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Old 05-06-2011, 02:54 PM
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So, it's been a week since the Danville extravaganza. I have not returned empty handed though.WHile there, I was talked into purchasing a Tamiya King Tiger fromthe museum...(Thanks Buckeye).
So begins a long road to making it something worthy to return to battle at Danville. I have watched as Dan byuilt his amazing KT and Streetquid has been hard at work on his build.I decided that this would be a pure fighter, not a shelf queen.As such, it will need all of the hardware for durability and little for details...off course it cannot be without any detail.I only started to fiddle with this kit for the last couple of days. I will share the build here if there is interest. For now, I am awaiting ETO's new road wheel set. It will also get mods to the idler system and KK tracks. I am also planning to install the emitter in the muzzle brake in front of the flash unit. It worked out great on the Pershing, so why not do it here?
Ok, so far I have managed to make most of the hatches functional.I also figured a way to reach those hard to reach hindges with the drill bit.the pin vise is not always good becasue the thickness of the toiol changes the angle.I drilled out a round piece of wood from the local hobby shop and pressed the drill bit into the hole.Worked like a charm.Here's a couple of pictures of the start on the King Tiger.

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Nice dril bit trick.
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Joe,
Oh, this should be good. You had some amazing tanks at Danville.
I have the small gearmotors now for the turret rotation mod. Do you still want one?
PM me with your address and how many you want. $12.50each.
I can alsotake pics and give details of the turret rotation mod if you want.
Have fun - its a great BIG tank.
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Whered you pick up those little mini white hindges. They look really good and I wouldnt mind using them for my tank.

Or did they come with the Tamiya Kit?
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Whered you pick up those little mini white hindges. They look really good and I wouldnt mind using them for my tank.

Or did they come with the Tamiya Kit?
The hindge kits are available through ETOarmor. They work great for the german tanks!

Dan,I would much appreciate any photos and details you can help me with on the rotation device.I would rather use that and have a trouble free turret on the KT. I will pm you with the addy.Thanks again.
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Joey, the wheels left the family schloss yesterday for you. You can expect them in about 2 weeks, assuming Border Control doesn't get antsy. Here's a pic or two of them. And nice job on the KT! On the research, I've found not much more, but am still working on it.

Chris, here's the link for the hinges on the etoarmour.com sight:

http://www.etoarmour.com/product_det...productID=DP27

http://www.etoarmour.com/

Wheels will be listed on sight when they arrive in USA. Made in Sevastopol by a master machinist, they are s single turning of duraluminium for each pair of wheels. Two sealed bearings are in each wheel set. The wheels use the stock Tamiya axles and spacers. The Tamiya wheel discs and centers will also be used, although you must cut off the back side of the outer wheel plastic disc to make it flat against the wheel. Machined in to the front face is a very slight ring on the outer edge of the disc surface. This is to center the outer wheel disc on the aluminium wheel. The discs can be attached to the wheels with atv silicone sealer, 3 small dabs.

Update: Wheels are now on the Eto sight. The shipment is in transit to USA as I write.

http://www.etoarmour.com/product_det...roductID=ETO30
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Sev, I can't wait! those things are beautifully done! man, this thing is gonna be a beast!...I finally got the front hatches cut on and began installing brass components to fix the on a swivel mount. A rare earth magnet will hold them closed. i'll post some  more pictures tomorrow. I'm starting to really enjoy this kit alot and now need to work on details on adding working lights with the Tamiya electronics. Any info on this is appreciated. Thanks guys!
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Wait until we get to the inside. Going to make a real killer here. You'll get all my tricks, some of which of course have to be kept confidential...LOL.
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Wait until we get to the inside. Going to make a real killer here. You'll get all my tricks, some of which of course have to be kept confidential...LOL.
Classified info, of course! LOL
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Here's a pic of two small servos, each with two microswitches hot-glued to the sides. That way, each servo controls two functions. The microswitches can beeither of two types: momentary (whatyou mostly find) or they can be "click-on/click-off". The latter are great cuz you click once with the servo and the switch stays on.Click again and it goes off.
I'll seeif I can find a new source for the click on/off microswitches and post tomorrow.

I'm just gonna throw this in cuz it is really working well on my KT. A way to use rear vent covers as switches. Pics should explain it.
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man, that KT is nice! I love the way you made use of the little details.
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Dan,I would much appreciate any photos and details you can help me with on the rotation device.I would rather use that and have a trouble free turret on the KT. I will pm you with the addy.Thanks again.
Joe,
Here are pics that should explain the mod. The gearmotor pinion just happened to match Tami gears perfectly, so it's great for all kinds of Tami mods. It's $12.50 at a localsurplus place.
Final turret speed can be programmed on your radio. I used one reductionon the KT, but used two sets of Tami gears for double reduction on the Tiger 1. Can take a pic of that too if interested.
Biggest improvement I think was to use hot glue to make the ring gear SOLID in the turret base and then remove all the stock mounting hardware and protrusions around the inner perimeter of the ring.
Mount the motor vertically in a place so that when the gearhead is rotated to contact the gear ring, it is oppsite and presses toward the forward turret guide wheel.
Takes some playing to get everything placed, but then just hot glue the brass tube to the chassis (don't get it on the motor - that needs to keep some high friction rotation for mesh adjustment to the turret gear ring)
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Dan, thanks for the info.This build is coming moving along.today,I managed a coat of Tamiya metal primer on the inner hull and side plates. I then began installation of the suspension and idler system. I will add braces to the hull for added strength as well. All the hatches are now functional and I am quite happy with the results. I will go over the entire thing with hull red, the same as the lower hull. Ran out, so couldn't finsh the other parts tonight.
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can't wait to see his one going to be nice

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Thanks Greg. I am trying, that's for sure. The hatches were a bit tough for the front, but they will look fine once I doa little more clean up and add paint. As I said, the PE is now on my mind. I may have a go at that stuff.
Here's a few more with the handles added to the hatches...just have to do the TC hatch tomorrow...
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Gonna try the PE........................that will bring you hours of joy!
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Joy? Probably just bring me over the edge...
Here is a bit more in the details department...it's coming along.
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Began some of the weld and built the turret mount and machine gun for same...
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Ya know, Joey, for a young lad who was telling me little over a year ago he was worried about painting his HL tank, I would say your skills have grown exponentially. This is going to be a very well done model from the looks of the progress so far. You done good, kid!
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Coming from you Sev, that means alot! Yes, I do rememebr the early days, so long ago...I dread to think of the first paint job I did on my Tiger 1...ouch...
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LOL! No worse than my first effort at zimmerit on the first full function Tiger 1 that came out way back when. I'm pretty ashamed to put his photo here, so I won't.
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Sure! I can put my wall of shame up though LOL.

Well, here is the beginning of my insanity...and probably many late nights at the bottom of a very larger bottle....Thans Sev....I am now officially addicted to rc tanks. No other explanation.
First I decided to make the port on the rear of the turret functional...I used milliput for this to buidl it up. Once it cures completely, I will finish shaping it...then of course, I got bored again...sooo, I started on the front fenders...Be gentle, as this is my first attempt with any phto-etch parts...but, not my last. now that I satretd, I will finish these and begin the side and rear fenders.
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You know Joe now I may just need to make my Pershing a Super Pershing to take out that big old slug of a German tank. P
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Got the hindges rolled and installed and soldered on the bracket to the side of the fenders. I also drilled out all the holes to mount in scale bolts and nuts...
Added saftey wire to the bolts in the mantlet.
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