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by Mike Conley
Tue Jul 09, 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: M3 Lee/ Grant Medium Tank
Topic: Mike's M3 Lee #12 Little Build Things
Replies: 54
Views: 10949

Re: Mike's M3 Lee #12 Little Build Things

We took it off the swivel (barstool) this morning. I drove the other tanks off the motorcycle lift, raised it back up and spread the tracks out. I positioned a small ramp then rolled it down on to the tracks. For it's first time I wanted to put the tracks on like was done in the 'factory' back then....
by Mike Conley
Mon Jul 08, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: M3 Lee/ Grant Medium Tank
Topic: Mike's M3 Lee #12 Little Build Things
Replies: 54
Views: 10949

Re: Mike's M3 Lee #12 Little Build Things

Getting close! Most of the little detail fixtures are on so today it dawned on me that I'd better get it OFF my homemade barstool swivel before it gets TOO heavy for us to manage! I can finish the 'little' touchups after it's sitting on it's suspension! Right now it only weighs about 170 pounds but ...
by Mike Conley
Sat Jul 06, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: M3 Lee/ Grant Medium Tank
Topic: Mike's M3 Lee #12 Little Build Things
Replies: 54
Views: 10949

Re: Mike's M3 Lee #12 Little Build Things

When you go to install the two side rear panels on the upper deck, remember (because I found out) to file or grind the inside corners at an angle. This is because the panels are square BUT the hull sides on the rear are at a slopped down angle. When those two upper panels are put on they will be hig...
by Mike Conley
Thu Jun 20, 2019 10:33 pm
Forum: M3 Lee/ Grant Medium Tank
Topic: Mike's M3 Lee #12 Little Build Things
Replies: 54
Views: 10949

Re: Mike's M3 Lee #12 Little Build Things

The last few days I've been working on fabricating the mounts out of brass and soldering all the rear deck fixtures together. I pretty much got'em done the best I could. (In that first pic there's a length of solder ready to be melted.) Then I drilled the mounting holes and JB Welded'em in place. To...
by Mike Conley
Fri Jun 14, 2019 12:02 am
Forum: M3 Lee/ Grant Medium Tank
Topic: Mike's M3 Lee #12 Little Build Things
Replies: 54
Views: 10949

Re: Mike's M3 Lee #12 Little Build Things

Well, after a few days working on it I got the rear pretty much done today. I got the oil bath air filter housings assembled and holes drilled to mount'em and made the armor shields to go around'em. Then installed the tail lights, put the ribs on the fenders... and JB Weld only dries so fast so ther...
by Mike Conley
Sun Jun 09, 2019 1:04 pm
Forum: M3 Lee/ Grant Medium Tank
Topic: Stu's Grant.#35
Replies: 15
Views: 2896

Re: Stu's Grant.

Hi Stu! All I do is after they're assembled I lay'em out and spray the end connectors OD. Dirt will quickly 'clean' any wear points especially on any rubber. Or if you're going to paint the tank a desert color I'd just spray the connectors the same as the tank. When I epoxy the tires on the road whe...
by Mike Conley
Wed Jun 05, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: M3 Lee/ Grant Medium Tank
Topic: Mike's M3 Lee #12 Little Build Things
Replies: 54
Views: 10949

Re: Mike's M3 Lee #12 Little Build Things

Here's a few things I've learned so if you're building one this may help ya. I earlier mentioned about drilling the two holes in the block of wood to make a fixture for putting half the end connector and pins together. Halfway thru assembling them I noticed the connector kept wanting to slide down o...
by Mike Conley
Tue Jun 04, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: M3 Lee/ Grant Medium Tank
Topic: Mike's M3 Lee #12 Little Build Things
Replies: 54
Views: 10949

Re: Mike's M3 Lee #12 Little Build Things

Good Afternoon! This morning I got the right fender and 75 mount put on. It's making all these little detail thingies that slow me down but now I'm going to start with the upper front and left side. And the tool set came in from Armorpax (THANKS DAVE!) so I'll start making their mounts for the rear ...
by Mike Conley
Mon Jun 03, 2019 4:16 pm
Forum: M3 Lee/ Grant Medium Tank
Topic: Mike's M3 Lee #12 Little Build Things
Replies: 54
Views: 10949

Re: Mike's M3 Lee #12 Little Build Things

'OPPPS, I did it again...' I finally got the fender details made and installed and this morning I shot primer. Then remembered that I'd FORGOT again to take a picture before I sprayed. I haven't primed the hull MG brackets so I DID take a pic just now. I made the details out of aluminum and brass. T...
by Mike Conley
Tue May 21, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: M3 Lee/ Grant Medium Tank
Topic: Mike's M3 Lee #12 Little Build Things
Replies: 54
Views: 10949

Re: Mike's M3 Lee #12 Little Build Things

Good Morning Everbody! As I mentioned, I Milliputed the rough spot on the MG mount and it looks okay now. Now I've been working on the 37mm mount. It had too sharp angle, square sides so I smeared it all over with Milliput to round and taper the corners and give it a 'cast' look. Sanded that to blen...
by Mike Conley
Sat May 18, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: Sherman
Topic: Sherman
Replies: 3
Views: 5624

Re: Sherman

WOW David! That looks GREAT! There's sure been a LOT of detail work put in it!!

How do those 'Duckbills' on the tracks hold up? I've been curious about'em but don't know how sturdy they'd be.

Mike
by Mike Conley
Sat May 18, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: M3 Lee/ Grant Medium Tank
Topic: Mike's M3 Lee #12 Little Build Things
Replies: 54
Views: 10949

Re: Mike's M3 Lee #12 Little Build Things

Thanks Bob and Adrian! The next time I have left over Miliput, instead of making a little coiled snake or round head smiley face, I'm going to touch up the left side with a quick smear. (Ever notice that when you think you have it 'right', as soon as you spray the color, you see what you missed?) Th...
by Mike Conley
Fri May 17, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: Official Technical Advice from Armortek
Topic: Motion Control Module
Replies: 4
Views: 6464

Re: Motion Control Module

THANKS ADRIAN!! I knew to come on here and ask the EXPERTS!! You're a BRAIN!!

Mike (the one in Kentucky!)
by Mike Conley
Fri May 17, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: M3 Lee/ Grant Medium Tank
Topic: Mike's M3 Lee #12 Little Build Things
Replies: 54
Views: 10949

Re: Mike's M3 Lee #12 Little Build Things

I got both tracks built and painted about a week ago. Beveled the sprockets and got them bolted together, bead blasted, and painted. Today I did a 'Bench Test' and the electrics come on and THANKS Adrian for the help! You're a BRAIN on electrics! I installed the motors in the hull too. I've got the ...
by Mike Conley
Fri May 17, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Official Technical Advice from Armortek
Topic: Motion Control Module
Replies: 4
Views: 6464

Re: Motion Control Module

I've been doing the bench test this morning and I have a question. I use Futaba T4YF-2.4G four channel radios on all my tanks and I've always used the right radio lever up and down for both motors F/R and left radio lever moved side to side for steering left/right. The way the Motion Pack operates n...