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AFV432 12-30-2012 11:26 AM

Hobby Engine Abrams Re-build
 
i bought this from Trev Boxerdog after keith (Firefly) Did an amazing paint job on this:

http://i418.photobucket.com/albums/p...truck040-1.jpg

http://i418.photobucket.com/albums/p...truck039-1.jpg

http://i418.photobucket.com/albums/p...truck034-1.jpg

well i managed to acquire it after fancying one of these tanks for a while

the top half im not going to touch as its damned near perfect its just the lower half thats in for an overhaul ohh plus the electronics
havent decided on those yet but it maybe Elmod or clarkmodel

turret rotation and main gun re-coil will be going and replaced with something better again got some ideas im toying with nothing certain yet;)

on to the lower half

first pics show the problem

kenny kong tracks and hobby engine wheels arent quite suitable well not yet anyway;)

http://i418.photobucket.com/albums/p.../abrams013.jpg

http://i418.photobucket.com/albums/p.../abrams014.jpg

i hope from those pics you can see the issue?

AFV432 12-30-2012 11:29 AM

RE: Hobby Engine Abrams Re-build
 
some more done on the inside cleaned out all the defunct plastic and stands making a nice flat bottom for the sheet Plasti-card

http://i418.photobucket.com/albums/p.../abrams016.jpg

http://i418.photobucket.com/albums/p.../abrams015.jpg

http://i418.photobucket.com/albums/p.../abrams017.jpg

AFV432 12-30-2012 11:31 AM

RE: Hobby Engine Abrams Re-build
 
Finally some time spent and parts acquired
starting Hacking the lower hull around to get my idea of using a Kv 1 chassis well the arms and wheels
from this http://i418.photobucket.com/albums/p.../abrams016.jpg
to this
http://i418.photobucket.com/albums/p...chassis001.jpg

http://i418.photobucket.com/albums/p...chassis002.jpg

next job completely dremel out an old KV1 chassis and cut it to size so the arms line up

http://i418.photobucket.com/albums/p...chassis007.jpg

http://i418.photobucket.com/albums/p...chassis008.jpg

Hmmm Wheels these arent much cop

http://i418.photobucket.com/albums/p...chassis003.jpg
sooooo grab the old Abrams wheels hmmmm razor saw

http://i418.photobucket.com/albums/p...chassis005.jpg

cut out the silly abrams wheels and make the kv wheels sit nice and snug inside

http://i418.photobucket.com/albums/p...chassis004.jpg

this is what i have now spacing correct and the inner hub runs lovely on the kv arms

http://i418.photobucket.com/albums/p...chassis006.jpg

AFV432 12-30-2012 11:35 AM

RE: Hobby Engine Abrams Re-build
 
Getting round to attaching the new suspension in place

http://i418.photobucket.com/albums/p...chassis011.jpg

some more wheels made

http://i418.photobucket.com/albums/p...chassis009.jpg

the ally angle is to help keep things straight whilst the glue dries

im using some plumbing adhesive for plastic pipes on this seems to hold pretty good and sets pretty quick too :O

http://i418.photobucket.com/albums/p...chassis010.jpg

HAL_HUSKER 12-31-2012 12:29 AM

RE: Hobby Engine Abrams Re-build
 
Awesome material... Fantastic job done.Thanks!

AFV432 12-31-2012 01:34 AM

RE: Hobby Engine Abrams Re-build
 
Thank you Hal for the kind Words my friend
those that have these hobby engine Abrams will know the availability of an Idler is non existent so i set about creating my own version

as those Kenny kong tracks are darned heavy it needed to be metal here's what i did:

built the adjustable idler for it now

http://i418.photobucket.com/albums/p...chassis017.jpg

used an old Metal Tiger arm cut to size and some "BRASS" gearbox standoffs 3 in total for the wheel axle arm axle and the axle for the tensioning arm

http://i418.photobucket.com/albums/p...chassis015.jpg

Beefed up the inside wall with Brass plate to add strength

http://i418.photobucket.com/albums/p...chassis016.jpg

AFV432 12-31-2012 01:36 AM

RE: Hobby Engine Abrams Re-build
 
ok i couldnt waithttp://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/js/f...unge_smile.gif

http://i418.photobucket.com/albums/p...chassis015.jpg

i think some Return Rollers next lol

http://i418.photobucket.com/albums/p...chassis019.jpg

Hoping the gearboxes are going to fit otherwise i may need to add a power buldge

http://i418.photobucket.com/albums/p...chassis023.jpg

old style Tamiya King tiger gearboxes

AFV432 12-31-2012 03:01 AM

RE: Hobby Engine Abrams Re-build
 
visiting relatives,eating and drinking sure gets in the way of a build 8O

bit more done
all the wheels have been made finished and set on the arms
got some 80th plasti-card and started filling in the ermm large holes in the chassis

http://i418.photobucket.com/albums/p...assis001-1.jpg

corrected the rear

http://i418.photobucket.com/albums/p...assis005-1.jpg

another skim of plasti-card and some filler should be good to go

front was a bit of a pain with the angle but its better now some nuts and bolts added to aid the Gluing ;)

http://i418.photobucket.com/albums/p...assis004-1.jpg

still not sure what to do on the front end whether to adjust the frontal angle or just leave it as is?
(i should have enough Plasti-card '8 )

http://i418.photobucket.com/albums/p...assis002-1.jpg

Right hand side idler to build and some more holes to fill and the lower should be ready for it's gearboxes :O :D :D :D

http://i418.photobucket.com/albums/p...assis003-1.jpg

AFV432 12-31-2012 03:02 AM

RE: Hobby Engine Abrams Re-build
 
Quick play with some parts

http://i418.photobucket.com/albums/p...assis008-1.jpg

h/long pershing Return Rollers :D :D

http://i418.photobucket.com/albums/p...assis009-1.jpg

http://i418.photobucket.com/albums/p...chassis012.jpg

YHR 12-31-2012 05:26 AM

RE: Hobby Engine Abrams Re-build
 
WOW. Very ambitous project. Looks great so far.

You know what is going to happen don't you. Just as you get this finished the new HL one will be released.

tomhugill 12-31-2012 05:46 AM

RE: Hobby Engine Abrams Re-build
 
Summer 2013! Still Definatly won't be upto your standards!

philipat 12-31-2012 07:00 AM

RE: Hobby Engine Abrams Re-build
 
nice work!  :D

AFV432 12-31-2012 08:20 AM

RE: Hobby Engine Abrams Re-build
 

Quote:

ORIGINAL: YHR

WOW. Very ambitous project. Looks great so far.

You know what is going to happen don't you. Just as you get this finished the new HL one will be released.
LOL Thanks Dan

and yes thats why ive bitten the bullet now ;)
when i did my tiger 1 suspension many moons ago i got half a side done and then some daft twit released the asiatam lower http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/js/f...n/punching.gif


AFV432 12-31-2012 04:58 PM

RE: Hobby Engine Abrams Re-build
 
Finishing up the outside filling all the holes etc

rear end now with the correct shape

http://i418.photobucket.com/albums/p...psccfad207.jpg

yup it had to be done corrected the Front Armour http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/js/f...bout_smile.gif

http://i418.photobucket.com/albums/p...ps381c19ba.jpg

http://i418.photobucket.com/albums/p...ps461133d2.jpg

inside shot i also retained the front Screw holders http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/js/f...unge_smile.gif

http://i418.photobucket.com/albums/p...ps786899b8.jpg

Started adding the Weldlines sorry about the picture not being to clear http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/js/f.../red_smile.gif

http://i418.photobucket.com/albums/p...ps2ab5d6aa.jpg

Panther F 12-31-2012 06:03 PM

RE: Hobby Engine Abrams Re-build
 
Wow, a lot of hard aggressive work being done on this. And I like what I see.


This has always been on my to do list, but it's a lot of work. Looks like you're doing all the right stuff to it. :D














~ Jeff

AFV432 01-01-2013 03:53 AM

RE: Hobby Engine Abrams Re-build
 

Quote:

ORIGINAL: Panther F

Wow, a lot of hard aggressive work being done on this. And I like what I see.


This has always been on my to do list, but it's a lot of work. Looks like you're doing all the right stuff to it. :D


~ Jeff
Many Thanks Jeff
Yes it sure is a labour of love http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/js/f.../msn/50_50.gif

wsn123 01-01-2013 09:39 AM

RE: Hobby Engine Abrams Re-build
 
Awesome building !!!

AFV432 01-01-2013 02:15 PM

RE: Hobby Engine Abrams Re-build
 
Thank you wsn123 ;)

a bit more for tonight

Made all the Return Rollers and the right hand side adjustable idler

Fitted one side and popped the top on to see what it looks like

http://i418.photobucket.com/albums/p...ps7fc3b073.jpg

http://i418.photobucket.com/albums/p...ps935c7e6f.jpg

http://i418.photobucket.com/albums/p...psa84c4bf0.jpg

Motors need a plate adding to the rear to hold them nice and snug

http://i418.photobucket.com/albums/p...ps2a5cb46d.jpg

Rear end dont look to bad now

http://i418.photobucket.com/albums/p...ps2e87991d.jpg

blurry shot of the return rollers

http://i418.photobucket.com/albums/p...psa5a98242.jpg

CCC2012 01-01-2013 04:25 PM

RE: Hobby Engine Abrams Re-build
 
looks damn good...

AFV432 01-02-2013 02:34 AM

RE: Hobby Engine Abrams Re-build
 

Quote:

ORIGINAL: CCC2012

looks damn good...
Thank you CCC2012 ;)


AFV432 01-04-2013 05:00 PM

RE: Hobby Engine Abrams Re-build
 
some more done but a bit slower due to work grrr

right hand idler built and both sides Return rollers built and fixed on

http://i418.photobucket.com/albums/p...ps67a0c4f4.jpg

Started Figuring out how to Get those K/tiger g/boxes in there

http://i418.photobucket.com/albums/p...ps71e0718a.jpg

nice bit of 5mm ally plate held inplace with some ally angle bolt to the sides with M 2.5 screws captive nut serts fitted as i am not fiddling with nuts in there lol

http://i418.photobucket.com/albums/p...ps9226ae82.jpg

http://i418.photobucket.com/albums/p...ps4470706c.jpg

how it looks in the lower hull

http://i418.photobucket.com/albums/p...psbd88464d.jpg

http://i418.photobucket.com/albums/p...ps8f1fbf23.jpg

http://i418.photobucket.com/albums/p...ps3ee57a4b.jpg

http://i418.photobucket.com/albums/p...psd9aafd56.jpg

thats it for now more to follow soon

Airbrushler 01-04-2013 05:42 PM

RE: Hobby Engine Abrams Re-build
 
can't wait to see everything else that you do, great work

AFV432 01-05-2013 01:28 AM

RE: Hobby Engine Abrams Re-build
 
Thanks Airbrushler
it's certainly been an enjoyable build so far ;)

Rob

AFV432 01-27-2013 06:23 AM

RE: Hobby Engine Abrams Re-build
 
"Speaker box" added ;)

http://i418.photobucket.com/albums/p...ps659122f0.jpg

this shows the "Tuned port" entering the baffle chamber

http://i418.photobucket.com/albums/p...ps23292b4d.jpg

The tuned port lol

http://i418.photobucket.com/albums/p...ps792b944b.jpg

final Bass port

http://i418.photobucket.com/albums/p...ps62521e37.jpg

had her out in the snow and its all good except the left hand gearbox is slightly out of alignment so need to fix that http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/js/f...bout_smile.gif

Panther F 01-27-2013 06:33 AM

RE: Hobby Engine Abrams Re-build
 
Looking good Rob! http://images.rcuniverse.com/forum/micons/m6.gif














~ Jeff


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