Taigen T-34/85

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Postby jimbo_wa » Wed Feb 13, 2019 2:27 pm

Well it had to happen sooner or later, my second tank has arrived...

Managed to find a good deal on a BB firing Taigen T-34/85 in winter camo, complete with the Gen3 2.4GHz tank control system.

Should try to keep this one mostly stock, but will replace the BB system with IR.

It's a lot less proportional than the Open Panzer TCB in my StuG III and the suspension is rather ineffective, but assume that it will break in as it's used...

If anyone has any pointers on how to explain its presence to my Wife, please let me know! ImageImage

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Postby silversurfer1947 » Wed Feb 13, 2019 3:11 pm

It just followed you home?
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Postby 43rdRecceReg » Wed Feb 13, 2019 3:46 pm

... :) It's from the Battersea Tank's Home, and you're doing the moral thing by re-homing an abandoned tank... :)
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Postby jimbo_wa » Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:22 pm

silversurfer1947 wrote:It just followed you home?


It just turned on on my doorstep - I had to sign to accept ownership...




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Postby jimbo_wa » Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:23 pm

43rdRecceReg wrote:... :) It's from the Battersea Tank's Home, and you're doing the moral thing by re-homing an abandoned tank... :)


That makes me feel better, but don’t think it’s a goer with the WAF...


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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:50 pm

Darling, you'll never guess what, I entered my tank into an online modelling competition and won first place :D

You'll never guess what the prize was. . . .
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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:52 pm

Or, tomorrow.

Happy valentines darling, I hope you like your present. . . .

Alternatively;

I hope you like the present you got me (be prepared to run at this point, and take the tank with you so she can't throw it at you :haha: ).
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Postby 43rdRecceReg » Wed Feb 13, 2019 5:04 pm

..paint,and add some flowers to this, and say that it was intended to be a surprise Valentine, ( although it turned out to be a T34)..
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If all else fails, and other blandishments, then it's the new domestic security guard-tank ;)
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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Wed Feb 13, 2019 5:07 pm

Or put a rose down the barrel, and hide a diamond ring inside it, say it was a ruse to fool her ;)

She'll probably overlook the packaging :D

Yeah, use the tank to drive her gift to her that's on the rear like stowage :D
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Postby jimbo_wa » Wed Feb 13, 2019 7:06 pm

Mick, I'd rather you didn't call me Dahling!

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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Wed Feb 13, 2019 7:09 pm

jimbo_wa wrote:Mick, I'd rather you didn't call me Dahling!

:haha: :haha: you'll be lucky. . . .
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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Wed Feb 13, 2019 7:32 pm

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For those who don't know what that's from.

Watch "Melchett for Georgina! - Blackadder - BBC" on YouTube
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Postby jimbo_wa » Wed Feb 13, 2019 8:54 pm

Quality!


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Postby jimbo_wa » Wed Feb 13, 2019 8:56 pm

43rdRecceReg wrote:..paint,and add some flowers to this, and say that it was intended to be a surprise Valentine, ( although it turned out to be a T34)..
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If all else fails, and other blandishments, then it's the new domestic security guard-tank ;)


Yep, wrong sort of camouflage, no hiding in plain sight with that!

(Maybe I just need it to snow...)


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Postby Lert » Thu Feb 14, 2019 6:15 pm

jimbo_wa wrote:Yep, wrong sort of camouflage


Ah but you're wrong~ Pink is actually one of the very best camouflages. I mean, seriously, how often do you see a pink tank? That's how good it is!
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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Thu Feb 14, 2019 6:19 pm

Lert wrote:
jimbo_wa wrote:Yep, wrong sort of camouflage


Ah but you're wrong~ Pink is actually one of the very best camouflages. I mean, seriously, how often do you see a pink tank? That's how good it is!

Oh yeah, one never seems to spot them :think:
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Postby jimbo_wa » Thu Feb 14, 2019 8:03 pm

You may be onto something Lert...

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Postby General Jumbo01 » Sat Feb 16, 2019 9:58 pm

Lets just get this right. Its your SECOND tank and you are afraid of what the better half will say??? Get used to it! When you get to twenty its gets easier. You can use used her empty wardrobes to store them in :)

As for the suspension, I'm not sure if yours has torsion bar or coil springs but T34s usually come with over tensioner tracks. If torsion bar just release each bar end, adjust and frighten the bar clamp. If coil spring the easiest and most effective way is to removes each road wheel and swing arm and then drill a further hole in the hull for the spring end to locate so that it is slacker than standard. The tank will now sit realistically lower.

You can then readjust the track tension by rotating the front idler hub. Its off centre so that it tightens when rotated in one direction and slackers in the other.

All simple to do. Ask the wife to help too...

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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Sat Feb 16, 2019 11:31 pm

Mr jimbo_wa, if you would like to lower the ride height of your Taigen T34, the usual and best way to do it would be to place a small stop no more than 3mm in the lower part of the semicircular slot that guides the suspension swing arm. This will stop the swing arms from making their full downward travel and thus keep the tank sitting lower without compromising the suspension.
As an owner of three and a half T34's, I feel I can offer the best solution, as I know how this particular suspension works, which doesn't have the usual torsion bar or coiled torsion spring type suspensions.
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Postby jimbo_wa » Sun Feb 17, 2019 11:41 am

General, I have limited freedom as a married man and I like it that way! :haha:

Thanks for the tips both of you, however I'm slightly concerned about this being a new tank and most of the axle supports are looking like this:

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I think that it's a standard failing of this chassis, and it looks like there are things I can do to remedy it with a bit of work - so I'm not too concerned...

The much stiffer suspension has approx. 1/3rd the travel of my Taigen Panzer III metal chassis, mostly because the much larger wheels of the T34 foul the bottom of the upper:

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Just one of those things probably - without cutting a strip out of the chassis/upper, I don't think there's much to be done!

Also looking at https://www.henntec.de/produkte/kettenspannysteme-f%C3%BCr-heng-long-taigen-modelle/ Art.No.061 Chain tensioning system Taigen Metal tray T34 as a fix for the crappy idler system...

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