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About philm1

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  1. Last night a big step forward when transmission was placed back in the hull. Lessons learned - have the drive shafts fully pulled out to give as much free space to position the transmission - the 1/2 moon spaces that sit under the transmission can be inserted after the transmission was in place - also easier with brake calipers not installed again to give more space. We are happy with this progress as it is starting to feel that we are turning a corner putting things back in. Still a lot of hours to go.
  2. Elevation and traverse gear installed and functioning very nicely.
  3. Fire wall has been cleaned down and ready for painting.
  4. We had a tidy up and change around in the workshop. Scorpion pulled out into the cold and turned around. All the motors and gearboxes were then moved from the back to the center and the Scorpion pushed right to the back. Means we can now get the digger in and use it to lift the motor and gearbox.
  5. Put her back in the shed for the night and then tensioned up the tracks.
  6. Lovely sunny winters day so what better to do than pull her out of the shed and put the turret back on. All went easier than we anticipated as it was gently lowered over our home made guides.
  7. yes it is taking some time but hopefully light at the end of the tunnel.
  8. Thanks. Slowly working on all these bits whilst patiently waiting on parts out of UK.
  9. More parts cleaned up and boxed ready to be re installed. Before and After.
  10. Another step closer to putting the turret back on. A friend kindly came around and welded the bobbin back on that mounts the Breech. We also added a piece of pipe as a sleeve for added strength. I think I'll now move on to trying to remove the welded steel plug in the barrel deactivation and have the barrel back in place before the turret lift.
  11. A bit of a slow period at the moment with work and other commitments. I have managed to get the turret hatch latches painted and back together so they are on the shelf ready to be re installed. Also cleaned up, unseized and repainted the turnbuckle and part of the recuperator - expansion tank?
  12. Thanks Dave. Getting there. Might be ready in time for your visit down this way?
  13. Hi Robin & Doug. Luckily some of the items I was working on I could use a sharp blade to slice it off. Then left it soaking in hot soapy water for some time. Rinsed, dried and re glued in place. I did however source felt here in New Zealand from http://feltsupplies.co.nz/. It is about 10mm thick and I have used it in the hull under where the likes of the driver's periscope sits. Unfortunately it wasn't cheap and they sell per metre. Owner found an off cut for me so I was very lucky. If you do see what you need there I am happy to help getting it to you. Regards Phil
  14. Also been working on the turret hatch latches which were nicely seized. 3 of the 4 came apart with heat and oil quenching. The 4th was a right dog and even in the press wouldn't let go. Finally did after a further week soaking is diesel, more heat and a good whack with a hammer. Rust preventer undercoat
  15. Gave the gun cradle a spray of paint which made it look quite good compared with what it was originally.