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Re: Chieftain build by Phil Woollard.

Post by Ivano Costantini » Sat Jul 11, 2020 4:15 pm

OK sorry!

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Post by Phil Woollard » Sun Jul 12, 2020 3:21 pm

Just in case you guys think I'm slacking here's a quick update on filling the kit lockers.
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Making tool boxes, really so the tools don't get lost in the bottom of the kit lockers.
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These are made to fit the lockers.
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I love Dave's tool kits all metal with little fetling to prep for paint.
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Preping the spare track links, no rust on these, these are factory fresh. I use the range target tiger1 as a spraying platform , this keeps the old girl in good shape.
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Padlocks for all the kit lockers.
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Just need to weather and dry brush with my metallic paint shade.
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Post by Phil Woollard » Wed Jul 15, 2020 1:58 pm

I've had a good few days refining and finishing off the smaller jobs. 8)
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Tools and kit all painted and weathered and ready to live in their respective lockers.
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The boys are getting the vehicle ready for its first outing under its own power, just as soon as the smoke control unit arrives is fitted we will be off
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Post by Phil Woollard » Thu Jul 16, 2020 7:46 pm

More chieftain jobs to finish.
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I know it hardly shows but the commanders sight was just to large and interfered with the commanders shoulders, so I have printed a 20% slimmer version, it's still very tight in there but it's a great improvement.
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The yellow primer is high build and very nicely fills the pla printed layer lines creating a more resin like quality without the smell.
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Final, I hope adjustments to the deck hatches so the radiators clear the hinges. Trimmed and ready for the top coat.there's a lot going on in there so do expect a little fetling.
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Post by Phil Woollard » Fri Jul 17, 2020 6:45 pm

First driving trial as I have now moved into the new workshop and the only way to get it there was to drive it. It so big!
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And on the way down to the new workshop.
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I can honestly say it's ultra smooth, the running gear is beautiful, just take your time setting it up! It's not even run in yet and will only get better.
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Re: Chieftain build by Phil Woollard.

Post by John Clarke » Sat Jul 18, 2020 8:14 am

Great pictures and vid Phil, thanks 8)
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Post by Kevin Hunter » Sat Jul 18, 2020 9:34 am

Phil, looks fabulous.
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Re: Chieftain build by Phil Woollard.

Post by Robert E Morey » Mon Jul 20, 2020 7:28 pm

One for the record books Phil. The level of detail is off the charts. So many fine details. You really put your heart into this one - its hard to tell the model from a real Chieftain. Awesome job! Really like the two tone camo.
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Re: Chieftain build by Phil Woollard.

Post by Martin Paul » Mon Jul 20, 2020 9:07 pm

Hi Phil,

Just wanted to go on the forum and compliment you on the awesome work you have put into this Chieftain build.

Its has been a fun journey watching you take the already amazing kit that Armortek produce and turning it into a Museum piece.

For anyone looking to have an Armortek kit built by a true master. I recommend Phil as my personal experience through the process has been more than I could have wished for.

My biggest problem now if that anything else I build will look very amateurish. See Below :oops:

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All I will need now is a Challenger and I will have the set of post war British Medium Tanks.

I look forward to seeing this kit in the flesh when you are happy to let her go.

Stay Healthy.

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Post by Phil Woollard » Fri Jul 24, 2020 4:54 pm

Up the ramp today .https://youtu.be/GllO3B48GBA for some tricky wiring. 8) The smoker has no or little control at present, Adrian is still working on the improved version.
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You will need 16' of space if you use atv ramps !
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I would have liked to use the lovely slip ring to get the power to the elevation mech and the interior lights but there's just not enough room, so it will have to be a bonded grommet with plenty of cable length so you can reach the bench.
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Shame we can't use this.
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Post by mark j. radick » Fri Jul 24, 2020 5:51 pm

Phil...your tank is off the charts ! what a great build,,,looks awesome !!!!

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Post by Phil Woollard » Sat Jul 25, 2020 6:46 pm

Thanks Mark, some more finishing jobs finished 8)
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Been making bed rolls, I used the neoprene from the bottom of my tool cabinet draws, now my tools rattle.
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The turret wiring was successful. Just remember how many times you have turned the turret the same direction, then unwind just to make sure you don't knot the cables!
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Black overalls from these, and it works. You have to prep the material with thinners, then apply the mat black spray paint of your choice.
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You have to paint inside and out, you will use the best part of a whole can.
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I've been painting the Asian figures faces with a more western tone to include a soup strainer and I think it's worked.
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Post by Phil Woollard » Wed Aug 12, 2020 5:55 pm

Daves box of tricks arrived yesterday. 8)
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I do like Dave's work, this is a kit of many small parts that will engage the grey matter but stick with it as the end result is spectacular!
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I have three examples to make and then will choose the best looking.
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You can even improve on Dave's work if your really fussy. I have lots of brass parts for just such an occasion.
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Now which one to choose?
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I like this example as it's a mix of many parts.
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Post by Phil Woollard » Thu Aug 13, 2020 3:49 pm

I just can't do anymore in the workshop today as it's approaching 40 Celsius in there but I have endured 6 hrs. 8)
Does anybody have a photo of the entry point of the power cable of the search light sphere please?
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I dressed the periscope casting overfill to fit the slot, this helps it locate and increases its robustness.
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You may need to set the whole unit back a few mm and just take the corners off the wiper bracket to get it to clear the cupola swivel housing bolts, if you have used countersink fixings you won't need to.
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Where would we be without our Tamiya pots of colour?
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I have removed and replaced the search light swivel with an m3 long bolt just as belt and braces. The gun swivel has also had an m3 fixing added so you can now elevate the gpmg cradle and lock it at what ever angle you wish.
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Still more parts to add and the boss would like the search light functional, so functional it will be!
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Re: Chieftain build by Phil Woollard.

Post by Stephen White » Thu Aug 13, 2020 5:06 pm

Here you go.

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