Factory Flood

Forum for Armortek Owners to Meet, chat and share knowledge. You are advised to check 'official advice' before carrying out any modifications.
Post Reply
User avatar
Site Admin
Posts: 2213
Joined: Tue Jul 10, 2007 10:30 am
Location: Winchester, England
Been Liked: 838 times

Factory Flood

Post by Armortek » Sat Aug 29, 2020 9:28 pm

Many, many thanks for your kind calls, email and forum posts - as well as your offers to help. It is humbling to see such a supportive community.

In short - for those who don't like reading .. all is well and we will be up and running again on Tuesday.

The longer version:
Thursday afternoon we had a downpour. Did not last that long, maybe 10 or 15 minutes, but the volume of water in such a short space of time was incredible, as was the noise.

The result ... well I think the video says it all:


Needless to say, the electricity mains were isolated pretty damn fast - did not wait to shut the machines down in an orderly fashion, nor waste time stopping the jobs that were running. CNC machines don't normally take kindly to unexpected power shutdowns, especially whilst working on a job, but I did not really want to experience the alternative. The last time we had a power cut we had to call in a Fanuc engineer to fix the electrical board on a 5AX machine. Added to that was the fact that water was running down a couple of the machines !
So Thursday did not look all that great.

Friday was spent on clean up and drying out. Many thanks to Chris and Malcolm who worked non stop to get the place in order again.
Electrics were dried out as well and by the end of the day we had tested all the machines - good news on that front .. apart from a couple of broken tools, they seem to be ok.

So, all told, it could have been far worse. We lost/ damaged some things I would have preferred not to have lost/ damaged, but on Tuesday we will be back up to speed on the Stug III.


Robert Reid
Posts: 478
Joined: Mon Oct 09, 2017 9:49 pm
Has liked: 72 times
Been Liked: 320 times

Re: Factory Flood

Post by Robert Reid » Sat Aug 29, 2020 9:37 pm


Poured rain here today, but nothing like that. Hurricane remnants... Meh...

But farm work about done with frost coming in soon. And I broke out the RR chassis and started on the rear axle. I have plans. Big plans! ;-)

Glad you guys are doing well and had an all-hands success!



Posts: 1636
Joined: Fri Nov 02, 2007 8:51 pm
Location: new forest,hampshire,u.k.
Been Liked: 499 times

Re: Factory Flood

Post by simon_manning » Sat Aug 29, 2020 9:49 pm

I think gutter cleaning will be on the agenda also for next week, very disheartening, glad to know alls well, regards simon.

User avatar
Adrian Harris
Posts: 4035
Joined: Thu Jul 12, 2007 10:46 pm
Location: Berkshire (UK)
Has liked: 330 times
Been Liked: 444 times

Re: Factory Flood

Post by Adrian Harris » Sat Aug 29, 2020 10:06 pm

Oh my word, that's scary stuff with all that three phase wiring !

Glad to hear most things survived and no one was harmed.

Contact me at sales@armortekaddict.uk for details of my smoker fan control module and other electronic gadgetry

Kevin Hunter
Posts: 470
Joined: Sat Nov 03, 2012 9:10 am
Location: Guernsey, Channel Islands
Has liked: 129 times
Been Liked: 65 times

Re: Factory Flood

Post by Kevin Hunter » Sat Aug 29, 2020 10:10 pm

Very relieved for you all Kian, could just as easily have been more catastrophic.
Good luck with the remainder of the cleanup.

Jerry Carducci
Posts: 23
Joined: Sun Apr 05, 2020 7:38 pm
Been Liked: 2 times

Re: Factory Flood

Post by Jerry Carducci » Sun Aug 30, 2020 12:38 am

Mother nature, must respect her. Some of you may have read what her last temper tantrum did here in California. She lit
fires all over the place. We're still feeling (and smelling) the effects...

Glad all will be well Kian.

http://tanks.linite.com/ - RC tanks: stay home, build a tank and save a life!

User avatar
Steen Vøler
Posts: 599
Joined: Mon Nov 19, 2012 2:45 pm
Location: Denmark
Has liked: 36 times
Been Liked: 168 times

Re: Factory Flood

Post by Steen Vøler » Sun Aug 30, 2020 12:55 pm

Glad that no one got injured. It's a lot of water pouring in at the electrical installations


User avatar
Dennis Jones
Posts: 761
Joined: Wed Feb 04, 2009 11:19 am
Location: Poole, Dorset
Has liked: 8 times
Been Liked: 44 times

Re: Factory Flood

Post by Dennis Jones » Mon Aug 31, 2020 11:27 am

Glad all ok, we had that downpour over here in Poole as well, came from nowhere and the wind got up, lasted about 15 mins, 2 hours later not a cloud in the sky, good old British weather.


Don Gray
Posts: 48
Joined: Fri Jan 17, 2020 5:08 am
Location: Pennsylvania, USA
Has liked: 11 times
Been Liked: 61 times

Re: Factory Flood

Post by Don Gray » Tue Sep 01, 2020 5:32 pm

Wow! That's definitely a sphincter tightening experience I am sure.

Glad to hear there was minimal damage and no one was injured.

mark lawson
Posts: 565
Joined: Tue May 14, 2013 9:14 pm
Location: Solihull
Has liked: 1474 times
Been Liked: 180 times

Re: Factory Flood

Post by mark lawson » Tue Sep 01, 2020 6:33 pm

Oh my word, that is a leak. I do hope you get this sorted out soon. someone is going to be an expert at moping when this is all over.
Werkstatt - 5, 1/6 Panzer parts. werkstatt.five@gmail.com
RAG Militärmodellbau
IG Militärmodellbau

Steve Norris
Posts: 1023
Joined: Thu Jul 12, 2007 11:42 am
Location: Manchester
Has liked: 3 times
Been Liked: 282 times

Re: Factory Flood

Post by Steve Norris » Tue Sep 01, 2020 6:43 pm

Maybe worth going with a amphibious model for the next Armortek kit :D
Hope everything dries out soon

User avatar
Stephen White
Site Admin
Posts: 2641
Joined: Sat Oct 11, 2008 7:05 pm
Location: Dorset
Has liked: 380 times
Been Liked: 948 times

Re: Factory Flood

Post by Stephen White » Thu Sep 03, 2020 11:18 am

Nice one Steve. On the other (Next Model) thread......

"Sorry to hear Kian, hope recovery isn’t too painful or protracted. Would it be in bad taste to suggest a DUKW next.......or Sherman DD? No, on second thoughts, the perfect complement to Chieftain, a Stalwart....."

yves mouton
Posts: 611
Joined: Fri Nov 06, 2009 7:55 pm
Location: Belgium
Has liked: 1 time
Been Liked: 49 times

Re: Factory Flood

Post by yves mouton » Thu Sep 03, 2020 6:35 pm


Maybe a U-boot, i would buy one :)

Best regards Yves

florian rudolf
Posts: 383
Joined: Mon Feb 29, 2016 10:53 am
Has liked: 98 times
Been Liked: 326 times

Re: Factory Flood

Post by florian rudolf » Fri Sep 04, 2020 7:47 am

Ohhhh dear... saw the flood just now the first time.
Hopeful the damage is not too big. :shock:

Post Reply