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by Stephen White
Sun Nov 10, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: Events
Topic: Telford model show, some photo's.
Replies: 2
Views: 298

Re: Telford model show, some photo's.

Great photos Simon, thanks for taking the trouble to post. Looks like one for the calendar for next year. Never been but looks like more than just the usual suspects. I can see some inspiration for you there.
by Stephen White
Sat Nov 09, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: Chinese Eye Chieftain
Replies: 170
Views: 27894

Re: Chinese Eye Chieftain

In the 1970s, Professor Ken Howard OBE, the well known British artist and Royal Academician, did a lot of military work and became the official war artist for the British Army in Northern Ireland. He came to visit us in Belfast in 1978 and, liking the Fourth Tanks, asked if he could come back to pai...
by Stephen White
Sat Nov 09, 2019 7:09 am
Forum: Craftsman's Market
Topic: Chieftain Stuff
Replies: 94
Views: 9307

Re: Chieftain Stuff

Agreed. The conversion from Larkspur to Clansman was done during Base Overhaul over a period Starting in 1976, so both are appropriate. My long-standing request to Dave to do Larkspur is for my Centurion. Dave already does a Clansman antenna base, so if he were to give us a full house, it would be f...
by Stephen White
Thu Nov 07, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: Craftsman's Market
Topic: Chieftain Stuff
Replies: 94
Views: 9307

Re: Chieftain Stuff

Dave, do you ever get the feeling a little knowledge is a dangerous thing? Your work on the Chieftain parts is exceptional craftsmanship and well worthy of the model itself. Crack on and give us all more to admire and buy. I loved your Mulligatawny anyway and the other bits. I couldn't pass by thoug...
by Stephen White
Tue Nov 05, 2019 10:21 pm
Forum: Knowledge Base
Topic: Painting Armortek Models / Alu
Replies: 10
Views: 3089

Re: Painting Armortek Models / Alu

Really not necessary John. The models are tough. The paint job will look better for some natural wear. Once it's hardened off, acrylic is very tough, as long as it's on a sound substrate. Key to that is thorough degreasing, a good etch primer and an acrylic semi matt varnish over the paint job. The ...
by Stephen White
Tue Nov 05, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: Chinese Eye Chieftain
Replies: 170
Views: 27894

Re: Chinese Eye Chieftain

On with sorting out the basic geometry of the hull bath tub. I'll leave the final fit and details until I've got the heavy machining done. The toe plate really sets the character of the front of the tank. You get two very different perceptions of the shape of the plate depending on whether your pers...
by Stephen White
Mon Nov 04, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: A Chequered Chieftain at #10
Replies: 63
Views: 3692

Re: A Chequered Chieftain at #10

Richard, etch primer works best with the thinest of applications, so a light dusting is all you need. Yes, some will rub off but usually, the pin won't rotate in relation to the link on one side and so you end up with some protection remaining. You can use a molybdenum dry lubricant but it's pretty ...
by Stephen White
Mon Nov 04, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Knowledge Base
Topic: Milling Machine
Replies: 11
Views: 1148

Re: Milling Machine

Greg - everything I've got in my workshop is of course "absolutely essential".....but, you've got to start somewhere. I may have missed something vital but here is a possible list to think about (I've used Warco descriptions where I can): 1. Holding the Work, without which you're not going anywhere....
by Stephen White
Mon Nov 04, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: Knowledge Base
Topic: Milling Machine
Replies: 11
Views: 1148

Re: Milling Machine

Greg, I'll post something a bit later. Meanwhile, this is the thread I remembered. http://www.armortek.co.uk/Forum3b/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=7494&hilit=milling&sid=def02a9004aa58726d24522617d042f2 One aspect I didn't mention is power feed. You can certainly do without it but after you've milled some of ...
by Stephen White
Mon Nov 04, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: A Chequered Chieftain at #10
Replies: 63
Views: 3692

Re: A Chequered Chieftain at #10

Richard

1. Yes - suggest you read the KB Topic I recommended.
2. No - ditto. Lubrication is a magnet for contamination which will increase wear.
3. Yes.
4. Yes and no, the pad isn't going to rotate so not necessary. The real ones had a split washer if you wish for total realism.
by Stephen White
Mon Nov 04, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: Knowledge Base
Topic: Milling Machine
Replies: 11
Views: 1148

Re: Milling Machine

Greg, I'm happy to kick off but I'm sure others will chip in. Since you mention Warco, I'm assuming you're in UK. Firstly, if there's a choice between a lathe and a mill, I'd choose the latter. If the budget runs to both, you're made. Secondly, there is age old advice to decide what size you need an...
by Stephen White
Sun Nov 03, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: Craftsman's Market
Topic: Chieftain Stuff
Replies: 94
Views: 9307

Re: Chieftain Stuff

Great achievement Dave, they look spot on. You're making a lot of work for yourself, which I guess is the object? Form an orderly queue please ......

My only question is what the hell is that in the BV? It looks like mulligatawny soup with lumps.
by Stephen White
Sun Nov 03, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: A Chequered Chieftain at #10
Replies: 63
Views: 3692

Re: A Chequered Chieftain at #10

Mark, you seem to have had an unfortunate run of incompetent and arrogant young gentlemen. Fortunately, I rarely came across such beings, perhaps because they didn't get into the Royal Tank Regiment in the first place or they were very soon sorted out with some "advice" from their troop sergeant. Ri...
by Stephen White
Sun Nov 03, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Missing
Replies: 7
Views: 631

Re: Missing

You probably chucked it.
by Stephen White
Sun Nov 03, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: A Chequered Chieftain at #10
Replies: 63
Views: 3692

Re: A Chequered Chieftain at #10

Richard There’s inevitably a Knowledge Base Topic on tracks: http://www.armortek.co.uk/Forum3b/viewtopic.php?f=34&t=5816&sid=3aee39761aa5566e26f81405297d9cc9 The subject of rusting tracks is a familiar one in this Forum. It seems to be common in the popular imagination that rusty tracks are appropri...