New Mark 13 Centurion build commission FINISHED

Postby AlwynTurner » Tue Dec 18, 2018 11:19 am

Well back from the life of idleness and sun/sand/beer I now have to catch up with my build requests.

When I built the Centurion prototype I was requested to build another for a forum member, but decided to iron out the bugs and errors in the prototype build first, and now have no excuses so here we go

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Postby wibblywobbly » Tue Dec 18, 2018 11:26 am

Looking very nice Alwyn, I just wish that we could print gearboxes! :clap:
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Postby tomhugill » Tue Dec 18, 2018 11:40 am

I shall be following closely ;)
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Postby 43rdRecceReg » Tue Dec 18, 2018 12:41 pm

'Sun, sand, and beer'.. :D Yes, that sounds idyllic. Here it's like Cloud, shingle lochside, and tepid tea. Nonetheless, I shall draw up a comfy chair and follow your progress with great interest, as ever, Alwyn :thumbup:
I had thought of trying to get the Tamiya 1:25 Centurion as a prelude (and study) for the Ludwig kit.....but, yours is looking very tempting :D
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Postby AlwynTurner » Tue Dec 18, 2018 2:19 pm

The Ludwig kit is actually a fabulous thing but it was way out of my price bracket. I costed it all up and stopped counting at 800 euros! That was one reason that I built my own using cheaper components. The tracks on my build for example are trimmed down KV1 plastic tracks at 16 quid a set. The Ludwigs end result however is country miles ahead of mine in quality.

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Postby tomhugill » Tue Dec 18, 2018 4:08 pm

AlwynTurner wrote:The Ludwig kit is actually a fabulous thing but it was way out of my price bracket. I costed it all up and stopped counting at 800 euros! That was one reason that I built my own using cheaper components. The tracks on my build for example are trimmed down KV1 plastic tracks at 16 quid a set. The Ludwigs end result however is country miles ahead of mine in quality.

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I think you're doing yourself a great disservice there Alwyn!
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Postby Ad Lav » Tue Dec 18, 2018 5:19 pm

I am currently building the Ludwigs one for a friend. It is not very user friendly and the cost is obscene.

Look forward to Tom’s new tank ;D
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Postby DymondTank » Tue Dec 18, 2018 5:39 pm

Looking good . I bet after putting it together it will look awesome .
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Postby AlwynTurner » Tue Dec 18, 2018 5:44 pm

For anyone who missed the prototype, here is the build thread
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Postby 43rdRecceReg » Tue Dec 18, 2018 6:48 pm

AlwynTurner wrote:The Ludwig kit is actually a fabulous thing but it was way out of my price bracket. I costed it all up and stopped counting at 800 euros! That was one reason that I built my own using cheaper components. The tracks on my build for example are trimmed down KV1 plastic tracks at 16 quid a set. The Ludwigs end result however is country miles ahead of mine in quality.

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I agree with Tom, Alwyn in that you're doing yourself a disservice. A real disservice.
As for Chris' kit, I would have only been able to afford the starter pack (and then at a massive, massive pinch :| ).. and then somehow improvised the rest. But I still have a yen to get his basic Comet kit. (The bells without the whistles... :D )
The Tamiya 1:25 (with motors) is hard to track down, but I've seen the static version, with all the engine and other internals some modeller's love, for around £67 on emodels.co.uk
For someone unable to manage a Ludwig model, and not having your skill level (moi), that might be an option for upgrading. :thumbup: It's also almost 15in long, and that should be plenty of room to fit basic electrical gear.
Meantime, you're likely to make a real corker here. Extra advance orders yet? :)
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Postby 43rdRecceReg » Tue Dec 18, 2018 7:54 pm

I missed the build thread, Alwyn but have just digested it. Very accomplished. :thumbup: I've been in awe of your handiwork ever since the Bren/general Carrier, and this doesn't disappoint. As an addendum to my last post here, the Tamiya 1/25 static is out of stock on emodels. There are three unopened static models on Ebay.co.uk right now; but they're not cheap (up to £170). They also have listings for motorised versions available from Hong Kong and Japan, but they're well over £200. :/ Anyone really keen to have one, should check them out.
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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Tue Dec 18, 2018 8:03 pm

Ad Lav wrote:I am currently building the Ludwigs one for a friend. It is not very user friendly and the cost is obscene.

Look forward to Tom’s new tank ;D

Where's the build thread, I can't find it???

Oh, so, now we know who this is for lol.

Well done you Alwyn :thumbup: I thoroughly enjoyed your prototype build(even though one wouldn't think that now I've been busted down lol), I shall enjoy this one too :thumbup:

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Postby Ad Lav » Tue Dec 18, 2018 8:05 pm

Mick, not doing a build thread as I’m not enjoying it lol
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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Tue Dec 18, 2018 8:08 pm

Ad Lav wrote:Mick, not doing a build thread as I’m not enjoying it lol

Excuses, excuses ;)
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Postby AlwynTurner » Wed Dec 19, 2018 9:34 pm

After some 70+ hours of component printing and partial assembly - some more assembly required! :crazy:

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Then there's the return rollers, sprockets, and idler mount to print and assemble.

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Postby pebblemonkey73 » Wed Dec 19, 2018 10:27 pm

Wow heaven cent.
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Postby midlife306 » Wed Dec 19, 2018 10:40 pm

Nice one Alwyn, bet it’s much easier the second time around
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Postby AlwynTurner » Thu Dec 20, 2018 10:03 am

Hi Wayne, thanks for the welcome back, yes it should be very much easier as all the design work is done and debugged. It's a good job I'm back, leave you alone for any length and you start carving up your hands!!!! Joking aside I hope things are healing well, it must really have put a cramp on your design and builds!

BTW if anyone wants a Centurion be aware that Brexit permitting we are plannimg to head back to Spain in March for a few months so get any orders in early as the lead time is 4 weeks from order. :D :D

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Postby wibblywobbly » Thu Dec 20, 2018 10:49 am

The comments about the price of the small scale Tamiya kits amuses me. I was 'given' the Panther, Centurion, T34 and Tiger a few years back, all the motorised/RC versions and painted very nicely. They weren't my thing so I stuck them on ebay and I think I got about £30 for all four?? 8O

Great work on yours Alwyn, those suspension units look immaculate. :thumbup:
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Postby AlwynTurner » Fri Dec 21, 2018 1:48 pm

Thanks for all the good words folks, it's really encouraging. :D :thumbup:

At least one side is finished
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Now for the other side
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