Let me just start and say that this is amazing.Your scratchbuilding skills are a inspriation to me.I will be checking out your site and following this build.
Thanks a lot Jason, but I hope my SBS will show you guys that it's really not that hard. All you need is good planning and a little bit of patience.
Let's carry on with the construction to keep up with the website.
Next step was to make weld marks. I used a well known method with the Milliput putty. All you have to do is make a thin roll of Milliput, put it in the desired area and recreate the texture of the weld with hobby knife (you can moisten the blade with water to have better control over the process).
It's time to build the ammo crate you can see in the front of the vehicle. I used a veneer sheet, some balsa wood and a styrene strip. Each of this materials has each own advantages. Veneer has a great, natural wood texture. Balsa is extremely easy to shape with just about any tool. Styrene will give the whole part a solid base.
The rest od the details I recreated with some wire and random PE parts.
Then I assembled the metal tracks by MasterClub. I really like their quality and I often use their products. This time though I had some problems, but the result is really nice.
Last but not least, I drilles some holes in the wheel hub, to accentuate the details. TAKOM gives the opportunity to leave that part exposed so I went for it.
As you can see on the last picture I also assembled the ammunition that goes inside the turret. It was a really dull work, but what can you do, right?
The model is ready for painting. Obviously I haven't glued the turret together yet. Some other parts are also left aside for easier painting.