Hi, A big thank you colo_artist for that information. I had a feeling that this rod did go all the way back, but just wasn't sure. There's been so much information posted on this vehicle, most of it thanks to you, that I am tending to forget what is out there and what isn't. I'll chalk that up to the age thing, as this process of getting older is something I'm having a real hard time adjusting to anymore. Ha, ha!
The Greif bolt head maker looks interesting. I picked up the bolt head-caat washer set to add the ice cleats to the tracks for $3 for a hundred of them, so this is a pretty good deal. Also got 100 HOcale 'bolt-washer-nut' plasitc casting for $3 for a 100 as well. These will work to replace those little bolt heads I shaved off of the side panels when I added the plastic sheet to cover up those 'dents' on parts D-3 and -4. Also used one of them to attach the little end of that vent rod to the handle and it seemed to look pretty good, scale wise. I'm pretty sure that these panels didn't show any 'bolts' on them, but may decide to add them anyway, so as to collect a little wash and weathering.
Am having kind of a time getting some eye-hooks big enough for 1/16 scale to add to the trans. and motor. Did get a dozen of them at the hobby store last week, and they look okay, but once installed they are just a tad too small. The R.R. catalog does have another set of various sizes and shapes of eye-rings, again, $3 for 100 of them, but they cover all kinds of styles used by the railroads during various historical periods, so some will work and some won't. Am considering this option on the /85 kit.
I set the /42 kit beside the completed /43 kit today and man, they are both impressive models, even with my less than good modeling skills. The hobby store owner whats me to bring the /43 up so he can put it in one of his display cases to help stimulate the sales of this large kit come Xmas time, and after viewing what I've done so far on the /42, he wants this one up there as well. That sort of gives me a vote of confidence that some of my work is better than what I think it is. Guess we are our own worst critics. I can see so many mistakes on both of them.
Anyway, I am slowly moving along. Next big step is trying to do one of those new firewall bulkheads. This, and all that stuff I would like to add to the driver's area are the current big challenges.
I got out that new 1/35 scale 3-in-1 German halftrack kit from Dragon the other night and did some serious looking over of the parts and instructions. Man, I can't believe the size of those parts. Holy Crap are they small!!!!!!!! 1/16 does tend to spoil a person.
Again, thanks for all the information.
Take care. Larry.