SimonT - Tamiya 1:35 Sturmmorser Tiger (AAGB)

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Morning all,

have decided to put the large Tiger to the back of the queue for now and build something I might stand a chance of finishing

Prised this one loose from the stash - it has only been sat there since its first release in 1994

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It's a Tamiya so should generally be ok - I do have an etch set on the way for it though

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the usual Tamiya instruction sheet

the decals are totally unusable - they have gone very strange, never seen the like before. All broken up and spikey - the heat and cold of the loft

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pleased to find a set of hard styrene links instead of the usual floppy vinyl bands

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nicely detailed hull tub - even includes the small mounting blocks for the side skirts

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hopefully this one will make it to the finish.......
 

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I think you will find this a very enjoyable model, will you be using the kit tracks?
Cheers, Rick H.
 

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Hi Rick - well, it’s a Tamiya so at least it will fit together
Haven’t examined the tracks yet but if they look ok then why not - no point spending more than the cost of the kit on another set if I don’t need to
 

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Hi Simon
A vintage Tamiya kit - I'm sure it will build up nicely. I am sure you'll find a few inaccuracies to correct. Some decals seem very fragile and as you say poor storage can do damage. I know a guy who takes the decals from every kit in his stash and keeps them in a Tupperware box in a bedroom cupboard.
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Count me in Simon, thats a lump of a beast:tongue-out2:
 

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Would that be you by any chance Jim ? :thinking:

Doesn’t really matter as (A) I hardly ever finish anything and (B) I try not to use water slide decals if at all possible as I never have too much success. Prefer dry rub, which of course you do t get in kits

Bob - think of it as Stugs big brother
 

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Nice alternative to the big Tiger. Looking forward to seeing how you kick this into shape. May you try out your new stencils as decal replacements??
 

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Stencils are being held by post office due to me being at work when they tried to deliver them so will have to get to sorting office - easier said than done with their stupid none work friendly opening times

Being one of Tammys newer kits it looks pretty good so hopefully not too much kicking required and I may actually get it finished
 

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Simon,
Count me in for this matey. looks like a nice kit.
 

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Welcome aboard Scottie

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Clean up progressing - all the wheels are done (there are a lot of wheel)

Had a look at the tracks - so so

Outer face nicely done

Inner face has four pin marks

No lightening holes in teeth

Inner track pin end should be recessed not proud of the surface

Outer track pin end a bit wishy washy

Same problems as with the 1:16 Tiger however, being smaller, the pin marks should scrape off
 

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Could be - it is a two fret set and I think there are some track guards on the other one as well so plenty of scope for bashing
 

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Looks a winner Simon.
I do the same w/my decals Jim, but add those little desiccants that come w/leather purses & shoes. PaulE
 

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We shall see Paul

Well there has been some progress over the weekend FFC3A217-0CC0-4CC9-A768-AF4E3E332CC8.jpeg
Freehand sketched some outlines for the zim to give me something to aim at

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and on the front
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then I went a zimming

references show the zim on these beasts tended to go right down the side panel under the track guards

takes a while to draw in all the lines but I have done it this way before and it usually looks ok with some paint on

Rear panel still needs to be done but there are quite a few bits to go avoid such as exhaust stacks etc so I shall go back to this later in the build

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kit comes with a basic interior which will be good enough for the limited view through the roof hatch

floor and rear bulkhead installed - needed a bit of clamping to keep the hull in contact with the floor and bulkhead

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final drive housings and suspension arms in place
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test fit of upper hull and engine deck generally looks ok although there is a bit of a gap between the upper hull and the section of old turret ring at the front of the engine deck - need to check the pictures and see if that is intentional

there are also some rather large gaps under the front edges of the side sponson areas between the sponson floor and the upper hull - if these gaps were present on the real thing they would be nicely placed to let in lots of mud!

lifting hooks attached to upper hull corners and the large diagonal fillet plates added to the front end of the side panels

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all the track links sawn from their sprues awaiting clean up and modification

I did find a very nice set of metal tracks on ebay c/w turned brass track pins with proper heads and retaining collars from R Model in China but at £40 a set I think that is a little OTT so will probably make do with updating these ones - will just take a while.....
 

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Simon,
Lovely work on the Zimm. what did you use to melt in the impressions.
 

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Zim came out great. PaulE
 
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