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Martin's Elefant

Post by Martin Hofmann » Thu Nov 21, 2019 5:15 pm

Hi all,
here i start a new projekt: an Elefant
Please find some fotos and the first impressions
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Re: Martin's Elefant

Post by simon_manning » Thu Nov 21, 2019 5:49 pm

Nice to see the new project Martin, i know it will be good, regards simon manning.

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Re: Martin's Elefant

Post by Christoffer Ahlfors » Thu Nov 21, 2019 7:29 pm

An elefant! Your tank parking should be pretty impressive by now! :shock:
I am looking very much forward to following this build. :D
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Re: Martin's Elefant

Post by David Brady » Thu Nov 21, 2019 9:54 pm

Nice to see another build from you Martin... these elefant kits are superb! I'm a few months away from getting back to mine but will be looking for details to include

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Re: Martin's Elefant

Post by Martin Hofmann » Tue Nov 26, 2019 5:33 pm

Hi Simon, Chris and David,
thank you for the nice welcome at the Elefant corner :D
I start with the motor grill and the barrel holder. Here are the photos from this area.
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Re: Martin's Elefant

Post by Martin Hofmann » Wed Dec 04, 2019 5:09 pm

After the first parts of the barrel holder i made the distance sleeve between the nut and the holder. The nut got two handles soldered on.
The 3 covers are scatch built from aluminium for the existing covers at the front plate.
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Re: Martin's Elefant

Post by Martin Hofmann » Tue Dec 10, 2019 6:02 pm

Now i am starting with the mechanic for the road wheels. I also etch primed the sprocket rings and the drive wheels.
They got some radii for simulating a cast surface. The wheels are primed.
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Re: Martin's Elefant

Post by Martin Hofmann » Fri Dec 13, 2019 3:45 pm

After making the casting surface with radii, i made some grease nippel in M2 for the hub caps. There are balls glued into the inner hexagon of the head.
Than the drive wheels got some casting numbers - i didn't find any photos where i could read the numbers, but the place is the correct one. Afterwards i made some drawings for the laser cutter for making the safety washers.
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Re: Martin's Elefant

Post by Martin Hofmann » Tue Jan 07, 2020 4:58 pm

After a wonderful holiday, i make a little update for the idler wheels and the drive wheels.
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Re: Martin's Elefant

Post by Martin Hofmann » Mon Jan 20, 2020 4:24 pm

There are some grease nipples for the road wheels with a diameter of 1,6mm - also with a ball glued in. The road wheels got some screws M 2,5 with locking washers insted of the studs. I have to modified all the ready built idler and sprocket wheels on a lathe, because there was not so much place for the horns of the track. Now the difference is more than 3mm.
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Re: Martin's Elefant

Post by Adrian Harris » Mon Jan 20, 2020 4:40 pm

I love those grease nipples.

But at 1.6mm ? With a ball ? You're mad :D

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Re: Martin's Elefant

Post by Martin Hofmann » Tue Jan 28, 2020 6:18 pm

Hi Adrian,
it is good to be a little mad for doing this job :D :D
After drilled and threaded 134 pieces of castellated nuts with M2.5 the result you can see here.
Now i had made the casting structure again to the wheels and painted afterwards.
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Re: Martin's Elefant

Post by simon_manning » Tue Jan 28, 2020 9:29 pm

Great work Martin, the nut's look superb, regards simon.

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Re: Martin's Elefant

Post by Martin Hofmann » Tue Feb 04, 2020 6:01 pm

Hi Simon,
thank you for the nice comment. Now i start with the modification of the mud scrapers.
The first one is only modified and got a new angle with some screws. The second one is scratch built from some photos.
I think the dimensions could be correct.
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Re: Martin's Elefant

Post by Martin Hofmann » Wed Feb 12, 2020 4:35 pm

In the meantime i prepared the road wheel suspension covers with some castellated nuts in M2 self made. And also the hub caps for the wheels got some screws in M2,5 with the new safety washers.
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