T55 new build

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Postby Ad Lav » Sun Apr 09, 2017 6:09 pm

Yep that's the polish one with add on armour and skirts :D

Doing some more tonight when the kids go to bed.
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Postby Ad Lav » Sun Apr 09, 2017 6:26 pm

Managed to get the front and rear road wheel suspension working!
By following the instructions it won't work. You need to assemble the arms and bolt together after you have the spring under tension. The instructions would have you bolt it all together and then try and get tension. Don't work lol

Can now move on to the gearboxes.

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Postby Max-U52 » Sun Apr 09, 2017 6:30 pm

Ad Lav wrote:By following the instructions it won't work. You need to assemble the arms and bolt together after you have the spring under tension. The instructions would have you bolt it all together and then try and get tension. Don't work lol


This is exactly why I'm so grateful for threads like this. When I finally get my own you'll have saved me some real headaches.
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Postby c.rainford73 » Sun Apr 09, 2017 6:37 pm

Looking excellent
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Postby Ad Lav » Sun Apr 09, 2017 7:38 pm

Gearbox time! And very nice they are too! Copies of the tamiya T1 box according to my friend in Singapore.

Bearings etc in the case and very sturdy. Not sure how good the motors are.

Nice metal gearbox mount too.

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And had to fit these little buggars, they stop the swing arms pulling out of the hull and go behind the spring. Fiddly is an understatement!

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Postby tomhugill » Sun Apr 09, 2017 7:46 pm

Those little horseshoe clips bring back memories, or should that be nightmares! Following this one.

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Postby Ad Lav » Sun Apr 09, 2017 11:02 pm

So much for gearboxes being fixed in tonight! Three hours and I'm left scratching my head!
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Postby c.rainford73 » Sun Apr 09, 2017 11:09 pm

Ad Lav wrote:So much for gearboxes being fixed in tonight! Three hours and I'm left scratching my head!

What happened? Is nothing lining up? Just curious
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Postby c.rainford73 » Sun Apr 09, 2017 11:57 pm

I'm very confident you will sort them out very soon!
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Postby Ad Lav » Mon Apr 10, 2017 6:55 am

What a pain in the butt! I went to bed as it was truly winding me up.

The new kits have a metal gearbox plate, drilled for the mounts underneath and bolts for gearbox in top.

Fix the different studs underneath in the order they tell you gearbox won't fit. The mount goes uphill lol

Bolts for gearbox won't fit the mount unless you dismantle the gearboxes bit first lol

Long story short, spoken to Carson and a mate in Singapore and he said have to change stuff in the instructions to make it work!

I'll document the problems after work.
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Postby Jake79 » Mon Apr 10, 2017 7:17 am

All that dosh they charge for the kit and can't even get the instructions right..that sucks :thumbdown:
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Postby Ad Lav » Mon Apr 10, 2017 8:07 am

I think it's the parts as well mate, where they changed over from old to new kits and retained some stuff.

I wonder if anyone at Hooben built one successfully following instructions.
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Postby brizo58 » Mon Apr 10, 2017 5:14 pm

Hi,
I built the original one @) that was a real nightmare to say the least. Worked ok with the KV-1 units from Tamiya.im afraid to say it's up in the loft now along with most of my tanks!!!!!. But stick with it and it will turn out a great model :thumbup: . Brian...
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Postby Ad Lav » Mon Apr 10, 2017 5:53 pm

Solved the gearbox issues!

The plate needs to sit flat and Hooben give you three different size studs for spacing the gearbox mount. Why? I don't know.

The mount needs to be flat and level, so, I tested the studs in different positions with no avail.
Decided to make the studs the same height, bingo - all need to be 8mm. The gearbox slid in the bearing support and no issues.

3D printed mount 8mm thick on its way to me so I can continue.

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Postby c.rainford73 » Mon Apr 10, 2017 6:43 pm

Very cool!
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Postby Ad Lav » Tue Apr 11, 2017 4:32 pm

One easy to fit Henntec idler adjuster to put in whilst the twins eat dinner - two 2mm holes to drill! :D

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Postby Ad Lav » Tue Apr 11, 2017 5:30 pm

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Postby c.rainford73 » Tue Apr 11, 2017 5:36 pm

That is what I call multitasking you are really doing a great job
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Postby Ad Lav » Wed Apr 12, 2017 4:15 pm

Thank you :D

Wheels today! Brass bushings in between the wheels and ball bearings at the back to support the shaft at the arm point.

Go together quite well, bushings and bearings a nice tight fit. Greased the shafts before fitting.

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Postby Ad Lav » Wed Apr 12, 2017 6:23 pm

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Soft rear suspension, going to need some weights up front I think!

Parts from Stian due next week hopefully!
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