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snaps' 12 days of Christmas build 2018

Postby snapdragon » Wed Dec 26, 2018 3:31 pm

Here we go with an introduction.

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This is Trumpeters kit of this fearsome weapon of which only 50 some barrels were built for this type. It did become the main weapon for the Jagdtiger (around 100 barrels with slight changes) and was slated for the Maus, E-75 and E100.

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Above is an original picture showing this in firing mode.

Used either on a cruciform or split trail base, one was known to have been put on a motorised Chassis but I can't find a period picture of this or of any surviving pieces. Firing two piece ammunition it was used exclusivly on the Eastern front and could destroy any soviet armour and saw action very late in the war.

Trumpeter's kit is actually quite a nice one of this little known beast (barrel length 7.023 m (20 ft)) wich gave it an 128mm /L55 designation) and Trumpeter very kindly put in a metal barrel with options of making an etched muzzle and a plastic barrel in 2 halves and a plastic muzzle with drill out holes (0.8mm) but that fits comfortably onto the metal barrel with no alteration. There are two breech options and once together it looks mean and business like.


There are 4 rubber tyres in the kit which will benefit from a coat of Vallejo tyre black and will look really good once done and put on the wheels. There are parts to make up 2 metal cylinders for the elevation/depressin and they will work once done. Why brass tubing was used I don't know when Aluminium would have been better colour wise! Still, a paint job can cure that!

Much on this kit is moveable and looking through the build instructions it may be possible to move it between transport and firing mode and a very small decal sheet provides 3 kill ring options of which either decal 1 or 3 is cited on the colour painting instructions. decal 2 could be for the Waffentrager version.

Crews would also sometimes put what they have killed on the gun shield as well as kill rings on the barrel, using stencils for tanks, guns, vehicles etc and these may be available from AM providers.

Everything you need to build this is in the box apart from paint and glue and you don't need to go round the internet hunting for stuff. A nice kit for a 12 day build!

I never really get much done on Christmas Day and I needed to dash out today and get a new bottle of superglue so now the barrel is ready for priming and painting, the base is put together and time to do the wheels!

Photos later!
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Re: snaps' 12 days of Christmas build 2018

Postby snapdragon » Wed Dec 26, 2018 11:20 pm

Here's an update.

The barrel is built. Rather than spend hours trying to roll a flat piece of sturdy etch into a muzzle brake I put together the two plastic halves of the muzzle brake and drilled out the marked holes with a 0.8mm drill. There are two breech options in the kit and after a quick dash out to replace some useless superglue I was able to put the barrel together.

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The Wheels are also together and ready for painting. The real rubber tyres will benefit from Vallejos Tyre black.

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I have started putting together the cruciform base.
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Re: snaps' 12 days of Christmas build 2018

Postby snapdragon » Sun Dec 30, 2018 10:20 pm

Guests and visitors have all eaten into build time, but progress has been made!

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As far as putting this together goes, there is more to it than beats the eye!

Tomorrow, some priming and painting hopefully before the party!
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Re: snaps' 12 days of Christmas build 2018

Postby steve131 » Sun Dec 30, 2018 10:44 pm

Great looking kit :mrgreen: . Did a couple of hours on my Chieftain and Lego BB8 with number one daughter.
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Re: snaps' 12 days of Christmas build 2018

Postby number1 » Mon Dec 31, 2018 8:50 pm

steve131 wrote:Great looking kit :mrgreen: . Did a couple of hours on my Chieftain and Lego BB8 with number one daughter.


Any pics Steve?
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Re: snaps' 12 days of Christmas build 2018

Postby steve131 » Mon Dec 31, 2018 10:18 pm

Sadly we not a tech family and none of us any good with computers to get pictures :oops: :oops: :oops:
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Re: snaps' 12 days of Christmas build 2018

Postby snapdragon » Fri Jan 04, 2019 1:17 am

I am on the painting stage.

On this model I'm using one of the Afrika Korps paints - RAL 8000 as it is quite close to the original Dunkelgelb that was in use towards the latter stage of the war.

Most of the building has been done and there are just a couple of extra bits to add during the final put together.

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More priming and painting tomorrow. I may do a part tri colour camo on the shield and barrel.


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Re: snaps' 12 days of Christmas build 2018

Postby snapdragon » Fri Jan 04, 2019 10:30 pm

Lots of painting done. Nearly there!

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Just some paint patching, paint and put the gun and mount together and one or two extra parts and job's done!
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Re: snaps' 12 days of Christmas build 2018

Postby steve131 » Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:20 pm

Looking good .Barrel sure is big as a telegraph pole :o
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Re: snaps' 12 days of Christmas build 2018

Postby wingnut2 » Sat Jan 05, 2019 6:27 pm

number1 wrote:
steve131 wrote:Great looking kit :mrgreen: . Did a couple of hours on my Chieftain and Lego BB8 with number one daughter.

Any pics Steve?

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Re: snaps' 12 days of Christmas build 2018

Postby snapdragon » Sat Jan 05, 2019 11:53 pm

Very nearly there with 1 day to go.

All that remains is a couple of extra parts, some base coat touch ups and if time I may put on some camo on the shields and barrel.


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This kit does have some fit issues, but there again, it might be me! Still it is a nice build and will look a bit more aggressive with some disruptive green and brown on!
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Re: snaps' 12 days of Christmas build 2018

Postby Morris » Sun Jan 06, 2019 12:05 am

Most excellent, SD -
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Re: snaps' 12 days of Christmas build 2018

Postby steve131 » Sun Jan 06, 2019 4:33 pm

Great work :clap:
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Re: snaps' 12 days of Christmas build 2018

Postby snapdragon » Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:29 pm

Finished Pics. All done and in time! Boxing day to 6th Jan!

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Re: snaps' 12 days of Christmas build 2018

Postby steve131 » Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:41 pm

Well done that man. Cammo rounds it off a treat 8-) .
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Re: snaps' 12 days of Christmas build 2018

Postby wingnut2 » Mon Jan 07, 2019 5:26 pm

Very nice job James :clap: I find the "out riggers" interesting.
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Re: snaps' 12 days of Christmas build 2018

Postby Morris » Mon Jan 07, 2019 5:50 pm

Well done SD!!
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Re: snaps' 12 days of Christmas build 2018

Postby number1 » Mon Jan 07, 2019 8:57 pm

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