My Challenger 2 journey so far

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Postby Black Knight » Sun Sep 15, 2019 4:59 pm

Jimster wrote: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.


Glad to be of service mate. It has genuinely been a journey for me so far. I used to make some pretty good models as a kid (mostly Airfix 1:72 or Tamiya 1:32 scale) but this is my first foray into the RC world !!! When I bought my tank I had originally decided it was too much for me and I was prepared to pay someone to paint it for me - thankfully that never happened or this trip would have been over long ago! It seems like every step/mod is a new mini-adventure with things to learn (about modelling and about the Challenger 2) along the way!

Next up = installation of the TK60 and programming to get the GBS operational. Then it'll be camo time (in between the odd play out!) :D

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Postby Black Knight » Sun Sep 15, 2019 5:12 pm

PainlessWolf wrote: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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Painless

Many thanks mate. Hopefully it will fulfil it's original purpose - to attract attention to our charity stall - as well as provide me with a nice, theraputic project to get my teeth into !!!

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Postby Black Knight » Sun Oct 20, 2019 5:27 pm

Bird table installation - I did this with the aim of being able to easily remove the assembly for travel/storage. In the end I put a tiny blob of blue tack in each of the three mounting "pots" to stop it from wobbling around or bouncing out when running on rough ground.ImageImageImageImageImageImage

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Postby Black Knight » Sun Oct 20, 2019 5:35 pm

The next phase - I decided to go the full Megatron look and used a pic from Bovington for inspiration. Unfortunately this meant that (a) the black look would be no more, (b) I would have to spend quite a few beer tokens with Forgebear to get the amount of scrim/cam netting I needed and (c) I would need to get myself an airbrush setup.ImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

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Postby Black Knight » Sun Oct 20, 2019 5:42 pm

The hardest part (for me) with the painting project was (a) getting the right balance of colours and (b) finding the correct/closest shade of light green. Several attempts saw (in order) black, earth brown, olive green, light green and finally a darker green being applied/re-applied before a final top-coat of flat clear.ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

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Postby jimbo_wa » Sun Oct 20, 2019 5:42 pm

Lovely work BN - will you be changing your user name to Scrim Knight now?

Looks as good as it runs, lot of effort put in there!

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Postby Black Knight » Sun Oct 20, 2019 5:45 pm

jimbo_wa wrote:Lovely work BN - will you be changing your user name to Scrim Knight now?

Looks as good as it runs, lot of effort put in there!

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Many thanks mate - appreciate the pat on the back. As to a name change - either that or 70 tonne Sniper :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha:

Now the (continued) wait for my control board before I get her mobile again and have a go at some video 8)

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Postby Black Knight » Sun Oct 20, 2019 6:13 pm

Eastern Front wrote:Nice job!!

When you first applied the camo netting to the gun, I was thinking it would not look that good, I was really surprised at just how good it really looks! Nice!!!

Great job, really!!

Cheers!


Many thanks mate - I had doubts throughout much of the process but I'm pleased with the results :D

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Postby Jimster » Sun Oct 20, 2019 6:14 pm

Great thread! I’m about to add all my Clark goodies, GBS etc to my Leopard and your earlier posts will help a lot. These products should include some sort of written guidelines or instructions. I also have to mount my TK 60 inside the turret as well. Seems to be a daunting task but you have inspired me to soldier on. Thanks for sharing your efforts with us!
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Postby Black Knight » Sun Oct 20, 2019 6:17 pm

Jimster wrote:Great thread! I’m about to add all my Clark goodies, GBS etc to my Leopard and your earlier posts will help a lot. These products should include some sort of written guidelines or instructions. I also have to mount my TK 60 inside the turret as well. Seems to be a daunting task but you have inspired me to soldier on. Thanks for sharing your efforts with us!


Very glad to have been able to help some way mate. I will be finalising this when my control board arrives (had to be sent back to Clark for some repair work!) and try to include some videos of the wole thing in motion/action :D

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Postby Black Knight » Wed Nov 20, 2019 7:13 pm

Decided to have a go at some weathering so I got busy with some Vallejo European Thick Mud. Pretty happy with the results but I may try and add some splash marks as well sometime soon.

Hopefully next up will be a look inside the turret with the goodies installed and running!ImageImageImageImage

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Postby maxmekker » Wed Nov 20, 2019 9:06 pm

enjoyable write up :thumbup: Congrats on a well done CH2
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Postby Black Knight » Wed Nov 20, 2019 9:08 pm

maxmekker wrote:enjoyable write up :thumbup: Congrats on a well done CH2


Many thanks mate. I hope to finish it all off in a few weeks with a peek inside the turret and a couple of GBS action videos 8) 8)

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Postby jim2955 » Tue Dec 17, 2019 5:33 pm

Do you mind if i ask what happened to your board ?

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Postby Black Knight » Tue Dec 17, 2019 6:22 pm

jim2955 wrote:Do you mind if i ask what happened to your board ?


TBH I can't say as I'm not sure yet! My replacement board is now in and all seems to work ok (twitchy recoil/elevation servos) but the steering motor in the PDSGBZ has gone pop so I'm waiting for a replacement! When it's (finally) all up and running I will have a look at getting the kaput board fixed and try and recoup a few bob by selling it on :D

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Postby Black Knight » Fri Feb 07, 2020 6:47 pm

Well, you couldn't make it up! New motor installed in my PDSGB and working fine but.............no turret rotation (possible burnt out resistor on the board :( ). However, I decided that I was going to get out and have a play regardless so here's a little peek inside the turret (wiring still needs a little tidying) - the more observant amongst you might have spotted the different (all metal) elvation and recoil system from DKLM that replaces the 3d Clark one previously installed!ImageImageImageImage

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Postby Black Knight » Fri Feb 07, 2020 6:49 pm

......and here she is having a little play in the woods! (think I need another blow-over of matt varnish!)ImageImage

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Postby Jimster » Fri Feb 07, 2020 7:37 pm

Awesome tank, electronics and photography. What’s next?
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Postby Black Knight » Fri Feb 07, 2020 7:42 pm

Jimster wrote:Awesome tank, electronics and photography. What’s next?



Cheers for the approval.

Next is to get it all working properly and sort out the IR battle unit 8)

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Postby Morkath » Thu Feb 20, 2020 7:37 pm

Great build thread, as a novice just getting my teeth into this the most daunting part seems to be the recoil and elevation system.

How difficult was the DKLM all metal elevation and recoil system to fit? I think I'd much prefer it over plastic.

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