Can't wait to see the initial steps of the build. Your tanks have always been pretty neat to see.
You shall see and thanks man, they're challenging, but fun builds.
One hour of work. Photos 1-4.
So, it may not look like much, but, the suspension is the hardest part of any tank build, because it determines the rest of the vehicle. If you mess up the suspension, you literally have to redesign the vehicle. Every tank build is built around the suspension, and if you mess it up and have to fix it, good luck. It happened with my M7 MT V2, due to the fender/sandshields being too low, and I had to raise the vehicle by 1 stud and redesign the front hull.
More to come, cheers.
Another hour of work. Two hours total. Photos 5-6.
Got the idler figured out and frontal hull shaping for the lower glacia plate. Working on the sideskirt.
Yet another hour of work. Three hours total. Photos 7-11.
Working on the sideskirt and making it look somewhat like the real thing. Very hard to get the shaping right, but I digress. I got the side hull tall enough for the installation of track links, I'll be using the 3 stud wide one for this tank. Almost done, I really need to get the front hull done haha.
Add another hour of work. 4 hours total. Photos 13-14. Photo 12 isn't important.
Worked on the front hull and fender detailing. The M6A1 heavy tank had a dual mounted .50cal MG's manned by the co-driver/bow gunner. I included the driver's periscope as well. I added the headlights as well as a shovel, one of the crew's pioneering tools. I then had to redo the back hull because it starts to slope down gently once the engine compartment starts. I added the taillights and trying to figure out how to make the rear storage boxes mounted on the rear hull above the massive vents for the engine of this beast.
Well, it's 4AM right now. I need to sleep.
Let me know what you think of it so far.