The tow cables had been assembled from steel cable of the correct diameter, and fitted into the eyes that had been cut from the kits cables, and then drilled. The cables were cyano’d into the eyes, and left overnight to set.
The cables were masked, and the eyes undercoated, then painted Desert Yellow. When dry, the cable around the eyes were painted steel, and given a wash of thinned AK brown. Afterwards, grey chips were applied.
One of the cables was to be fitted conventionally, in the clamps, but on the other side, as experienced crews tended to do, the cable was fastened fore and aft, into the towing lugs on the hull.
The cable was initially very springy, but some bends were forced into it to conform to the shape of the hull a little.
White was stippled over the whole of the cables in patches, and when dry, AK Rust was applied liberally to the cables, and onto the ‘chipped ‘ patches of the eyes giving a realistic result.
The last kit items to be fitted were the tools to be fitted to the hull. These were undercoated, painted, and weathered, and fitted in place.
The fire extinguisher on the rear engine deck was painted Desert Yellow, masked, for the two labels, and ‘TETRA’ written on the white label with a 0.3mm pen, and an attempt at text scribed on the black label, the straps painted light leather, and the whole ‘chipped’ with grey.
The yard brush fitted nicely next to the cleaning rods in their clamps!
And that’s it! Oh no, I forgot about the bucket!
I wanted a bucket on the back of the tank, and had looked everywhere for a ‘donor’ item to make one from, with no success. And so I bit the bullet, and using a compass, drew an exploded pattern of a bucket out on paper, and when it was right, cut it out, tried it for shape. It looked right, and so I transferred the pattern to window blind aluminium. It was pre-curved by rubbing it around a scriber, and then clamped and cyano’d. When set, a circle the right diameter was cut and glued in for a bottom, and a piece of wire curved, the bucket drilled, and the handle fitted into place. The result was filled with white paint, which was daubed over the side and on the handle, and then it was hung between the exhausts. Finished.
The turret was fitted back to the hull, to ensure the finishes matched.