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by Stephen White
Mon Oct 21, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Events
Topic: REME Museum Show, Lyneham UK
Replies: 4
Views: 198

Re: REME Museum Show, Lyneham UK

Big tank action ...... latest Tank Builders production "Big Tanks Tour the Museum" is now up on YouTube for your enjoyment. Includes two Mk IVs leading the tank carousel around the REME Museum, a trio of Centurion variants, Mk 5/1, BARV and Adrian's incomparable Centurion Bridgelayer (well, David Sk...
by Stephen White
Sun Oct 20, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Events
Topic: REME Museum Show, Lyneham UK
Replies: 4
Views: 198

REME Museum Show, Lyneham UK

Great day at the new museum of the British Army's Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, the people who fix and recover our tanks, amongst other things. The Museum moved from its home at Arborfield, to the former C130 Hercule base at RAF Lyneham, which is now the Defence School of Electronic and...
by Stephen White
Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: Chieftain build by Phil Woollard.
Replies: 161
Views: 19785

Re: Chieftain build by Phil Woollard.

It’s a consistent feature so a replacement won’t help. Same witness marks on mine. It’s a result of the work holding clamps. Can be dressed out. Good to see you’re thinking of the rear plates Phil. As well as the new plate, I’ve got a couple of fixes to do on that area to sort out the geometry of th...
by Stephen White
Fri Oct 18, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: Chinese Eye Chieftain
Replies: 118
Views: 16461

Re: Chinese Eye Chieftain

Couple of tooling dents, Phil, nothing to worry about. Will need a lot of work though to conform to the original. More progress on the bottom access plates. This is the cover plate which allows access to the fuel and coolant tank drains. It was the least favourite job on the tank to remove. You real...
by Stephen White
Fri Oct 18, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: Chinese Eye Chieftain
Replies: 118
Views: 16461

Re: Chinese Eye Chieftain

Build begins. First of all, a dry assembly just to set up the hydraulic table (I added a couple of rubber strips to accommodate the V profile of the hull plate). Then I thought I'd attack the fittings, access plates and drain plugs on the bottom before cleaning and priming. There is going to be some...
by Stephen White
Fri Oct 18, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: Chieftain build by Phil Woollard.
Replies: 161
Views: 19785

Re: Chieftain build by Phil Woollard.

Great to see Chieftain builds underway Phil. There's nothing like getting stuck in, otherwise the navel gazing could go on and on.
by Stephen White
Thu Oct 17, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: Engine L60 for Chieftain
Replies: 40
Views: 2415

Re: Engine L60 for Chieftain

I provided them to Ivano this morning.
by Stephen White
Wed Oct 16, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: Chinese Eye Chieftain
Replies: 118
Views: 16461

Re: Chinese Eye Chieftain

Let the build begin. Hope this one doesn't take five years but it won't be quick, looking at Chieftain at Bovington today makes you realise how complicated it is. IMG_8272.jpg The hull plate has the characteristic V profile and will need some support on the build table. There are four horizontal jac...
by Stephen White
Wed Oct 16, 2019 3:27 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: Chinese Eye Chieftain
Replies: 118
Views: 16461

Re: Chinese Eye Chieftain

I now have the Vehicle History Card (DOS Form 419B) for 01FD12 and can document the vehicle's early life and progress through all the modification programmes. This is what I knew from the Merlin Database and other online sources: Vehicle History • Built under contract FVP/44/67 between Jan-May 71, b...
by Stephen White
Wed Oct 16, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: Tiger 1
Topic: Late Tiger 1 commission build by Phil Woollard
Replies: 428
Views: 33834

Re: Late Tiger 1 commission build by Phil Woollard

Thanks Phil, glad the Knowledge Base was a help. Always good to get feedback. It does need updating but unless there's positive feedback it hardly seems worth the effort. Great model and enjoyed reading your blog.
by Stephen White
Tue Oct 15, 2019 2:03 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: Chinese Eye Chieftain
Replies: 118
Views: 16461

Re: Chinese Eye Chieftain

The UK National Archives hold a lot of policy documents relating to Chieftain but for anyone researching a specific vehicle, it might be worth having a look at the relevant Unit Historical Record. These replaced the War Diary as the official record of a unit's training and operations. Each one typic...
by Stephen White
Tue Oct 15, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: Chieftain kit arrival
Replies: 49
Views: 3373

Re: Chieftain kit arrival

Kevin, Andy, I wish you luck, having been down the same road. I hope I can help. Firstly, if you haven’t done so already, the Chieftain Tank Appreciation Group on Facebook can be very helpful. There might be people on there who were contemporaries. Secondly, I’ve found a way of getting to the underl...
by Stephen White
Mon Oct 14, 2019 8:59 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: Chinese Eye Chieftain
Replies: 118
Views: 16461

Re: Chinese Eye Chieftain

Worth noting that although the kit supplies a MRS mirror and shroud on the end of the barrel, there is no representation of the other end of the system, the light source box on the turret roof. It's quite a simple box and easy to replicate:

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by Stephen White
Mon Oct 14, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: 00 FD 96 John's Main Contender
Replies: 36
Views: 4698

Re: 00 FD 96 John's Main Contender

John, here's the research I've done on your tank as promised: Chieftain Mk 10 00FD96 VEHICLE HISTORY • Built at ROF Leeds under contract FVP/44/67 between Mar-Jul 82, the first batch of 46 Mk 5, Serial range 00FD54-00FD99. • In service as 00FD96: 01 Jun 72 • Vehicle Depot Ludgershall 10 Feb 89 • ABR...
by Stephen White
Mon Oct 14, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: Chinese Eye Chieftain
Replies: 118
Views: 16461

Re: Chinese Eye Chieftain

John, I've got some records for 00FD96 and will post something on your build thread. You're right to say you need to look closely at photos which appear to be of the same vehicle. The callsign system and formation indicators were intended to conceal and confuse but were often compromised by markings...