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by Mark Heaps
Fri May 24, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: Chieftain info and banter
Replies: 15
Views: 714

Re: Chieftain info and banter

Barrel-scrim or no barrel-scrim may also have depended on how far forward the tanks were and whether they deployed straight into battle, going out of barracks guns blazing if necessary, or deployed from barrracks to an assembly area to await tasking. If the former, then yes, barrel-scrim was good. S...
by Mark Heaps
Thu May 23, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: Chieftain info and banter
Replies: 15
Views: 714

Re: Chieftain info and banter

Barrel-scrim with scrim 2.jpg or no barrel-scrim without scrim.jpg The scrim ( parts of cam-nets ) to break up the outline of the barrel looks good, but in my experience attached to four different cavalry units 1987 onwards, it was not used except for tanks that were playing as the enemy. I stand re...
by Mark Heaps
Wed May 22, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: Chieftain info and banter
Replies: 15
Views: 714

Re: Chieftain info and banter

PICT0083 copy.jpg For anyone thinking of doing a Mark 11, you need both of these armoured "bins" on the left hand side of the turret. The front one housed the TISH, Thermal Imaging Sensor Head, which was on a mount which electrically followed the gun in elevation and depression. The rear one housed...
by Mark Heaps
Sun May 19, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: Chinese Eye Chieftain
Replies: 59
Views: 4266

Re: Chinese Eye Chieftain

Hi Stephan,
Many thanks for the photos, especially the last one. 00 FD 58 just sprung out at me. I know that ERM from somewhere and am now wracking my brains to remember where.
Mark
by Mark Heaps
Fri May 17, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: Chinese Eye Chieftain
Replies: 59
Views: 4266

Re: Chinese Eye Chieftain

Congratulations, Stephen, on tying down the ERM to the call-sign you want. I am still working on it for mine. I have two sources which I hope will come up trumps. Younger brother 17th/21st Lancers, or if I have to go for QRIH a fellow freemason in my lodge who crewed a C Sqn, 3rd Troop tank , as a T...
by Mark Heaps
Sat May 11, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Panther
Topic: Mick's Panther A
Replies: 237
Views: 36372

Re: Mick's Panther A

Lead acid battery theory as taught to me in 1985 when I was being trained to fix the tanks. 1. The batterys are constructed of 1.5 Volt cells. 6 volt battery has 4 cells, 12 volt batteries have eight. 2. Each cell has nominal voltage of 1.5 volts, fully charged the voltage is 1.6 volts. Therefore a ...
by Mark Heaps
Fri May 10, 2019 7:17 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: Chieftain info and banter
Replies: 15
Views: 714

Re: Chieftain info and banter

Hi Stephen,
Mounting point for a strut to support the wading kit would make sense and explain why some vehicles had it and others didnt.
A later mark could have had it due to being an uprated earlier mark, whilst later marks never had them fitted.
by Mark Heaps
Fri May 10, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: Chieftain info and banter
Replies: 15
Views: 714

Re: Chieftain info and banter

And before anyone starts thinking about how to re-produce the covers on the smoke-dischargers, I would say do not bother. In my experience, they were a dust cover fitted during transit from / to manufacturer / units / Base Workshops and occasionally for parades. Otherwise they were fitted when the t...
by Mark Heaps
Fri May 10, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: Chieftain info and banter
Replies: 15
Views: 714

Re: Chieftain info and banter

And before Stephen corrects me that it is DFWES ( Direct Fire Weapons Effects Simulator ) and not DEFWES, it was generally pronounced def-wes rather than reciting the letters. Sometimes referred to by crews after a significantly good or significantly bad engagement as death-wes.
by Mark Heaps
Thu May 09, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: Chieftain info and banter
Replies: 15
Views: 714

Re: Chieftain info and banter

Saw this photo on Stephan´s thread file.jpg Can anyone shed any light on what that attachment plate directly in front of the drivers hatch was for ? I do not recall it it being fitted on any of the Chieftains I looked after. Two possibilities spring to mind. A retro-fitted mount for a SIMFIRE / DEFW...
by Mark Heaps
Wed May 08, 2019 8:38 pm
Forum: Events
Topic: Militracks 2019
Replies: 15
Views: 921

Re: Militracks 2019

Boss asked us today to plan on being required to work on the 18th. What time would I need to be there by on the 19th to see you before you pack up ? Also I have attended Militracks a couple of times and can recommend it. Overloon war museum where it is held SHOULD not be missed out. The running vehi...
by Mark Heaps
Wed May 08, 2019 7:23 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: Chieftain info and banter
Replies: 15
Views: 714

Re: Chieftain info and banter

to see the gun unstabilised and beating the hell out of the elevation gearbox Indicates to me the gunkit was either not switched on or non-functional. At about 4 MPH, the speed sensor should have kicked in and automatically enabled STAB in elevation ( Back-up system in case gunners forgot during th...
by Mark Heaps
Wed May 08, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: Chieftain info and banter
Replies: 15
Views: 714

Re: Chieftain info and banter

A bit more info regarding points brought up in the Donkey Engine thread. Both the battle link and the OMC lever were sealed with lock-wire and a lead seal to prevent unauthorised usage. Normally in peace time, the seals would only be broken twice a year during REME inspections to confirm the systems...
by Mark Heaps
Tue May 07, 2019 8:52 pm
Forum: King Tiger
Topic: Was the Tiger II any good?
Replies: 4
Views: 319

Re: Was the Tiger II any good?

Horses for courses. The Tiger 1 excelled in the western desert and in the open areas of Russia where it could use the superior range of its gun. I would suggest the Kingtiger was better but not what the German army needed on the western front after D-Day. Panzer IVs with the long barreled 75mm were ...