Hi lads , I found the will power over the last couple of days to make some more progress - It's like watching paint dry at this stage but the finish line is in sight.... just over that mountain
I was able to get the light guards into place and glue the light housing sans bulb - that will go in once the painting is done. I have added the loops onto the turret as follows.
The square paper is 5x5 mm box - one line matched the scale plans I had for the distance between the upper an lower loops. I marked off on the piece of paper the attachment points of the loops. The cut strip of paper was then attached to the turret with the help of some blu-tac.
Using the marked points I pressed the needle into the turret to get my mark point for the drill. ( Drill twist is 0.3 )
When all the holes were drilled I made up the loops using brass wire ( .3 ). The Bug was then used to form the loops - Slip the wire under the section width- screw down - bend both ends up with blade - cut the loops and start again. The red arrow is the actual section I used for these loops.
The loops were then inserted into the holes and pressed in until there were all a even distance from the turret. Superglue was used to fix them in place and then some Mr.Surfacer was applied over the connection points.
I added the rear rectangular bracket with some bolt heads - these were later replaced with some wire. A wire handl was also added to the rear stowage box.
Keeping with the turret - I detailed the commanders hatches with some handles and the the periscope- head cusion is Mr.Surfacer.
The bent inner handle was made from a scrap piece of brass from the Fighting 48th PE set that comes with the conversion.
Rear lower hull - the smoke emitter box was detailed with some small pieces of plastic and a piece of lead wire for the cable.
Four grab handles were added to the rear deck. On the turret the release handle for the M.G mount was added with wire and a small disc added on the opposite side.
Just have to add the tow shackles and a few minor pieces and then its the tracks
Thats it for the moment - time for a cuppa
As always - my ears are open to suggestions and advice