1/6 scale Universal Carrier suspension and road wheels

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Postby AlwynTurner » Fri Mar 08, 2019 10:30 pm

Thanks, I suddenly remembered I've got some aluminium offcuts in a box in my shed, so hopefully I have some 50x50mm angle which would be perfect. Tomorrow I must have an expedition into the murky depths of the shed and hope the offcuts are still there.

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Postby Markylee » Sat Mar 09, 2019 3:12 am

Hi Alwyn, that under carriage looks amazing! Didn't realise you were going to start your build so quickly!
Found this photo of the track tensioning front spindle, hope it helps:
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Postby AlwynTurner » Sat Mar 09, 2019 8:37 am

Thamks for the photo. At this stage I won't be doing a track adjuster as the links are so small proportionally that adding or removing links is going to be the short term solution. Making a track adjuster at this stage is a step too far and I don't think I could build it strong enough, so there will just be a 5mm threaded rod through the front of the chassis for the idler wheel.

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Postby AlwynTurner » Sat Mar 09, 2019 8:45 am

Finished the bearing holders, just have to fit it all to the chassis.
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I'm printing the second sprocket so that's today gone on the printer! Still plenty to do on the suspension springs.
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Postby AlwynTurner » Sat Mar 09, 2019 11:16 am

I needed a spacer for the idler so I designed it as a track tensioner - it could be functional but I'm not sure it would be strong enough to take the impact/stress.

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Postby AlwynTurner » Sat Mar 09, 2019 4:12 pm

Today I made two discoveries in my shed

The first is that the shed roof is leaking and water is pouring in. This is a disaster as we are currently experiencing a monsoon. 8O :/ :crazy:

The second (and much more pleasurable) discovery was that I did indeed have some aluminium offcuts and that there was some 50x50mm angle :D :D :thumbup:

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So as it was impossible to fix the roof while it was peeing it down, I proceeded to make some transmission parts and fit them. I strongly suspect though that if the weather clears tomorrow, the managing director (aka the wife) will demand that all modelling cease until said roof is fixed. :'( :/

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Postby midlife306 » Sat Mar 09, 2019 5:41 pm

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Postby AlwynTurner » Sat Mar 09, 2019 5:47 pm

I don't know about that Wayne, at the moment most of the clouds here are full of that cold wet stuff that's soaking my shed! 8O :'(

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Postby midlife306 » Sat Mar 09, 2019 5:52 pm

What you need Alwyn is a holiday


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Postby AlwynTurner » Sun Mar 10, 2019 6:33 pm

Wayne you are so right! :D :D :crazy:

Chassis finished

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A little bit of fine tuning to do but basically the chassis is level, the wheels are lined up, I'm just waiting for the tracks to finish.
The motors and electronics will go in when I'm back from holiday in July, then the upper hull build can begin when the chassis is running.

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Postby Ad Lav » Sun Mar 10, 2019 6:38 pm

Check that out! Very impressive!
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Postby AlwynTurner » Mon Mar 11, 2019 12:03 pm

So now the designs are complete and tested they are available for purchase. Anyone interested in printing the designs can paypal me £30 to alwynft@aol.com and send me their e-mail address, and I will send them a set of stls for the wheels, suspension, and sprocket. Anyone wanting a complete set of components printed, it will cost £300 as these parts are big and print time runs to 2 weeks and uses a LOT of filament.

Please either contact me before 19th March or wait until after the second week of July as I will be on holiday and unable to deal with stl or print requests.

Thanks everyone for the interest in the project

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Postby midlife306 » Mon Mar 11, 2019 1:00 pm

I’ll have a set please Alwyn, I’ll PayPal you the money over Friday, I’ve had a heavy filament outlay this week lol
Thanks for making them available
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Postby AlwynTurner » Mon Mar 11, 2019 1:55 pm

I just received a set of HL Panther tracks from Ad Lav - many many thanks, and here is what the Bren carrier chassis looks like

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Absolutely to scale and looking brilliant!

Again many thanks to those who have contributed to the build, particularly Son of agun-ner who contribution some essentila transmission bits, and thanks for the support and suggestions.

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Postby midlife306 » Mon Mar 11, 2019 9:49 pm

Looks spot on Alwyn


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Postby Ad Lav » Tue Mar 12, 2019 4:13 pm

Nice to see it with the tracks on!

Have you sourced a bren gun?
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Postby AlwynTurner » Wed Mar 13, 2019 10:04 am

No, it's early days yet and I can get them from China for £17. One option is to get the Dragon Bren Gunner but at £85 that's a bit rich for my budget. I do have a driver thanks to George who donated one at the last Scout Hut meet. :D :thumbup:

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Postby Markylee » Thu Mar 14, 2019 3:23 pm

I can recommend this from TYTOYS:
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You can see the rounds in the magazine, open the breach and fit the mag, and you can even draw back the bolt to almost simulate cocking the mechanism!
All for £15!!!
Pity they don't manufacture a Lee Enfield!
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Postby AlwynTurner » Thu Mar 14, 2019 3:31 pm

That's awesome! :thumbup:

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Postby midlife306 » Thu Mar 14, 2019 3:41 pm

Markylee wrote:I can recommend this from TYTOYS:
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You can see the rounds in the magazine, open the breach and fit the mag, and you can even draw back the bolt to almost simulate cocking the mechanism!
All for £15!!!
Pity they don't manufacture a Lee Enfield!


If you’re searching eBay for one of these, it’s ZY TOYS
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