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Old 12-15-2018, 05:24 PM
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thanks Mike!

work on the gun is almost finished, soon to start working on the base and rails
still lots of work to do.

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Old 12-15-2018, 05:25 PM
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HI! Time for another update, doing the lasts modifications to the back area of the main platform, this time I’m working on the elevators. This are modified to better look like the original ones.
First a correction note on the elevators pulleys, the hook lock was on the outside of the hook
But it actually goes on the inside. Thanks my friend for pointing it out!

The hook lock is shortened and moved to the inside of the hook




With that corrected I started to work on the elevators
On the original elevators there was enough space for a soldier to be on behind the cart.


As you can see the kits elevators are too short to accommodate a figure with the cart




I started by removing the squares on the sides of the platform support, this should be the
Wheels that runs along the elevator channels






Squares removed and the area sanded smooth


The wheels are made with 1.5 styrene with a ¼ diameter punch


Now it looks like this


Now time to fix the platforms, all the details are sanded off




The extension parts are made with .80 styrene sheet


You need four 14 x 40mm pieces for the tops
Eight 7 x 14mm pieces for the sides and
Four 7 x 40 pieces for the front


With this parts you add 14mm to each side of the elevator


Glue the 14 x 40 part to the top and the two 7 x 14 parts to the sides


Finish with the 7 x 40 on the front


Here you can see the difference now


28mm longer
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Old 12-15-2018, 05:27 PM
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28mm longer


The new rails for the carts are made with 1 x 4mm styrene strip and are
Now a single rail and not a channel as it comes in the kit

In this photo you can see the rails and are a single rail and not a channel




This are cut to 2.5mm wide






With the rails in place the floor is made with the forming mesh


The hand rails and the top are glued back


After studying the photos of the elevator area ”I think” these are wheels to aid in the
Side to side movement of the cart to align it with the munition car


To make the wheels I used a 4.8 x 1.55mm long styrene tube with a 2.38 x 2.45mm long
Styrene tube inside it


Cut 4 discs of the 4.8 tube, 1.55mm long
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Cut 4 2.38 x 2.45mm tubes and insert it inside of the 4.8mm tube


Using photo eched leftovers of 2.8mm wide make four -4 x 4 x 4mm u shape brackets to hold the wheels, the total length should be 12mm not 10.38 as in the drawing






It should look like this




Now this parts I believe are a brake system for the wheels, again using photo eched
Leftovers of 2.35 x 8mm long, bend one end at 3mm in u shape, this is the end
Where the cable connects




Glue one to each wheel, make sure it faces the other when placed side by side
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Old 12-15-2018, 05:28 PM
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This is my interpretation of the system, the long sloped part on top I think is some kind
Of Brake pedal as it looks connected to the cable on the middle


Glue a piece of 2mm styrene of 4 x 5mm in the middle of the front part of the elevator
And drill a .85 hole on the center


Next I glued two pieces of 6 x 18mm long channel to each side


Now the wheels are glued in place


A piece of 3 x 24mm long channel is used for the brake pedal, it is sanded at an angle
At 8mm in one end, a piece of .85 soldering wire is glued from one wheel to the other




The hand rails are glued back in place and a verlinden resin bolt is glued to each wheel


the wheels are modified by adding a .50 styrene disk 5/8 in diameter and a center
hole of 1.95mm




the disks are glued to the back of each wheel to make the lip that keeps it
on the track


then four matching holes are made to each wheel


it looks like this now




And the finished elevators, now with enough room for the figure




The mods on the elevators now made me change the main platform to match the
New shape of the rails and to accommodate the extra length of the carts, so that is next.

Thanks for looking!
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Old 12-17-2018, 05:47 AM
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Pure WOW. That's an epically outstanding work you are doing here.
Keep it coming.

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Old 01-02-2019, 06:51 AM
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thanks a lot kristjan, like you, I enjoy detailing this great kits

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Old 02-11-2019, 04:43 PM
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Well time for another update, the work on the main platform to accommodate the new elevators platforms is done, plus other work on different areas. Here is what I did.
This is the area that needs to be modified for the elevator to fit


This are the measurements for the area to be removed


The area is marked and cut




Dry fit to verify everything fits


After the cut is made, you need to remove this supports




It looks like this now


This wall needed to be sanded to make it thinner so it matches the platform


A piece of 40 x 8.45mm styrene is used to cover the gap


The area looks like this when finished


The elevator platform now fits perfectly




With that fixed I moved to the main platform, here you need to remove all
The extra rails that are all over the floor


Everything needs to be removed as all this extra rails are not on the real Dora


All the rails are removed


After removing the rails, the area is carefully sanded




Again using styrene strips 2.4 x 4mm the new single rails are made


The strips are cut to 2.5mm
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Old 02-11-2019, 04:44 PM
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The rails are glued using a ruler to keep it straight






With the first coat of paint


With that area finished I started to construct what I think are the elevators
Controls, after seeing a video and photos of it here is my interpretation





And this one was captured from a video


After calculating the approximate measurements I made the drawings


Using a piece square tube of 6.4mm cut two pieces of 25mm long


A piece of .50 styrene sheet is cut to 6.4 x 6.4 to match the tube
And glued to the top


I drilled a 1.6 mm hole and used one of the spare hand wheels from the kit


The pedestals are glued in the approximate location as seen on the photos






The trunnions received additional details, first the large boxes
After looking at some photos I added a missing strip to the base
To hold the box to the floor.




Here is the complete drawing of the box including the base strip


The ribs are removed and the .10 2.55 x 62.5mm strip added


The ribs are glued back
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hexagonal styrene rod is used to make the bolts that secure it to the base


Another area that needs to be corrected is the hook on the trunnions
This are too small compared to the original ones

Here is the original hook


And the kits one…see any difference?


the drawings of the approximate size of the hook, a piece of 3mm styrene
5 x 15mm long is used, the base is .75 styrene sheet measuring 2 x 22 x 17 x 9mm







The hooks are glued to the bases and used acrylic putty to
fill the joint


After sanding the putty a coat of grey primer and its ready to be glued in place


Here a comparison of the original with the new one






It looks like this now, a super improvement over the original




Next the chains for the lower floor of the trunnions are made
Using 30 links per inch small chain, I used a very thin copper
Wire to tie it to the support tubes


After a base coat of paint it can be better appreciated


The last addition to the trunnions are two platforms at
the end of the stairs, I first saw this on another Dora build
from 2007 and after looking through my reference I found two
photos that shows a platform on that area, so I did the same
design he used

Here are a couple of photos showing a platform



I used two pieces of .20 x 10 x 65mm long styrene sheet for the sides
One .20 of 10 x 33.5mm for the back and one .20 10 x 32mm for the center


All the parts are cut to size


A line is made at 18mm to make the diagonal cut
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The bases are assembled


A dry fit test to make sure it aligns ok


The floor is made with .20 styrene sheet measuring
42.5 x 65mm, then a cut out of 20.5 x 23 deep is made
Leaving 10mm from one side and 12mm from the other
You need to do the other side like mirror as its left
and right sides


The floors are glued to the bases and another dry fit




The sides reinforcements are made with 2.5 x3.2mm styrene strip
1 piece 65mm long and 3 small pieces of 7.5mm long






Finally forming mesh is used for the platform floor








The tools on the support pillars of the main platform are changed
I did not like what I did the first time so I completely removed
It and using .80 styrene I made the new wrenches


This is what I did the first time, just the tip of the tool


The molded tools are removed


The new ones are made measuring .80 x 19mm long


Styrene channel of 4.8mm is used for the securing latch


4 pieces of 2mm are cut
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