Author Topic: El Gatito Blindado  (Read 1135 times)

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Re: El Gatito Blindado
« Reply #15 on: August 18, 2018, 01:43:59 AM »
Thanks for the picture of the Pbv 301. Putting the engine forward makes the most sense. Is the right hand drive a leftover from its 38(t) heritage?

Paul - the Hetzer is longer than the 38(t) making it longer still would help, so would moving the engine out of the way.
Yeah, moving the engine to the front would be the key to making this concept useful in real life. Get rid of the assistant driver position and add a simple idler gearbox to translate the engine power laterally across from the engine to the transmission. A truly integrated power pack would be better still, of course, but that would be unlikely given the circumstance imagined, at least for the prototype vehicle. If production was undertaken, I'm sure someone would have combined a still further re-arranged engine coupled to a rearranged transmission to make a more compact power pack to the right of the driver.

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Re: El Gatito Blindado
« Reply #16 on: August 18, 2018, 04:07:26 AM »
Loving this build
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Re: El Gatito Blindado
« Reply #17 on: August 18, 2018, 07:22:22 AM »
Is the right hand drive a leftover from its 38(t) heritage? ...

Yes, in its licensed-built Stridsvagn m/41 form. The  Pbv 301s were, of course, all rebuilt m/41 hulls.
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Re: El Gatito Blindado
« Reply #18 on: August 21, 2018, 08:45:16 AM »
I've made some progress. Fuel tanks, radio and batteries in place:




There's a map/magazine rack to the right of the TC's chair. The sanding dust is gone. I'll add a shelf or something similar above the radio and battery for protection from the elements. I added red and black cabled from the battery to the radio, but they're hard to see.

It's not a big vehicle:


Here it is in primer. The green is close to the base color I want to use.


I added an access door:


I think I'm going to go with a camo pattern something similar to this:




I'll use Vallejo Middlestone for the brownish color.
« Last Edit: August 21, 2018, 08:47:31 AM by Frank3k »

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Re: El Gatito Blindado
« Reply #19 on: August 21, 2018, 08:49:22 AM »
That's a nice update and your details are always a marvel, Frank!

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Re: El Gatito Blindado
« Reply #20 on: August 28, 2018, 08:52:09 AM »
Here it is with camo and the first stages of weathering:





I don't know why the exhaust looks so vividly red. I'll dial it back a bit:





Next is evening out the weathering, decals and a flat top coat. I also need to add gear.

Thanks for looking!


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Re: El Gatito Blindado
« Reply #21 on: August 28, 2018, 05:11:20 PM »
I don't know why the exhaust looks so vividly red. I'll dial it back a bit:

Looks rusty orange on my screen.

(Edit) PS: The fuel tank looks a dark-ish rusty burnt-orange on my screen.


Build is looking great! 8)
« Last Edit: August 29, 2018, 09:22:07 PM by Old Wombat »
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Re: El Gatito Blindado
« Reply #22 on: August 29, 2018, 05:22:41 AM »
Wow that's really looking sharp, Frank!

I really like your work around the exhaust pipes on the outside.

As to the inside bit, it resembles many I saw in the shop when I delivered auto parts. Exhausts are a veritable rainbow from clean metal all the way to black so you can't really go wrong.

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Re: El Gatito Blindado
« Reply #23 on: August 29, 2018, 06:27:04 AM »
Looking great Frank  :smiley:  That driver is going to need a strap on his cap though or its just gonna keep blowing off  ;)
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Re: El Gatito Blindado
« Reply #24 on: August 29, 2018, 04:18:33 PM »
Just great. Really nice work

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Re: El Gatito Blindado
« Reply #25 on: August 30, 2018, 12:24:22 AM »
Excellent build Frank!  I think you managed to capture the concept and just looking at that interior makes me shudder at the thought of what someone would experience riding inside of that vehicle in such a confined space with the fuel tank located right where you are the most vulnerable. 
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Re: El Gatito Blindado
« Reply #26 on: September 02, 2018, 03:19:38 AM »
Great work! :smiley:

I have a kit of this as well.  Hope to do it up with a recoiless rifle.
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Re: El Gatito Blindado
« Reply #27 on: September 04, 2018, 10:44:43 AM »
Thanks for the comments, guys! This is the build that just will not end! I thought I was mostly done last time I posted progress, but I keep coming up with things to add, just to make it a mildly believable armored vehicle.

This is what I have so far:

fuzzy view of the rear, with the tow cable attachments. I used the tow cable spool from an M113 kit, removed most of the existing molded on cabled and just glued the kit cables over them. I may go back and cover up the paint scratch marks, or change them a bit; maybe add some hint of freshly exposed steel. I should add a hook or loop at the top to keep the cables from just falling off:



Closeup of the bench seat for the extremely uncomfortable troop. They'll need knee pads. I added a rear door lock/lever system.  I also added the slightly less uncomfortable seat for the guy sitting over the transmission shaft, with his back to the radio and batteries. At least he can stretch out his legs.
Both the bench and the seat are intended to fold up. The wooden bench is from an Italeri M998 HMMWV. The seat looks like a Tamiya turret seat from a German tank. I added some plastic to extend the backrest:



The Diesel decal is home made.
I had an idea for instrument placards: scale and print some generic placards found online onto decal paper, printing the black parts. Next, I would get some scotch tape or packing tape and paint the surface with a Molotow chrome pen. Wait for it to dry and apply the decals.
It almost worked; the downfall was the lack of details that my printer could produce; the placards just didn't look right. I think I'll buy some Archer transfers placards instead, for my next project.

The .50 cal is from the nice Academy set. I think a .30 cal would have been more appropriate (and easier to obtain than a .50 cal) but I was missing the mount:



Most tanks don't have a lot of room inside, but this tank is so small that I had trouble fining spaces to put tools and other equipment. The toolbox and jack are on top of the engine compartment. The spare track and most of the other tools are mounted on the side of the tank:



The driver's view port has an (almost) working prism and a PE arm to open and close.

Here's a view from above, resting on my new desktop computer (Intel NUC8i7HNK):

I needed a faster processor and graphics for some 3D projects. This computer is much faster than the 5 year old computer it replaced, which was fast, even by today's standards. I just needed faster.



Still to do:
 
Cable support at rear.
bullets in .50 cal.
Maybe a bag or something to catch the spent shells, or the TC is going to get a shower of hot brass.
rolled up tarp.
some jerry cans (I can only fit two inside).
Some gear.
Ammo cans.
cover over battery and radio. ("So sorry Capitan! the mild drizzle we just experienced shorted out the battery!")

Hopefully I can finish it by next weekend.

Thanks for looking!



« Last Edit: September 04, 2018, 10:48:01 AM by Frank3k »

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Re: El Gatito Blindado
« Reply #28 on: September 04, 2018, 11:00:29 AM »
I would have put the spare tracks on the bow plate in front of the driver (a little added protection), the tool box above the rear right track guard & the jack on the bow plate between the jack-pad & the hatch.

Yes, the track & the jack would befoul that lovely smooth-sloped bow armour but you see quite a lot of that in real life.


However, all that said, I still think she's looking very, very nice!
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Re: El Gatito Blindado
« Reply #29 on: September 05, 2018, 12:29:44 AM »
Guy,
 I tried putting the spare track in front of the driver - it was a tight fit. I have another clamp bar and track length that I can try.

The toolbox is too big to fit on either front fender, as is.  I ended up with much less front fender space, in part because I enlarged the already tiny fighting compartment. Putting it on the rear fender would leave part jutting out - great for catching on things. It may fit under the bench seat or in the space to the rear of the fuel tank.  I'll try some of these changes to see if it helps.

What would really help would be making this thing 10-15% larger. Or drafting an army of underfed, undersized soldiers.