Question. What was wound up on the 2 large spools on the fenders of one of the sets of wheels? Rope? Cable? Any idea what they would have used that much of ether for?
The spools held communications wire that linked all of the guns in the battery into a central fire direction control center. This was used to feed information into the fuse setter on each gun so that the shells would burst at a consistent height/altitude depending on what they were firing at for anti-aircraft targets.
The tracks are just regular old styrene and you put the in hot water to bend them. When I say bend them I mean you generally get the shape to go around the wheels. It is not like magic tracks where you can bend them into their final position and let the glue set. I had to glue the tracks to the inner wheels to get them to stay where I wanted them. I prefer to paint the tracks off the kit but it should be okay. The detail is way better on these than anything you could get with rubber band tracks though. Revell did put three in the kit in case you mess one up, which I did. The tracks are about one and a half link too long and I messed one up trying to get it right.
Thanks Bill. The wooden boxes don't look line they will be too difficult except for the size (yeah like that's very stopped me ) I am going to look for a picnic basket in the doll house section of craft store to try and come up with a way to make the wicker boxes. They're cool.
I finished construction on the lower half of the 7 and got some Vallejo primer on it. I ended up drilling out the dimples that the width indicators and the mirror go in. If you look up at my previous pics it shows a little dimple where these are supposed to go. If I just glued them there they would have a 100% chance of being knocked off and most likely lost. So I just drilled them out and they are very sturdy now. Almost done with the upper half construction too.
Working on the emplacement. Glued down some coarse sandpaper so the water putty has something to grab on to. Bottom one is just too tight and I am leaning toward the top one. Lots of room for empty ammo boxes and spent shell casings.