SU 100 RESURRECTION..3RD GUARDS, BELORUSSIAN FRONT , 1945

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Postby HERMAN BIX » Fri Jun 17, 2022 8:53 am

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Well folks, I thought I was done for a while with new projects, thought now was a good time to tidy up a few others, do a bit of tank-housecleaning, perhaps improve a few things on others.......................
:problem: NOPE

Mr Caster had this on the go a while back, and in my own true M.O. I nagged him to let me at it until he said yes :haha:
So just to make the annoying & very petulant child shut up, he sent it.
Now Mr caster was very concerned with ensuring the box was right, the thing was packed safe, and nothing could possibly go wrong..........
Box was sturdy, plenty of styrofoam packing and tape, but those are not rated for what it was subjected to :O
I can only assume that the airfreight company pushed it out of the hold before landing the plane rather than after !
In a word from my old country "Munted".

I will complete the disassembly process begun by the freight forwarders & let you all know once Im on with the forward movement on this.
A trumpeter it will never be, but Im stoked to get a hold of it & perhaps finish the vision that Mr Caster had.
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Fri Jun 17, 2022 11:24 pm

Upper hull as it came out of the box.
They only piece I have taken off is the saw.
One of the drive sprocket clusters was also busted off the side of the hull.
T34 chassis are available and cheap here, plus I had one already for some eventual project which turned out to be this one !
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Sat Jun 18, 2022 12:28 am

This is what its going to be................

"Immediately apparent are the varied markings on the hull side. In addition to the tactical numbers, the slogan “20 Years of Soviet Uzbekistan” is barely discernible, a reference to Uzbekistan’s integration into the Soviet Union in 1924 and to its citizens, whose sacrifice and hard work had paid for this and other tanks that bore the slogan.

Ivan Antonovich Vovchenko, Commanding General of the Soviet 3rd Guards Tank Corps, recalled the arrival of the Uzbek-funded tanks in his memoirs:

“In the forests of Smolensk our unit received new tanks. On the turret, each of them had the inscription “20 Years of Uzbekistan” and the emblem of the Uzbek SSR. I went to the place where the tankers took the new vehicle, and saw Major Ayrametova, the commander of the Health Battalion. The Major touched the letters and coat of arms and I understood his excitement as this big tank column was built with money collected by the workers of Uzbekistan. News of the arrival of the machines quickly spread through the division, and soon two Uzbek tank drivers came running . . "
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Postby PainlessWolf » Sat Jun 18, 2022 12:33 am

Herman!
Following along of course. ;0) As for the condition of your package upon arrival, I sometimes wonder if Shipping Agents are taking small revenge upon people who can still afford to have fun things shipped to them.
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Postby c.rainford73 » Sat Jun 18, 2022 12:56 am

Herman I will be watching this one closely, it's a favorite of mine :clap:
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Postby Herr Dr. Professor » Mon Jun 20, 2022 7:30 pm

Here goes the Bix! CHAARRGE!
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Postby Markocaster » Mon Jun 20, 2022 11:45 pm

Very disappointed it didn’t arrive in one piece
I am sure in your talented hands it will rise from the ashes.
Looking forward to seeing it transform
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Postby Kaczor » Tue Jun 21, 2022 6:47 am

Nice! SU-100 was my dad's favorite self-propelled gun. He built two 1:10 models from scratch in the late 80s and early 90s.
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Tue Jun 21, 2022 11:26 am

PainlessWolf wrote:Herman!
Following along of course. ;0) As for the condition of your package upon arrival, I sometimes wonder if Shipping Agents are taking small revenge upon people who can still afford to have fun things shipped to them.
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It sure looked like it when I saw it at home.
One end was crushed.
A bit like squeezing a tube of toothpaste with the cap still on .
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Tue Jun 21, 2022 11:27 am

c.rainford73 wrote:Herman I will be watching this one closely, it's a favorite of mine :clap:



I reckon I have a thing for tank destroyers too !
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Tue Jun 21, 2022 11:28 am

Herr Dr. Professor wrote:Here goes the Bix! CHAARRGE!



I appreciate your optimism sir !.
lets see how it goes. ;)
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Tue Jun 21, 2022 11:30 am

Markocaster wrote:Very disappointed it didn’t arrive in one piece
I am sure in your talented hands it will rise from the ashes.
Looking forward to seeing it transform
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Well it arrived mate, and thats the main thing.
nothing is so broken that cannot be fixed, so it shall rise again & take a special place in my expanding collection !
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Tue Jun 21, 2022 11:33 am

Kaczor wrote:Nice! SU-100 was my dad's favorite self-propelled gun. He built two 1:10 models from scratch in the late 80s and early 90s.


Thats a hell of an achievement Mr Kaczor, looks fantastic.
Are they still in working condition ?
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Tue Jun 21, 2022 11:46 am

Well it doesn't look like much at the moment, but its cleaned up a lot.
Ive managed to get the upper located onto the new T34 lower, and all the grab handle mounting points cleaned out of broken material & the guards sorted out, and make up the casemate reinforcing gussets that strengthen the rear sides to the casemate rear wall which were missing.
Due to the method of retention of the roof hatches, I'm not keen to force them open.
I went over the plate edges & got flame cutting effects on.
The missing section of guard on the right side will be finished by making the crumpled section out of thin aluminium sheet as is seen in the period picture.
The auxiliary fuel tanks were very damaged, and had all the mounts snapped off, so I dug up some resin ones I never used on my SU152 project. I can use 3 of the 4 I need, so an empty space will likely be in order. That will be on the left rear position which is not visible in the period picture.
This could be getting a very worn out whitewash effect over the 4BO, not certain yet, but the picture and others of vehicles in the same unit at the time show many were whitewashed but not very well.

Commanders cupola & hatch covers next mission.

Hoping to get a few bits for the lower hull in a few days including steel gear box's and drive & idlers from a local supplier. Tracks will be a longer proposition, likely from Mr Forgebear ;)
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Postby Kaczor » Tue Jun 21, 2022 12:01 pm

HERMAN BIX wrote:Thats a hell of an achievement Mr Kaczor, looks fantastic.
Are they still in working condition ?

Unfortunately, they were sold many years ago to the US. Here after firing smoke screen:
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Tue Jun 21, 2022 12:11 pm

Just Wow !!
Exceptional level of engineering skill .
Hats off for sure.
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Thu Jun 23, 2022 10:16 am

I just watched a you-toob video on proof testing of the SU100 back in the day.
Placed in a blast freezer to a -40C level, then loaded & fired by lanyard after laying the gun on target :O
That was after the engine was started & the vehicle was crewed & moved forward into a firing position out of the freezer.
Thats a tough gig for any engineering project, especially at that time.
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Sat Jun 25, 2022 11:38 am

I decided to leave the cupola hatches until later as they would just get in the way & be vulnerable to damage.
The recoil/barrel mounting system is under way.
i've hacked up a BB firing mechanism and used that to form a base to attach the barrel to.
The barrel was overlength, but now corrected, and the joiner that will link the barrel to the recoil unit has also been adjusted to the revised dimensions.
To get the recoil assembly to mate up with the existing trunnion which is fixed in position withing the resin mantlet, I had to get, well, 'creative' with things :shifty: ...............I dont care about doing it ugly or pretty, as long as it works reliably.
The lot is inside the casemate so is not a feature to see thank goodness.
I made a brass link up out of scrap that was secured to the plastic assembly, then was joined to the trunnion by(at the moment) a single M3 stainless cap head bolt. A second one will go in once alignment has been set.

To get the mantlet to hang on in place I have sliced up an old plastic H/L Panther suspension arm to glue into the inside of the mantlet which I will put a magnet onto. Plan is to place another section of Panther arm onto the trunnion that carries some metallic device to attract the mantlet.
Will soon see once the gel super glue is set.

After 7 years I have just started a new job too, so my attention has been diverted into that.
First time in 15 years I have a 'civilian job' not associated with the gas drilling industry and Im all at sea learning a new world.
I'm sure I will get it, but its a hell of a culture shock..............
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Postby PainlessWolf » Sat Jun 25, 2022 8:48 pm

Good Morning, Herman!
The repairs are coming along Great! Also, Innovative as all get out to use brass for the Trunnion link. New Job in the civvy sector? You will do fine! You are nothing else if not adaptable as Time has shown.
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Postby Herr Dr. Professor » Sat Jun 25, 2022 8:59 pm

Bix: as for years, I always am agog at your builds. But I am curious about your new job, too. The only jobs I had in life were a long, hard, but rewarding slog in academia, not really the "ivory tower" some say it to be, but with a culture all its own, fraught with both good and bad, fine people :angel: and total nut cases. :crazy:
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