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It's arrived! All present and correct.
Shushhhhh, actually I got three extra track links. Either that or I can't count.

It's always a pleasure of finding all the parts in the box of white wonderment, although one of the tray units eluded me for ages.

Some bureaucrat took that sort of pleasure away back in the 70's, when they stopped putting plastic toys in corn flakes boxes.
(If you eat a plastic bag with a plastic airplane in it, your parents have done a woeful job.) :)

Here's the obligatory box photo :lol:
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Totally worth it!
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So the search begins.

Was the Armortek type of carrier with the BEF 1939-40? I'd like to do two tone camo such as this.
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But the problem is this, I have not found any clear pictures of this type of carrier. the only carrier type seen with the BEF to be sure is the "Scout".
I found one picture that could be the Armortek type at Southampton docks before embarkation, but the picture is hazy to say the least, the left side square armor plate seems present. Maybe, maybe not?
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Any help would be appreciated. :|
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Well it seems the Universal Carrier Mk2 debuted around 1942 so the BEF idea has to be rethought.
In the mean time I've started doing a few little bits and plan ahead. The Armortek universal carrier is a super model as we're seeing from the ongoing builds.
To tighten up things I thought I'd get the box joints welded up. Some of the steel is very thin, mud guards etc, so I'm going to have to find someone with a good steady hand and needs a fast food meal, which will be sometime next year now.

I did get these bits done, a bit rough but nothing a good session with the hand sander won't sort.
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I managed to get the last of the welding done on the UC, If I'd done it we'd have had an accurate model of a vehicle left behind by Micheal Whittman on Cean Road with the rest of Brigadier William "Loony" Hinde, the 22nd Armoured Brigade group :shock:

Even a good friend who is a great welder turned the job down because metal is so thin.

But another coded welder I know, well it's like watching magic being performed.

The welds will need a bit of fettling and painting for storage.
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Excellent welds. Was it MIG or TIG?

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They are pretty good, I would say tungsten inert gas? 8)
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Tig it was, with stainless rods, I did ask why not use ordinary steel rods and the chap said the stainless steel rods are usually a much higher quality.
Who am I to argue.
I hold my breath while welding so I have about a minutes worth of welding in me, if it's thin metal, its all over in seconds :cry:

Although, I do have the skills Of T34 production line fettlier :lol:
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Re: Universal Carrier No32

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My motion pack arrived a day early "DING DONG!"
Checked it out, Looks nice, very compact easy to setup.

Looking at the builds so far, I've been most surprised by how much space there seems to be.

The supplied Electronic Speed controller (ESC) is very similar to some spares I keep on stock for other models.
If I'm right, the Speed controller supplied should have a Battery Eliminator Circuit (BEC) of 5.5 volts limited to 3 amps.

With this in mind I don't think I'll be temped to add anything to the BEC circuit than what has been designed.

I'll to need add my own separately supplied and controlled lighting circuits and maybe a small smoker (Sorry Greta :D )
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