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Old 09-13-2010, 10:06 PM
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good work Duke, i have just finished the outcast of turrent using 2mm brass and 1mm copper(top). Soon I will add pictures to frotum.
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The barrel is homemade from brass and steel. The muzzle-break is a little rough, but Ihave sculpted it out of a brass fitting and solder, so it's the best I could do. Ialso made the barrel quite a bit longer than the plastic one that came on the HengLong model because all the pictures I have looked at make the 88's barrel look so long. SO Ihaven't measured and scaled the barrel but when Ihave mocked up the turret on the tank it definately looks better with the extra few centimeters of length.
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Old 09-13-2010, 10:22 PM
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Iam looking forward to seeing pictures of your build. Please post some soon!
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good work pal. You could have bought a 9$ metal muzzles from stella models in HK that Saves you the trouble.....

Muzzle brake http://www.stellamodels.net/catalog/...oducts_id=3150

Barrel http://www.stellamodels.net/catalog/...oducts_id=2261
Old 09-16-2010, 05:35 PM
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Just finished one side of mud guards out of brass. Also Ithink Ihave a pic of my hull MG. I want to drill holes in the brass outer barrel to make it look like an air-cooled barrel but for now Ihave no drill press...
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Old 09-16-2010, 05:45 PM
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Keep up, good work Duke. I am waiting for my mates to do all barrels and hatches for me on the lathe.-I cheat.

Duke, if i near you, you can use my drill press....
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Australia would be a bit of a trek for me but thanks anyways
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bit sad in australia, tankings is no way near you guys in US or UK....
Old 09-22-2010, 06:16 PM
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Just ordered metal suspension swing arms, upgraded springs and two shooting units from Matomart.  I am quite excited.  Now all I will need is metal road wheels.  Also I noticed they now carry in metal: tool set, early air cleaner boxes and they have early style road wheel set with rubber tires.  I will probably get the air cleaners and tool set next but I am still hoping they will restock the late style wheels. 
Hopefully I'll have my suspension by next week and will post some newer pics. 
I am removing the front-most outer wheels as I have seen in many pictures and read in many anecdotes as common practice with early style wheels.  The only problem is with the HL plastic road wheels you must reverse the inner wheel to do this and the axle spacing is not reversible.  I have one side already done and am in the process of doing the other side.  I will post pics of how I am doing this if anyone is interested.  I am sure this has been done before here, but I may do it in a different manner.
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dont buy the late style roadwheels unless you KNOW they are from Asiatam. The cheap ones are worthless and will cost you nothing but problems. If you want metal wheels get the earlies. I have them. Now they are "Bullet Proof"
Old 09-22-2010, 07:21 PM
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Panther, Ido apreciate the heads-up. Seriously. However I am happy to buy the cheaper wheels if I can get them and modify them to my purposes. And I know, "I've been warned".
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The problem is keeping the tracks on. The guide horns are to wide for these wheels so the crawl up the road wheels on to the sprockets and yep you guessed it, a thrown track. Do what you want, i was just trying to save you a couple of bucks and a big head ache. My buddy yellow is going through this as we speak. He hates them wheels.
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Duke, are you buying the Mato early style metal wheels or the LAte road wheels set? As Greg said, I have the late Asiatam wheels and had problems because the guide horns on the HL metal tracks did not fit these wheels. I purchased a set of KK tracks from ETO and problem solved. If I had it to do again, I would have purchased the early asiatam wheels like Greg has on his Tiger 1. Awesome quality and real rubber tires. His tank runs flawlessly.
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So far I haven't bought any wheels, just suspension. Ihave seen the Mato early style wheels and they do look good. In fact Matomart has them on sale for $79 including shipping, but Ihad to prioritize and get my suspension arms and springs first. What I want is late style wheels though. If Ihave to scratch build wheels Iwill, but I'll never get the kind of detail they get from casting. And so much of my tank is already hacked together from scratch that Iwant to have some parts looking detailed. It draws the eye away from the rough looking parts!
Old 09-27-2010, 06:39 PM
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Well, I'm still waiting on my suspension parts (hopefully they will arrive tomorrow!) So Ihave continues with some detailing, including removing front outer wheels and hanging spare track links on one side. Also wondering if anyone knows, do any distributors carry axle bolts? I seem to have misplaced on road wheel axle bolt and Ican't find anything at Canadian-Tire that will work without severe modifications.
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Old 10-02-2010, 04:29 PM
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So Ifinally got my metal swing arms, springs and bb shooters (thanks to CanadapPost for the two hour drive delivery taking a week). Ihave installed the arms and springs, which will need some adjustment. At least now I can start to complete my turret! So here a couple of pics of my re-engineered gun elevator (thanks to my buddy Brent giving me a couple of old servos) that is not attatched yet but will be using some epoxy and a couple of screws from underneath. My almost completed mantlet/barrel and my rear turret cargo bin. Iwas planning on making opening hatches but they will have to wait as I'm on a dead-line (got to get my Tiger together for the Oct. 23rd Can-Am meet!). I'm still not sure how I'll attatch the bin, but I'll post pics as Igo for anyone interested.
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Well, almost have it finished... kind of... Close enough any way to drive it around the neighborhood and through my front garden. Turret is attached, elevation works (though it is quite fast, I will have to install a resistor I think), turret roation works, gun motor hooked up, but I am not sure it is working properly as Ihad only one single bb left and Ilost it. I must go to CT and pick up a pack. Has anyone here tried those marking BB's? If they will work that would be cool.
I still ahve to fix rear turret cargo bin. However it will be mobile for Oct. 23rd for sure. Also I ran it for over twenty minutes on two 1500mah batteries and it was still going strong. That is mostly on pavement but quite a bit of time in dirt and long grass (4-6"). I also did a current weigh in and my bathroom scale says 14.8lbs. I do not have any sound, lights or smoke hooked up and I don't don't know how fast these accessories drain batteries.
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Well, I have it together and running. I also decided to fab a "command tank" style antenna. What a pain in the butt trying to solder that son-of-a-b$#*& together. I actually got the idea from a Panther thread I had seen a while back, but I have recently acquired a book called "From D-day to Berlin" about AFV cammo and there was a picture of a Tiger 1 with no cargo bin on the turret and the remains of some sort of antenna mast that looks like it was mad out of two-by-fours. So instead of copying it exactly I did it in the wire antenna style I had seen here. I was also surprised to find out it works all right. I haven't checked actual range yet but it seems to work as far away as I would be able to really want my tank to be any how. So tonight I was test driving the tank and re-checking all my functions, (in the rain so I didn't run it too long but I did get some good garden dirt stuck to it) and so far so good.
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Well, now I am sure it ready! Iran it in heavy mud and except the usual kicking tracks and an idler popping in two, it ran awesome! Oh, I did pop off my front spare track holder, but it has been repaired. Now Ijust have to make sure my gun will work.
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Man, you sure did run it through mud! Very nice. How about some video of that beast?
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Very tempting to see your video clips...Excellent motivation Durke..keep coming please...(mine Tiger is still under construction)
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I will see what I can do about video.  I have taken some footage of test running early stages of the lower hull but had trouble uploading the clips to the net.  If I take any more soon I will attempt to upload again.  And Johnmar, please post pics of your build soon.  I am anxious to see how you're coming along.
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good work duke, mine is still slow at stage one of yours....with your encourgement i better hurry....

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