Dave’s Borrowed Chieftain #47

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Dave’s Borrowed Chieftain #47

Post by David M Wilks » Fri Nov 01, 2019 9:29 pm

Chieftain no 47 arrived today after pacing up down like an expectant father .
I hope to research and build Chieftain 02EB71 Mk6/2 built 1966 assigned to the QMT Bovington Armour centre in Sept 1979.
In 1982 ish the tank Museum arranged for a mate and myself to play tank crew for a day for services over the years, unfortunately we were not allowed photographs as Challenger 1 was on low fluid trials ( madness to an RR engineer) so only 1 photo exists at the wash station at Bovington.
I want to find out about it’s early years and fate if possible. Dave W
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Re: Dave’s Borrowed Chieftain #47

Post by David M Wilks » Tue Jul 14, 2020 4:08 pm

As with other builders, slow progress on the Chieftain, but I thought sharing a method of turning the rivets supplied in the kit to something more representative would be useful, as the thought of mutilating expensive tiny bolts to be glued in ,is madness .
Drilling and tapping M3 in a piece of scrap steel, drilling a clearance hole for the rivet in an M3 cap head screw, tap the rivet to form a hex, make an M3 extractor bolt with a pin or broken drill (I have many) to push the rivet out from the opposite side.
There could be other tight fisted forum members out there, hope it helps .Dave W
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Re: Dave’s Borrowed Chieftain #47

Post by Adrian Harris » Tue Jul 14, 2020 4:27 pm

That's certainly a cunning way to make hex heads :D

Though I'm going to stick to using BA hardware :lol:

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Re: Dave’s Borrowed Chieftain #47

Post by Robert E Morey » Tue Jul 14, 2020 9:48 pm

Cool! Great idea, the hub caps look great.
Best regards,
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Re: Dave’s Borrowed Chieftain #47

Post by David M Wilks » Sun Aug 09, 2020 5:54 pm

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Thought about smartening up the idler housing by a small amount of milling, making a new 8mm nut, locktiting and then machining the shaft flush with the nut, still a lot of filling and detailing to do, but it’s a start! DW

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