By Jerry Scutts
For the more matured motor vehicle modeller this ebook takes the reader to a degree of skillability that a few humans merely dream of. step-by-step color pictures and transparent, exact language convey scratchbuilding and superdetailing recommendations which make gold award winners. automobiles lined comprise 1/35 Hummel, SDKFZ Self propelled gun, Panther engine, provide medium tank, DUKW Amphibious car.
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Again, consult plans to determine the exact dimensions. The two sections of the support will be attached to the cross-members but before doing that mark out the locations for the retaining nuts. Two 6-mm wide plasticard strips and a single 1-mm wide strip encase the shaft, which is finished off by utilising the support piece from the Ertl kit. Make the rectangular fuel tanks and their supports, a job that should be straightforward enough if plans and photographs are followed closely. Trace out the reinforced tank retainers, utilising two plastic strips for each one.
Up front, plastic tubing and strip is used for the various additional items of equipment. The pedestal mounting for the gunner's seat. The new ammunition box is located forward of the radiator. strip using a combination of different sizes where necessary, need additional small location plates attached to the floor. Slots can be cut to show the limit of fore and aft travel of each lever. Plastic strip is added to the rear of the radiator. Tubing, square section strip and plastic sheet combine to create the dials set into the front and rear walls of the A7V, the main control wheel coming from the kit components.
It is important to position the gun barrel correctly and add a pivot which fixes it to the base. When all the new component parts are positioned on the driving platform, the difference is very noticeable compared to the basic look of the original kit. The additions make for both interest and authenticity. Final touches include adding plastic washers above and below the gun breech, setting the angle of the barrel and completing the armour plate by adding extra rivets and reinforcement strips. The structure of the A7V reflects the fact that it was Germany's first attempt to develop a practical tank; rather than to totally enclose the crew in an armoured box, it resembled a bathtub on caterpillar tracks - but for kit display purposes the 'open top' configuration does allow the extra detail to readily be seen.