Turret jerky fix

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Postby Norton1 » Wed Dec 06, 2017 1:53 am

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My new King Tiger had a turret that was a bit jerky.

So I took the top off, pulled the turret drive unit off, and found the main pin that holds the main drive gear was a bit loose. The factory pin measured .115 so I machined a new one at .120 and it was a light, push with my thumb, press fit. Turret rotates much more smoothly. I should have done a bit of a relocate on the unit as the gear clearances on the drive gear and the turret ring is a bit sloppy. But it certainly helped with accuracy!
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Turret gear box

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Cutting the new pin

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Postby BarryC » Wed Dec 06, 2017 12:35 pm

Excellent deduction and solution! :thumbup: :thumbup:

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Postby Norton1 » Wed Dec 06, 2017 5:13 pm

Thanks! I think I am going to have to move the drive box though. It sets just a tad to far away from the ring gear. Super glue has worked on a couple of things but it may take 2 part epoxy to hold the box in place as it sets on pedestals that will have to be cut and moved. Oh what fun!!

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Postby 43rdRecceReg » Wed Dec 06, 2017 5:57 pm

Problem-solving is just one feature of this multi-faceted forum :thumbup: Mind you it does help to have access to a lathe and, of course, to know how to use it. That was a neat solution and suggests you'll join the more inquisitive and pioneering members of the forum in future (and there are plenty :D ), by helping to improve the performance and looks of our scale armour :thumbup: 8|
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Postby wibblywobbly » Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:08 am

You might get away with keeping one locating pin and using that as a swivel to swing the other two around so that the gears mesh. That way you have at least one solid pin which should help the new adhesion. Thanks to a tip on here I bought some double sides 3M type tape from the local DIY store, the sort with the sponge in the middle, that stuff will hold servo' s in place so may well work on the motor casing. :thumbup:
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Postby Norton1 » Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:37 am

Thanks Wibblywobbly - I had figured on keeping one of them. I would try the double sided tape - but I am concerned that if it fails I would have to go inside again. But if you've had good performance out of it it would certainly simplify the move.

Thanks again!

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