My Challenger 2 journey so far

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Postby Black Knight » Mon Jul 22, 2019 10:44 am

Hi all. I have finally figured out how to post videos and pictures so I thought I'd start off with a few videos of my Challenger 2 build so far. I will do a pictoral build history soon (once I've figured out how to do it!). The emphasis for my build is more on fun/enjoyment and visual impact rather than scale model accuracy and detail. The original concept being to gain attraction at my charity stall (Help Our Wounded) hen we are out at shows - definitely a success! Anyway, I hope you like it :)

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Postby Tanknutz » Mon Jul 22, 2019 11:54 am

Cool build dude can’t wait to see the build photos

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Postby Black Knight » Mon Jul 22, 2019 12:44 pm

How she looked out of the box - I think someone managed to drop-kick the package at some time! As she came with all metal running gear my first task was to upgrade the gearboxes once I'd fixed the broken idler and a few other pieces.ImageImageImageImage

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Postby Black Knight » Mon Jul 22, 2019 12:47 pm

Then the Black theme started!ImageImage

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Postby Tanknutz » Mon Jul 22, 2019 12:48 pm

Nice are you doing the challenger 2 black knight ,??

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Postby Black Knight » Mon Jul 22, 2019 12:59 pm

At this point I realised that the standard configuration wasn't up to the task of coping with the weight so I pulled the trigger and got an extra-large order from DKLM! Also at this time I figured I'd need a new control board to drive the DKLM PDSGB and might as well get some extra power as well. Several chats with Stian Sollie confirmed that I'd be able to run 3s lipo with a TK60 board

I also made the decision to get the extra armour kit from Armoured Models (James Canham)ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

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Postby Black Knight » Mon Jul 22, 2019 1:04 pm

The next step was trying to figure out how to make the glass work look more realistic. After a few attempts with various nail varnishes I settled on some black chrome effect sticky vinyl I found on eBay. ImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

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Postby Black Knight » Mon Jul 22, 2019 1:11 pm

The next step was to go with the Megatron kit - also supplied by James Canham. This is pretty much how she looks now - a work in progress (with some more mods in the immediate future!)ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

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Postby Black Knight » Sat Jul 27, 2019 10:42 pm

Whilst waiting for my repaired/updated TK60 to arrive (and the bolt heads for the side plates) I decided to get started on installing the Tamiya IR Battle system and the gun recoil, "upgrading" the coaxial machine gun at the same time.

Definitely nowhere near as skilled/detailed as most other builds but I am slowly gaining confidence and having fun figuring out how to achieve the things I want with this tank!ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage
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Postby Jimster » Sun Jul 28, 2019 2:05 am

Beautiful, fun videos! Nice looking tank and great choice going with a Clark board.

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Postby Black Knight » Wed Jul 31, 2019 6:44 pm

Jimster wrote:Beautiful, fun videos! Nice looking tank and great choice going with a Clark board.



Thanks mate. Looking forward to the next stage - GBS :haha: :clap:

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Postby Black Knight » Sat Aug 03, 2019 5:05 pm

Unfortunately the Megatron kit includes all the bolt-heads that secure the biscuits (slab armour) to the frame - 238 pieces per side!!! Wibble wibble wibble!ImageImageImageImageImage

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Postby Black Knight » Sat Sep 07, 2019 5:08 pm

So here she is so far - gun & mantle removed in preparation for the recoil systemImage

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Postby Black Knight » Sat Sep 07, 2019 5:18 pm

The next steps(s): My servo rotation/elevation & recoil kit has arrived and I have begun to crack on with the instalation.

Unfirtunately I have discovered that the GBS unit needs to be within 80mm of the control board in order to function correctly (something to do with lead length & signal degredation!) which has necessitated some significant changes to my overall plan.

I will now need to mount the board and GBS unit inside the turret so a major re-think is in operatio. I have (thanks Stain) been sent a couple of photos of a similar instal done by someone else so I have a fair understanding of what to do.

Step 1 for me = lining the hull with velcro because it looks like carpeting and will allow me to jiggle around with the battery & speaker positions and then magnetising the turret.

I glued the first set of 10 magnets into the lower half of the turret then (after careful measuring) cut and shortened the posts on the upper part of the turret to the required length and glued in the second set of (10) magnets.ImageImageImageImage

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Postby Black Knight » Sat Sep 07, 2019 5:22 pm

The next stage was to try and make sense of several bags of gubbins sent direct from Clark (whilst James Canham sorts out soldering the power cables onto my new TK60-SPG2)ImageImageImage

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Postby Black Knight » Sat Sep 07, 2019 5:29 pm

Onto the rotation kit and deck level switch:

The ramp needed to be fitted to the underside of the turret ring first then the servo and switch needed to be mounted and aligned with the turret ring and the deck level ramp. As you may note from the photos I had to use some plasticard to shim out the deck level switch so it ran up and down the ramp properly.ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

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Postby Black Knight » Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:07 pm

gI finally got around to fitting televation & recoil kit! Possibly the hardest part was actually finding a suitable piece to act as the barrel gaiter. After some trial and error I found a motorbike gear/clutch cable boot that fits well (ok, so it's actually too big/not to scale but who's counting rivets?).

All that's needed now (I hope) is my control board and GBS unit all soldered up and an afternoon of setting up/programming followed by some field testing!ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

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Postby Black Knight » Sun Sep 15, 2019 2:52 pm

Whilst waiting for my electrical bits I decided to get a little more structural work done and completed the armour setup by fitting the rear hull bar armour.

I had to remove the rear fuel drums and cradles, Jerry cans and cradle, troop phone and first aid box first so that the rear armour would clear the rear panel when the hull was separated.

I also beefed up the fixing points on the side skirts to make it more robust when the hull is separated (or if I crash).

I could have fixed everything to the rear panel and then had the panel lose but I wasn't keen on that as I was unsure how strong it would be.ImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

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Postby Jimster » Sun Sep 15, 2019 4:39 pm

I’m really enjoying this build thread! I can’t wait to see a video of the finished product. I’m about to dive into a Taigen Leopard 2 and I’m adding a TK-60 as well so your build is a good read for me. Thanks for making the effort to share your work.

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Postby PainlessWolf » Sun Sep 15, 2019 4:57 pm

Good morning,
Your Build is a great example of taking an RTR tank and making it into something truly amazing. Excellent work and all the more impressive for that you learned as you went and did it yourself.
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