Step 2 is to build the road wheel assemblies. This kit supplies an early and late style of road wheel. The tank appearing in the movie are running on the earlier style spoked road wheels and these are provided in the kit.
1. Note early style road wheels
Before cutting parts off the sprue. I will paint the wheels and components Lifecolor Faded Olive Drab. Then I will paint the tires using Tamiya Rubber Black.
1. Early style road wheels will be used for this build
1. wheels painted OD
2. Tires painted Tamiya tire black
The wheel trucks are also painted OD as these will be harder to paint later when they are assemble with the wheels. As well as the return rollers and coil springs.
1. Painted with Lifecolor Faded OD
Next are removing the parts I will use in this step as I will assemble 6 sub assemblies. 12 wheels, 6 return rollers and 6 spring sets.
1. wheels and tires painted
1. return rollers painted
2. too much knipper
First set starts with the main wheel truck assy halves. I also painted the inner sides as well.
1. wheel truck halves ready to assemble
2. inner half
3. outer half
Then attach one coil spring set into the inner half of the wheel truck.
1. coil spring unit in place
Then a return roller with the holes facing out is next slipped onto the stub axle. This will be sandwiched between the 2 halves allowing it to spin freely.
Next 2 road wheels are slipped on to the stub axles on the outer half and then sandwiched as I assemble the truck assy into one main road wheel set.
1. tire black overspray, will clean these up during the weathering process not an issue
1. Nice touch in the casting numbers
Then start over and assemble the other 5 road wheel trucks and we are done with this part of the build. Next up attaching the wheels assemblies to the lower hull. More to follow.