1/35th Tamiya Vintage(ish) R/C Chieftain Mk5

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Postby jimbo_wa » Sun May 10, 2020 2:20 pm

Yet another small build started over the last few days.

Managed to get a part built kit off eBay with the original metal gearbox, but when it arrived it was not in a great state to rebuild with PE and metal tracks. Luckily a new kit was only £17 delivered and it's the same sprues.

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This time I've modified the standard Tamiya kit suspension rather than the AFV Club Centurion kit (wasn't impressed...) and have reinforced with brass sheet on the outer plate as after cutting out the arms it was less than 1mm thin.

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All 6 units were completed and using some old Losi Micro-T rear springs I've got a decent amount of travel. However, the rear set is rather compressed thanks to the metal gearbox and motors, so I'm waiting for some stronger parts to arrive...

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Will be using the Masterclub 1/35th MTL 35079 Tracks for Chieftain with new rubber track pads and Eduard ED35771 PE kit for a bit of extra detail.

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Postby jimbo_wa » Fri Jun 05, 2020 3:00 pm

Cracked on with this over the last few weeks, and have now got it to a state of needing paint and needing a barrel (waiting for a 4mm Styrene tube to be delivered). The Masterclub tracks with rubber pads were easy to put together and seem to run much better than the Friulmodel tracks on the Centurion and Tiger I...

Thinking of a Berlin Brigade camo, even if the Tamiya kit isn't exactly right for the period...

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Postby tomhugill » Fri Jun 05, 2020 7:01 pm

Fantastic work! Love the photo etch. Taking notes for its big brother
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Postby jimbo_wa » Fri Jun 05, 2020 8:25 pm

Thanks Tom, the Eduard kit was nicer to fit than the Tiger I Aber PE and quite a bit cheaper!

Left off the absolutely tiny bits as this is a runner.

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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Fri Jun 05, 2020 8:38 pm

That's looking cool Mr Wa :thumbup:

I had to laugh when I saw the PE, especially remembering what people have mentioned about some of the 16th PE being fiddly :D
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Postby jimbo_wa » Thu Jun 25, 2020 5:51 pm

Son of a gun-ner wrote:That's looking cool Mr Wa

I had to laugh when I saw the PE, especially remembering what people have mentioned about some of the 16th PE being fiddly :D
Cheers, I'm finding it easier to work than the Tiger I Aber kit - it's a bit more forgiving...

I've now finished the scratch built L11A5 120mm barrel for the Chieftain with Eduard PE straps.

Used a 4mm Styrene tube, bits of an old pen, spare brass tube and aluminium flashing tape with thin mesh that came with some flowers bought for the better half. Win - win situation!

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Postby PainlessWolf » Thu Jun 25, 2020 6:27 pm

Good morning,
Detail springs from the most unlikely sources at times. Beautiful work!
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Postby jimbo_wa » Fri Jun 26, 2020 10:46 am

Thanks Painless - I've also managed to find a barrel gaiter that's hopefully not too far off scale and should allow for recoil to be fitted. It's a bit larger than the required diameter, but nothing else seems to be available with the flexibility required:

https://rcbitz.com/rc4wd-parts-kits/trail-finder-1-2-tf2-mojave-hilux-pick-up-truck/super-scale-shock-boots-black-4-rubber-absorber-covers-stops-shaft-wear-z-s0981/
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Fri Jun 26, 2020 11:05 am

That barrel cover & strapping is extraordinary mate :clap: :clap:
just brilliant
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Postby jimbo_wa » Fri Jun 26, 2020 11:17 am

Ta Herman, I've also had a delivery from Stian with 3x Clark TK39SP boards (Chieftain, Centurion and Leopard 2) along with the program board and IR remote.

Just need to spend some time working out all the functions...

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