been a while since I have done anything with my Hetzer. So I decided to take advantage of the nice day and the night off from
work and work on it.
I worked on it for 4 hours and this is all I got. It may not be much but it is a milestone none
the less. I was afraid to mess with the mantel in fear of screwing it up. Once I got it cut off about 4 weeks ago, I thought,
what have I done? Now I'm starting to believe I can do this and confidence is starting to appear.
It still needs some
sanding but other than that it's ready to paint.
was trying like hell not to cut the top off, but when I found that the mantel will be harder to put back on with it still
there (the top) I broke down and cut it off. I figured, while I had it off, that I would fabricate a new top for it (since
the plastic one is warped) and add a full interior (minus the engine of course). These are the beginnings of that step.
got the inside walls of the engine hatches done but still need to make the outside walls. I have the outside wall of the main
I also layed down a new floor to have a level base to measure from.
The primer is just preliminary,
as I wanted to see how much I have to smooth out on some key areas (mantel base and engine vent screen).
a lot of work to be done but I am getting closer and I can almost taste it.
know they aren't pretty, but I finally got the interior walls up and painted. Most of the crappy looking glue will be hidden
once the top is reattached. Eventually I will be painting the whole thing and was wondering what kind of spray paint is best.
I noticed that the primer I used made tiny pits in the hull (I guess due to the thinner base). Anyways, here they are.
got my hinges at Lowes. I found them in the same isle as the nails and fasteners. I think they were $2.50 for 4 hinges.
are the mods I finished today (nowhere near finished is more like it). I got the new roof that I made put back on and the
mantel is reattached. The gun is stationary but I guess that's no big deal right now. I played around all summer in stead
of working on it and now I just want to get the main things finished before the winter comes. I'm not taking anymore shortcuts
from here on out. There are still a few little gaps to fill and some edges to trim up.