My Beaut Aussie Cent

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Re: My Beaut Aussie Cent

Post by Phil Woollard » Wed Sep 11, 2019 5:46 pm

A very brave and difficult addition Stephen, I'm not normally in favour of battle damage but you have it there. 8)
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Re: My Beaut Aussie Cent

Post by Derek Attree » Thu Sep 12, 2019 7:59 am

Hi Stephen
This has to be the most realistic true to life Armortek model ever.
Simply stunning :shock: :shock: :shock:

Hope to see you Sunday

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Re: My Beaut Aussie Cent

Post by Stephen White » Thu Sep 12, 2019 9:18 am

Thanks Phil and Derek, your comments mean a lot. I keep checking back with the surviving crew and will always be guided by them. They've been very supportive to date, particularly with the sound recordings I used. Derek, looking forward to catching up on Sunday. I'm going to be doing a short talk on the research behind the model, if you're interested. More original films and photos than me, though.

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Re: My Beaut Aussie Cent

Post by Stephen White » Tue Sep 15, 2020 2:50 pm

Barrel Smoke

When I installed my barrel smoke system, I removed the kit LED flash unit, mostly because I wanted the space to run a neoprene tube down the barrel from the smoke unit to the muzzle but also because I never found the LEDs very realistic. If you push them sufficiently into the muzzle that they can't be seen, .....they can't be seen.

I was browsing on a well known online store looking for laser measuring equipment when I coincidentally found this:

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It's a tiny red laser marker which will fit easily into the barrel alongside the smoke tube. The Centurion muzzle is just over 14mm in diameter. The laser is 21 x 7 mm and works off 2.6-5v DC.

The plan is that the laser beam will colour the smoke out to a distance from the muzzle and represent a substantial and visible flash as the gun fires. I've just got to work out how best to integrate it into the tank electrics. Thought it might be of interest, not just to anyone thinking of barrel smoke.

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Re: My Beaut Aussie Cent

Post by John Clarke » Tue Sep 15, 2020 3:40 pm

Don't point the barrel at any low fly air craft Stephen :lol:
Funny, I was going to fit one of these to the Chieftain targeting sight for bit of fun. But you have to keep the beam low otherwise you'll have some silly making a blame claim for loss of sight in one eye. :lol: ooh arr
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Re: My Beaut Aussie Cent

Post by John Clarke » Wed Sep 16, 2020 7:44 am

Have you considered a strobe flash up the barrel onto the smoke you've generated by one of those 1/16 scale tank add on units Stephen, I guess the illumination would be quite short but it might be enough to draw the attention to the effect.

I had considered a flash paper gun used by magicians , sadly it would be one time muzzle loaded device only. :cry:

Not for the faint heart'ed though :shock:
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Re: My Beaut Aussie Cent

Post by Phil Woollard » Wed Sep 16, 2020 8:47 am

I like the flash paper gun, I've got loads of similar material in my magazine! 8)
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Re: My Beaut Aussie Cent

Post by John Clarke » Wed Sep 16, 2020 8:51 am

Can I get a subscription Phil :lol:
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Post by Phil Woollard » Wed Sep 16, 2020 10:05 am

You can buy it from various firework companies so long as you can persuade them your legit, you don't need a licience! 8)
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Re: My Beaut Aussie Cent

Post by Stephen White » Tue Sep 22, 2020 12:47 pm

I've completed the installation of the laser enhancement to my barrel smoker and done some initial testing. Overall, I'm quite pleased with the result. After looking at the various sources of power in the turret, I decided for simplicity's sake to draw 12v from the feed to one of the fans driving the smoke into the barrel. This is triggered by a momentary toggle switch on the tx and will therefore trigger the smoke and laser simultaneously. The wiring was very simple, just a Y-lead. The laser requires 5V, so the harness includes a 7805 voltage regulator. This probably doesn't need a heat sink as the laser will only be on momentarily but by mounting the regulator on the turret wall, it's got the biggest heat sink going.

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The laser sits alongside the smoke discharge tube in the barrel with a baffle to disperse the smoke.

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Re: My Beaut Aussie Cent

Post by Marco Peter » Tue Sep 22, 2020 1:09 pm

Only a short movie can do this justice!
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