Comet A34- Ludwig kit

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Postby 43rdRecceReg » Fri Apr 26, 2019 8:45 pm

Chris is still waiting for the drive sprockets to be machined, and they will come later. In the meantime, the main part of the Comet kit arrived finally, last week. It's a mouthwatering build prospect :thumbup: ..and just to whet the appetite a tad, here are a few pics from the menu :) :
The running gear:
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Kit in general:
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The sides, showing a strong family resemblance to the Cromwell it is based upon:
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The hull floor, showing Christian's new etched logo/webpage:
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Mantlet and Gun assembly:
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When it's built, I want it to have details sufficient to pass it off as a reasonable 1/16 facsimile of one of these:
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I'd quite like my version to have the 'Normandy' cowling, as it adds character and an indication of the Theatre of operations in Northern Europe. The Regiment and markings will involve research later.
It will be a while before I can begin, not simply because i don't have all the parts I need, but also because I'm looking after a sick Westie at the moment (she has cancer). I want to make her remaining time in her beloved Highlands as comfortable (and discomfort free) as I possibly can, given the 13 years of love and entertainment she's given me.... :|
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Postby 43rdRecceReg » Fri Apr 26, 2019 8:52 pm

...and speaking of entertaining animals, I spotted this one a few days ago in our local woods. It was a very shapely Easter Bunny.
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She might have been spooked if I'd been trundling around there with my King Tiger... :D
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Postby Model Builder 4 » Fri Apr 26, 2019 8:53 pm

Very nice kit Roy, your Cromwell build should stand you in good stead with this one :thumbup:

Cheers, Lee.
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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Fri Apr 26, 2019 10:41 pm

I think you made the right choice going with this kit Roy :thumbup:

I'm so very sorry that your prior diagnosis for your Wee Westie turned out to be true, such a sad thing when pets get ill :thumbdown:
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Postby c.rainford73 » Sat Apr 27, 2019 1:37 am

Roy I will await your build of this kit with great anticipation it's really a fantastic piece.

It's sad when a pet falls ill and I know she is in great hands. As a pet owner myself we are lucky to have each other.....

I've often wondered why pets are with us for what seems a short time, but the unconditional love they give us could span a century.

All the best

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Postby 43rdRecceReg » Sat Apr 27, 2019 7:59 am

Thanks, lads, for the thoughts on the Comet's build potential ( :thumbup: ) and- sadly, the terrible mismatch between human life expectancy and that of man's best friend. :(
Having built the Cromwell, Christian's build instructions are less of a factor here (and that's probably just as well... :D ). One improvement I've noticed is that location holes for the Henntec unit's shafts are already in place. With the Cromwell, it was a bit hit and miss, and I had to improvise my own position template before drilling them. :)
All in all, I have to hand it to Christian once more for his enterprise, and touch of genius. :thumbup:
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Postby jimbo_wa » Sat Apr 27, 2019 7:52 pm

Lovely kit, can't wait to see your progress!

Sorry to hear about your Westie.

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Postby 43rdRecceReg » Fri May 03, 2019 1:56 pm

jimbo_wa wrote:Lovely kit, can't wait to see your progress!

Sorry to hear about your Westie.

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Thanks, Jimbo. As wonderful as life can be, it's always fatal- for all living things. Time for an armoured defence against The Grim Reaper's depressing antics, I think...Pics following shortly
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Postby 43rdRecceReg » Fri May 03, 2019 2:19 pm

I've decided to do this build from the turret down to the tracks. I'm still waiting for running gear parts for the lower hull, and so while I'm waiting, I thought I'd have a go at the turret.
Anyone wishing to check Christian's build manual out, can download it here:
http://www.ludwigs-hobby-seite.de/Comet ... eitung.pdf

Should you decide to have a bash at one of his wonderful kits, I'd recommend scanning the full manual first, and not to follow the order the instructions appear in religiously. Why? Well, because the order can be random at times, and if you assemble the turret with the roof glued in place, for example..as per the path the manual leads you down( a mistake I made on the Cromwell :problem: ), you will have to be a modelling contortionist, or have double jointed extendible fingers, when coming to fitting the recoil and elevation mechanisms you've chosen 8O ;)
I lightly bonded the mantlet in place to help with alignment. Glueing it firmly would have led to the sort of disaster I've just described. Later, when fitting the gun assembly, I shall bond it in using drillings, pegs (to pin it) and epoxy.
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Cutting the relevant bits out
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Clamping the side wall in place. Having an extra hand would have been beneficial. :|
This is Christian's initial pic, by contrast:
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Assembling the turret sides and Mantlet.Comet A34

Another thing to be aware of, if you happen to pick the Comet as your intro into the Ludwig world of Armour, is that the flexible sides don't exactly line up with their corresponding edges on the turret floor plate
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I had to trim the apex slightly, and the ends by the mantlet, in order to get the best alignment I could. Even then, one side refused to fit perfectly. Still, it looks OK from above. :D
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Postby 43rdRecceReg » Fri May 03, 2019 2:26 pm

Having cursed and tweaked my way into getting the symmetry I need in the turret walls, I thought I'd assemble the turret ring mounting. It's important to get the two bits centred properly. I used my trusty old compass to draw out a guideline. After all, we don't want the turret revolving eccentrically, do we? :crazy: :haha:
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Here they are bonded together:
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..and then glued onto the turret floor:
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Postby 43rdRecceReg » Fri May 03, 2019 2:44 pm

Phew..that wasn't quite as tricky as fitting the walls was. Chris' instructions are, well, on the minimalistic side. You really have to fill the gaps in yourself. Then again, that's what turns a kit builder into more of a scratch builder. Certainly, when you create parts out of anything you can find, to add to the kit; parts not included in the kit, then you're scratch building.
Time for the Commander's cupola.
These are the bits needed:
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Extreme care is needed (don't do it with the jitters :haha: ). The bits are very delicate until fused together. Like this:
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Later, I aim to paint the periscope apertures black, and then cover them with some reflective perspex (maybe some cut out from transparent plastic food containers..the sort you get your cream cakes in).
Meantime, the sides are looking OK with the temporarily mounted Mantlet in place:
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Then with the top plates fitted. Note: only the front part of the roof has been bonded in place, partly to help with alignment, but also because I aim to have the rear section held in place by magnets, and three plastic lugs. This will allow me access to the gun assembly and wiring later on.
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As the rear section of the roof is going to be detachable, the cupola is only bonded to it, and not to the front roof plate.
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Postby 43rdRecceReg » Fri May 03, 2019 6:41 pm

It always seems like a good idea to me reinforce the joints of styrene models. So, I added some strips to the joints inside the turret, at the flexible weak points.
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Postby 43rdRecceReg » Fri May 03, 2019 7:01 pm

Now seems like the right time to assemble the Turret Storage Box. It gives the Comet a distinctive bustle, and it can also help offset the weight of the barrel. In the kit, the box is actually made out of fairly thin styrene (1.5mm?) Christian recommends stiffening it with spare bits and bobs. I would have done it anyway. :)
This is a timely reminder to keep all your spare styrene (unless it threatens to swamp the house...)., as it's often easy to find a job for it (and no...not floating in the Pacific >:< )
Here are the constituent parts:
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The first step is to get add some bracing pieces to the base, and the sides. If done accurately (using a set square etc..), it's much easier to attach the basic parts.
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I even cut another panel using the edge of the sprue, in order to double up on the base panel.
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..and here it is being bonded to the turret:
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The little angle fillets are what I'm going to be using to create the top edge of the box. The hinge will be represented by a length of tubular styrene (it adapted later to look more like a long, and regularly used hinge)
I have no plans to make the box openable, but I may make use of the space inside it to house an elevation unit. To facilitate that, I'll have to cut through from the Turret, much as engineers did to accommodate the radio in the Firefly turret.
'Lid' and 'hinge' in place:
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Then, this is progress so far:
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Postby 43rdRecceReg » Fri May 03, 2019 7:13 pm

Forgot to mention that I made three locating lugs for the rear section (detachable section) of the turret roof. The lugs hook under the front (fixed section), then the back of this plate will be held in place with additional magnets...unless a better solution pops up soon. :think:
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Incidentally, when ordering from Chris, don't be too surprised if that the design of the kit that grabbed your attention has changed in the meantime (for the better). The barrel I ordered doesn't have the alloy trunnion/gun sleeve I'd expected to get. Apparently, this is due to a design change.
Looks like I shall have to begin improvising soon...if other commitments allow it. :|
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Postby Ad Lav » Fri May 03, 2019 7:45 pm

Good progress.

They can be very frustrating kits when you consider the money you spend and parts are not 100% but stick with it.

I saw the comet run at tiger day last weekend, sounded awesome.
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Postby sassgrunt » Fri May 03, 2019 11:43 pm

Roy, I bought his cupola from this kit for use on a Firefly, (I just always liked the look of it, with the British all-round-vision cupola). Watch out for the small braces for the hatches that act as hinges - they are very fragile. No matter how carefully I tried to assemble them, I still ended up with only a few times that I was able to open the doors before these parts started to split open at the hinge point. So I left them open for use with one of Frank's great TC figures, but am sad because I no longer get to "play with them" as SWIMBO calls it.

Great build, by the way. Thank you for sharing it. -Mike

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Postby lmcq11 » Fri May 03, 2019 11:44 pm

Great build, it's going very well. I am following with interest.

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Postby square4 » Sat May 04, 2019 9:03 am

Looking good, I am also watching with great interest, as I intend getting the M7 Priest kit, so all your comments on the build
will be taken note of.
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Postby 43rdRecceReg » Sat May 04, 2019 9:40 am

To Adam:
Many thanks, and yes the Comet is a real Beaut. I've seen the one at Bovington, but not yet heard it running (you lucky man! ;D ). Still, there's plenty of Meteor roaring action on Youtube! :thumbup:
My ex-wife used to get a really intense buzz ( 8O ) from the jet engines we heard at Farnborough, West Malling, and elsewhere- whilst I had to cover my delicate ears. :eh: But I heard the roar of the Meteor recently, and what an overwhelming wave of welcome noise that was (now I begin to understand :haha: ). The engine belongs to a guy who travels around with a group of WW2 re-enactors. I've always loved the thrum of the Spitfire Merlin as it passes overhead, though. Better than wine :thumbup:

Mike:
Good to hear from you, and Aloha! Yes, the cupola is pretty fragile, but looks great. Quite how I'll put hinges in the hatches remains to be thought through. It's very early days yet, and my time is not quite my own at present.
I think thin packaging perspex- with a blackened backplate- will work for the glass Cupola vision ports. Again, it's early days.. :D

Louis:
I'm awestruck by the projects you throw yourself into. They're never easy, but you always produce something of museum-quality in the end. :thumbup: if I can produce something half as good, it will take me twice as long :problem: :D

Square 4:
Thanks for the interest, and I like your Motto. Goo Morni!
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Postby PainlessWolf » Sun May 05, 2019 2:21 am

Good evening, Roy,
Just read through this and now I want a cream cake *chuckles* I'll have to bake a cake tomorrow. ;o) It really is coming along. You guys who take flat stacks of styrene parts and make solid tanks out of them will always have my respect. Following along.
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