Chieftain Prototype Build

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Chieftain Prototype Build

Post by Armortek » Mon Apr 08, 2019 11:16 am

Update on the Chieftain

Because of the complexities of some of the parts, design work on some of the parts was already frozen about 3 weeks ago. The complete design was completed early last week - below are a few images of the design.

Very pleased on how this model is coming along!

The intention is what you see on the kit is what will be part of the kit - the only caveat to this is that we are now in the prototyping stage.
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Re: Chieftain Prototype Build

Post by Armortek » Mon Apr 08, 2019 11:31 am

Pictures of a few of the prototype parts that have been made so far:
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Re: Chieftain Prototype Build

Post by Armortek » Mon Apr 08, 2019 12:01 pm

Prototype build pictures (as built by the official Armortek builder - Chris)


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Intricate operational gun cradle
Bogie 1.JPG
Wheel
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Return roller
Bogie 3.JPG
More wheels
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Bogie assembly
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Bogie assembly
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Bogie assembly almost complete
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Re: Chieftain Prototype Build

Post by Brian Ostlind » Mon Apr 08, 2019 2:48 pm

Cool stuff!

How will the speed of this machine compare to other Armortek models?
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Re: Chieftain Prototype Build

Post by Kevin Hunter » Mon Apr 08, 2019 2:54 pm

Like a kid on Christmas Eve...………….
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Re: Chieftain Prototype Build

Post by Stephen White » Mon Apr 08, 2019 4:18 pm

Well done Kian and Mark, given the difficulties with the turret definition, it's a remarkable scale effort. I'm only sorry not to have been able to get you the blueprints earlier. Two minor observations: where are the MRS projector on top of the turret and the two back bins? Stephen

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Re: Chieftain Prototype Build

Post by Steve Ellis » Mon Apr 08, 2019 10:09 pm

Looking great so far, can’t wait to see the prototype at Tankfest later this year.
An awful lot of hard work has obviously gone into the research for this kit which probably mirrors the high expectations of those of us that served on Chieftain and have such fond memories of this old girl.
Well done Kian, Mark and everyone else who’s helped on this project.

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Re: Chieftain Prototype Build

Post by andymusgrove » Mon Apr 08, 2019 10:30 pm

Omg. I was trying to be good and not think about it yet and then you post this lot. Now I want to see more and more. Loving it.

Thanks to all the crew at Armortek for what they do 👍
Keep up the good work..

You have the best jobs 😁

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Re: Chieftain Prototype Build

Post by andymusgrove » Sat May 04, 2019 3:57 pm

Oh go on then another update would be great.... :P

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Re: Chieftain Prototype Build

Post by Chang » Sat May 04, 2019 8:42 pm

Hi all,
Look at those proto-type photos in the thread "Chinese Eye", I reckon the Chieftain will be another huge model.
Can Kian reveal the data of the size to let us realise how huge it will be ?
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Re: Chieftain Prototype Build

Post by Armortek » Tue May 07, 2019 11:11 pm

Just posted a video of the prototype hull running.
Featuring larger drive motors and steel tracks the prototype ran flawlessly over concrete, mud and grass. Unfortunately that will be enough playing for a bit as we keep working on the prototype build.
Chang wrote:
Sat May 04, 2019 8:42 pm
Look at those proto-type photos in the thread "Chinese Eye", I reckon the Chieftain will be another huge model.
Can Kian reveal the data of the size to let us realise how huge it will be ?
These are the only numbers we have so far until the prototype is built:
Length: 1.80m (5ft 10in) with gun in forwards position
Width: 0.6m (2ft)
Weight – to be confirmed once the prototype is built.

https://youtu.be/RVoOdHtw0e4
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Re: Chieftain Prototype Build

Post by Kevin Hunter » Tue May 07, 2019 11:36 pm

Great video..... keeping us on the edge of our seats with anticipation.
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Re: Chieftain Prototype Build

Post by Phil Woollard » Wed May 08, 2019 11:25 am

She looks great guy's and I'm so glad you have gone for steel tracks....no more worrying about breakages, ( not that I have ever broken an Armortek track, I hasten to ad) just give us the right noises and this will be epic, probably the best all metal 1/6th rc model in the entire world! 8)
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Re: Chieftain Prototype Build

Post by John Clarke » Thu May 09, 2019 1:09 pm

Excellent progress. Loved the Clip, for a few short seconds I thought you might do a maniac demo like this nutter with a Leo.
Thankfully not. :D

Once knew a manufacturer that did this sort of stuff at shows. He didn't tell prospective buyers that the model needed regular repair work afterwards.

May look great but the running gear would soon be shot.

Just out of interest, will the Chieftain sprockets and track pins be up graded to Stainless steel support the new steel track?

https://youtu.be/Bsk5ty2-KW8
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Re: Chieftain Prototype Build

Post by Armortek » Fri May 31, 2019 11:38 am

Short update on the Chieftain as it has been a while since we posted the video.
The hull was stripped down after playing testing to check for any issues - and we then started the production of the running gear.

As parts have been through prototyping, we have started the production and to date we have completed production on most of the hull and some ancillary parts whilst we wait for the cast turret and front armour to arrive.

We still hope to have the prototype running for Tankfest, but a lot rides on the cast parts arriving on time. These are currently running 3 weeks behind schedule and if they do not get here next week, all bets are off for TankFest as they will still need some extensive machining ..... not the easiest of things when the turret alone is expected to weigh 16kg, measure around half a meter across and need machining in 12 planes.

Despite the delays on the cast part, we still fully expect to shipping the kits in Sept.
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