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South Carolina, United States
Member Since: July 01, 2007
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Posted: Friday, August 10, 2007 - 02:36 PM UTC
Hello everyone. I've never really scratchbuilt anything before., but the bug has bit me to do some work on a kit I have.

I have a T26 tank that has a fairly open design and has positionable hatches on the turret and drivers sides. I have some pictures of the hatches open and some shots inside the turret and hull.

One advantage to the kit is that the halves of the turret are horizontal, meaning there is a left and a right half. I see this as an advantage. The Hull is in several componets two sides, a bottom plate, and a rear. Again I see this as an advantage.

Should I draw up a template of the hull sides, cut styrene sheets and construct the detailed hull sides separate or build directly on the inside of the kit supplied part?

How do I determine how large to make the different parts (e.g. gun breech).

Any general pointers?

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England - East Anglia, United Kingdom
Member Since: June 24, 2002
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Posted: Saturday, August 11, 2007 - 12:35 AM UTC
Hi , for the larger parts it is better to laminate different colours of plastic card in a sandwich , If you use black , white etc , then as you file or carve you can see at a glance if you have taken off too much or not enough , give it a go good luck cheers ian ,