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Tim Bowman
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Post by Tim Bowman » Tue Jan 26, 2010 5:34 pm

Hi Jeff

Love it, love it, love it! :D

Kind regards
Tim
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Post by Allan Richards » Tue Jan 26, 2010 10:43 pm

Brian,

Thats awesome, I wonder how it would go in a 1/6th tank?
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Post by Brian Leach » Wed Jan 27, 2010 2:14 am

Allan,

I think I am about to get into trouble here, being off topic, but I fanticize puting the internal combustion engine in a Tiger with a generator and using the engine/gen set to produce the power to run the electric motors. Throttleing up to go faster, etc. Those engines sound like the real thing and the exhaust would be convincing too! $5700 for the engine alone though. I would have to win the lotto (of course to do that I would have to play too :))

Sorry Jeff, I'll shut up now! :lol:

Brian

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Post by colin fairweather » Wed Jan 27, 2010 6:38 pm

oh but think about it a 1/6th scale working maybach in your tank that would so good :D

judging by speed that roland is working on his i think we will have one by the end of the year :D

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Post by Brian Leach » Thu Jan 28, 2010 3:07 am

Colin,

1/6 Maybach?

That is too cool to contemplate.

Roland is the man for it!

I would so like to hear that puppy run!

Brian

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Post by colin fairweather » Thu Jan 28, 2010 6:55 pm

brian

i know this is the pzr3 section but judging by his 88mm canon :shock: the maybach for the tiger 1 will be no problem 8)

colin :D
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Post by Allan Richards » Thu Jan 28, 2010 9:54 pm

Brian,

I think $5700 is a very good price for that engine. Check out his update sheets for some good photos of the parts, they are phenominal. An engine model like that can only go up in price buy now while stocks last!!

As for running internal combustion tanks it has been done before. Modelworks had a direct drive engne and clutch system and I know a guy in the states made some 1/6th Stuarts with a hydraulic drive. I think I'll stick to Armortek's electric motors, they are so smooth, precise and virtually maintenance free.
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Post by Jeffrey Goff » Sat Jan 30, 2010 5:44 pm

I have started to make the front spaced armour, it needed to be slightly taller, and I wanted to put in the correctly spaced brackets, also there were no bolts on the top surface of the hull, this is how far I got today
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Post by Sarah Frazer » Sat Jan 30, 2010 9:09 pm

Hi Jeff,

Your panzer III is looking great! You're giving me plenty of motivation and ideas for mine.


Keep up the excellent work,

Sarah
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Post by Jeffrey Goff » Sun Jan 31, 2010 6:45 pm

Hi I finished the hull front spaced armour, the only thing you need to think about is the mount for the turret motor, as it used 2 of the bolt holes, I just drilled and tapped 4 holes, then filled the countersunk bolts
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Post by Jeffrey Goff » Fri Feb 05, 2010 7:23 pm

The inside of the PZIII is quite cramped, so I have mounted the elevation motor horizontally, this gives just over 5 inches clearance from the floor plate, both speakers can sit in the space
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Post by Jeffrey Goff » Sun Feb 07, 2010 2:57 pm

Fitted all the motion packs, sound and smoke unit, I used the plastic foam packing that the speakers came in to mount them, now that's cheap, but it works well
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Post by simon_manning » Sun Feb 07, 2010 4:48 pm

just fits in there as i heard someone say once,this is now my blueprint build jeff,keep posting now i'm in the panzer club,regards simon.

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Post by Jeffrey Goff » Sat Feb 13, 2010 4:59 pm

after fitting the motion packs, and programming the radio, ( with lots of help) I am back in my comfort zone, and did a little modeling today, I am not sure if my scratch build exhaust boxes impeded the flow of smoke from the smoker or not, so I took the top off, and milled out the in & outlet ports with a 9,5mm cutter, then made a new brass outlet that connects to the piping,I tapped this 1/4 BSP, the smoke flow on my set-up doubled, I also sectioned the side mud guards and secured the tread plates with rivets, 98 in each side, I might have to file the cut on the out side angle allowing the individual section to hang slightly uneven
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Post by Stephen White » Sat Feb 13, 2010 5:57 pm

Jeff - the rivets look good. The original used domed rivets but a pop rivet and some filler might be OK. I'm glad you're going to drop the catwalks at either end - the flat profile just doesn't look right. It's such a distinctive feature of the Pz III. Your build is so full of good ideas. Thanks for the inspiration. Stephen

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