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by Francis Samish
Thu Jun 30, 2016 7:26 pm
Forum: For Sale and Wanted
Topic: Wanted Tiger 1 Kit
Replies: 2
Views: 1027

Re: Wanted Tiger 1 Kit

I have a complete Tiger 1 kit unstarted from last batch. Boxes are all unopened except one to extract the build manual, and it is less the motion pack and R/C gear. This was going to be made up professionally on a speculative basis, but as other paying commissions come in, it keeps on getting pushed...
by Francis Samish
Sun Nov 08, 2015 9:54 am
Forum: 25 Pounder & 25 Pdr Ammunition Limber
Topic: 25 PDR Breech assembly
Replies: 20
Views: 5097

Re: 25 PDR Breech assembly

Just adding a short post here for ebay people browsing details of my 25 Pdr that's now for sale. More information can be found at http://www.modellost.co.uk, or tel. +44(0)1308 897 911 Thanks and apologies for these convolutions to everyone else.
by Francis Samish
Thu Nov 05, 2015 9:01 pm
Forum: For Sale and Wanted
Topic: For Sale 25 Pdr
Replies: 0
Views: 673

For Sale 25 Pdr

I have my Armortek 25 Pdr for sale, as seen at Tankmod 2015 (albeit without its shield...). Build is pretty much out of the box, with several neat touches - some of which you can't see - including steel dowels to breech cheeks, trail and slew pivot, so that even if it does take a hard knock when bei...
by Francis Samish
Thu Oct 29, 2015 9:28 pm
Forum: MK IV Tank
Topic: track grousers
Replies: 6
Views: 3828

Re: track grousers

A real spud does I think exist - its in one of the 'cabinets of curiousities' at Bovingdon, in the WW1 hall if memory serves me right. I took a not very good picture of it whilst I was starting out on the legwork for my own Mk IV build. I think if you asked nicely I'm sure the museum would allow you...
by Francis Samish
Thu Oct 22, 2015 2:22 pm
Forum: Centurion
Topic: Soldering Iron Recommendation
Replies: 21
Views: 22124

Re: Soldering Iron Recommendation

Not sure I can add much to the discussion here, but for what it is worth, if it is an electric soldering iron you want to use, the bigger the better. Though it might seem that a small iron will allow you to get in tight to where you need to get, the bigger iron gets the heat into the job quicker -an...
by Francis Samish
Mon Oct 19, 2015 5:45 pm
Forum: 25 Pounder & 25 Pdr Ammunition Limber
Topic: 25 PDR Breech assembly
Replies: 20
Views: 5097

Re: 25 PDR Breech assembly

'Tis done. Finally. I've shown this to a couple of people already, and they have suggested that it would be a shame to hide the level of finish and detailing under a coat of paint, so I might just leave it as it is. For those who like statistics, this particular 25 Pdr build has taken 110 hours, wit...
by Francis Samish
Mon Oct 19, 2015 5:22 pm
Forum: 25 Pounder & 25 Pdr Ammunition Limber
Topic: 25 PDR Breech assembly
Replies: 20
Views: 5097

Re: 25 PDR Breech assembly

For completeness' sake, I thought I would add some details of how I put the targeting and firing plate together. I started by assembling the inner and outer 'steps' of the ring first, working from the opposite side to the fishplated joints. For the larger, outer, ring, I got myself into a tizzy wher...
by Francis Samish
Mon Oct 19, 2015 5:03 pm
Forum: 25 Pounder & 25 Pdr Ammunition Limber
Topic: 25 PDR Breech assembly
Replies: 20
Views: 5097

Re: 25 PDR Breech assembly

The gun is now sitting on the turning plate - or 'firing and targeting platform' - as the official nomenclature would have it. Just visible are the socket head screws securing the axle that I used to replace the M4 countersunk ones in the kit. These are somewhat longer than the ones supplied, and if...
by Francis Samish
Mon Oct 19, 2015 4:55 pm
Forum: 25 Pounder & 25 Pdr Ammunition Limber
Topic: 25 PDR Breech assembly
Replies: 20
Views: 5097

Re: 25 PDR Breech assembly

The laser cutting process can produce some quite sharp edges, so I took the precaution of just touching the shield top edge with a warding file, both for safety and also to provide a more rounded surface for the eventual paint finish.
by Francis Samish
Mon Oct 19, 2015 4:51 pm
Forum: 25 Pounder & 25 Pdr Ammunition Limber
Topic: 25 PDR Breech assembly
Replies: 20
Views: 5097

Re: 25 PDR Breech assembly

Couple more general shots of the shield now. The hinges needed a quick ream through with a drill to clear them for the pins, and then were loosely assembled onto the drop down section and the main shield plate. Only then were all the button headed bolts tightened hard up, to allow the hinges to 'fin...
by Francis Samish
Mon Oct 19, 2015 4:40 pm
Forum: 25 Pounder & 25 Pdr Ammunition Limber
Topic: 25 PDR Breech assembly
Replies: 20
Views: 5097

Re: 25 PDR Breech assembly

And here's the segment closed. The whole segment can be flicked back and forth with one finger.
25pdr_build_sight_guard_close.jpg
by Francis Samish
Mon Oct 19, 2015 4:37 pm
Forum: 25 Pounder & 25 Pdr Ammunition Limber
Topic: 25 PDR Breech assembly
Replies: 20
Views: 5097

Re: 25 PDR Breech assembly

25pdr_build_sight_guard_open.jpg Well, its a week on from Tankmod (sort of), and I've been beavering away to finish the field piece. Barring some rivets on the outside of the trail, everything according to the kit instructions is now done - except for the various equipment bags, tools and wooden ca...
by Francis Samish
Sun Oct 11, 2015 8:42 pm
Forum: 25 Pounder & 25 Pdr Ammunition Limber
Topic: 25 PDR Breech assembly
Replies: 20
Views: 5097

Re: 25 PDR Breech assembly

I have to admit that this the first time I have photographed something this big - most of my work to date has been in the 'braille scales' of 1/76th, 1/43rd with a dabble or two in 1/35th. And no, your eyes deceive you not. The 25 Pdr IS sitting level. It is only the hedge which is running downhill ...
by Francis Samish
Sun Oct 11, 2015 8:31 pm
Forum: 25 Pounder & 25 Pdr Ammunition Limber
Topic: 25 PDR Breech assembly
Replies: 20
Views: 5097

Re: 25 PDR Breech assembly

Here's the the rear of the trail, assembled very much as per the kit's instructions, apart from the split pin in the towing eye retaining nut. Which, I freely admit, is something of a touch of vanity...
by Francis Samish
Sun Oct 11, 2015 8:13 pm
Forum: 25 Pounder & 25 Pdr Ammunition Limber
Topic: 25 PDR Breech assembly
Replies: 20
Views: 5097

Re: 25 PDR Breech assembly

OK, so it has been a while since I last posted on progress of my 25 Pdr. Around six months.... But as I had promised that I would have something more or less presentable for Tankmod, I managed to get a round tuit, and thought I would post some pictures which might be a help to those builders who did...