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Postby seanmcandrews » Mon Feb 10, 2020 12:50 pm

Sent you a PM Barry

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Postby BarryC » Mon Feb 10, 2020 2:02 pm

seanmcandrews wrote:Sent you a PM Barry

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Thanks you Sean!

The pics are fantastic and the exploded views from the manual are most helpful. :clap:
I will now be able to finish the Loader's Periscope, IAW. :thumbup:

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Postby seanmcandrews » Mon Feb 10, 2020 6:47 pm

Hi Barry,
looking forward to seeing the results! I wish I knew why those periscopes have such an odd shape when viewed from the side, may have something to do with how the mirrors are set up and that it's viewed through from an upward angle ?

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Postby BarryC » Thu Feb 13, 2020 3:39 pm

Commander’s Cupola and 50cal. Mount

Hi folks,

I’ve been finalizing the details and assembling as much as possible until paint.

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The 50cal. mount is standard fair for the M1A1 with the addition of the Thermal Imager. The Imager installation requires a modified/new mount for the Equilibrator (counterbalance for the 50cal.) to facilitate the mounting of the Imager.

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Thermal Imager has an electrical harness with connector that connects at the base of the left mount arm. It has a Snap-On type connector and the small wire bail is used to disconnect by pulling up on the bail.

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The 50cal. is a remotely triggered by a Solenoid via a Pivot Arm that depresses the trigger. It can be seen at the aft end of the mount. It is wired in at the base next to the Imager electrical connector.

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There are two set of weapon mounting pins one for the 50cal. and the other for the M240 7.62. They are secured to the mount with chain.

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There are Iron Sights mount beneath the weapon mount. The Tank Commander sights using them by viewing them through his forward periscope block.

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The hatch is fully functional including the ability to set it in the “Open Hide” position. In this position the T.C. can see out without exposing himself. However, with the Armored Surround of the T.U.S.K fit prevents him seeing much if anything.

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The small “T” shaped handle operates the latch that locks the hatch so that it does not pivot forward and holds it for the Open Hide position.

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Working on the Armor Surround for the TC's Station.

Thanks for looking in!
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Postby c.rainford73 » Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:55 pm

Barry like clockwork or fine jewelry one can spend hours studying the details of just one functional piece of this build!
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Postby square4 » Thu Feb 13, 2020 10:07 pm

This is not model making, its engineering in miniature. :clap: :clap:
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Fri Feb 14, 2020 4:37 am

its a model build within a model build !
It still blows my mind that this can be achieved with apparent ease.
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Postby jhamm » Fri Feb 14, 2020 8:41 am

incredible work - excellent! :thumbup:
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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Fri Feb 14, 2020 5:17 pm

Bravo Barry :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Postby BarryC » Sat Feb 15, 2020 1:35 pm

c.rainford73 wrote:Barry like clockwork or fine jewelry one can spend hours studying the details of just one functional piece of this build!


Thank you Carl for the kind words.

I believe I'm getting closer to my goal of a highly detailed functional model. :D

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Postby BarryC » Sat Feb 15, 2020 1:40 pm

square4 wrote:This is not model making, its engineering in miniature. :clap: :clap:


Thank you sir!

This build has taught me that to recreate in miniature one has to use the same engineering "thoughts" of the original plus the how to using the available materials. I find figuring out what materials will work to be the most challenging then the execution.

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Postby BarryC » Sat Feb 15, 2020 1:41 pm

square4 wrote:This is not model making, its engineering in miniature. :clap: :clap:


Thank you sir!
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Postby BarryC » Sat Feb 15, 2020 1:48 pm

HERMAN BIX wrote:its a model build within a model build !
It still blows my mind that this can be achieved with apparent ease.
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Herman,

You've hit the nail on the head so to speak. I have treated each area of the build as just that a model within itself. As for the "apparent ease" some of it is simple but very time consuming and some is very complex and very time consuming. It all challenges me and keep the "little gray cells" active! :think:

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Postby BarryC » Sat Feb 15, 2020 1:48 pm

jhamm wrote:incredible work - excellent! :thumbup:


Thank you sir!
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Postby BarryC » Sat Feb 15, 2020 1:49 pm

Son of a gun-ner wrote:Bravo Barry :clap: :clap: :clap:


Thank you Mick!
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Postby c.rainford73 » Sat Feb 15, 2020 6:08 pm

Just happened to run by Barry at the park.... nobody noticed Image
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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Sun Feb 16, 2020 12:53 am

This isn't a model, it's a series of models all put together on a three dimensional canvas :thumbup:
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Postby kintaroukinji » Sun Feb 16, 2020 5:52 am

Barry, your work is no longer a model but an art or craft territory. I think that you can reproduce such a very precise structure because you know the structure and function of each part in the actual tank. I pay tribute to your efforts, patience and amazing skills to examine them and make them exactly as models.

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Postby BarryC » Mon Feb 17, 2020 2:02 pm

Son of a gun-ner wrote:This isn't a model, it's a series of models all put together on a three dimensional canvas :thumbup:


Thanks Mick, exactly the effect I intended. :)

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Postby BarryC » Mon Feb 17, 2020 2:04 pm

kintaroukinji wrote:Barry, your work is no longer a model but an art or craft territory. I think that you can reproduce such a very precise structure because you know the structure and function of each part in the actual tank. I pay tribute to your efforts, patience and amazing skills to examine them and make them exactly as models.


Thank you very much sir!

Knowing your subject's as you say " structure and function" is I find very important in being able to recreate it in miniature.

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