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Post by Phil Woollard » Tue Mar 24, 2020 4:54 pm

Lots done today. 8)
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Prepping for paint tomorrow.
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The tiny turret basket weld beads have to be done.
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And there are lots of them.
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Decals applied to the oil drums.
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The fragile turret roof weld beads have to be repaired a lot as they tend to get snagged while your working.
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The Chieftain turret fills the lift table on its own.
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Post by Phil Woollard » Wed Mar 25, 2020 10:44 am

Got to get on with the painting.
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The light stone goes on over a darker stone undercoat to give some depth where I choose .
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The bluetack sausages rolled and ready for the camouflage masking.
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Now what colour do we paint the inside of the NBC box?
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Post by Phil Woollard » Wed Mar 25, 2020 3:58 pm

I was thinking about green for the inside of the NBC box. Now I really need a photo of the inside of that rear hatch or I will have to use my imagination :lol:
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Can anyone identify this area of the turret please? I would say loader as it's left of the breech and there's plenty of room, also what are the conical fittings at head height, and the Orange handles?
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Post by Stephen White » Wed Mar 25, 2020 8:31 pm

Can anyone identify this area of the turret please? I would say loader as it's left of the breech and there's plenty of room, also what are the conical fittings at head height, and the Orange handles?
Photo shows the left front of the turret, ie the loader's station. The orange handles are the breech opening and closing levers, used for the first round and for cleaning/stripping the breech. The left lever is the Breech Mechanism Lever (BML). Push forward on the BML retaining catch lever on the top of the handle and pull the BML to the rear to open the breech. The breech is closed by pulling the right hand Breech Closing Lever. The breech remained open after gun run out.

The conical fittings are the front end of stowage for two APFSDS projectiles (="fin"). The two small clips to the left are for the loader's SMG and to the left of that, out of frame, is a stowage rack for one more fin proj. Fin was introduced in mid service and, as a much larger projectile, required a lot of extra space, resulting in a revised ammunition stowage.

The beige stuff is the spall liner, which covered a lot of exposed turret wall.

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Post by Phil Woollard » Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:44 am

Thank you Stephen, I wonder if Dave might produce some of the pointy rnds, I could do with a few of them.

The rear hatch detail I am really struggling with. I believe from the info from you guys that they housed the metadyne compartment, and the other hatch was for the radio batteries compartment, just to clarify which hatch was for which? Can you serving guys remember what it looked like in there per chance?

Message for Dave, did you see my request for another two turret position seat sets please? I will then have a total of three for all the turret bums!
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Post by Phil Woollard » Thu Mar 26, 2020 3:25 pm

Getting it done. 8)
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I have decided to bite the bullet and flip the turret over now before there's even more fragile detail added, should of done it earlier but didn't.
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I shall use a flat soldering iron to create the weld beads on those plasticard strips I've used to define the angle plate.
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The vents and angle ribs in place.
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Big turret weld beads.
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Although I'm painting this area I may end up fabricating an entire turret interior from abs. I just need more reference photos. I have removed the slip ring so I can think about the turret interior , this will include a half turret basket but we will see!.
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NATO interior silver just to keep it tidy really before I start adding some detail .
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I'm filling all the imperfections that now stand out like a sore thumb now the top coat is going on
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Post by Charles A Stewart » Thu Mar 26, 2020 6:59 pm

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Post by Phil Woollard » Thu Mar 26, 2020 7:12 pm

Thanks Charles, a quick edit and out pops the detail. 8)
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Post by Phil Woollard » Fri Mar 27, 2020 5:38 pm

Lots more done, I hope you guys are not getting bored with all the little detail jobs that I'm describing? 8)
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I found this smg to detail the turret interior.
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To get the openings in the turret roof to look any good you will need to add the rain strips.
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I'm still cutting up little brackets left over from previous build to make other fittings, it saves so much time.
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More rain strips.
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The hatch head cushioning is quite simple to make.
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Post by Dave Dibb (Armorpax) » Fri Mar 27, 2020 6:11 pm

Sorry Phil,

Missed your note.Two more of the last one I sent you?

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Post by Phil Woollard » Fri Mar 27, 2020 6:22 pm

Yes please Dave and anything else you ready for me, kept safe mate kind regards Phil.
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Post by Phil Woollard » Sat Mar 28, 2020 12:49 pm

Dave I also need 8 of your finest 12 volt lead acid batteries and connectors if you have them please 8)
I'm painting and have made a start on the turret interior.
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The fuzzy bits have been on my mind for a while so now I have retouched the green.
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That's much better.
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I have made the barrel replacement doors for the rear bulkhead, I presume there was a bulkhead to keep the metadyne batteries away from the crew compartment?
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Just trying out different options.
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Post by John Clarke » Sat Mar 28, 2020 1:37 pm

Really like the Fuzzy bits 8)
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Post by andymusgrove » Sun Mar 29, 2020 12:06 am

Phil

NOT getting bored at all, loving it in fact :D

Keep up the good work and stay safe

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Post by Phil Woollard » Sun Mar 29, 2020 11:53 am

I'm supposed to be having a day off today but after my Sunday tidy up I just couldn't resist getting a bit done. 8)
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Positioning the racking for the radio sets and the ammunition containers. The commanders seat needs to slide towards the turret right but will need some fetling before that can happen.
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Where ever possible I use bought in enclosures but I will have to make many many more by hand.
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This area needs to be filled with the metadyne system and the radio batteries. I'm going to need to build the breech to make the interior look convincing, that's so big it with cover most the visible electronics.
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