Hi Guys, I have started on this old partially started M26 hull. I acquired the hull a few years ago in a trade. The Hull was started by another model maker a number of years ago as a custom project, but the project never proceeded beyond the lower hull, and remained in this partially started condition for a number of years.
I have been anticipating this build for some time and I feel that I'm now up for it . For this build I will need to complete the hull, scratch build the turret, and tool up the suspension components, Bow hatches.......ect.
The tank's hull is made out of 1/8th inch thick sheet styrene. Overall the tank appears to have the correct scale, and dimensions. The complex lower hull angles have also been built into this tank.
M26 hull in Raw form.
The tank's hull was built with an internal wooden frame that acts as support, and anchors several steel angle frames that were to be used as mounting points for the wheel axels. I will be machining my own suspension and torsion bars so the angle frames were not needed and were removed.
When the tank's hull was first built the tank had its fenders built into the structure. These fenders were removed, and sheet metal fenders will be fabricated later. While I was removing the plastic fenders I left 1/4 of an inch of plastic sticking out of the tank's side hull. These strips will be the mounting points for the new fender fasteners.
The tank's rear was built up, and the recess for the final drives have been completed.
The lower portion of the tanks front has also been reworked and is now ready for the next step. In addition to the lower front, the angle frame slots were removed, and two styrene plates were added to the hull sides to create the indent that present on rear portion of the M26 hull. The under hull is now ready for its detailing.
Now that the lower hull is mostly in one piece, the next step is to work on the tank's top hull. More progress to come!