Hi there Marc, and welcome aboard Richard, the more the merrier... just don't crowd the engine deck... cooling reasons, threat of engine fires... that sort of thing. Always glad to have some more parts of the Tiger 'Hive' mind linked.
Anyway enough of the rambling. The first thing we need to do in order to start the 'pasting' process upon the rear hull plates, is to make sure we can find the location
points for the stowing of the external equipment. Thus a small hole is drilled through to the rear side of the part.
With this done, the Tamiya (or whatever putty you prefer) Epoxy can be applied in pinto bean sized lumps (thought pea sized was getting tired!) onto the rear hull part, separated into lentil sized lumps, for ease of spreading.
Then again this is spread to a rough evenish depth of aroun 0.2-0.3mm, with a flat bladed impliment, for some of the harder to reach areas, I used the end of a 'redundant' Tamiya 'zimmerit' tool to get at these tricky areas.
Once you are happy with the coverage of the to be pasted areas, it is once more 'rolling time'
this difficult looking area is actually quite easy and 'fun'.
Following the profiles of the track tension covers and starter port gives a real sense of authenticity to the zimmerit.
The corresponding pattern type doe is utilised for the areas that the roller can not get to.
With all the smaller and obscure areas done the pattern can then be imprinted over the remaining 'puttied' areas.
Then it's the turn of the other rear hull plate, the first one that we pasted above, is for the fine patterned turret... as David has pointed out, it is an earlier hull with the flat hull side front ends, around January '44' production, unfortunately a real 'transient' phase in Tiger 1 production variants, I also very nearly forgot to remove the welded mounting lugs/nuts for the deleted feifel air scouring system. This hull part is from the 'Kurzmaul' #6416 kit. I will have to ask David if this particular Tiger with this hull configuration would have had a travel lock, or if it would have had a very early fitting of the pre-heater cover and aperture.
There we have it 'zimmerited' rear hull plates!
Next job on the cards is to tackle the #6383 sculpted rear hull part, and remove that zimmerit under the exhaust stacks, between the lug nuts that secure the sheet exhaust shrouds, and also in the area where the armoured exhaust covers sit that are fouled!
So see you all next time! Thanks for being interested, you should see how quickly the pub clears when I start talking ZIMMERIT!!!