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VK 6600 E-79 in 1/72

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VK 6600 E-79 in 1/72

Postby Cpl Punishment » Sat Apr 02, 2016 10:15 pm

VK 6600 E-79 in 1/72
I started this by requesting a friend of mine to make me a hull and turret to start from.
As per my request he sent me both these items,
they were both hollow being made from sheet styrene.
So I began by removing items that I felt were either incorrect or not needed,
and filled the turret and hull with resin to make them easier to work with.

these are the items I removed from his parts

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this left me with this as my starting point

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as you can see I filled them with resin, and opened the rear of the turret more.

Now...here I have replaced the frontal armor,
the engine deck, added a Tiger II cupola, and started work on the gun.

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here I began building up the mantlet area with Milliput

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this is after several layers of Milliput, and starting the carving it to shape.

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Here you see the mantlet getting closer to the final shape

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Getting closer

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here I spliced loader's hatch into the roof, added a couple more items,
and started to mark out the details
I neglected to mention that I also grinded away the tail end (sides) to my desires.

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here I gave the turret a coat of primer

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I am trying to stay as close as I can to this drawing of the E-79,
while staying true to the Panzer front concept.

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Here I began working on the front of the hull

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as you see I have played with the periscopes, and added a vent fan to the hull roof.

I decided the open the hatches for the Driver and radio operator.

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Here is the "lay out" for how I am doing the hull

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This is how the Turret looks on the hull

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here is an Over All view showing the the turret and gun in place.

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well that is where I am for now.
Please tell me what you think.
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Re: VK 6600 E-79 in 1/72

Postby Cpl Punishment » Mon Apr 04, 2016 5:49 pm

Thanks guys for your kind words,
I am moved that you like it.
here I have done a couple more things

If you look closely at the front of the Hull Mount for the MG....
you can see it is bereft of detail.

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So using my Jeweler's Engraving Tool I carved it out

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I then drilled a hole for mounting the MG barrel, and a smaller one to represent the site aperture.

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From here I turned my attention to the rear end of the hull.
now more than one example I have seen of the E-79 shows no exhaust pipes.
I cannot accept this, so using n example of a 1/35 model "with" exhaust pipes,
I decided to go the same route.

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here is my attempt.

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My hope is that once all assembled.....
it will look much better
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Re: VK 6600 E-79 in 1/72

Postby Cpl Punishment » Wed Apr 06, 2016 1:47 am

In my emails someone has mentioned that this looks like an E-10....
I could not agree more......
In my mind I see a "big" E-10, but with a turret.

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Re: VK 6600 E-79 in 1/72

Postby Darby » Thu Apr 07, 2016 12:10 pm

This is damn brilliant, you are an amazing scratch builder! I've never seen the E-79 before, other than as a silhouette, so this is new to me! Love the turret too, it's almost sci-fi.
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Re: VK 6600 E-79 in 1/72

Postby Darby » Thu Apr 07, 2016 12:11 pm

Question: how in the world did you blend the loaders hatch with the turret top? Just sanding?
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Re: VK 6600 E-79 in 1/72

Postby Cpl Punishment » Thu Apr 07, 2016 5:23 pm

Darby wrote:Question: how in the world did you blend the loaders hatch with the turret top? Just sanding?


Hi Darby,
Glad you like it so far
The "blending" of the loader's hatch was thus.....
I laid the piece on the roof, "traced" it with a #11 blade,
then I cut out the space for it.
Once that was done, I laid it in place, and pressed it down till the piece was "flush".
I then covered the seam with "super glue", once that dried I sanded it down.
This has worked for me several times on different tanks I have made.
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Re: VK 6600 E-79 in 1/72

Postby Cpl Punishment » Thu Apr 07, 2016 5:26 pm

I have now worked out my "wheel spacing" for the running gear.
seeing as this was such a pain to do One (1) time.....
I will mold this and cast resin to make two sets.
Then I will have what I need for the Left and the Right sides.

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Re: VK 6600 E-79 in 1/72

Postby Cpl Punishment » Thu Apr 14, 2016 1:25 am

I decided to tackle the front hatches

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I decided that I want to follow the example set by ESCI on their Tiger II
I want these two parts

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So I shallow poured one of my molds, sand it thin, and surgically removed these sections

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I then grafted them to my hatch plate.

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in order for the hatches to sit "flat",
I took my dremel tool and grinded away one corner on each hatch
( I should note here also that I added a piece f .010 sheet styrene
to the top of the hatches to keep them from falling in all the time)

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from underneath you can see how well the fit

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next I needed the pegs to act as "pivots" for the hatches.

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and here is how they look inplace

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I hope these com out ok when I mold them
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Re: VK 6600 E-79 in 1/72

Postby Cpl Punishment » Thu Apr 14, 2016 6:37 pm

OK, a few people have said they cannot grasp the size of the pieces I am working on.
Does this help?

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Re: VK 6600 E-79 in 1/72

Postby Darby » Fri Apr 15, 2016 9:55 am

You're nuts!

Thanks for the info on the sanding. I've used super glue and baking soda on gaps, and it works way better than putty, more easily sandable too.
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Re: VK 6600 E-79 in 1/72

Postby Cpl Punishment » Sat Apr 16, 2016 2:39 am

Darby wrote:You're nuts!

Thanks for the info on the sanding. I've used super glue and baking soda on gaps, and it works way better than putty, more easily sandable too.


Yes quite insane :)
I do not understand what does the baking soda do?
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Re: VK 6600 E-79 in 1/72

Postby Peabody » Sat Apr 16, 2016 10:29 am

Cpl Punishment wrote:...what does the baking soda do?

It adds bulk & structure as well as helping 'kick off' the CA glue for a faster set. The result is often just a bit easier to sand, too.

You can put baking soda into a gap, panel-line or small hole and then flow in super thin CA glue. You can also fill a shallow divot or scratch with gap-filling CA and pour baking soda on top to set it up for sanding.

Sometimes I'll lay down a bead of gap-filling CA and dump the soda on top, like a fillet weld to reinforce a join, even after using a fusing adhesive like Pro-Weld.

Google "baking soda & CA glue as filler" and you'll find some good tips on IPMS Stockholm and other hobby communities. You don't need much. A small plastic jar of baking soda on my bench has lasted years.
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Re: VK 6600 E-79 in 1/72

Postby Cpl Punishment » Sat Apr 16, 2016 11:35 am

ah...ok.... I thought it was something "magical",
now I see that isn't the case.
I use "resin dust" for that.
I have a small container with a snap lid......
everytime I sand on a resin piece I save the dust in this container.
then when I need to fill a "larger" gap.....
I use that.
I have heard of Baking soda.....
but since I had the "dust" .....
I never considered using the Baking Soda
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Re: VK 6600 E-79 in 1/72

Postby Peabody » Sat Apr 16, 2016 8:32 pm

The dust sounds like a great idea.

I understood that baking soda does react with the CA glue, contributing just the molecules (water?) CA wants to set, so perhaps there is some chemistry magic there... But it sounds like you are getting to the same place via a different route. I hate to change up a good routine that works.
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Re: VK 6600 E-79 in 1/72

Postby Cpl Punishment » Thu Apr 21, 2016 4:47 am

the more I handled the turret,
the more the chances grew that I would somehow screw it up,
or drop it, or something.
so I molded it and cast it in resin to be used throughout the final building of the model.

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back to work :)
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