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SimonT17/03/2012 01:35:39
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Adam - i've heard of the mythical 'paint time' but never seen it..... teeth 2

Short of time again so just did a bit more on the SU

made a start on an engine bay insert

didn't get very far, just managed to get some suspension housings added

and opened up one of the four engine deck vents

the kit provides the grilles as etch but then tells you to stick them on top of the moulded detail

i used a sharp blade to open the hole up and gradually pare away the moulded grille

hole will probably need some microstrip tabs inside to sit the etch on


Peter C17/03/2012 15:46:13
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We know not why, nor care too much the reasons for your ceasless push,

to recreate in faithful touch, a miniature Sherman clutch,

we sit in awe to see you file, and cut away, and trim awhile,

make moulds and cast, then glue and prime, such skill, imagination, time.

though madness beckons, of this we're sure,

you always leave us wanting more.

Dunno what came over meface 20


SimonT17/03/2012 15:55:24
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Love it Pete thumbs upteeth 2

No sherman clutch but i have trashed the engine bay and started on version 2.0

Engine deck grilles and top hatch are all now cut out

I have also been making a volute spring for the M51

Going for a lie down now


Johnny Gers17/03/2012 16:18:56
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Good work on your small scale stuff Simon.

SimonT18/03/2012 04:50:34
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Thanks Johnny thumbs up


Grille slots opened up and access hatch cut out - all done carefully with a sharp blade

The internal edges of all the holes were chamfered to give the illusion of thinness

This is the mark 2 version of the engine bay tray

Got the first one slightly short, tried to extend it, all went horribly wrong


I also did a bit of work on the T72 - making replacement 81mm smoke launcher pots using hypodeemic nerdles

They are stainless steel tubes about as near to scale as one can get

Being steel they are quite tough to work with and have to be cut roughly to length using a motor tool and cutting disk - i managed to get them 0.5-1mm over size

Covering the needle in masking tape prevents the cut part flying off to infinity and beyond

et voila - lots of little metal tubes

all of which then had to be filed to 3mm long

tough material so it took quite a long time and i also ground down my finger nails in the process

they will get a short section of rod glued in one end to increase the contact area for when they are glued to the mounting brackets

all i have to do now is figure out the mounting brackets.....


Tim White 119/03/2012 18:31:50
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Great stuff, sirthumbs up. More lunacy and it seems you've even reduced Pete to gibbering awayface 22face 20.



Peter C19/03/2012 18:55:34
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This blog should carry a health warning! More maniacal modelling Simon. That SU100 rear looks the biz.

I've taken the pills so you should be safe from further spontaneous verse for now.


Ghostbuilder19/03/2012 19:42:30
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Great job on those smoke launchers sir. I trust you're making the smoke pots to go in them?......and just maybe get them to fire too???? wink 2

Brilliant work you're doing boss, a true modeller!


SimonT20/03/2012 01:15:27
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Tim - you could be right smile p

Pete - high strength ones i trust teeth 2

Richard - of course but the fire control wiring will be tricky


tonights quick update

made a start on the gearbox

....and viewed through the access hatch

Right, sleep beckons..........zzzzzzzzzzz


Tim Lane20/03/2012 14:28:40
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What with this and you 1 to 15 jobby it goes from the sublime to the ridiculousface 21

I don't know how you do itquestion surprise

However you do it, carry on, absolutely amazingthumbs up

Tim L

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