Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Berlin Zoo Tower

For about 20 years now I have been working off and on building a WWII German flak tower for Berlin in 1/72nd scale.  The water table was high in Berlin so building underground air raid shelters was difficult.  So they built three massive above ground shelters and this is the one called the Zoo Tower.  Each main tower had a secondary tower that was smaller and had radars on it.  The guns on the main towers would knock out their own radars from the concussion of their own firing, so radars were put on a nearby smaller tower.
The towers had big windows covered with massive steel doors, this was my project for today, install the shutters over the windos.
They are getting glued on with E6000 glue.  It has great initial stickyness and so the shutters can be stuck on even though they are vertical and won't fall off.  Different glues for different jobs.
I made the master and cast the shutters, 144 of them.  Then painted them gray and then weathered and rusted them.  You can still see a few of them on the ruins of the tower in Berlin.  I left space for the shutters when I painted the flak tower so they would adhere to the wood not the paint.  Before picture.

 After picture.  More tomorrow, come back soon and leave a comment.

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