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Tunisian Tiger I (My Father's Tank)

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Second Air Force:
It's been many years since I built any kind of armored vehicle so I decided to do the repetetive work up front. The Tiger has a LOT of road wheels and these all had a molding seam on the tires that needed to be removed. Since the Unimat was waiting to go to work these were all chucked into the lathe and the seams were removed with this fine file. Much easier than sanding!
Tunisian Tiger I (My Father's Tank)
Tunisian Tiger I (My Father's Tank)

Next the tires were painted and set aside to let the paint cure. Then the masking template was used to paint the front and rear of each wheel set with Panzer grey. These early tanks had the desert yellow/brown camouflage applied after the tank had originally been painted with the grey so I gave these a coat of grey also.
Tunisian Tiger I (My Father's Tank)

Next I started on the lower hull, installing the road wheel swingarms and the final drive housings for the drive sprockets. In this photo you can see how the factory sprayed the entire hull with red oxide-style primer, then oversprayed the visible areas with Panzer grey. My research and several photos I've found suggests that the red primer didn't get completely overcoated in some areas that were not visible, thus the red showing on the hull bottom and under the fenders.
Tunisian Tiger I (My Father's Tank)

Of course after getting this all done I had to try dry-fitting the sprocket and wheels to get a feel for what is to come. Also I tried the kit-supplied rubber track but didn't care for the way it rides on the road wheels. The AFV Club individual track segment kit was just the ticket for a replacement as I've shown on another thread.
Tunisian Tiger I (My Father's Tank)
Tunisian Tiger I (My Father's Tank)

The wheels and sprockets next got a coat of Afrika Braun camouflage. This will be enhanced later and is the first topcoat to be applied.
Tunisian Tiger I (My Father's Tank)

The final installment for this post is to show the AFV track temporarily installed with the inner road wheels. Notice that the inner wheels don't have a full coat of the sand color as the painter was not able to fully coat them with the outer wheels installed.
Tunisian Tiger I (My Father's Tank)

No.1:
This went so good mate :)

Sall:
Very good post from you side Scott. I love when i can see soooo much informations about one build. Anyone who want to build something like this, can found great informations with easy. Bravo,and great progress!! :-clap :-clap
Also,glad to see that Unimat is in use!! :-tri :-clap

Second Air Force:
Yes, the lathe likes to be operated as often as possible. It is like most machines that would rather work than just sit around.

Here's a little more update on the build. First a couple of photos of the idler wheels and drive sprockets after putting them together and the road wheel swingarms prior to installation. On the real thing there is a torsion bar that attaches to each swingarm and goes across the hull of the tank to fasten on the other sidewall. The tracks are kept at the proper tension by an adjusting mechanism at the idler wheel spindle.
Tunisian Tiger I (My Father's Tank)
Tunisian Tiger I (My Father's Tank)

These are the elements of the turret that come with the kit. Really, this should only be built with the hatches closed since the detail is so lacking. However, I wanted both hatches open so the majority of the interior will be from the spares boxes. There are excellent resin detail sets to superdetail the Tiger but I decided not to invest two times the price of the model in an aftermarket kit.
Tunisian Tiger I (My Father's Tank)

And, finally for this installment, a shot of the hull top during the first stage of work.
Tunisian Tiger I (My Father's Tank)

No.1:
Parts look so precise so it look like this will be easy to assembly :)

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