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Old 09-29-2015, 08:19 AM
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Just yesterday I had a conversation with a friend who is interested in buying the Dora kit. I told him I knew of one build, but wouldn't remember where I'd seen it. Today I visit PA and ta-da, here it is
I think he'll enjoy your build as much as I did, and it will help him decide whether to really buy it. Great additional work. I wonder how many bottles of paint this monster will eat up.

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Hi Johannes, tell your friend to go for it, its a nice model as it comes, Im just correcting and
Adding details to make it even more interesting than what it already is. It is very nicely detailed, a really fun model to build.

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Old 10-06-2015, 10:40 PM
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Not sure about that but I have about 10 bottles of modelmasters panzer grey to start painting
Will see how much more is needed. It already has taken 3 1/2 bottles of plastic weld glue and still a lot to do.

Its a big monster

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Old 10-10-2015, 05:08 AM
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Wow, that beast is really hungry!

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The work continues on Dora, it’s time to do the main body halves. The first issue is an error on the instructions. It tells you to assemble parts L4 with L2 (and L3 with L1) but if you do so the assemblies holding the two halves together will be on the wrong position. Parts O12, O3 and O11 (assembly step # 18) goes on the front of the main body and L7 (assembly step #20) goes to the rear of the body. So to correct this problem all you have to do is invert parts L2 and L1 as this parts are symmetrical, so now you will glue L4 with L1 and L2 with L3 and the problem is solved.
Here are the main body parts

And the inner parts

The inside of the body is very well reinforced to hold the weight of the gun Trunnions and main loading platform

Instructions

Front area has the four holes

Rear area has two rectangular openings

This is how is done

With all in the right position it looks like this

The parts that hold the two halves together are assembled and rectangular pieces of styrene 3mm x 6mm are glued to act as the bases for the lifting cable
Eyelets, this are made using soldering wire



Then small pieces of styrene rod are used to make the bolts for the plates



Finally using 3 strands of gauge 34 brass wire twisted together I made the lifting cable for
the front and rear parts




Now the real work started, what are supposed to be the hydraulic bottles are
Terrible, so new ones are constructed using styrene tube

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Old 12-07-2015, 12:23 PM
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So to rectify it you need to remove all the original bottles on the outside and inside of the main bodies

This are the new bottles parts

Here the replacements are glued in place

For the top of the bottles I made a master using the same styrene tube and with a rounded top using green putty finished with a smaller tube on top as the connection for the hydraulic pipe

Using card board I made the box for the rtv rubber


All the needed tops are made with one to one resin

It now looks like this

Next all the vertical steel ribs received a strip of 4mm wide styrene to make the flange as seen in the photos of Dora

the pipes for the hydraulic bottles are made with tube from the original handrails
And installed

Now the stabilizer platform must be divided in 3 separate parts, a 3mm wide channel is cut in these areas in the photo

Inside view

This areas are open on the original vehicle, so after making several holes the
Plastic was cut and sanded to shape




This is how it looks now, all this changes are to be done to both side inside and outside

I’m working on the catwalks, handrails and ladders for the main bodies so the work continues.

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You're crazy! =)
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hahaha Andrey you know me, I like to always complicate my builds
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Hi my friends, its time for another update on Dora, the work on the main bodies continues with more modifications and adding some missing details.
On top of both sides are hatches missing, so using styrene and some left over photo eched
Pieces the hatches are constructed
This is the area for the hatches to be added

First I removed some bolt detail and filled the area with styrene to make it a flat surface



Again using styrene sheet I made the doors and glued PE hinges And a brass wire handle to each door

The finished hatch


Now the poles that goes on top of this area are drilled on the sides as seen in the pictures of the real Dora


And in place

Now the holes under the body must be copied to the other side of the carriage, this hold with screws the parts that join the two main bodies together.

After measuring the new location I started to drill the new holes

Here the holes are done and a dry fit of the part.


With this done I moved to the inside halves, replaced the hydraulic bottles and made the cut on the platforms, then started with the vertical flange detail, like in the outside I used .40x4mm wide strips.

After all the vertical flanges are glued I started with the horizontal ones

Each section is made with a piece of .40 styrene 8mm wide, then I made a 2mm line across and to the sides, finally a diagonal cut on the two corners and a cut across gets it done



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With all the flange work done, I started to make the missing ribs and pipes at both ends of the inside halves. With the measurements done its starts
This are the parts for the front area

This are already drilled for the pipes to fit thought

The hole where the pipes connects to the body is marked and with a drill it is started, then sanded to shape, finally a piece of styrene is glued to the inside with the 4 holes for the
Pipes to connect.




Here the parts are in place ready for the pipes to be added

The back area is marked and the parts glued like in the front


The back and front received the brass pipes





That’s all for the moment, currently working on the extra valve bodies and hand wheels needed
For this areas, thanks for watching.
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