Chieftain No. 34

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Re: Chieftain No. 34

Post by Manny Leung » Mon Sep 14, 2020 9:49 am

Have not had any problems with my gearbox so far🤞, although I've not pushed it too hard,just running up and down smooth surfaces and going up ramps. When moving off I always apply a little throttle first before I push it to the max.🤞🤞🤞🤞

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Re: Chieftain No. 34

Post by Mark Russell » Mon Sep 14, 2020 1:12 pm

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Dreadful news Charles :cry: :evil: :twisted: .mixed emotions about this.
The cold beer should be in the left hand and the control of a wonderful model in the other, driving back to base should be the norm. Having to push the heavy lump back should not or be a very rare case.
On my reckoning of the known seven running Armortek Chieftain hulls that have completed, three have had running problems.
I'm a long way from running my model around, but I'm starting to think I need lots of access to the mechanical bits. Once the rear deck is tied down welds run and painted, the last thing you want to do is tear it up to get at the rumbling bits.
I'll be looking forward to the autopsy report to see what can be done,

May be set up a toten pole investigation. :lol:
Hi John the good news is that you can remove the motor/gearboxes without removing the smokers or rear deck. They can be removed from the engine bay access hatches just about. Don’t ask how I know!

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Re: Chieftain No. 34

Post by John Clarke » Mon Sep 14, 2020 1:48 pm

Ahh Mark, The Question from an owners point view, should we have too? Do I need wing nuts for a quick motor gearbox release? Explosive bolts to jettison the rear armor plate :!: (of course worst case scenario)

I never had to worry about the KT, JT might be a different matter if weight is the issue. Or is it the tracks? I'm sure all will be revealed in time.

if the failure rates keep creeping up to real life historical percentages, it does become concerning :cry: , maybe the next Armortek model should be a FV 434 :lol:

I was going to have a flattened rear deck mod done to be more in keeping with a Mk5, I've got a super duper smoker going in my baby, so I think I may have to put more thought into that. :|
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I hope Charles it's sorted fast sorry to hear this news.
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Re: Chieftain No. 34

Post by Charles A Stewart » Mon Sep 14, 2020 3:26 pm

Hi all
Motors are going south tomorrow a.m.

Manny, we were operating slowly as we need to adjust transmitter throttle travel, as mentioned elsewhere n this forum. We prefer this as slow is safe and we are learning. If the tank were to be operating at full throttle movement, I wouldn't like to presume what further damage may have occurred.

So hopefully we will get a post mortem report soon.

Cheers for comments.

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Re: Chieftain No. 34

Post by Richard Goodwin » Mon Sep 14, 2020 5:13 pm

Sorry to hear your news Charles. There seems a lot of failures starting to occur now that some are up and running ( well sort of 😂). But seriously, it’s got me thinking now that I need to divert from doing the planned mods on the rear deck, turret tray and ‘t’ piece and instead, to start getting the drive system installed and running. I don’t really want to do that yet but it seems as if I have little choice! 🤦🏼

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Re: Chieftain No. 34

Post by Charles A Stewart » Mon Sep 14, 2020 6:24 pm

Thank you Richard for replying.

I hope an answer to this issue will soon be forth coming. I appreciate that most Chieftian owners are modifying/detailing their models to a high degree.

So I hope the pause is only temporary.

My son has complained, that during lock down, I spent a lot of time on the rear end of the tank. I can only blame the forum for this, thank you gentleman. Phil, John, et al.

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Re: Chieftain No. 34

Post by Charles A Stewart » Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:42 pm

Just looked at my last post: It's meant as a complement .
Cheers Charles

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Re: Chieftain No. 34

Post by Charles A Stewart » Wed Sep 23, 2020 6:31 pm

Today the motors reappeared.

Hopefully, tomorrow, they will be installed and tested.

Fingers crossed garden trails after that, if that is successful I will task my lad to sign up for U tube. He has assured me it's straight forward; watch this space.

Cheers all
Charles

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Re: Chieftain No. 34

Post by John Clarke » Wed Sep 23, 2020 8:01 pm

Super 8) Looking forward to the results.
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Re: Chieftain No. 34

Post by Richard Goodwin » Wed Sep 23, 2020 8:56 pm

Fingers are crossed Charles!! 8)

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Re: Chieftain No. 34

Post by Charles A Stewart » Thu Sep 24, 2020 3:43 pm

Raining, but never mind.
motors fitted and working. unfortunately I can only go back and forth, carefully, on the bench.

Hope to have drive round garden over the weekend.

How strong should the bailey Brdg. be, scale wise.

Take care all.
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Re: Chieftain No. 34

Post by John Clarke » Thu Sep 24, 2020 4:24 pm

Nice, Nice road wheel travel too Charles. 8)

Look forward to test report and references of the thrash round the garden. :D

Drag turns, Neutral turns, reverse and forward should all be tested. Churn that grass, don't hold back! :D

Don't forget good hill climb and what about a car drag for good measure. Standard Armortek practice, "Have you got an old Rolls Royce Armortek style to yank?" or you could make do with an old Renault Kangoo?

Remember what ever the Famo can do, I'm sure the Chieftain Kangoo better. :lol:

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Re: Chieftain No. 34

Post by Charles A Stewart » Thu Sep 24, 2020 5:43 pm

John, I don't think it will be a thrash, more a sedate wander, for now at least.

Thank you for your ambitions for No.34.

Cheers Charles

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Re: Chieftain No. 34

Post by John Clarke » Thu Sep 24, 2020 7:11 pm

Just this then. :wink: Good luck tomorrow
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Re: Chieftain No. 34

Post by Manny Leung » Thu Sep 24, 2020 8:19 pm

Nope. More like this

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