|Final incarnation of the conning tower shutter door.|
|The three variants I tried.|
|Test fit with locating shaft....the blue bit :)|
|Look, it opens too, yippy!!!|
|The hydraulic ram's I'm making to open & close the shutter door.|
This part of the build had been a bit of a bitch so far. I first tried to have a cage like door for the conning tower, but it looked a bit meh. So then I tried heating up some acrylic sheet & bending it to the shape I wanted, but the heating process browned it so much that it looked pretty bad too. Finally, I bit the bullet & made one out of a plastic icecream container. I cut out some louvres for the front & cut out some sections on the sides....then stuck mesh over them. I think it looks ok, so after I've strengthened it up a bit more she'll be as good as gold.
Now I just have to finish off the hydraulic ram's, add the locating shaft's to the conning tower & shutter door and it'll be done.
|Some of the wire & plumbing work on the left hand side.|
|Close up's, oooohh!|
I ran a heap of wires along the left hand side of the Hovertank & then installed copper wire brackets to look like their being held in place by them.....instead of super glue :)
After the shutter door is done I'll start on the right side, adding some cabling & other bits & bobs.
|Remember I said I'd fill you in on the history of theses engines?|
|Well, here it is baby!!!!!|
Previously, I mentioned that the engines were not my original idea. They actually came from a Japanese kitbasher from back in the day (not sure when, but it was ages ago, ok). Here's a link to a page that shows you the many & varied model kits that he pilfered to make this beast,
There is another page out on the net that tells you a bit more about the process he went through to build it, but you can see where I got the idea for my engines from anyway :)
Ok, enough blathering from me, back to the workbench for me it is then.