sdkfz 7 build log.

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Re: sdkfz 7 build log.

Post by Phil Woollard » Sat Mar 21, 2020 8:15 am

I just love repurposing things, when I'm out and about I am constantly looking for parts bits and pieces that can be made into something special. Try taking an old DVD player apart and have a look at all the interesting doddads, tiny screws, bushes, springs, gears and brackets.
Keep up the interesting quality work Simon we all love it! 8)
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Re: sdkfz 7 build log.

Post by simon_manning » Tue Mar 24, 2020 9:31 pm

Many thanks Phil. just a short post, i have nearly finished the headlight bowls and lens, the lens came flat so had to be domed, fun and games heating and cooling to get the shape, not easy without causing damage, i have some more headlights to make so i might revisit this lens drama, regards simon.
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Re: sdkfz 7 build log.

Post by Adrian Harris » Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:41 pm

Were they turned on the lathe ?

Almost look like they've been spun :-)

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Re: sdkfz 7 build log.

Post by Robert Reid » Wed Mar 25, 2020 12:08 am

Not sure how Simon did those... but very timely question! I just picked up this gem and can't wait to try it out!

Vintage Holdridge ball cutter that will work like a charm on the Monarch. Unused condition... so all the bushes, tools, etc. are just mint! Not sure what I'll use it for first... but it is one way to make headlamps! Or bucks for spinning!

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Here's a demonstration of one in use.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJfL8Bg6IGM

You don't have to have CNC machines to do spheres, balls, cups, radii... the old masters were doing it long before they invented microchips!

Now, if I can just find an old master to learn from!

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Re: sdkfz 7 build log.

Post by simon_manning » Wed Mar 25, 2020 1:16 pm

Hi Adrian, Robert, all done on the Lathe and a cardboard template for shape, time consuming and i was careful, the bezels, rings need reducing in size, not so fat, also the headlight supports need making smaller, my lathe skills are limited and i am not over adventurous, but you know when your interested this overcomes a lot, regards simon.

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Re: sdkfz 7 build log.

Post by simon_manning » Fri Mar 27, 2020 10:16 pm

The end is in sight, just some electrics, could i make a better set, yes while its still fresh in my mind, a fair bit of problem solving on this small project, on to the next step, keep safe and well, regards simon.
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Re: sdkfz 7 build log.

Post by Vince Cutajar » Sat Mar 28, 2020 3:47 pm

Great result Simon.

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Re: sdkfz 7 build log.

Post by mark j. radick » Sat Mar 28, 2020 5:28 pm

Looks awesome ! I can appreciate the time and care needed when dealing with the smallest of details !

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Re: sdkfz 7 build log.

Post by simon_manning » Sat Mar 28, 2020 10:10 pm

Thanks Mark and vince, keeps us occupied while we wait for things to return to normal, last of the headlight posts, again, applied some paint and electrics, i will fit before i attach the wings, regards simon.
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Re: sdkfz 7 build log.

Post by mark j. radick » Sat Mar 28, 2020 11:15 pm

Looks great ..excellent workmanship

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Re: sdkfz 7 build log.

Post by Robert Reid » Sat Mar 28, 2020 11:19 pm

Marvellous!!!

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Re: sdkfz 7 build log.

Post by Robert E Morey » Sun Mar 29, 2020 6:22 pm

Looks great Simon, beautiful lights. With all the quarantine there's never been a better time to enjoy Armortek models. I've been hoarding them for years!
Great progress,
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Re: sdkfz 7 build log.

Post by simon_manning » Wed Apr 01, 2020 10:13 pm

Thanks all for the encouragement, trial fitted the wings, to see how the lights look, regards simon.
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Re: sdkfz 7 build log.

Post by Vince Cutajar » Thu Apr 02, 2020 11:55 am

They look great Simon.

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Re: sdkfz 7 build log.

Post by Derek Attree » Thu Apr 02, 2020 6:34 pm

Hi Simon
Looking good and bringing happy memories of my build.
Seems so long ago. The sdkfz7 is a much more manageable size than the FAMO :D .

Hope you are keeping well.

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