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by Mark Heaps
Fri Jan 10, 2020 4:58 pm
Forum: Armortek Owners
Topic: New Transmitters
Replies: 41
Views: 3675

Re: New Transmitters

I would suggest a better way to test the failsafe is whilst bench-testing the electronics prior to fitting into the model, and then another confirmatory check afterwards before attaching the tracks. Fail-safe on turret traverse and gun elevation should also be enabled if at all possible. Maybe not s...
by Mark Heaps
Thu Jan 09, 2020 6:19 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: Return rollers
Replies: 57
Views: 2925

Re: Return rollers

Thank you Armortek !
Now we know the true reason for the side-skirts or "bazooka plates" on Chieftain.
They were there to stop the crew getting worried whilst the tracks ground the top idler wheel hubs down to the correct operational size. :) :lol:

Mark
by Mark Heaps
Thu Jan 02, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: Knowledge Base
Topic: Transmitter advice needed please
Replies: 17
Views: 1057

Re: Transmitter advice needed please

Good point Gerhard,
In the absence of all electrical power, gravity takes over and some of our beasts are quite heavy. Fail-safe relays short-circuiting the motors are unlikely to stop it but would slow it down till it rolls to a stop on level ground.
Mark
by Mark Heaps
Sat Dec 28, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: Return rollers
Replies: 57
Views: 2925

Re: Return rollers

Manny , you are being realistic.
The Chieftain crews worried more about the top rollers than they did about the roast turkey or in-laws :lol:
Mark
by Mark Heaps
Fri Dec 27, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: Motion Option Pack
Topic: New motion pack motor behaviour
Replies: 23
Views: 1041

Re: New motion pack motor behaviour

Motion Control A looks to be just a power connection to the motor control module. Check the connections from the motors to to the motor control module. Also your second picture shows two thin wires bottom left ( one each yellow & blue ) going off elsewhere, where are they going and is that side the ...
by Mark Heaps
Fri Dec 27, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: Chieftain info and banter
Replies: 108
Views: 20950

Re: Chieftain info and banter

On the ARRVs we left the webbing on the outside of the vehicle and just had the respirator case around our waists and had our weapons with us. The same when turning up at a tank to repair it but we would leave the weapon with the webbing, not a chance of getting in or out of any hatch when wearing 5...
by Mark Heaps
Fri Dec 27, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: Motion Option Pack
Topic: New motion pack motor behaviour
Replies: 23
Views: 1041

Re: New motion pack motor behaviour

First thing I would do is check the motors are connected to the correct points on the motion control module, then follow the wires to the "funny" motor and check that none are shorting to ground. Looks to me as if it is behaving such that one of the connectors is going to ground rather than them bei...
by Mark Heaps
Wed Dec 25, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: Chinese Eye Chieftain
Replies: 180
Views: 34100

Re: Chinese Eye Chieftain

Oh and I once experienced a CVR(T) being half-tracked the wrong way. ie around the idler and road wheels as the drive sprockets had shattered on that side. That took some skilfull driving and ground appreciation from the driver with only the track on one side being driven. Whether he made it back th...
by Mark Heaps
Tue Dec 24, 2019 2:49 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: Chinese Eye Chieftain
Replies: 180
Views: 34100

Re: Chinese Eye Chieftain

Challenger 1 and 2 did not have 3 suspension stations like Chieftain. The six roadwheels either side each had independant hydrogas suspension units. In my 22 years looking after the tanks and other armoured vehicles, half-tracking was an emergency get-you-home repair and not a get-you-back-in-to-bat...
by Mark Heaps
Fri Dec 13, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: Tiger 1
Topic: Tiger Unit / Tactical Markings
Replies: 18
Views: 1070

Re: Tiger Unit / Tactical Markings

I stand by to be corrected by someone with more knowledge but I believe the lightning symbol to be the unit identification marking of Schwere SS Panzerabteilung 102 ( Heavy SS tank company 102 ). I further believe that the rhomboid marking was a bridging classification marking, indicating it was hea...
by Mark Heaps
Sat Dec 07, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: Chieftain info and banter
Replies: 108
Views: 20950

Re: Chieftain info and banter

It worked very effectively to keep the tanks operational. However it relied on people recording what they had done and reverting it back to normal at the earliest possible time, which did not always happen. It was a bitch when a simple repair job made matters worse, you then spotted that wires were ...
by Mark Heaps
Fri Dec 06, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: 00 FD 96 John's Main Contender
Replies: 159
Views: 20182

Re: 00 FD 96 John's Main Contender

I seem to remember that the ISPLs ( Ilustrated Service Part Lists ? ) not only gave the NSN ( NATO Stock Number ) and description, but also the FV number if the part was allocated one. When demanding bits, we always provided the NSN and description. If the person on the other end typed in the NSN an...
by Mark Heaps
Fri Dec 06, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: Chieftain info and banter
Replies: 108
Views: 20950

Re: Chieftain info and banter

A lot of the cabling on Chieftain was not plugs and sockets connecting various boxes but rather armoured conduit containing loose strands of wire terminated each end with eyelets that were then screwed onto tag boards in the boxes at each end. Fiddlier to repair than a cable you could just swap out ...
by Mark Heaps
Tue Dec 03, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: Armortek Owners
Topic: In memory of Gill Watkins
Replies: 87
Views: 5479

Re: In memory of Gill Watkins

My sincere condolences to the family.
Your personal loss is felt by all of the "Armortek Family" , I think, and so it should rightfully be.

Mein herzlichen Beileid !

Mark
by Mark Heaps
Mon Dec 02, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: Chieftain info and banter
Replies: 108
Views: 20950

Re: Chieftain info and banter

What's the box for, on the far right for. As seen from the rear? Cheers Charles Hi Charles, If you can provide a photo then I should be able to identify it. https://www.armortek.co.uk/Forum3b/download/file.php?id=26909&mode=view suggests it was the junction box for the cabling to the convoy light a...