhead, then added bits of sheet and sprue:

The inside edge of the back bulkhead is supposed to be a rounded shape, but after two tries, I couldn't manage it. I opted for the square shape, figuring not much will be seen inside once the driver figure is installed:


Roland the headless Vickers Driver now has a head, albeit one from that awful Airfix soft-plastic RAF ground crew set (I say awful because I find that soft-plastic extremely difficult to work with):

Okay, now this is starting to look like a tank:

Some sheet styrene was added along the left side bulkhead to replace what was lost when I cut out the hatch. The other strip on the right side bulkhead is a piece of metal on the tank that the hatch rests on when it's closed up:

Hey! Watch where you're pointing that thing! An Airfix ground crew figure (hard styrene - Yes!) from one of their RAF vehicle kits, added for scale. My, that's a tiny tank!

Hope y'all enjoy the post. More later!
Best! Ted...
And this seems to be one of them! With few exceptions, everything I do with this kit just seems to fall into place. A real pleasure to build.
Many, many thanks for your compliments, fellas - they mean a lot coming from some of the finest miniature builders I've ever seen. To think I may be included in the company of such talent is humbling. I've learned a lot here, laughed a lot here, and have been absolutely amazed more times than I can count!

Best! Ted!
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Joined: April 30th, 2009, 1:08 am

August 27th, 2009, 2:48 am #7

My last post ended with the realization I had muffed up the guns for the Mk.VIc version, so I hacked 'em off and scratched some replacements. What was needed is a box structure around the Besa 15mm and the .303 machine gun. The structure is 10 thou sheet styrene, cut, fitted and sanded.:

I messed up this job using the original Airfix barrels, but I found a barrel assembly from an old Scimitar kit, and used that for the breeches the second time around. I added a stretched sprue barrel for the 15mm, but kept the original barrel from the Airfix .303 coaxial gun. I noticed from reference photos that the MkVIc had a square shaped panel on the side of the turret. I cut off the triangular shaped one and added the new square one:

The kit searchlight was drilled out, cut off its mount, and placed atop some bits of sheet cobbled together to form a new mount:

The smoke dischargers were drilled out on both ends, and bits of sprue were added for the wires running into the turret. I tried using armature wire for this, but the tiny bits proved beyond my hammy fingers, so it the sprue was substituted even though it looks over-sized:

Time to move on to the interior. I carefully test fitted the right side bulkhead, then added bits of sheet and sprue:

The inside edge of the back bulkhead is supposed to be a rounded shape, but after two tries, I couldn't manage it. I opted for the square shape, figuring not much will be seen inside once the driver figure is installed:


Roland the headless Vickers Driver now has a head, albeit one from that awful Airfix soft-plastic RAF ground crew set (I say awful because I find that soft-plastic extremely difficult to work with):

Okay, now this is starting to look like a tank:

Some sheet styrene was added along the left side bulkhead to replace what was lost when I cut out the hatch. The other strip on the right side bulkhead is a piece of metal on the tank that the hatch rests on when it's closed up:

Hey! Watch where you're pointing that thing! An Airfix ground crew figure (hard styrene - Yes!) from one of their RAF vehicle kits, added for scale. My, that's a tiny tank!

Hope y'all enjoy the post. More later!
Best! Ted...
Looking great so far!
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