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Old 12-28-2010, 08:28 PM
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Hello Andy,

fantastic job on the Zimmerit. I'm liking it a lot, especially the healthy red color
Maybe it's just due to my tired eyes, but it seems like you've forgotten to attach the armored vision port parts on the inclined side/front armor plates? You already have Zimmerit there but this would be an easy, yet effective fix.

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Johannes - I decided to attach them later rather than try to work around them. I made a rubbing of the hull before I started the zimmerit so I could find all of the molded-in attachment points afterwards. I'll dig down until I find them and than compass cut a circle in the zim'. . .
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Old 12-29-2010, 06:06 PM
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This is the method I used to attach the armored vision ports. . .

The rubbing I took of the area prior to applying zimmerit (left). Cutting out the mark left by the attachment point (right), turning the rubbing into a template for finding the attachment point under the zimmerit.

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The hole left in the paper (left) and the positioning of the trimmed template on the model (right).

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I then used the template and a sharpie to mark the location of the attachment point (left) and an ueber hobby knife with a #15 scalpel blade to gently flake away the zim' (right) until I found the plastic projection marking the location of the vision port.

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Once I could clearly see the attachment point, I used a compass to scribe circle in the zimmerit.

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It then became a simple matter of clearing the encircled area of putty.

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The vision port installed. I'd rather put parts like this on later than have to mask them or clean putty off them. It's much cleaner than if I had installed the part prior to zimmerit.

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The suspension assembled and installed after a quick shot of Hull Red in areas that would be hard to reach later (left). The backs of the road wheels and sprockets primed with Hull Red (right).

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The extremely simple out-of-the-box gun breach assembled, filled and sanded.

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Old 12-29-2010, 07:39 PM
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Andy,

Slick technique for those vision ports

You're right, the gun is pretty simply designed, but at least DML included the basic parts in correct shape and size. It's a good basis for further detailing

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Old 01-01-2011, 08:26 AM
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Looks great and thanks for sharing the technique to make the zimmerit.
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Old 01-01-2011, 05:38 PM
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Thanks much, guys. I'm happy to be able to contribute meaningfully!

The nice PE toolbox included in the kit. I embossed the lid according to the pattern and soldered the corner joints. Haven't decided if I'm leaving this open with the tools in it or closed with a shell hole/damage.

By the way, thanks to everyone that's given me soldering tips (no pun intended). Working with this material is really quite different than a lot of other soldering applications!

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The main exhaust deflector (left). I annealed this with my Bernzomatic butane blowtorch before shaping it around an X-Acto handle and it was much easier to get a satisfactory shape. All three exhaust deflectors shaped and "zimmed" (right).

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The deflectors mounted and painted (left). I took a look at the clearances I was going to get when the armored exhaust cover was in place and decided I should pre-paint these parts. The armored cover with PE grille, pre-painted on the underside (right).

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To get a good pattern for the PE fenders, I mocked up both sides with the plastic parts (left). Beginning to solder on the angle brackets (right). You can see the Sharpie marks where the others need to be attached. The second bracket from the right also serves to join together the two center sections.

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Thanks for taking a look and Happy New Year!!
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Old 01-10-2011, 11:49 AM
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I enhanced the weld detail on the gun shield with some very thin styrene strip (left). The work I've done on the fenders so far (right). Sorry about the primer on the one section - it was really ugly and I wanted to see how much of my nearly botched construction work would show.

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"Bonus" rear hatch detail.

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The gun breach primed with Tamiya Fine surface primer and the aluminum barrel test fitted (left). Test fitting the mantlet shield (right).

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The surface texture added to the armor plate with Tamiya surface prep and rough cut detail added to the edges of the armor plating.

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Zimerit added to the small plates on the sides.

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I finally got a real soldering iron stand! I haven't used it yet, but it'll be nice to have the sponge, excess solder receptacle, and especially the stand (no more melted work surface!).

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Old 01-11-2011, 10:16 AM
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Looking good Andy.

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Old 01-11-2011, 10:32 AM
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Great looking Elephant. Keep it up.

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Old 01-11-2011, 11:23 AM
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Thanks guys! I did a little more soldering last night and will have pics in the next few days. . .
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Old 01-11-2011, 12:05 PM
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So, do you solder your PE or use CA?
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