Started the Tamiya M-41 Walker Bulldog. It's an old motorised kit reissue, so I started by filling all the holes in the lower hull.
It seems to be a mashup of early and late production vehicles , so I'm making it a definitive M-41A1.
No particular order, my mods are:
Replaced the hatch handles with wire.
Cut fenders off at an angle.
Moved pioneer kit slightly.
"Eyebrows" over driver's periscopes.
Fabricated solid driver's periscopes from clear blue acrylic.
Auxiliary engine muffler.
Replaced the exhaust pipes with brass tubing.
Covered the bottoms of the sponsons.
20. June, 20:37
Shawn C. Added the front lifting rings.
Added driver's hatch supports?
So it seems that Quora isn't a good forum to ask military questions. It immediately got labelled as data collection and ignored. Never mind a real data collection effort would be most likely concerning tactics, capabilities, and vulnerabilities.
I did find answers revealing the current fuel economies and engine performance graphs, as well as the fuel system layout, usage, and maintenance issues of the M1 Abrams...
M1 Abrams, and US Army tanks/AFVs related question.
Is there basic loads of equipment that would be loaded on tanks for various mission durations?
For example, when pushing a front line forward for several days you would obviously be carrying much more equipment with you than if you were out on a day patrol around a city.
So my questions are:
What is the minimum gear a tank would carry? Training range, short patrol etc.
What is the typical gear a tank would carry? What you would see on 50-75% of combat missions or so.
What is the most gear you would put/allow on a tank without being a hazard?
So I'm finally getting around to sorting out the 1:12 scale motorcycles I built in the late 1980s. They've been in storage at my mum's for 30 odd years and I'd like to be able to rebuild some of them. The decals are going to be the hardest thing to replace.
Is there any sort of replacement decal options?
All the looking I have done shows out of stock on the few I can find options for.
18. March, 04:45
Munkyslut Have you thought about custom printed decals? Lots of people out there make decent repro decals.
18. March, 07:38
Shawn C. Just a matter of finding a master, or suitable replacement.
Treehugger This looks suspiciously like a Challenger 2 tank. Am I right?
16. February, 07:13
Treehugger Did you add bolt heads, or am I imagining this?
Btw, I was tempted to sand round the tiny wheels, but I wasn't sure how whacky the mold was so I just left it alone, as it is hidden behind the side armor anyway.
16. February, 07:22
Treehugger Ah, what a nice tip!!!! I am so happy I came across this (bicycle breaking or shift wire). I will certainly try this out.
16. February, 07:23
Shawn C. It is a Challenger 2. Trumpeter Challenger 2 Enhanced Armor, no. 01522. No mods so far, but I'm going to fold the mirrors down, because they're in the way of the gun traverse, and they're only really used on public roads.
Treehugger Wait, did you have to strip the shift cable of wiring to get that wire at the center in photo 5? I can see how that makes sense as the center one has fewer wires in it compared to the one on the left. Up to this point having learned about this tip, I've only thought about cable diameter, and not the number of wires on a cable which looks to be important.
Apparently, the resulting ca 1mm thickness after stripping, seem to match the cable on my 1:35 Challenger tank. I think I will replace the tread I used for cable material with this new wire.
25. February, 10:55
Shawn C. Yes, that's shift cable. Brake cable is thicker gauge strands, and doesn't have two layers. Remember to anneal the wire so that it's soft. Heat it to glowing, and let it cool slowly. Then you can work it around corners and give it a natural sag in places.
Treehugger I think if I build this type of kit again, I will try scratchbuild the two mirrors so that they can be moved up and down. Presumably a piece of metal wire would do for the pole, so as to avoid using plastic which will be brittle.
24. February, 07:04
Treehugger Btw, when it comes to the towing cables, you might want to try use a piece of bicycle shift or gear wire. I don't remember who suggested that, but seems like a great idea. The gear wire is probably a little too large, but the shift wire might look ok. Admittedly I don't know for sure if the piece of bicycle wire I have at home is a shift or gear wire.
24. February, 07:06
Shawn C. Was that me and the tow cable idea?
The Trumpeter kit comes with copper wire "cable" for the tow cables.
Sprayed my iRobot EOD 'bot with Tamiya X-31 Titanium Gold acrylic. I'm going to need to get used to it I think. It's not like enamel at all. Has to be very thin, and lots of very light coats to build up the color when airbrushed.
Easy to clean up though!
Google-fu masters: A couple of days ago, I had a web page that showed Challenger 2 tanks in Iraq with slat armor. They looked like the sort of pictures that military guys would take, everyone sitting on the tank parked on base.
Tab disappeared and now I can't find it at all.
I'm putting the Meng U.S. Explosive Ordnance Disposal Specialists and Robot set together (HS-003) and the fit is absolutely spot on.
I can't say it's all of their kits, but this one fits and aligns without any effort. There's also very little mold flashing that is very easy to tidy up, if you even need to.
I'd like to see some more of their kits. : )
Prototype question: What is the small hatch on the lower left side of the Chieftain and Challenger tank hull? It's too small for an escape hatch, and you wouldn't chuck spent brass out of it. My guess is some type of maintenance access?
15. February, 21:54
wilky Could it be to empty a cup of piss out?
I know nothing of tanks but it would be difficult to find a tree and the time for such a vital procedure
15. February, 22:08
Shawn C. I imagine something like an airplane pee funnel is what you're more likely to have. And good time management during fuel stops.
So I'm working on the Trumpeter Challenger 2 Enhanced Armor, and the Trumpeter tracks are frankly rather poor. Fortunately I have the optional vinyl/rubber tracks from the Academy M1A2 Abrams with TUSK. Much nicer mold and details. Saved again!
15. February, 18:03
Shawn C. New plan. Use the mediocre tracks and replace them with nice ones later.
Shawn C. Thanks! It's my first attempt at getting creative with paint, doing more than the standard paint scheme and details. I don't usually do much in the way of weathering. I tend to like well maintained vehicles.
Starting to get a collection of armor on the shelf. What are some ways to display them and allow them to be handled carefully? I have been thinking about small diorama style bases, but need some more clarity.
Now the Academy M1A2 V2 TUSK is a really nice kit. But the gun barrel is warped. It's divided into three sections lengthwise, rather than the two halves most kits use, and the muzzle section bends to the right very slightly.
Any ideas on making it straighter?
25. December 2019, 19:37
Harold Driscoll Have you looked at the aftermarket barrel from RB Model? Maybe you can get a styrene tube of the correct diameter and insert it into the kit barrel?
26. December 2019, 15:27
Shawn C. I have, but it seems a bit overkill. I'm going to try a bit of welding rod down the center to hold it straight.