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by Stephen White
Tue Dec 03, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Armortek Owners
Topic: In memory of Gill Watkins
Replies: 87
Views: 4133

Re: In memory of Gill Watkins

GILL WATKINS Although these last few days have been so hard to bear for those closest to Gill, it's the community that she and Mark built and Monique and Kian have enhanced, which will be Gill's truly lasting legacy. Few people can claim they've not only built a successful business but touched peopl...
by Stephen White
Mon Dec 02, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: Chieftain build by Phil Woollard.
Replies: 427
Views: 50667

Re: Chieftain build by Phil Woollard.

Mark, If you had suffered a drenching from over - enthusiastic use of the right boot going through water you might appreciate the deflector. The Bovington D&M instructors used to encourage young troop leaders on our course to drive hard. Only the very wise had the sense to enter water at a steady pa...
by Stephen White
Mon Dec 02, 2019 11:05 am
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: Chieftain Build No.17
Replies: 28
Views: 2829

Re: Chieftain Build No.17

Mark, the Chieftain paint choices are pretty straightforward. The factory paint for UK service vehicles was to FVRDE Specification 2012 which set out what a military standard paint was required to do, compared with a proprietary paint. It's this standard which is called up on Chieftain drawings. In ...
by Stephen White
Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:17 am
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: 00 FD 96 John's Main Contender
Replies: 100
Views: 13020

Re: 00 FD 96 John's Main Contender

Does any one have a full list of casting numbers? SAM_1757.JPG SAM_1800.JPG John, the so-called "casting numbers" are actually references to the part drawing number. Some of the main ones are listed in the ISPL (= parts list) but many are called up on the assembly level drawings so they're not easy...
by Stephen White
Mon Dec 02, 2019 9:58 am
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: Chieftain build by Phil Woollard.
Replies: 427
Views: 50667

Re: Chieftain build by Phil Woollard.

I've notice not all Chieftains had the collar fitted, I've wondered if it was a Mk thing or an add on. And can I ask why there's a hole in the splash board? John, Phil, the Vickers drawing for the Deflector is dated 1969, so the design was available very early on in Chieftain's life. It was introdu...
by Stephen White
Sat Nov 30, 2019 10:17 am
Forum: Craftsman's Market
Topic: Chieftain Stuff
Replies: 105
Views: 11803

Re: Chieftain Stuff

Goggles and helmet are perfect Dave, well done. Not sure about the tinted lenses. the standard goggles certainly came with a set of interchangeable lenses but I only ever used the clear ones.

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by Stephen White
Thu Nov 28, 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: Chieftain build by Phil Woollard.
Replies: 427
Views: 50667

Re: Chieftain build by Phil Woollard.

Phil, I owe you a reply about the photos you posted above. I can safely say I've never seen any of the fittings I've arrowed on this pic. That doesn't necessarily mean they're not of official origin but I'm guessing they're either a trial fit or more likely something which has been added since the v...
by Stephen White
Thu Nov 28, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: Chieftain info and banter
Replies: 103
Views: 18760

Re: Chieftain info and banter

John, the British Army was very sensitive to the enemy being able to open hatches from outside after some close encounters in Korea with Centurion. The hatches when locked from the inside couldn't be opened from outside without a box spanner. For security, we used to lock the driver's and commander'...
by Stephen White
Thu Nov 28, 2019 4:11 pm
Forum: Tiger 1
Topic: Brian's 2017 NO. 10 LATE TIGER 1 BUILD
Replies: 664
Views: 69063

Re: Brian's 2017 NO. 10 LATE TIGER 1 BUILD

Thanks Brian, so it's more skill than equipment. I've almost stopped using a digital SLR now in favour of an iPhone X with DJI Osmo gimbal. Since the Photobucket farce, I've been uploading direct to the Forum with a limit of about 2Mb per photo but I might go back to Flickr. Thanks again. Love your ...
by Stephen White
Thu Nov 28, 2019 10:08 am
Forum: Tiger 1
Topic: Vince's Tiger 1 late variant 2017
Replies: 1095
Views: 128536

Re: Vince's Tiger 1 late variant 2017

Vince, on some tanks, jump is just what the gun does do. As the centre of mass moves rearwards with recoil, the gun becomes unbalanced and the muzzle does rise. So maybe worth looking at some film of Tiger firing to see it it's realistic or not. You may have stumbled on a winner.
by Stephen White
Thu Nov 28, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: Tiger 1
Topic: Brian's 2017 NO. 10 LATE TIGER 1 BUILD
Replies: 664
Views: 69063

Re: Brian's 2017 NO. 10 LATE TIGER 1 BUILD

Brian, there's something about the quality of your photos which makes them stand out. I see you're somehow managing to upload very high res images to the Forum but that doesn't entirely explain the outstanding quality. Could you please tell us what camera and photo editing software you're using? I'd...
by Stephen White
Thu Nov 28, 2019 9:36 am
Forum: Sdkfz 7 Half Track
Topic: sdkfz 7 build log.
Replies: 29
Views: 7106

Re: sdkfz 7 build log.

Looks like you're enjoying this one Simon, mojo back in action. Thanks for posting. Very enjoyable to read. Stephen
by Stephen White
Thu Nov 28, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: Chieftain info and banter
Replies: 103
Views: 18760

Re: Chieftain info and banter

Good morning John. The driver's access door is mounted on a spring loaded column which raises it when the two retaining catches are released. These extracts from the User Handbook and ISPL describe the setup. Screenshot 2019-11-28 at 09.25.29.jpg Screenshot 2019-11-28 at 09.25.18.jpg IMG_5544.jpg Dr...
by Stephen White
Wed Nov 27, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: Chieftain build by Phil Woollard.
Replies: 427
Views: 50667

Re: Chieftain build by Phil Woollard.

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Just had another look at this one Phil. There are some very non-standard fittings on the glacis and I don't recall those lifting shackles being fitted in service. The bollards on the other hand were a vital bits of kit. How else would you mount your charger with dignity?
by Stephen White
Wed Nov 27, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: Chieftain MBT
Topic: Chieftain build by Phil Woollard.
Replies: 427
Views: 50667

Re: Chieftain build by Phil Woollard.

Good work Phil, progress. Sometimes a small detail just doesn't look right and a case in point is the wading rail around the driver's hatch. The Takom kit has it right, whereas the Armortek layout is too smooth a curve. There should be a distinct kink either side, to the rear of which the rail is st...