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Cutaway T-62

A "Hole" New Way To Display
Like many modellers I enjoy adding extra detail, whether this takes the form of an additional grab handle or, in this case, a full interior.

For this project I planned to build a full interior transplanting internal components from Skif’s venerable T55 kit to Trumpeters T62 1972 Mod model. It became apparent very early on that whilst fitting the T62 lower with little or no modification, the Skif components were, to put it mildly, ‘soft’ on detail. Further investigation proved that much of the internals would require serious upgrading or replacement. By far the quickest and (in my opinion) easiest option would be to scratch-build replacements.

I scoured the Skif kit and set aside the items I could make use of, or use as the base for my scratched components:

I commenced the project in my normal haphazard fashion by assembling as many useful written and photographic records as I could – concerning references, in my opinion it can sometimes be a hindrance to collect TOO much data; as long as I have enough clear images to present most of the main views I can normally ‘fudge’ the details sufficiently to represent what I want to convey. I decided early on that the best way to effectively display the internals would be to model the tank as a cutaway.

When producing a cutaway in 3D, the following considerations need to be made:
1. What do you want to show?
2. What do you NOT want to show?
3. The minimum amount of structural integrity (kit’s inherent strength) you can remove whilst satisfying points 1.& 2. above.
4. The ease of cutting/removing the selected areas from a practical viewpoint. For example can you use ‘natural’ panel joins for the cut points?

I always try to carry out my build order in a logical fashion by working in sectional sub-assemblies, in this case:
Vehicle floor, Left Bulkhead, Drivers station and Ammo Stowage, Right Bulkhead, Firewall, Engine Bay, Turret Floor, Turret, Externals.

This serves the joint purposes of providing a size and position reference for subsequent sections and by completing all sub-assemblies I can hopefully not forget parts which I inevitably would if I ‘jumped around’ on the build! My memory isn’t what it was...........now, what were we talking about?

It cannot be emphasized enough how constant dry-fitting and adjustment of the basic sub-assemblies is compulsory if fit issues are to be avoided, this takes place before adding any details to avoid time-wasting.
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