There was plenty to do while waiting for the Griffon tool clasps to arrive. The fighting compartment is a pretty busy place and work continued on getting the smaller items together. There are a total of 10 ammo boxes, 4 go into the PE holders and the rest fit into the base of the raised gun platform. I assembled all 10 and will decide later if I'll use them all or not. Of course the one with the crooked top will have to be hidden
These will be painted and weathered separately, so they just get put to the side for now.
The 3 piece spare barrel case has 2 locating pins that protrude between the barrels, these got cut off and filled in the event I decide to keep the case open. Gas mask cylinders have PE straps which details them nicely. And speaking of straps, there may be a couple on the PE fret that can be used for the jack, we'll find out later.
The radios were assembled and installed, thankfully there are locating marks for the radios as there is not much wasted space in here. A PE rain shield tops off this area and then the raised platform was installed. I got a bit involved in building and forgot to take photos of all this, but everything went pretty smooth.
The PE ammo frames and rear end of the tub are on, along with a few other minor details.
Since I'll be leaving the engine compartment hatches open, the front fold down armor will be in the raised position. I'm going to also leave 2 other panels on the left side raised and all the others in the down position. The panel latches used are different depending on 'latched' or 'unlatched', the appropriate ones were glued in place along with 14 half hinges on the body. There are raised marks for these and the only ones that were slightly off were the small side panels towards the front.
At first I was going to install the folded down panels in the down position, but after the first one found out that painting would be very difficult! I'll be going with a 3 tone camo, so I tack glued them temporarily in the up position. Why would it matter if the camo followed through on the fold down panels you might ask? I have no idea, it seemed like a good idea at the time
I'll be paying for this 'good' idea later, I'm sure!
The instructions do not show the track cable, though one is included. This should be mounted on the rear, above the muffler, looped through 3 PE straps.. After getting the ends on and dry fitting it in place, I thought it looked way too large in diameter and the ends looked too big, so it went into the scrap pile. If I was going to keep the fold down armor in the up position I would probably find a substitute, in this case i can do without it.
Assembly is almost complete on the panzer and before it gets overly crowded some painting will need to be done. The engine compartment hatches were assembled and painted separate. The exhaust will be done later since a good portion snakes under the louvers and would be impossible to rust up later. I usually have the pioneer tools installed but the Griffon tool holders just arrived yesterday and I haven't tried them out yet. Sprayed on some grey primer using about 12 psi and 1/3 throttle to get all the nooks and crannies. I'll give it a good going over to try and correct any flaws, such as that lovely seam on the gun, and start the Dunkelgelb.
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