Crusader Tank new build

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Postby AlwynTurner » Wed Jun 01, 2022 1:06 pm

That's the matching pair
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Postby AlwynTurner » Thu Jun 02, 2022 10:12 am

The side toolboxes are now complete
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Next will be the toolboxes over the centre section of the rear hull.
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Postby AlwynTurner » Thu Jun 02, 2022 1:46 pm

There was some detail missing from the side of the drivers hatch plus the hinges on the back were too fragile so a quick redesign/reprint was in order. I also opened the bottom of the hatch to allow a figure to be inserted.
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Postby AlwynTurner » Sat Jun 04, 2022 11:14 am

Raer upper hull storage boxes complete
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Lots more to do
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Postby Exhibitedbrute » Sun Jun 05, 2022 2:40 pm

As I halve a Ludwig crusader that’s turning out to be
A pig, I am naturally very interested in this, as I am in the Churchill and Matilda and if mr turner you don’t mind I would like to buy all 3 stls when ready

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Postby AlwynTurner » Mon Jun 06, 2022 9:32 am

Hi Exhibited, pm sent and thanks for the interest.

EDITED :{ :{

At the Scout Hut yesterday I had an unfortunate but fortuitous accident when I dropped the lower hull and snapped one of the track links. This demonstrated that the track link design was not fit for purpose and needed redesign (I am not sure I will include drop testing my models in the future though :crazy: :haha: :haha: )

After redesign and reprinting I have tested pulling, twisting jerking the new design and so far it has passed all tests. - It would have helped if I had printed the new design not reprinted the old design :{ :{ Here are the correct prints/photos
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The new gray links are thicker and have wider linkages at the key points in the design, and provided they are printed with tpu or pla plus they should do the job. The prints were done too quickly and at too high a layer height hence the messy prints. The weak part of the link on the old black ones was on the end where there are three link points into the next link, this just snapped because there was only one layer at its weakest point.

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Postby AlwynTurner » Tue Jun 07, 2022 4:37 pm

Finished and printed the air cleaner assembly
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Moving right along
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Postby AlwynTurner » Wed Jun 08, 2022 3:14 pm

Completed the shackles, and thanks to the wonders of openscad, cura, and my printer the shackles actually move :crazy: :haha:
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Next is the tow bracket
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Postby AlwynTurner » Fri Jun 10, 2022 10:14 am

Tow bracket done
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Postby AlwynTurner » Sun Jun 12, 2022 11:37 am

Designed, printed and installed the turret storage box
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and fitted the filler pieces between the air filter and the mudguards as there was an overhang
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Just a few jobs to do now including the exhaust fittings on the back panel and a couple of bits on the hull front
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Sun Jun 12, 2022 12:02 pm

I never took much time to appreciate the detail on the much maligned Crusader, but there is a lot going on.
You sure do seem to have a knack for the quirky and rare Mr Turner ;)
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Postby AlwynTurner » Sun Jun 12, 2022 6:21 pm

It's all part of having a happy (2nd) childhood :haha: :haha: :crazy: :D

Finished the exhaust vents. They are hollow and if a hole is drilled in the rear panel of the tank then a smoker vent can be introduced for those so minded
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Just a few bits on the front, headlights, spare track rack, mudguard struts, and the jobs a good un as they say in Yorkshire

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Postby AlwynTurner » Tue Jun 14, 2022 2:27 pm

Almost there, the headlights and the spare track link rack are done and fitted. The headlights have a hollow tube if anyone wants to wire them up.
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Anyone wanting a set of stls can pm me, they are £50 a set.

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Postby AlwynTurner » Wed Jun 15, 2022 7:07 pm

The final piece added, the mudguard brackets are fitted. I have added the brackets to the mudguard stl
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I hereby declare this project complete. :crazy: :haha: :haha: :D
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Wed Jun 15, 2022 9:41 pm

Ummmmmm ??
No paint =no complete !!
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Postby AlwynTurner » Wed Jun 15, 2022 10:55 pm

You are quite correct I was referring to design/build, now it needs to look pretty :D
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Postby c.rainford73 » Wed Jun 15, 2022 11:05 pm

Your details are incredible as always Alwyn. Well done :clap:
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Postby AlwynTurner » Thu Jun 16, 2022 3:12 pm

Thanks for the good words. Whilst taking a second look at the tank today I suddenly realised I'd forgotten the wheel and sprocket hub covers! :{
Anyway it didn't take long to remedy the problem
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So there we are, mission accomplished. :D
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Postby c.rainford73 » Sat Jun 18, 2022 12:58 am

Brilliant job. I couldn't imagine printing anything of this magnitude but you make it look easy :thumbup:
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Postby AlwynTurner » Sat Jun 18, 2022 3:07 pm

Thanks for the kind words Carl. The thing with a model like this is that it's like eating an elephant, you eat an elephant one bite at a time, with designing a model you do the same thing, you tackle it one part at a time and eventually it all comes together. Mind you sometimes you have to go back and redo bits if they don't quite fit the way you would like them to! :crazy: :haha: :haha:

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