Early or mid ? Tiger 1 build by Phil Woollard

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Early or mid ? Tiger 1 build by Phil Woollard

Post by Phil Woollard » Tue Aug 25, 2020 3:50 pm

Whilst waiting for parts to arrive to complete the Chieftain I have started on a Tiger 1 that's going to be made up of all my favorite parts, you will get the idea as the build goes along. 8)

I do still need an early cupola if anyone has a spare, I do have a mid for trade if required?
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Not sure how long I shall spend building her as I have the RR and a Stug coming soon from Phil Dawe which will keep me busy.
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The parts I've been collecting for the last five years now. The early wheels arrived recently from Dave in the Rockies.
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Deburring and polishing the main drive gears, this makes it super smooth.
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Post by Phil Woollard » Wed Sep 02, 2020 8:41 pm

A little more done on the chassis.
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The adjuster fitted arse backwards but it works a treat.
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I will explain later.
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One of the idlers needed tweaking slightly to get the the alignment just so.
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Re: Early or mid ? Tiger 1 build.

Post by John Clarke » Thu Sep 03, 2020 7:13 am

A RR and a Stug? nice.

Looking forward to it. :P
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Post by Steen Vøler » Thu Sep 03, 2020 10:09 am

5 years collecting parts :D I take my hat off 8)
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Re: Early or mid ? Tiger 1 build.

Post by Phil Woollard » Thu Sep 03, 2020 12:58 pm

I'm looking forward to the builds to as they are new to me John. Steen you know what's involved, I still don't have everything but hope Monique can help with that, I am still looking for those fillet pieces for your Tiger. 8)
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Post by Phil Woollard » Thu Sep 03, 2020 5:16 pm

Getting that suspension set up out the way, I forget just how long all that takes 8) message for Steve still no sign of that package mate!
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This is the look I think I'm going for, no zim but lots of bolt on like the smoke dischargers.
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You don't have to do this but I like to as it looks a bit more like the real thing.
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If your building one of the real early made kits don't use the cast suspension arm of you will never and I mean never get the thing to run smooth, these are the newer machined arms and they are square and true!
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Re: Early or mid ? Tiger 1 build.

Post by Steve Lewington » Thu Sep 03, 2020 10:11 pm

Hi Phil
Looking good mate I will chase up the parcel for you it should be with you by now.

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Post by Steen Vøler » Fri Sep 04, 2020 9:17 am

Thanks Phil
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Re: Early or mid ? Tiger 1 build.

Post by Phil Woollard » Fri Sep 04, 2020 5:07 pm

Lots done today 8)
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Near perfection.
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All packed with good quality grease.
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Turning down the sand casting finish.
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That's one side done and what a difference.
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Don't you just love the complexity of the early wheel set up?
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Re: Early or mid ? Tiger 1 build by Phil Woollard

Post by Phil Woollard » Sun Sep 06, 2020 1:31 pm

A couple of the road wheels finished, that's about as far as I shall go with the road wheel detail for now. 8)
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Turning the collar recess
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Now the collars fit flush which then leads to the knock on effect so everything else now needs adjusting to fit.
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Enough already!
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I think I fancy portraying this rather interesting example
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Same vehicle but months before, 323 sure did take some punishment.
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Re: Early or mid ? Tiger 1 build by Phil Woollard

Post by Phil Woollard » Tue Sep 08, 2020 9:02 am

A little more running gear work. 8) I do hope this thread is of interest to the majority of you guys, it will get more interesting I promise. :shock:
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Turning down the spacers to the road wheel outer axle diameter, this also gives more clearance between the opposing axles.
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A mm or so turned away to not only "true up" the casting but also to allow more clearance between the opposing axles. This should help stop the outer wheel being "spun" backwards whilst traversing very uneven ground, the real thing also suffered from this!
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Although this example has the wrong bolt configuration I do like the option.
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Post by Phil Woollard » Tue Sep 08, 2020 6:47 pm

Tracks on for the first time and it's as smooth as can be! 8)
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Running in using just a battery, no speed controller.
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Re: Early or mid ? Tiger 1 build by Phil Woollard

Post by Christoffer Ahlfors » Tue Sep 08, 2020 9:51 pm

323 from the 503rd heavy? Good choice! :D

You have developed a good feel for what details make a difference and what to skip. The wheel bolts really do stand out! Awesome! :D

However, you really do need to get better idlers for this quality level, but I have a hunch that they are already in the pipeline? :wink:
If not, Liam in Australia can help you out with idlers second to none! :D
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Post by Phil Woollard » Wed Sep 09, 2020 10:38 am

Hi Christoffer, glad you approve! Yes I agree the idlers need some work and it's all in hand. Good old Tiger 1 you just can't beat them. 8)
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Re: Early or mid ? Tiger 1 build by Phil Woollard

Post by Christoffer Ahlfors » Wed Sep 09, 2020 7:30 pm

The idlers are supposed to have ten spokes... :cry:
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