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Armor/AFV: Large Scale
1/16 and Larger Armor Modeling
Hosted by Darren Baker
1/6th scale SDKFZ 222 armored car project
armourguy
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Posted: Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 12:16 PM UTC
Hi Guys, due to my heavy commission and part order load taking up most of my time, I haven't had a whole lot of time for personal R&D work. That combined with the complex nature of this gun mount makes for a long term project.

I have been able tom complete some more components and some more molds for the mount.



Like with the Maybach engines that I completed last year I will be building a few of these kits for use in the model and for display use. These units will progress as more parts are fabricated / molded.



Some of the new molds that have been completed are the bottom bases and the gun mount chassis. On the bottom base I added the brass fasteners and the ring mounts. These fasteners will be included with the kits once complete.





On the gun mount chassis is a single casting and has all molded in lightning holes and guide rail details molded in.







Many functionality features have been designed and built into the kit.





Like the MG34 lafette mount the gun carriage is deigned to recoil with the gun to minimize the recoil stress that gets absorbed into the 222 chassis. I designed this recoiling feature into the kit.





I will now be focusing on the chassis's swivel points, and gun mount shelf, Once complete I will then be able to focus on the gun counter weight feature... More to come!





more pics have been posted to the ECA facebook page

http://www.facebook.com/EastCoastArmory
armourguy
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Posted: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 04:45 AM UTC
Slowly but surely the gun mount is moving along.



The Gun mount shelf has been completed and mounted to the carriage.



For the gun I used the DML plastic Flak gun kit. The resin mounts are designed to fit the DML gun with no mods needed.







Like I mentioned earlier the shelf which mounts the gun is designed to recoil. This was done to minimize the amount of recoil that gets absorbed by the 222's lightweight suspension.



The design is very similar in concept of the mg34 lafette mount



In addition to the mount I was also able to tool up the elevation gear, which is also functional.



With the shelf now out of the way I can now focus on the carriage swivel mounts... More to come!
armourguy
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Posted: Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 06:05 AM UTC
I made more progress on the gun mount.





the mount is now 40% complete.



The pivots were competed and mounted. Now the gun carriage can be fitted to the mounts.





The mount locks were also fabricated. They are mounted to the mount via pins and can hing outward like the real unit.









with the carriage fitted to the mount the elevation gear is functional and moves with the carriage





More pics were posted onto the facebook page.
http://www.facebook.com/EastCoastArmory

A youtube video was also created showing the progress on the gun and showing the features.

http://youtu.be/mqsZSDZ3Pfo

I will now be focusing on the mount carriage / counter weight system. More progress to follow!
Mendes
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Posted: Friday, April 25, 2014 - 01:09 AM UTC
Fantastic work!
armourguy
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Posted: Thursday, August 06, 2015 - 09:56 AM UTC
It's felt like eons since I posted last on this build, but with the commission work out of the way time opened up again to get back on it again.



The time off was actually beneficial as the pause gave me some time to regroup and tackle the project again with a fresh mind. Since the completion of the tiger I picked up again on the gun carriage where I left off



Since my last update the carriage body master was completed as was the mold. With the large casting out of the way I then turned to the seat mounts and counter balance mechanism.



Starting with the seat mounts the 222 gun carriage had adjustable seats that were on arms that would pivot by loosening a lever... much similar in the way large drill press tables are adjustable. The seat master is complete and will be entering into mold along with the next batch of parts,



One of the other more difficult parts to the gun to engineer was the counter balance mechanism. The gun carriage featured a hinged cylinder which contained a large spring.



This cylinder would connect to the carriage via a roller chain. The chain would run up into a hooded receptacle that would be on the upper carriage. The spring pulls the chain taught which gives resistance to the carriage.



It sounds simple, but to fabricate the parts, and make them work in 1/6 took some time to tool / engineer. Because of the importance of these parts the gun would be unable to elevate or depress if modeled static, so for the chain I used a real small scale roller chain,



Since the chain had to be articulated the cylinder also needed to be functional as well because if the gun were elevated the chain would slack and would hurt the look of the model, so I designed a real spring buffer system for the model.





The system works very well, and not only animates correctly, but also holds up the gun preventing it from drooping and making it easier to elevate / depress the gun



In addition to the chain animation the spring pressure allows the elevation gears to mesh properly and they rotate with each other when the gun is elevated / depressed



The whole setup still fits into the tight space of the 222 interior, although it is a tight fit... as was the case with the real vehicle







More pics were posted on the ECA facebook page,
https://www.facebook.com/EastCoastArmory

Lots of more parts still need to be fabricated and molded bu it looks like I will be about 60% with the gun after the next update... more to come!
armourguy
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Posted: Monday, August 24, 2015 - 07:53 PM UTC
More work was made to the gun mount and the lower portion is now all done!





The whole bottom portion of the gun mount serves two purposes, it acts as a place for the crew to place their feet, and it is also where the gunner fires the guns.





The gunner has two pedals, one for firing the main gun, the other for firing the coax MG34



The entire harness is supported by tubes, that connect to the rear portion of the mount, there it is connected to a complex support system that connects to the seat mounts.





On the front portion for added support there is a segmented strut that emerges from the bottom of the mount that connects to the front of the harness, with this design the mount can fully rotate as the entire harness is only connected to the top mount and not the base



on the model I fabricated this portion out of segments of brass tube with nuts and bolts soldered to it. with this method I assembled and adjusted the parts like the real one.



As for how the pedals connect to the triggers is another very elaborate setup. The pedals connect to linkages, these linkages run along the foot rest of the harness, they then engage two clevises (one for each gun). To prevent damage or injury to the gunner there is a guard on the footrest that covers up the linkage system (something like you see on a old tractor)





The clevises then enter into a tube that is mounted on the harness support. They run through to the other side where two smaller clevises then run linkages into the hollow seat support tube to the top side of the mount. There they run upwards to the two guns (more on that to come)





As for the seats the seats are fully adjustable, they are found on swing mounts that are fixed to the two tubes that emerge from the rear of the mount. They use tightening levers to set them to the proper place for the crew member, this system is very similar to the adjustable table you see on Drill presses.



on the gunner seat the seat can also be raised and lowered by a crank on the bottom of the seat mount. There was also a different style of seat used for the gunner which was a bucket type seat. More info will follow on the next update.



Currently I'm now moving up to the mid section of the mount which will include work on the crank wheel, and turret mounts.

more pics were posted on the ECA facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/EastCoastArmory

More to follow!
armourguy
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Posted: Friday, September 11, 2015 - 06:01 PM UTC
More progress has been made to the carriage,



The gunner's seat was changed since the last update, For the seat I modded a spare armor hobbies SDKFZ 250 seat as that seat is very close to the bucket seat which is found on the gunners side. Now because the seat is not mine I didn't make a mold for this part. If / when the carriage is complete and gets listed on the catalog it will come with two of the stool seats (like it did in the previous images)







Once the chair was out of the way I worked on the crank wheel housing. With the column out of the way I will soon fabricate the crank wheel.





Once the column was completed I moved to the turret mounts. Unlike on most tanks where the gun is mounted to the turret, the 222 has the turret mounted to the gun. This is done via two connecting points. On the front there is a large brace that bolts to the carriage, from here it connects to the turret via linkage system.







On the rear the turret connects to a hardpoint mount. The mount is secured to a large U channel type guard that bolts to the top of the cradle.





Just like with the front turret mount the rear mount is attached with real fasteners.



A video update was posted on youtube, where I go more into detail on the mount's functions.

https://youtu.be/l9T708e6Oyg

And more pics were posted on the ECA facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/EastCoastArmory


With these parts all complete I'm now working on the firing system, and the MG34 coaxial MG mount. More to come!
AFVFan
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Posted: Friday, September 11, 2015 - 06:59 PM UTC
Superb work John. The attention to detail is amazing!
armourguy
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Posted: Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 11:31 PM UTC
Thanks, this project has been a challenge from the start... but in the end I think will be worth all the trouble,

More parts have been completed and more and more the mount is filling in and getting closer to the finish line



Lots of work was done to the MG34 Coax mount, and the firing linkages





On the linkages the center portion of the mount does not move with the rest of the cradle, this feature was built into the model. As for the linkages they are connected via ball and socket connectors and are actuated by the elaborate cable and foot pedal system I mentioned earlier.



The linkage for the MG34 runs to the end cylinder of the mount, this linkage is synchronized with the mount and that too was tricky to design but was able to be done on the model



No matter how much the mount elevates and depresses the linkages are stable





The MG34 Mount was designed to use the Dragon MG34, The spent built belt chute was also present on the real unit and was built into the model as well. Once done and painted a cloth pouch will be fabricated and positioned in place





More pics are posted on the ECA facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/EastCoastArmory

There are a few parts that are still in mold including the MG barrel clamp and firing linkage. Currently I'm working on the FLAK spent shell deflector / chute and optic mount. Once ready pics will be posted... More to come!
HermannB
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Posted: Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 01:25 AM UTC
This is madness in the positive sense!
callmehobbes
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Posted: Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 12:41 PM UTC
Stunning.
armourguy
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Posted: Tuesday, November 03, 2015 - 08:38 AM UTC
Thanks guys, the other day I completed more of the parts and the gun carriage is now 90% complete





The MG34 clamp system and the firing linkage have been completed and mounted







Also tooled up is a knobed canister, as for the actual purpose of this unit is unclear to me but after the next update there will be two rods that connect this component to the optic bar that will be on the opposite side of the carriage



On the opposite side of the carriage I fabricated the front portion of the optic mount and the spent shell chute









The chute is a hollow casting, that once complete will have a canvas bag fabricated which on the real unit would collect the spent flak shells



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The mount is basically all filled into it's final shape now and the last of the parts will fill it in a little further







Even with the all the details the gun and carriage still fit into the very tight confines of the 222's turret and hull







More pics were posted on the ECA facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/EastCoastArmory/

and a video update was posted on youtube,
https://youtu.be/SxLYeRgrXUY

Currently I'm working on the last of the masters including the optic bar, optic, crank wheel and other small fittings. Once done the carriage will be complete and released on the ECA catalog, More to come!
Lawyer1
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Posted: Tuesday, November 03, 2015 - 11:18 AM UTC
This is total insanity!!!! Long may it continue - absolutely stunning!!!
marvanyzsolt
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Posted: Tuesday, November 03, 2015 - 01:06 PM UTC
Awesome. No more words. Simply awesome.
armourguy
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Posted: Monday, November 23, 2015 - 09:34 AM UTC
Thanks guys, this build feels like an odyssey but soon a huge part will be out of the way!

After a boatload of work I can say that the Last of the masters are now DONE... and that the carriage is now COMPLETE!!!





The gun's optic bar mount and optic have been crafted and fitted.



The optic bar is an elaborate component in itself. It connects to the setting transmission canister on the opposite side via two connecting conduits.





I'm not sure but I believe the way this works is that the assistant gunner can adjust another AA target crosshair on the scope from the other side by rotating the crank wheels The optic bar has some cams and clevises that look to pivot an object, but from the unit I was doing my research on didn't have anything mounted, so What you see on my rendition is how it was on the unit I was studying. If anyone knows feel free to post below.













The crank wheel was also fabricated, It has both the frame detailing and the handle detailing, Some units were wood, but on this build I will be painting them as a Bakelite material.



The front shield was another part that was completed. It has it's mounted braces as separate castings for better detailing.





With the carriage now complete the carriage will be added to the catalog this week. and this unit here will be painted and weathered so it can be installed to the model which will then allow me to progress to the turret detailing,

More pics were posted on the ECA facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/EastCoastArmory

More to come!
armourguy
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Posted: Tuesday, December 08, 2015 - 10:07 AM UTC
Over the weekend I burned the midnight oil and was able to the gun mount painted and completed.











The mount was also added to the ECA catalog, however I may be adding more parts to the set which will change the price,

http://eastcoastarmory.com/222.htm

With all the paintwork complete the flak gun, optic, crank wheel and front shield were all fitted to the carriage







On the wheel I painted the grips to resemble Bakelite, which was common for grips back during that time. On some 222s wood was also used for the grip panels.





Also added to finish off the unit was the two canvas bags. These bags would collect the spent shells from the Flak, (mounted on the bottom of the chute),



and the non disintegrating links on the MG34, to catch shells the MG34 also
had a shell collection bag that would clip to the bottom of the receiver (as like the M2 the MG34 is bottom eject)







Another addition that is important for this version of the Flak, is the shorter low profile 10rd magazine.



This part is essential as the standard capacity magazine will have a hard time fitting into the magwell with all the other equipment in the way. This shortened mag is a from Panzerwerks and is highly recommended.





The whole setup is a tight squeeze into the body, as it was on the real unit









With the gun FINALLY out of the way I can now focus on the turret and turret interior equipment, and grenade grills. Also the Mg34 needs to have the butstock removed as the stocks were not mounted on then the gun would be in coax mode... but that will be in a future update

More pics were posted on the ECA facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/EastCoastArmory/

More to come!
ryally
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Posted: Saturday, January 02, 2016 - 04:52 PM UTC
This thing is OMG amazing
Your a one hell of a builder
SpaceXhydro
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Posted: Saturday, January 02, 2016 - 07:35 PM UTC
The only thing i can say about this build is that this kind of work is INSANE! I will really look forwards to seeing this build completed.
armourguy
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Posted: Sunday, January 31, 2016 - 08:53 PM UTC
Thanks guys, More progress was made to the model,



With the gun carriage complete I turned my attention to the turret.



The kit turret replicates more of an early 222 with the even top turret, the later versions used taller plates for the front portion of the turret. On the model I added styrene strips that were the same thickness to these panels, they were then blended into the turret for a seamless appearance





On the interior portion of the turret I added the bulkheads and weld detailing





Once these additions were made I then fabricated the turret / carriage mounts. Unlike most tanks where the turret is connected to the body, on the 222 and other vehicles with a similar gun carriage design the turret is connected to the gun carriage, which is mounted to the chassis.





The turret makes contact with the carriage at two locations, the first is in the front. On the front there is a pivoting yolk that is connected to the ring of the turret. The yolk connects to the front column of the carriage. To help keep the yolk centered there are two extension springs on each side of the yolk.





On the rear of the turret there is another bulkhead, this bulkhead has a connector plate that a threaded lug would bridge the carriage to the turret. Unlike the bulkheads in the front the rear bulkhead is bolted to the turret walls rather then welded.





The other interior details were also fabricated, this would include the radio harness equipment. On the 222 the radio is suspended on a shelf, this shelf was scratch built out of brass, For the radio I'm using the resin set from Panzerwerk. Once the interior is painted the radio will be mounted via a leather strap.













The antenna base mount was also fabricated, the construction is also all brass and metal, the base itself will be added towards the end of the build



All components are installed to the turret via countersunk slot screw fasteners, this is as per the real vehicle



Other interior components that were added would also include two grab handles, visor port plugs, and the assistant gunner's backrest









The backrest was able to be flipped upward with the pulling of the spring loaded knob. The backrest itself was also added to the ECA product line

http://eastcoastarmory.com/222.htm





Once fitted the backrest is directly over the assistant gunner's stool



On the front portion of the turret there is a small port for the optic, to protect the optic there is a small shield that can be pivoted out of the way, This detail was also builtin into the model and is fully functional





The design is very simple and uses a throw lever for the operation





The final bit of detailing that was added was the rear hatch, Prior to adding the hatch I added a recess to the already present cutout on the turret. This was done with styrene strips. This recess is found on the real vehicle



The hatch itself was supplied with the kit but was tweaked to fit better in the recess. For the hinges I used the resin sets from panzerwerks and like on the side doors were a awesome fit.



For the interior portion of the hatch I fabricated a functional throw lever lock.





The lifting lever / lock was also fabricated. The real 222 used a spring retained swinging lever that would lock into slots on a swing plate. This detail / function was built into the model







As you can see this vehicle was a tight fit all around





More pics were posted on the ECA facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/EastCoastArmory/

and a youtube video update was added that goes into more detail on the progress

https://youtu.be/gpoX07vAkF4

I'm now working on the top turret Grenade Grills. Once done the last of the interior and exterior turret detailing will be done and the turret will be complete! More to come!!
SpaceXhydro
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Posted: Sunday, January 31, 2016 - 10:17 PM UTC
great work.
armourguy
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Posted: Friday, April 22, 2016 - 07:41 PM UTC
Made some more headway on the model and the model is now about 60% ready for painting







After the turret mods from last time I turned my attention on getting the model ready for it's tinwork... which will include the fenders, storage box, and grenade grills. To get to that point I needed the complete the bodywork on the body, and add the welds.















After the welds I started with the model's lower front details. This would include the bumper and the front shield.







The kit did supply the shield, however due to the chassis that was scratch built the kit part was out of spec and couldn't be salvaged. A new part was fabricated out of lexan. The component mounts to the front tow hook fasteners like on the real unit. The install was surprisingly simple and went problem free











The bumper was also added and is scratch built. Materials used were lexan, PVC and styrene rods. All points feature their weld details and the whole unit simply bolts onto the frame of the model. Again another issue free install















Once the front was done I turned to the rear lower details, this would include the tow hooks and the the engine hatches







The tow hooks are the kit supplied ones, but were reworked to give them the accurate appearance that they have now installed











The rear hatch / duct was another part that was added. This was kit supplied and was correctly scaled.The panels were assembled then were modded to have it's interior details and locking system. the part was made to be functional and like the side doors needs to be opened via a allen wrench.























Once the rear hatch was completed I then focused on the other rear hatches. These hatches are also the kit supplied ones, but were again reworked to have their internal and external detailing. For the hinges I again used the awesome sets from panzerwerks















And like with the other hatches the locks are functional and use a allen wrench to open



















After the hatch work I moved to the rear portion of the top deck, Towards the sides I added two access caps on each side along with another seam line, not sure what the purpose of the covers are on the real vehicle.







The last area that I was able to complete was the rear radiator cover plate. A new plate was added to this section of the model, On the plate the rivet and counter sunk mounting fasteners are present







Also fabricated was the radiator filler cover cap, This component was scratch built and was also designed to be full function like the real unit. Lift the handle twist and the part will come off















Currently all that remains to complete the model for it's tinwork are the exhausts manifolds, headlights, and the visors. For the visors I have the Panzerwerk sets... but for the other parts I'm currently tooling up the masters. So far I have completed the 222 exhaust cover caps, and these will be added to the catalog once the remainder of the parts are ready







A youtube video update was posted, which goes into more detail on the parts and functions



https://youtu.be/Z4FuSYklgWE



and more pics were posted on the ECA facebook page,

http://www.facebook.com/EastCoastArmory/



More to come!
armourguy
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Posted: Thursday, June 09, 2016 - 10:00 AM UTC
The build keeps chugging along,



Since the last time I posted I've worked on and finished up the exhaust muffler system.



The sets were added to the catalog, http://eastcoastarmory.com/222.htm











To mount the muffler to the frame the 222 had a metal bracket. The bracket was fabricated out of strips of sheet metal. The fastener grips to the muffler via a faster. Another fastener is also used to bolt the harness to the frame













Also added was the front headlight cluster.





The headlights were also tooled and posted on the catalog,





and for the RC folks, The headlights are hollow, and have a clear resin lens portion. Being hollow can be made to be illuminated via a LED or a bulb by replacing the solid shaft with a tube of the same diameter.



[/img]http://eastcoastarmory.com/german_parts/222_headlights/DSCN7027.JPG[/img]

On the Left hand side light there is a Siren bolted to the headlight arm. For the model I used a Panzerwerk resin one I had I on hand. To mount it to the arm I fabricated a small bracket out of metal. All assembly is done via fasteners like the real unit. A power cable will be added after the tin work as it rides along the one brace for the front fender.







More pics were posted on the ECA facebook page
http://www.facebook.com/EastCoastArmory/

These were the last two parts that needed to be added before I would be able to work on the fender tin work. With them out of the way I can focus on this next leg of the build. More to come!

More to come
armourguy
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Posted: Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 05:49 AM UTC
The build keeps trucking along,



After the last post I turned my attention on this build to the Tinwork. For starters the front fenders. Like with most of my builds for the fender work I used all sheet metal fabrication.





The fenders are fully detailed, on both the outside and inside portions of the fenders. All of the fenders are soldiered assembly, or fastener assembly... no glues were used on these parts.

[ing]http://eastcoastarmory.com/forumpic/222_armoed_car/fenders/DSCN7578.JPG[/img]



One unique feature that the front 222 fenders have it that they are also a storage container. The container is built into the fender and is accessible via a hatch door on the top of the fender.









The other top details include the turn indicators and the fender clearance rods / side view mirror. and Notek light.







These parts are all from panzerwerk, however the turn indicator was modded to be for a 222 armored car, while the OOB Panzerwerk unit is for a 250 half track. also a pan was added to the mirrior mount so I can add a real disc mirror after the model is painted.





Because of the easily damaged located that the notek light was mounted the 222 had a very elegant brush guard that protected the unit from damage. This guard was fabricated out of brass rod. The guard's feet were also fabricated as the unit is bolted onto the fender as the real unit again with no adhesives needed











Another bit of detailing that went into the fenders were the interior rigidity / hull mounting braces. To mount them to the fender small rivets were used. Also found on the bottom portion of the fender are the power cables for the turn indicators, and the notek light. these cables are anchored in place via metal straps that keep them tidy and from running loose.







once all these details were fabricated the fenders then went into prime and paint, Once painted they were ready for install. To install them to the model Brass mounting plates were fabricated. The fender bolts to these parts like the real unit.





The braces are then attached to the hull, On the real unit these were welded, however due to the strength needed I used fasteners in addition to the sculpted epoxy welds. When on they are solid.

















On the lower front portion I noticed on the real unit that there was an extra support arm present that acted as both a support for the lower armor plate, but also acted as a guide for the power cables. The arm was fabricated out of brass and added to the correct location



Once the fenders were out of the way I moved to the visors. For the side visors I used the set from Panzerwerks. For the front visors I tooled up a new set and listed them on the ECA catalog, http://eastcoastarmory.com/222.htm.











The gutter system were also fabricated. They were made out of Plastruct angle



With these additions out of the way the model now more then ever looks like a 222 armored car,







More pics were posted on the ECA facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/EastCoastArmory/?ref=bookmarks

A video update was also posted on youtube, https://youtu.be/IgTfJNkJYHc

With the front portion of the model basically now complete, I have started on the rear fenders and will post them once completed. More to come!
Dioramartin
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Posted: Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 04:29 PM UTC
Hi John

I’ve only arrived here recently so had no idea what you were up to. Seldom has my gast been so flabbered – that third-last shot above reminded me of Dreyfuss building his mountain in the front room in Close Encounters. Like one of your earlier correspondents the only words that come out are expletives – all I can say that’s printable is $#%&^^*@!! brilliant. You’ll deserve any and every award you (should) enter for with this masterpiece. Three questions;

1)Estimate of hours spent to date, and estimate to completion?

2)Treat me gently as I’m no mechanic, is r/c feasible? I’m doubting it (unless I missed the answer in your text) but it would look so great tooling around.

3)When you’ve filled your Awards cabinet can I borrow it for a while? If you’re unfamiliar with what I’m up to, I’d like another attempt at this shot…kidding…I think. Cheers, Tim
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Posted: Friday, September 30, 2016 - 02:04 AM UTC

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Hi John

1)Estimate of hours spent to date, and estimate to completion?

2)Treat me gently as I’m no mechanic, is r/c feasible? I’m doubting it (unless I missed the answer in your text) but it would look so great tooling around.



1. The RC question is one that I get a lot, and this model is in no way designed for RC or is capable of being converted to RC

2. As for hours, I couldn't tell you as I never keep track... I can say that it's been almost 4 years now working on this one... but about a year and a half I took a break on this build to concentrate on commission build work, and to finish off some other cluttering builds

With more stuff now out of the way the model is another step closer to completion!



Once the front tin work was wrapped I turned my attention to the rear fender work, just like with the front fenders the rear fenders are all scratch built out of Sheet metal



All the fender details are all held on with fasteners and solder joints. Some of the details include the fender mounts / supports, reinforcement braces, rear boxes, brush guards, and step braces.







For the front foot rests / running boards the left and right hand side are different. The left hand fender has mounts mounted in a straight line, while the right hand fender has one of the supports mounted in an angle. This is done because of the spare tire the right hand fender has a smaller foot rest and angling the mount cuts on space.







The foot rests themselves are fabricated out of styrene and plastic diamond plate. The plastic plated were riveted in place as on the real units





Also on the front portions of the rear fenders of are several tool mounts. On the right hand side there are mounts for a tow cable, while on the left hand side there are mounts for the Jack and jack block. On some versions of the 222 there is a small box in this location, which then moves the jack details to the left hand fender top. However since this model will not be getting the extra storage box the jack remains in this location.





On the rear of the fenders there are small storage boxes, licence plate locations, convoy / tail lights, hinged reflector, and brush guards. The boxes were made to be functional, as was the hinged reflector.





For the Notek light I used the resin set from Panzerwerk, the only mod needed to be made was to alter the angle of the notek's mounting plate as the 222's rear fender angle was more steeper then the 90 degree angle on the panzewrwerk. This was done by heating the resin part until it became flexible, once cooled it set to the new angle.



Once mounted a distinctive brush guard was fabricated out of brass and a length of diamond plate.



For the right hand fender the convoy light is found on the rear box. For the light I modded one of my US AFV tail lights. The light was fabricated out of two scrap cat eye lenses that were on hand in order to replicate the german double oval lens light.



Like with the Notek light the convoy light has a distinctive brush guard protecting the light. The component was also made from brass and solder construction



Like I wrote above the reflector plate was made to be functional, and the reflector lens will be added after the model is painted.



Before the fenders were mounted they were primed / painted with the base coat. Once added they were mounted to the model.









For the mounting fasteners and brass straps were again utilized like with and for the same reasons as the front fenders. After these pics were taken weld beads were added to the plates that attach to the model's hull.







Once the fenders were done I then turned my attention to the side storage box.





This was one of the more difficult components to fabricate. For the fabrication I went with an all sheet metal construction like the rest of the tin work.





The box is made of two compartments. Both were made to be functional, there is a second set of boxes mounted on the bottom portion of the box, however on this model they are for detail only and are not functional.





All of the latches that are present are for detail only, however the center latch was modded to be functional. And was done in order to make the top door work



Like the other parts before the box could be mounted it was primed / painted, then mounted











After the box was taken care of I then turned my attention to the spare tire. For the spare I will be using the Panzerwerk resin 222 wheels. To mount on the wheel I fabricated out of brass a tire mount rack.



The rack is designed to have the wheel mount to it via fasteners. To make the setup work I deleted the molded in lug nuts and drilled out the holes, now the tire simply bolts on as per the real vehicle.







While on the wheels the model was now at the point to have the wheel hubs / drums mounted. The last time I worked on the suspension I designed the panzerwerk wheel drums to mount to my axle. Because the panzerwerk wheel hubs are a nice separate casting from the drum I needed to mod the mounting between the two as glues alone will not be a sufficient way to keep the wheels on the drums esp. as the model ages years from now.

The way I modded the setup was similar to what was done on the spare tire, first all the molded in lug nuts on the wheel hubs were deleted, and holes were drilled.



The corresponding were marked and drilled into the solid resin wheel drums



These holes will be for the threaded rods to emerge from the drum, however just having the threaded rods emerge from the resin in still not strong enough, as in my experience when you have a threaded rod glued or epoxied on a hub like this they will have the tendency to work themselves loose when threading on the new lug nuts. The design I came up with utilizes hidden cap screws. Holes were bored out on the reverse side of the drum



The holes are all at a set depth that will allow the cap screw to be bolted into the resin, have it's threads protrude from the opposite end at the same level, and the cap will be flush with the surface. Since this portion of the drum will be underneath the circular cover on my suspension they will not be visible





After the fasteners were added these parts went through the prime / paint steps. For the install they were epoxied onto the corresponding rolling surface on the axle





With this system the wheels all spin freely, and when bolting the wheels to the drums there is no chance of the fastener working itself loose, and the wheels are on nice and secure.





It's also very very very nice to see the model sitting on it's own feet for the first time esp. after all the years it's been since I designed the suspension and have been working on this build :S







After the wheels were installed I did notice that there was some small damage to the turning clevises. This was due to the way the model was propped up on it's chassis during construction. The model was flipped over and the repairs were made. Once repaired the model was put back on it's feet. However it was interesting to see the lower chassis now fully complete with the road wheels.







Once the wheels were done, I turned my attention to the last of the hull details. This would include the various fastener details, and tarpaulin hook mounts.





On the reverse side I added the same detailing, and the Shovel detailing. For the shovel I used a Sixth Scale Icons set I had on hand, It was a simple install and is excellent. The only part that was made that was not part of the set was the shovel head mount, as the SSI version was for a tank and are different on the 222





The last bit of detailing that was added was the side door box. I'm not sure what is the intent of this box, but both doors have this distinctive box present.



The box Will be a new addition to the ECA catalog... once my webmaster / editing computer is repaired :S.







Once the parts were completed they were mounted to the hull, which completes the hull detail wise and the hull is now ready for painting!!







More pics were posted on the facebook page, because of all the images I've taken over the duration of the build I maxed out my last album, so a part 2 was made and will follow the build to completion,

http://www.facebook.com/EastCoastArmory

I also have a video in the works, but with my editing computer down it will be a about a week until I get that up on youtube.

With this update the model is now 90% complete! All that remains now is to fabricate up the turret grenade grill covers and this bad boy can head into paint / completion!! More to come!!