Hi Paul and gang!
Im glad I finally got around to posting.
The feedback and curiosity is certainly helpful.
I made the side armour out of styrene 0.01" thick, traced from the original revell parts. I also saw the video on youtube of the fellow constructing nashorn siding done with brass + soldering, however I only saw this after the fact
If its okay Ill post these updated pics after tonights progress - armour weathering.
The hinge on the barrel stand is functional. Many eyesocket-piercing headaches were had during the construction!
As an added note, the fenders are not yet fastened.