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Postby c.rainford73 » Tue Oct 08, 2019 12:43 pm

Pure excellence Herman. You are doing a great job!
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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Tue Oct 08, 2019 1:26 pm

Looking good so far Herman, you're doing a grand job :clap: :clap:

I'm a little puzzled over your roof flashing, it looks like the thickness of lead, but is far too shiny, especially for an old bit kicking around for years, any idea what it's made of? In the UK, we usually use lead or Zink that is very thin and not so flexible.
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Wed Oct 09, 2019 12:35 am

It’s aluminium.
Apparently used to form joins .
I don’t know it’s proper application but the stuff works for what I need ;)
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Wed Oct 09, 2019 11:59 am

Though I'm far from building an example or the Antikythera Mechanism, each tank has its own challenges.
I've yet to get out & secure the material I feel is required to use as mounting arms for the blade, but in looking closely at what is going to be required, and the potential forces it is likely to see, even in this scale, I have had to rethink my initial design theory.
I was going to use brass C-channel soldered back to back to form an I-beam at roughly equivalent to that of a 4 inch profile, but that doesnt seem big enough.
Going bigger (I've mocked a beam up out of cardboard) seems just way too big & out of scale. :think:
Then I reminded myself that the mounting arms are going on to plastic, and any force vectors will be transferred into the body.
That realisation has me kicking myself for not factoring in and reinforcing the inner hull accordingly while I had it all cut up :S

At times, I really do "step on my own doodle while wearing golf shoes" :/
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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Wed Oct 09, 2019 12:32 pm

HERMAN BIX wrote:It’s aluminium.
Apparently used to form joins .
I don’t know it’s proper application but the stuff works for what I need ;)

Ah, ok, thank you. We usually bend overlaps or weld the lead over here to form joints.
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Postby BarryC » Wed Oct 09, 2019 1:31 pm

HERMAN BIX wrote: At times, I really do "step on my own doodle while wearing golf shoes" :/


I'll bet that smarts a mite! :O

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Postby HERMAN BIX » Sat Oct 12, 2019 9:31 am

Yeah !, it certainly does :{

What a show.....................a Kiwi living in Australia, building a German tank, drinking Mexican beer & American Whiskey, watching Aussies, Kiwis, Americans, French and God knows where else race 650HP V8 Supercars around a mountain track that was designed for farm vehicles...........
WOOOHOOOOOOOOOO BATHURST :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

I got a few moments before the qualifying session to get the template made for the blade on this "D9"
Using the pictures for reference on height, then cutting the cardboard to suit, trialing a few angles & securing it together with Tamiya masking tape, seems to look about right.
The angled section that runs along the top edge of the blade is yet to be made, but will not be overly difficult.
I plan to solder the lot together using the reinforcing plates quite visible in the period pics to stiffen and beef up the structure.
The inside of the blade can then be tested for various mounting methods to join the blade to the tank.

I got some awful metal wheels for it, Mato I think, with a really pronounced lip of the inside of the rim.
I took to it with a die grinder & carbide burr & removed it.
Still no Tamiya smooth dish rims, but a bit better than they were.
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Postby BarryC » Sat Oct 12, 2019 12:57 pm

HERMAN BIX wrote:What a show.....................a Kiwi living in Australia, building a German tank, drinking Mexican beer & American Whiskey, watching Aussies, Kiwis, Americans, French and God knows where else race 650HP V8 Supercars around a mountain track that was designed for farm vehicles...........
WOOOHOOOOOOOOOO BATHURST :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:


A real man of the world you are! 8)
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Sun Oct 20, 2019 7:00 am

Rugby world cup has absorbed a lot of my focus recently.
Basking in the glow of an All Black victory, I got the 'dozer blade almost fully formed out of brass.
The cardboard template worked a treat and I had only minor trimming to do before using solder paste to secure each part.
I roughed up the mating surfaces with a sanding drum on my Ryobi tool to ensure maximum 'keying' for the solder.
Bunged on the paste and hit each section with my Brulee burner.
The top angle section will be done soon.

I did deviate from the picture a wee bit by making the centre plate bigger, just to add further assurance that the thing can take a hit without failing.
Once I settle on the arm material, I will get the mount supporting frame on the back done.
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