1⁄6All Metal 1/6 King Tiger Build
fully functionalBecause the model is fully radio controlled, I wanted to make sure all the controlled parts would work: the pivoting periscopes, engine smoke, working lights, etc., so many of the details had to be modified in such a way as to provide enough detail to fit in with the appearance of the rest of the model, while still functioning. In addition to adding detail, I also needed to improve access to the tank’s interior in order to be able to get to the batteries and other electrical and mechanical equipment. Luckily the real King Tiger’s front hatch mounting plate/ transmission access plate provided the perfect point of entry. The access plate was supplied, but the kit required it to be mounted to the tank’s upper hull using screw fasteners. To make the plate more easily accessible, I designed a locking mechanism utilizing the tank’s front ventilator guard dome as a knob that, when twisted, slides cams which unlock the plate from the top deck, so allowing access to the hull interior. So that I can see what I am working on inside the hull, LED lighting was added to illuminate the interior, the lights switching on only when the hatch or access plate is opened, much like the light in a refrigerator. One portion of the King Tiger that I always found interesting was the engine cooling fan and air intake system. For my R/C model I wanted to add this feature and make the system work. For the fans I utilized two large PC cooling fans, not only to serve as a unique detail element, but also to pump air into the model in order to cool the tank’s electronics. In addition to the fans, I fabricated air intakes and radiator ducts; these parts are also functional in that, with the flip of a switch, the ducts adjust the cooling fins on all four intakes simultaneously.
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