Looks like were going to have the 3rd Kompanie in this action also, as we are running out of engine deck space for us all to climb onboard.
Hi Marco! Hey Karl! Wotcha Rob (those T55's look awesome already!) Thanks for dropping by, the comments are really appreciated.
Welcome back Richard, the return of the bear, who's your bet for the Stanley Cup then? The eldest lad has been driving us all mad with it! Good to hear from you.
Good Morning/Evening Geraint... As promised 'Taming DS Tracks' , your right about the weather the month of June '44' in Normandy was almost like a week in sunny Lancashire!
I know Grant... I know, all that attention on the mufflers only to be shrouded from sight... I made a promise to myself at the start of this that this 'poor relation' to the other Tigers in the gang (can't think of the 'collective grouping' title for more than one Tiger!
It might 'be something cool like a 'Murder of Ravens' eh! But then again maybe not!
) would get some serious attention, due to it's lack of AM crispness, and bespoke zimmerit. So I am spoiling it a bit.Couldn't resist 'splattering a lighter contrasting coat of filth on her today. It is real good fun though!
Hi There Mike! I have had a go at damage with a soldering iron/pyrograve but not had the guts to do a one time only on a Tiger yet!
A long time the ago, in my boyhood, I did the Tile pattern on a JagdPanther with liquid glue and a balsa tool with spaced pins in, if I remember it turned out okay (it was for a friends wedding present
Hi Bill, thanks for calling by, you are keeping me honest, I was thinking about the hours that have ticked by on this so far... Probably not as many as I first thought. Seems like an age!
Thanks for the 'insider' information Dan, I suppose it's a bit like the old steam locomotive crews rubbing down the engines with paraffin, to resist any major grime that they picked up along the route eh? I can imagine hot dusty and cloying it must get in a marching tank column, especially in the middle. I found this shot of one of Wittmann's Kompanie Tiger commanders, Kurt Kleber (Quax!) desperate to scuff up this pristine big cat with his studded clod hoppers.
It would appear that the scarcity of rubber stocks later in the war kept the use of studs on leather soled boots as the main footwear, bet they were bloody slippy on some of the vehicles surfaces in damp weather eh?
Hi James! Hello Dave! Thanks for the kind words lads... Only three to go now!
Okay then! They day of 'DS' reckoning has come... Not actually that painful in the end. I superglued the idlers in their central position, and the four single roadwheels at the back of the order were cemented with Tamiya extra thin cement, then the track was put around the idler and the sprocket placed on it's mount. Nice and tight without to much slack, but not overly taught.
Then the double middle order roadwheels were dry mounted, before the 2nd and 3rd received a dab of CA on their to contact surfaces,
and the track was 'wedged' onto the roadwheel tops with these handy little devices that the children found in some lollies! They did the trick though.
Then the outer row of roadwheels were fixed, and voila! Painless DS tracks, also with the extra links removed, and the idlers 'set' in neutral, this Tiger isn't even 'twine toed', good ol'Mr Byrden eh?
Right lets see how this baby sits in her battle tracks!
Right then lads! A little more light wear and tear, and the next Tiger will be approaching the horizon... Back soon, cheers for looking in.