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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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Old 04-20-2017, 04:16 PM
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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 breech, 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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Old 04-20-2017, 04:17 PM
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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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Old 04-20-2017, 08:25 PM
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Nice detail work Abdin

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

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Old 05-29-2017, 08:08 PM
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thanks a lot Mike, sorry for the big delay in my response, dont know why Im not receiving notifications from planet in any of my posts or any Im following
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HI to all, work on the ram base continues, the two rail pieces on the loading platform are removed as this parts goes attached to the ram body and not to the loading platform.

The loading platform


The rails are cut flush




Using a piece of channel the new rail pieces are glued to the ram base, a piece of styrene rod 10mm x 3.3 dia. is used to support the back of each rail.


The channel is glued so that when the platform is in the raised position the rails are almost touching the platform and aligned to the rails on the platform.






Now the side of the ram base gets some missing detail, a piece of styrene in the shape of U is made and
Glued to each side.





Next the second cut is done at 19mm, and the final cuts 10mm up from the center line


Here the two cut parts


The parts are glued to each side of the ram base


Verlinden resin bolt heads complete the details


The reference photo


All the closed holes are drilled out on each side


Now I started to make the control box? And pipes on the ram base

The box measurements are a guess looking at the photos of the area, I made it 5x5x8mm


The box is made from square styrene rod and styrene disks used where the pipes connect to it


Next the pipes are made from copper wire and glued in place, two 3x3x8 blocks are glued under the ram
Base and pipes connected to it.




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Old 06-23-2017, 12:19 PM
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Two small valves? Are simulated with verlinden bolts


The control level is made with styrene rod, brass tube and styrene disks. I think it is a control level
But it also looks like a socket wrench, so again is my guess.


There are lifting cables stored on the ram base, so I made the cables with picture wire and tape


Here the cables are placed on the side of the base




Some reference photos




The wheel at the back of the base is installed and it received handles made from cooper wire






With the ram base finished I started detailing the breech block

Here is the breech block assembled, the two cranks rods at each side are too short and need to be
Replaced so that the handles can clear the sides of the block.


Here is the fix






Now the breech bar receives some details, the edge needs to have the same curvature as the shell hole




With the breech closed I marked the circumference of the hole


Then moving the block to the center I marked the new curvature


Here are the two marks
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Old 06-23-2017, 12:22 PM
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Using the dremmel I removed the plastic to the new shape




Next a piece of .40 styrene sheet is cut to shape and glued in place


I used a PVC coupling and rubber bands to hold the styrene in place until the glue dries


After sanding the edges smooth it looks like this


Now the curves match


After finding the center I drilled a 15/64 hole


Two disk are made with the punch, one 2mm and 4mm


The disks are glued together


I used a 5.3mm washer and glued the disks to it




It is now glued to the block


A 10mm hole is made and an 8.5 mm disk is glued in it with two small holes at the bottom


Now it all looks like this




This is a long update, a lot has being made and closing to the painting stage.

Thanks for looking

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thanks Ambjoern, sorry for the late reply, was busy fixing the problem with the photos on photobucket
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