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Postby Schultzy » Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:49 pm

Hi all.

I’m from Scotland (username is from my COD2 days and an old programme on TV).

Have been a keen model maker since a kid but got my first tank, an HL KT, at Christmas....suffice to say, I’m in the process of upgrading the tracks, sprocket and idler, gearing, shackles and have also added a bucket...lol

To say I’m ‘bitten’ is a bit of an understatement.... I’m now looking at IR capabilities and adding a Henntec idler system.

I’ve been surfing a lot of forums but since this one is UK based I decided to join up here.

I’m looking forward to getting more information on upgrades, tricks and tweaks from you all.

See you on the forums!!

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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:02 am

Hello and welcome to the forum Mr Schultzy :wave:

Well, if the tank bug has well and truly bitten, you're gonna fit right in :thumbup:

Enjoy the forum.
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Postby Jimster » Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:02 am

Greetings! I’m also a newbie with a similar story as yours. I’m sure you’ll really enjoy this forum.

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Postby HERMAN BIX » Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:12 am

Welcome along Mr Shultz
Assuming you “know nooottthhhing-nooittttthhhhiiiiing” about the hobby, take it from us, just order your next tank now and get it over with!!
No point thinking you will stop st one, that’s right up there with the tooth fairy!!
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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:07 am

HERMAN BIX wrote:Welcome along Mr Shultz
Assuming you “know nooottthhhing-nooittttthhhhiiiiing” about the hobby, take it from us, just order your next tank now and get it over with!!
No point thinking you will stop st one, that’s right up there with the tooth fairy!!

This is so true. I only wanted A Tiger. . . .
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Postby Wardog » Sat Jan 12, 2019 3:00 am

Welcome to the forum, your find lots of info on the subject and help from like minded people.
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Postby Schultzy » Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:57 am

HERMAN BIX wrote:Welcome along Mr Shultz
Assuming you “know nooottthhhing-nooittttthhhhiiiiing” about the hobby, take it from us, just order your next tank now and get it over with!!
No point thinking you will stop st one, that’s right up there with the tooth fairy!!


I play guitar too and currently have 5 in the house and an obligatory 6th, my “work” guitar....I wonder if I should get a tank for the work......????? (I was banned from having more than 5 :haha: )

As the saying goes, my wife’ll kill me!!!

Yeh, already looking at a second tank...can’t seem to break my WWII fascination with Germany though...

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Postby tomhugill » Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:48 am

Welcome to the mad house! I think we can all sympathise with the no more xxxxxxx else my wife/husband/partner etc will kill me!
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Postby Lo_Thar » Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:03 pm

Hello!

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Postby Model Builder 4 » Sat Jan 12, 2019 3:26 pm

Hi and welcome to the forum, before long you will have more tanks than guitars, I'm certain of it :D :thumbup:

Cheers, Lee.
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Postby Max-U52 » Sat Jan 12, 2019 6:48 pm

Welcome aboard from the Motor City. Is Herman right and your name is based on the old TV show Hogan's Heros? I loved that show, and still watch it in reruns all the time. Last night Sgt. Schultz was being stalked by a beautiful lady Gestapo agent!

The henntec for your KT is a great idea, and when you go to get metal tracks I recommend the Torro KT tracks. Dave (forgebear) should be able to get those at a reasonable price and they're much better than HL tracks because they're closed pin and just perform much better. My first KT was a Taigen Porsche turret and the metal tracks were just horrible. Being open pin they kept sliding out and allowing the links to separate, but once I added the Torro tracks and a henntec it was just fine.

Being in Scotland you might be interested to meet another member here, Roy, who lives in the Highlands of Scotland. His user name is 43rdRecceReg and he's also a talented musician. You two probably have quite a it in common, so hopefully he'll chime in here.
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Postby General Jumbo01 » Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:41 pm

Hi! What they said ^. Here's just a few of mine. Your KT is a late WW2 model so why not give it a fair opponent from the Russian front, such as Taigen's new IS-2 or maybe a brave T34/85? I've added a Tiger1 and KV-1 in pics.ImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

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Postby General Jumbo01 » Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:52 pm

Plus a quick thought, buying a basic model and then upgrading is not the cheapest way of doing it. Why not take a look on the Forgebear web site in their King Tiger section as they may be restocking their Torro lower hulls for the HL KT which gives you most of the upgrades you are looking for at a better price?

https://www.forgebeartanks.com/store/p1 ... _Tank.html

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Postby Schultzy » Mon Jan 14, 2019 1:45 pm

Interesting that you should say that Jumbo01, I was considering just that myself.

If I was to upgrade sequentially I would have to strengthen the hull as the amount of iron work added to the exterior would naturally put stress on the wholly plastic hull.

At this stage, I have metal sprocket and idlers but beyond that, conceivably I would have to reinforce the hull or go for the Torro lower hull and not have to break things in the process!

I should say that I don't tend to break things but...the biggest doh! moment in my modelling career (is that even the right term to use?!?!?) was building a Fibre Optic Star Destroyer. After months of plumbing in 400+ individual fibre optics, I had to add additional bulbs to light it. All was going well, I decided that super gluing it together would be the right thing as after so many months, I was putting this baby to bed....and then the magical switch on....the electrics worked okay BUT I wired the additional bulbs in series rather than parallel....yes, I eventually laughed too.

It will look great on someone's shelf with a Lab pack sitting beside it providing the right amps...

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Postby Schultzy » Mon Jan 14, 2019 1:47 pm

General Jumbo01 wrote:Hi! What they said ^. Here's just a few of mine. Your KT is a late WW2 model so why not give it a fair opponent from the Russian front, such as Taigen's new IS-2 or maybe a brave T34/85? Sent from my ASUS_T00G using Tapatalk


Great idea Jumbo01.

Many thanks.

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Postby General Jumbo01 » Mon Jan 14, 2019 1:55 pm

Ha! We've all been there - some will even admit it! In my personal experience, upgrading to metal wheels, suspension arms, track and gearbox doesn't seem to add that much stress to the plastic hull. In terms of weight, only the gearbox is sprung weight - the rest is all unsprung.

You can always fix a strip of reinforcing metal plate along the hull sides to take the twisting forces of the suspension arms but unless you plan driving across tall rocks even that may be unnecessary. Lower hulls can be replaced very cheaply.

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