My Tiger Tank Project

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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Thu Jan 17, 2019 3:07 am

Jimster wrote:I set my oven to 150 F just to dry the wheels. Not too hot but definitely dried them out quickly. I do them same thing after cleaning my black powder cartridge cases.

Good plan for the impatient ;)

Yes, they are a nice set of wheels :thumbup:
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Postby Jimster » Thu Jan 17, 2019 3:09 am

I am impatient. I’m better than I used to be but I still tend to rush things. Old modeling habit.
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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Thu Jan 17, 2019 3:17 am

Jimster wrote:I am impatient. I’m better than I used to be but I still tend to rush things. Old modeling habit.

Well, you're doing a grand job sir :thumbup:
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Postby Jimster » Thu Jan 17, 2019 6:11 am

Another busy night. I painted all the wheels and put all rubber tires back on. Then I installed them all using blue thread locker on the set screws. Now I understand what a maintenance nightmare this must’ve been when making field repairs! Tomorrow I should have time to install the tracks and drive sprockets and take the chassis
for a test run.
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Postby jarndice » Thu Jan 17, 2019 8:01 am

Might I suggest in future you clean your Tank and your upgrades with Acrylic Thinners especially before painting. :thumbup:
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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Thu Jan 17, 2019 1:06 pm

jarndice wrote:Might I suggest in future you clean your Tank and your upgrades with Acrylic Thinners especially before painting. :thumbup:

Even before oil based paints? Genuine question, I've always heard, use the thinner to suit the paint for cleaning.
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Postby jarndice » Thu Jan 17, 2019 1:15 pm

Mick I work on the assumption that nearly everyone painting Plastic/ABS Models uses Acrylic Paint.
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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Thu Jan 17, 2019 2:41 pm

Oh, ok, you know what happens to those that assume ;)

Mind you, I'm still trying to get my head around what's in acrylic thinners :think: . . . . Um, water ??? ??? ???
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Postby jarndice » Thu Jan 17, 2019 3:14 pm

Toluene,30/60%---- Methyl-Ethyl-Ketone,30/60%---- Soluble Naptha 05% >:<
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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Thu Jan 17, 2019 3:33 pm

jarndice wrote:Toluene,30/60%---- Methyl-Ethyl-Ketone,30/60%---- Soluble Naptha 05% >:<

Thanks :thumbup: quite interesting as it's for what I thought a water based paint.
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Postby Jimster » Thu Jan 17, 2019 4:07 pm

I just ordered an Aber fire extinguisher. It looks like a very detailed brass kit and should be fun to assemble. I have the decals for it already. Modeling in this scale is much easier than my previous 1/87 scale model railroad stuff.
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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Thu Jan 17, 2019 4:18 pm

Sign of getting old Mr Jimster ;)

Only trouble with this 16th scale, it takes up a lot of space.

As for paints, I've only ever used those school types, humbrol and testor enamels, games workshop water colours, and pactra lexan paint, oh, and all the types used for/in construction. hence my lack of knowledge past those with modelling specific paints.
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Postby jarndice » Thu Jan 17, 2019 4:58 pm

Mick one of the great advantages of Acrylic Paint is if you want to repaint your tank you can "WASH" the old paint off with Acrylic Thinners and start over whereas "Enamel" paint can be a real pain to remove.
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Postby jarndice » Thu Jan 17, 2019 5:03 pm

If you are going to get into Photo-Etch I would recommend you search out "VOYAGER" Products they have a much smaller range in 1/16 but the quality is as good as "ABER" and usually less finicky as well as cheaper. :thumbup:
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Postby Jimster » Thu Jan 17, 2019 5:05 pm

True. I haven’t used enamel paint very often in quite a while. The quality of modern acrylic paints has definitely improved and easier to use for me. A top coat of clear finish helps with the durability of it.
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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Thu Jan 17, 2019 5:07 pm

Really, oh wow, that's good to know, thanks :thumbup:
Yeah, the beauty of enamel, I used to use it for toy soldiers so that it coped better with handling.
So, does this mean it will remove heng long/taigen paint too?

Sorry Mr Jimster, for derailing your thread a bit :{
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Postby jarndice » Thu Jan 17, 2019 5:15 pm

Yes Acrylic Thinners will remove Heng Long Paint but as with a night in a Bar Moderation is everything,
Too much can damage the Plastic/ABS.
If you are going to use Clear Varnish to protect your Paintwork make sure the room is not cold or the finish will be "foggy. :thumbdown: "
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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Thu Jan 17, 2019 5:42 pm

No chance of that in this house with my missus, always too hot :crazy:

But thanks again Shaun :thumbup:
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Postby Jimster » Fri Jan 18, 2019 12:58 am

Tonight I mounted the drive sprockets and metal tracks and took her for a test run. Things went pretty well but my battery was near death so I brought it inside. Then I I noticed that a circlip had come off of a gear shaft and allowed two gears to slide off! Luckily I found the circlip and the brass tube bushing which had also slippped off the shaft. I put it all back together and put a little squeeze on the circlip to tighten it up. Now all is well.
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Postby Jimster » Fri Jan 18, 2019 3:09 am

Thanks to RC Mojo YouTube videos I figured out how to install the front metal tab and rear latch pieces to the HL upper deck. The quick release lever that mounts under the left rear of the body is genius. Now I can remove the top in seconds instead of removing 6 screws. This Taigen metal hull has been a super upgrade! The new gears and motors enable it run at a much slower, realistic speed. Much better.
Now I can focus more on the outside cosmetic details.
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