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Old 03-16-2017, 09:43 PM
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Thanks Roy, the kit is not that bad, you can do it straight from the box into a nice impressive model, but I just love doing the missing details to make a good kit into a great kit. It also sets it appart from the ones made straight from the box
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HI friends, time for another update, more modifications are made in different areas of Dora,
Continuing with the ladders, the front and interior ladders are done, again using 1.5mm brass rod

This are the side balcony ladders measurements that I forgot to include in that post, so here it is


Here are the new interior ladders with measurements and the original for comparison, two are needed


Now the front access ladders
The first bend is done in the corrected angle


Note the difference with the original


The second bend is done


Next the steps are soldered to one side first and then the other side is soldered


Comparison with the original and the new measurements




Now the loading platform hand rails are modified again on the area around the elevators, after researching photos I noticed some differences and noted some hand rails are completely missing also on this area

The end of the hand rail is removed and the new short section added on each side




Here you can notice that the end of the rail base is longer, the last connecting point is in the air, so using a piece from the generator catwalk I added a strip to make the floor the same length so the corner rail pieces can be installed






Next the parts that complete the corner are soldered to the new short rail




Now more sections of rail are added around the elevators area, not made on the kit parts


Here the new rails can be seen in place





I now started to work on the loading ram and its base, it is modified and detailed
After studying the ram parts and loading table I concluded that the measurement on the kits ram tubes is the wrong number of sections and too short to load the shell completely into the breach, here I dry fitted the parts.
As you can see the ram is too short to completely load the shell


It is supposed to pass through the breech and into the barrel
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This are the original ram parts


I replaced the parts with styrene tube and added an additional section to it, here are the originals and the new parts with measurements, the thinner tube is longer here, it was cut to the correct length later


The pushing disk is now glued to the new tube







Now it works as it is supposed to, passing through the breech






Works continues on this area with more detail added to the ram base and modifications to the loading bead
Missing access doors are made from styrene and brass wire for handles, styrene rod bits are used for bolt detail




The ribs on the ram base receive a flange made from 2.9 x .35mm strip


The disk that is stored on the front of the base need to be moved inwards a little so that two front plates can be installed


The grove for the disk is enlarged to allow it to move inwards


Also a channel was cut into the wheels support to allow the disk to be moved into the new position




This are the shape and measurements of the front plates




Using styrene sheet I made the two plates




It looks like this now




Still more work to do on the ram base so stay tuned and thanks for watching

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Nice detail work Abdin

It is one huge project, well done on your efforts so far.

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