|A&W fuel tanks|
With the two-can storage system, I was also able to make some changes to the build tutorial without taking too many additional pictures. This would be a good step-by-step reference for any of the fuel storage tanks.
You can a couple of options for the cans as well. You can leave them full, which would add a significant amount of weight to the piece. You can empty and leave empty, but then you risk potential damage to the cans during play/use. You can also use a filler material, expansion foam, which will give some support but not too much weight. I decided to leave these empty since this is for a set piece of terrain.
Since everything with this kit is great than the single can kit, there are more pieces to assemble. I've taken separate photos for each of the sections of the fuel tanks to show the number of parts to the kit and will start each section with those photos.
|Ladder/walkway (side view)|
|Ladder/walk-way (top view)|
Once the stairs have had about 30 seconds for the glue to start to cure, the opposite rail/support can be attached. Apply glue to the walkway and each of the stairs so that the surfaces that contact the opposite rail/support will adhere. Starting with the walkway, attach the rail/support.
|Ladder/walkway (side view)|
Once this is attached work from the top to the bottom to attach one side of stairs. Once the side is fitted/work the stairs on the opposite side to fit into the rails. You will need to keep sufficient pressure on the rail to hold the parts in place, but not so much as to make it impossible to fit the remaining parts. Once the stairs are fit, give about 30 seconds for the glue to set, then you can stand to complete the curing process.
|Top hatch components|
Top HatchSince there are two top cans, there are two top hatches. This means twice as many parts to the assembly. Each hatch is comprised of a box frame, a top, hatch assembly, and two hatch doors. There are also four bolts that sit on the top, which I had neglected to cover in the single can fuel tank assembly.
|Hatch to top assembly|
With each piece in duplicate, I can show the components and the final assembled piece in one photo. The top of the hatch is clearly marked to show where the component pieces should be attached. Starting with the top, add glue to the bottom surface of the top and add the hatch assembly. After the hatch assembly is fitted, attach the bolts for the hatch mounts. Doing the hatch assembly last makes the bolt addition easier.
|Hatch assembly to base|
|Hatch bolt attachment|
|Hatch base assembly|
The hatch doors can be assembled in a number of manners depending on the final look of the terrain piece. In this image, I demonstrated a partially open hatch. You can make this one sided open, both open, both closed, or can attach them angled to replicate broken hatches. There are some additional images of completed tanks on the Ironheart Artisans website. In my final piece, the hatches are closed on the tanks.
Front/Rear Tank Face
|Face assembly (front view)|
|Tank front assembly|
|Face assembly (rear view)|
The tank faces can be assembled in a few ways. I have decided to make the tank have one side with closed hatches and one side with pipe connections that are open. The closed port assembly consists of one solid port piece which is laser-etched with a space for the port door assembly or the fly wheel. I did not use the fly wheel component which could also be attached on either site. You can also add the hatch in an open position on the tank port.
|Tank rear assembly|
The open side is created using two open hexagon pieces assembled one above the other. I glued these two pieces together then attached to the face. This allows the sides to be aligned appropriately.
I have selected the open side for future pipeline attachment to come in a subsequent build. Later in the build the signage details will be added.
Tank Base and Final Assembly
|Front face assembly on base|
Next glue on the middle support sections. These are single pieces and are the same front and back. There is a slot in the base where the tab on the bottom of the support sits.
I started from the front to the back with the assembly. The front and rear faces attach to the base in a similar fashion as the middle assembly. The assembled from and read faces should have a tab at the bottom if assembled correctly.
The hatches sit nicely to the top of the can. For aesthetics, I decided to secure the hatches just at the edge of the can where it slopes to the top. To keep the looks similar to the single can I assembled, I added the caution signs to the front face of the fuel storage.