Week 30 This week we get second mud flap and exhaust cover.

The bits we received

And what we did with them

The hinges are constructed in the same manner as week 13.  However, these are longer and don't need to work, which makes them a lot easier.  See week 13 for a detailed description, although I didn't use a drill bit to form the first set of hinges, I just used the straightened piece of wire.  Here are the hinges and mud flap all glued together.  Note that the hinges go as far apart as possible to give the largest possible gap for the latch.

The latch is folded up and glued in place.  This was a little fiddly, but not too difficult with a pair of etch folding pliers.  Those are fine nosed, smooth jawed pliers that are designed specially for this job.

With the latch in place, I drilled a 0.7mm hole through the mud flap, then added a scrap of brass wire.  Note that the end is filed square.

Finally the butterfly nut is added.

Here is the completed mud flap.

The mud flaps are painted dark yellow and then glued in place.  You can also see the running light below.  I painted this with Games Workshop Boltgun Metal (similar to gunmetal) and then painted it with Games Workshop blue ink.  I didn't have any reference to show what it should, and the instructions were somewhat vague, so I used my imagination.

The exhaust covers were painted dark yellow, and then airbrushed with some black to represent exhaust staining.

Here is everything put together.

Things not yet done

Issue 9 : Assemble the turret : Done
Issue 10 : Finish the emergency exit : Done
Issue 11 : Paint and fit spare track links.
Issue 19 : Fit ball and headlight
Issue 22 : Finish the engine cover : Done
Issue 23 : Paint the radiator covers
Issue 24 : Finish the issue
Issue 25 : Complete issue

Take me back to week 29

Take me to week 31