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SimonT11/01/2017 05:54:26
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Cheers John but read on....

Andy - good to know you are there

Stefan - falling asleep before pressing the button is something I am very familiar with face 20

Ah, yes, the springs - read on......

Morning all,

When I came to do some more work on the suspension I realised something was not quite as it should be.

When I was adding the axles I took my eye off the ball and just installed them as per the kit

Looking at them properly I realised that they are sat in the middle of the chassis rails and consequently too high thus having the knock on effect of making the tyres almost touch the top of the arches. This gives the whole thing a stumpy look

Not thinking I would need to remove the axles again they were glued down nice and solid so of course wouldn't come off again. I had to chop them off disgust

After chopping there was a large hole in the chassis rails at each wheel position. Filled them in with micro strip and green

bit of a backwards step as I had to remove the suspension again

only the outer section of the axles survived the removal process

I sanded them down and glued to pieces of micro strip - hopefully I will be able to use these as mounting blocks

since the underside needs to set before I can do any more I made a start on a rudimentary interior - doesn't have to be full on accurate as it won't really be seen

So floor, bulkhead and radiator and the body flange where the two halves of the hull are bolted together

hmmm, even less will be visible once the gun is installed

Thanks for looking in


John Race11/01/2017 08:09:01
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Shock horror, .....surprise...Simon, bet a few choice words were uttered, and it was going so well.

The out come of working long hrs .sadI expect this disaster ( minor to you ) would result in many hurling the model into the bin . You no doubt will by now have the whole thing rectified and carry on as if nothing had happened.

John .

Peter Day 111/01/2017 08:22:04
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I know how you do it - you're a modelling elf - magicked down to a size that gives you an unfair advantage.

Seriously Simon, great work, as usual.


Edited By Peter Day 1 on 11/01/2017 08:22:19

jimbo11/01/2017 12:36:41
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Hi Simon

It's been a while since you showed us the "two steps forward and one step backwards" approach to modelling face 20Shame about the axles but although extra work it looks as if it is sorted. I doubt any of the interior will be seen but you know it's there.


Lee11/01/2017 21:45:17
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Hi Simon

Sorry I am late to this one, but up to your usual micro scratchy fantasticness. Now here till the end.

Regards Lee

SimonT12/01/2017 06:57:22
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John - just a couple face 20 Not really a major disaster just an annoying step backwards

Peter - now that would be useful, like Fantastic Voyage face 20

Jim - well, it had to end, things had been going too well. Suspension now sorted and looking much better for the rebuild

Lee - not too late, there is still a bit to go, thanks thumbs up

Morning all,

had a good hours worth on this last night making the suspension - the spring is dead long live the spring......

glued what are now stub axles back on to the chassis rails and then added some lower suspension arms

the springs were reinstalled onto the new lower arms and top brackets were added to each one

top ams were added from rod and micro strip

it actually sits on all four wheels - miracle thumbs up

Thanks for looking in


jimbo12/01/2017 09:25:49
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Hi Simon

All worked out in the end. Better than before thumbs up


Evan Martin 112/01/2017 10:17:53
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Simon, This is going so well, a masterclass in small scale. I think we are allowed to vote on our favorite GB models at the end... I'm putting in my vote early... Awesome details


john hutton12/01/2017 15:07:21
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Excellent yet again, all that work improving the suspension , then hack it all off sad then after a bit of work on the internals, back on better than before thumbs up . Must say mate , now i am getting my feet wet at this scale i have even more respect for your skills, it is like putting a 1/35th model together wearing boxing gloves to me, more power too you sir fist.


John Race12/01/2017 16:31:53
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I of course expected nothing less Simon . great rework . smiley


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