I was hoping to have more pictures showing the progress on the E-100. Unfortunately the panzer gray I was using was not stirred properly so it came out kinda green. Anyway I backed up and resprayed the areas with the primer grey and will have at it again tomorrow. Sorry folks.
I always start work on my tanks with the suspension. In the picture below you can see that the left and right suspension assemblies have been mounted on the chassis. Extra care is needed to ensure that the torsion bars are mounted in the right slots. Failure to do so will ruin the kit. It's hard to see from the photos but the chassis and the suspension assemblies have all been painted in a very light base gray surface primer ( Vallejo 73.601) .
The road wheels, idlers, and drive sprockets need to be prepared next. The 32 road wheels, once removed from their trees, all need to be edge sanded to remove their molding seams. This is best accomplished by turning each wheel on a Dremel tool and lightly sanding the edges. One must be careful not to overheat the plastic during this procedure and thereby damage a wheel. The idlers and the drive sprockets are then assembled and set aside. All of these items were then given the same light gray primer coat as the chassis and suspension assemblies.
The suspension assembly, road wheels, idlers, and drive sprockets will all be finished in a lighten panzer gray. While it is my intention to finish this vehicle in a desert camouflage a lightened panzer gray may seem to be an odd choice, Not really. If you look at all the WOT vehicles in game, you will notice that this area of the vehicle always stays the national colour of the faction no matter what camouflage is applied. In the case of Germany that colour is a lightened panzer gray. While I cannot say for sure, I'm pretty certain that this has something to do with how the vehicles are rendered in game for performance reasons. The WOT screen shot of the E-100 below clearly shows the panzer gray road wheels
There are three 1/35 scale models of the E-100 (at least that I know of). The first is made by Dragon (or DML) It is a very fine model but difficult to find. Unfortunately it features the turret from the Maus. The second E-100 kit is made by Amusing Hobbies. While it does feature the in-game Krupp turret, the kit is also very difficult to find. The third kit offered by Trumpeter features a turret proposed by Henschel. The Trumpeter box art clearly shows the lineage between the King Tiger turret and the one from the Henschel E-100. On the positive side this kit is very good and readily available. My preference would have been the DML but availability dictated the Trumpeter kit.
The turret problem was resolved in the after-market. A resin Krupp turret is available from a British company, AlleyCat Models (Rhino Armour Models) . This after market product is designed to be used on either the Dragon or Trumpeter kits. More about the turret later.
The Trumpeter Kit
The kit is manufactured in Trumpeter's standard light grey plastic. This is a very easy plastic to work with. The detailing is very good but not as good as you would find on a DML Kit. I have no complaints on that score.
The Henschel Turret
A pity about the Henschel Turret. Very nicely made with a full breach and lots of exterior detail pieces. Spare treads for turret protection have been included (wish they had done that for their E-75).
Odds and Ends
No 1/35 armour vehicle would be complete without photo-etched brass parts and generic decals. In this case all the deck grills have been done. The decals are nicely on register
The vinyl single piece tracks are a little bit old school however they are very nicely detailed on both sides. Because of the large skirts on the vehicle the lack of sag on the track wont be too noticeable.
The Krupp Turret
The turret sub kit is modelled in resin so normal glue and patching techniques don't apply. Super glue is the recommended adhesive and two part milliput filler will be needed for mending cracks and seams.
Rhino provided a 128 mm gun barrel with their kit but despite the fact that it has a piano wire core it was still warped. The 128 mm gun barrel from the Trumpeter kit (shown here) will be used. I'm still researching the possibility of getting a 150mm gun from an after-market supplier.
As you can see in the photos the turret has pistol ports on both sides and through the rear hatch. Those ports are not featured on the in-game vehicle and will have to be patched over.
There will definitely be some MacGyvering going on with the turret base but it does not appear too difficult.