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Old 07-12-2019, 12:03 PM
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Well, I again got into a bunch of small parts + templates.
First, I added the bolt caps on the bottom front panel and some caps on the bottom of the hull





Then I began to fill the bath of a hull. A bunch of small parts...



I cut the bolt caps . These bolts fasten the suspension system.
Each cap is about one millimeter.



And I started to build support for the engine and fire extinguishing system + fuel line with a pump.
There were a lot of pipes that needed to be made from wire, and, as I had planned, I used solders of different diameters.
At first it was a bit difficult to create suitable forms, but with some experience I was able to easily mold all the pipes.
In a princep, working with such a wire is easy because it is soft and easily bent and can be bent at any angle with your fingers.
Only in sharp corners I used pliers.
I am pleased with the result, although the parts are very fragile and require special care when gluing.
It took me a lot of patience and time to glue them in place at all these angles,
when along the way I ripped off a bunch of bolt caps that I had to stick back.

By the way, in this model, templates capture two whole pages full of drawings.





All parts are ready and assembly has begun. As a result, we got a fire extinguishing system with 4 fire extinguishers (for now) pipes,
connecting fuel tanks (futured) with the pump and engine supports.
When installing I damaged paint on the tubes here and there.
I decided not to touch it and leave it as it is because, in my opinion, it fits well with the overall weathering.



















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Old 07-12-2019, 12:35 PM
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That is serious... Looks cool!!!
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Old 07-14-2019, 04:43 AM
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Agreed, looks very good.
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Old 07-14-2019, 05:47 AM
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Yes, this will be impressive.
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Old 07-14-2019, 06:44 AM
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That's an INSANE amount of detail!, looking forward to seeing it complete!
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Old 07-14-2019, 11:22 AM
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Such a great build.
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Old 07-14-2019, 11:52 AM
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Thank you guys!

After I finished with engine compartment detailing, I had several options to continue:
Continue by numbers and assemble the front wall of the engine room
Assemble the fuel tanks and install on the sides, as a continuation of the equipment of the engine room
Start assembling engine
I chose the last option - to assemble the engine, because I realized that such a complex unit would be difficult to push into place,
and if I continued and closed the engine compartment or installed the fuel tanks on the sides, it would limit access to place the engine

That's why I start the model inside the model, and this is the Chrysler A57 engine,
which consists of five blocks of 4.1, so the entire engine was 20.5 liters and produced 470 horsepower.
These engines were installed in M3A4 Lee and of course Sherman Firefly

This is how the engine looked live



And that how it should turn out of paper
The developer tried to detail it as much as possible, given the paper and scale limitations,
and I am happy to assemble such a masterpiece, even if at the end half of the engine will be hidden.



Engine drawings spread on whole two pages!





There is a great number of parts as well - a page and a half heap crammed + a lot of frame details
I had to prepare before assembling and collected all the parts from the book. It was relatively easy, because even here everything is thought out and most of the details are concentrated in one place and with the numbering in order
I glued the details of the frame to the cardboard and already managed to use four kinds of thickness:
0.2 (empty space on the page from the book)
0.5 (old cardboard card)
1 (specially ordered cardboard)
1.5 (cardboard from the store for building layouts)





Of course, later some printed parts also will be reinforced with cardboard.

First of all, the heart of the engine is assembled and because it is the basis for all - the power frame is assembled, on which the casing is put on.





At the end of the assembly, it looks like this



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Old 07-14-2019, 11:56 AM
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The next stage is the assembly of 5 engine blocks, when each block is a six-row car engine with 110-120 horsepower



I collected all the necessary parts, laminated what I needed with cardboard and began to assemble



There is also a supporting structure, on which the casing will be glued. I decided to divide casing into parts.
This made it more convenient placement.
Plug holes are obtained by gluing several layers together with holes of different diameters.



The casing is divided aside, and I cut out all the extra parts that are glued to the block.
The smallest bolts and rivets do not have to be glued, as there is an excellent pseudo print,
but for the sake of sport - I glued everything. 😁





Please note - each unit is special and not like the other, because they are located at different angles and are connected in different ways to all hoses and tubes.
Therefore, it should be marked, in order not to confuse the details.







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Old 07-14-2019, 11:57 AM
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Well, that's how far i came and from now i will post as soon as i get parts done.
Next step - more details on blocks.
Stay tuned!
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Old 07-14-2019, 12:05 PM
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The engine itself is another model! It looks great.
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