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Old 03-11-2017, 11:24 AM
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That's amazing. What size plasticard are you using?
Old 03-11-2017, 11:36 AM
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Its a mixture of 0.040", 0.030", and 0.020" sheet for most of it, 3/64" rod for the bar armour and 0.040" by 0.080" strip for the frames. (I'm sure there's some other strip sizes in there as well)
Handles are a mixture of 1.2mm and 1.6mm plastic coated wire by plastruct. Glazing will be 3mm thick pale blue tinted acrylic sheet, looks pretty good when its installed.

Hopefully the weather will improve and I'll be able to get some paint on it soon - I don't have space to paint indoors like I used to be able to do in the old apartment
Old 03-12-2017, 05:15 AM
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Very nice. Wonder really the spaced armor on that thing, is it really in hostile fighting zones? Or is is more for the occasional rebel grenade or moltov cocktail?

Plan to have operable blade?
Old 03-12-2017, 05:34 AM
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The blade's been hooked up to a pair of linier actuators (each of which cost more than the donor vehicle ).
At the moment I only have radios with switches rather than a pot so its only going to travel from 'down' to 'up' but its better than nothing - at least I can have a play with the end point adjustment so I'm not stuck with the full 30mm of travel that the actuators have.
Old 03-13-2017, 04:46 AM
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Looking Awesome Martin. If your using the "R" series actuators you could use a camera position control unit to hold the actuator in position. I do this on my short box dump truck on self centering sticks.

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Old 03-27-2017, 02:12 PM
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Finally had some nice weather at the weekend to be able to get outside and paint (and then fit the glazing):









Old 04-09-2017, 09:40 AM
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Video of it in action:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBiAYH1ciOU
Old 04-09-2017, 11:23 AM
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Martin, that is absolutely incredible. I'm actually speechless. I've written about 20 different little paragraphs and erased them all because on re-reading they sounded funny and didn't really convey my level of admiration for the results you have achieved. I'm amazed and impressed beyond belief. Wow. Spectacular doesn't even begin to cover it. I know! I'll steal a line from James Caan. "To say that looks great would be an understatement of truly epic proportion".
Old 04-09-2017, 02:17 PM
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Thanks Gary , I think its my best work so far

I should thank Frank for inspiring me with his scratch builds, and Brett for making me spend the cash on the actuators - I suspect that a simple servo reaching thru the front grill would have looked rather poor in comparison...

Just needs a little bit of weathering and I'll be very happy with it.
Old 04-09-2017, 02:20 PM
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Sick!!!!!!!!!
Old 04-09-2017, 02:28 PM
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Really a great model! Now drive over and push the guy off the carpet! LOL
Old 04-09-2017, 03:09 PM
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lol, Rob's a big guy - he might be more than she can chew
Old 04-09-2017, 03:40 PM
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One way to help weather it would be to push some dirt. And of course take video. I can just see that clearing tank traps on a beach.
Old 04-09-2017, 03:56 PM
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I did try taking it to Munster last year - that fine silty dirt on the display arena is great for dirtying your tanks. Unfortunately I drove it all of about 6 feet before the sprockets fell off - Rivet can testify to the look on Herbert's face (the guy doing the PA during the display) when I had to pick up the bits and park it for the weekend

I have 2 shows upcoming this year, pics to follow...
Old 04-10-2017, 09:05 AM
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Wow, damn!
Old 04-10-2017, 10:25 AM
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Looks awesome Martin. Great Job on the cab mod's. Very jelous of yours, at one point I was going to convert my D10 to an IDF, just not motivated to take all the hydraulics apart to disassemble for paint.
Just getting some black on the hood and blade cylinders was a job. This may get me to get into it this fall though. If your ever back in the states again with that beast bring it to Danville and we'll really change the landscape.
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Old 06-25-2017, 07:16 AM
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So what's happening with this dozer, Martin? Did you effect repairs and get any more run time on it?
Old 06-25-2017, 08:54 AM
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I've kinda parked it for now - its complete, just needing a sound system really. I didn't get any pictures at the one show it went to, as we got shunted into a corner by the other group who we were supposed to 'share' the space with and it got left at home for the second.

I have started on a smaller WW2 version, inspired by Rex's conversion of the Bruder CAT D5 to a D8 a few years ago - it runs, but I've not had time to do much more than install the motors and ESC, and hide them under a cab. I'll try to get some piccys taken for you later this week.
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Absolutely beautiful conversion. Perfect in every way.
Old 06-25-2017, 10:30 AM
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Aww thanks Rex that means a lot - you have no idea how much time I have spent looking at your work and wishing that I could scratch build like you

hopefully I can do the D7 conversion justice, I did pick up the MiniArt kit as reference. I'm aiming for a mix of the closed armoured cab style of this one:
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I figure a servo with a rate reducing turnigy widget should do the trick for blade motion.
Old 06-26-2017, 07:35 PM
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I'm very happy to hear that something I have done has inspired a project of another forum member. The models I have seen on this forum over the years have certainly given me more ideas than I will ever get around to building, but just researching and day dreaming about something that would be fun to build has given me a lot of enjoyment.

The detailing and working features of your model are amazing ---- thanks for that video.
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Old 06-27-2017, 02:24 AM
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You guys really should take a look at this page. Just scroll down until you start seeing photos and then you'll see some really rare and interesting tanks, that could easily be made into 1/16 projects. They've even got a quad .50 unit mounted on a sherman chassis, just like Rex convinced me to make on my m41! And the M22, way down at the bottom of the page, is a personal favorite. What a cool looking tank!

https://forum.warthunder.com/index.p...-added/&page=2
Old 10-24-2021, 04:42 AM
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So it seems all of my photo's fell off this thead in the last forum update, and a member has asked that I reattach them:



















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Old 10-24-2021, 12:25 PM
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So how well does that thing actually run and can you push dirt with it?
Old 10-24-2021, 01:05 PM
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It runs ok, but the tracks have stretched badly it needs tensioners to stop it thowing them off in turn. Its powered by a pair of Taigen 4:1 gearboxes (all be it with 360 motors from scrap mato gearboxes due to the lack space), so it has more than enough grunt to push fine dirt around, but the tracks remain the weak point.
If I wanted to spend a lot of money on it I would fit the aftermarket metal tracks, but I'm not that bothered right now - I spent enough on the actuators for the dozer blade
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