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  1. Evening All, I have now turned my attention to finishing the detail in the upper hull. I may of mentioned that I had never intended making the whole tank, hence my upside down approach to the project. As such I never really paid that much attention to the upper hull as it was only supposed to be a stand for the turret to sit on, consequently I have made a few errors that I have had to revisit, not major problems but still time consuming. I am currently working on the drivers vision area and how anyone could drive it with only this small area to see through is beyond me. There are thr
  2. Absolutely spiffing old chap, it makes one quite excited seeing it come together.. Lovely job!!! Jon
  3. To be honest Seamus, I don't think we are fooling anyone, our wives have us well sussed. Mine even asked me to describe the differences between the different machines that I "needed" for life to continue. Jon
  4. Evening John, I know It will be controversial but I am going to fabricate a set. I have thought about it long and hard, hence I have a plan of attack that will involve quite a bit of machining and lots of welding. My logic is that I have time but money is limited and I like the challenge. If there's a ping and I end up with lots of bits of bent metal then it's on to plan B. With that in mind, I have bought, nay invested, in another piece of history to ease the job of making the 1000+ bushes. Jon
  5. Nice to see that you sorted the problem. I know that there are those that will disagree but unless I have no option, I only use NGK plugs. Jon
  6. Seamus, That really looks fantastic, well done. Jon
  7. Morning, I am just reading the Ospray Panzer Iv book and it contains an after action report from Infantry Division Grossdeutschland, dated March 1943. The report states that "The turret of the T34 is no longer made from one piece but is assembled from individual parts. The armour of many tanks consists of a steel plate 1cm, a filling of 6cm cast iron and other material and again a 1cm steel plate". Has anyone come across this before, does anyone have more information? It seems a curious construction technique and must have added to the production time. Jon
  8. Morning Rick, Patience was a virgin, or that's what I tell my wife. Sometimes I wonder if I should just put it together, paint it and get it running but I know that if I do that and put the finishing parts on the to do they won't get done. Finishing all these little time consuming bits is a million times easier with the chassis and upper hull apart than having to keep climbing in and out. No, it's just got to be done I am afraid. The good news is that I have made a drawing of the drive sprockets, so I can get that off for some quotes. I have never been to the YWE but
  9. Thanks BRDM and thanks again for the earlier assistance. If it ever gets finished, I have promised the Yorkshire war time experience it's first appearance. jon
  10. Nice of you to say so. Evening all, Well, I have finished the last two items, so apart from painting and final assembly, the turret is officially complete! One of the final items was a second internal handle for turning the turret by hand, I knew that there should have been one but I couldn't be sure what it looked like or where it went, until I rediscovered this picture on my pc. So it was out with a hammer, a piece of bar and some heat and it was time to hit some hot metal. The second item is a strange one. Situated on top of the turret was, in theo
  11. Evening All, If I decide to build another tank it would probably be a Panzer iv but that would probably be a project too far. I have been trying to finish the turret, all the little fiddly detail bits that I didn't have enough information for. There's a marker attached to the hull just below the turret ring to show when the turret is facing the front that needed adding. Whilst I had completed the wiring up to the slip ring in the base of the hull, I hadn't done anything about the wiring in the turret. The wires run from the slip ring up the leg of the commanders cha
  12. I use Por 15 and to date haven't experienced any problems, you just nee to follow the instructions and ensure that the inside of the tank is cleaned properly. Jon
  13. I have to whole heartedly concur with that sentiment old chap. Evening all, As far as Panzer production is concerned I have achieved very little, only finishing the turret gear guard. Other than that, it has been a very busy week one way or another, a week in which I decide that it was time that I increased my turning capacity, so I purchased a new toy. Jon
  14. That's why i don't argue. My son then decided that he wanted a diabetes cake, that's a two day job. Fresh from the oven Jon
  15. Evening All, I had quite a productive weekend making lots of little items for the linkage from the remote trigger in the turret gearbox to the MG, so now you can see how it operates. The other item was the cover that goes over the turret ring gear, well it's nearly finished but I was requested to make some biscuits by my dear wife and I know never to argue where the biscuit box is empty. Until next time thanks for looking. Jon
  16. Exactly, I keep telling myself that it doesn't matter but it does. I had a little bit of time to play today so I made the handle that is used to rotate the turret by hand. Only a little job but another one off of the list. Jon
  17. Evening All, Last night I posted pictures of this little cover that I had made. After I had posted my update it started gnawing away at me and by this morning I had decide that it wasn't good enough. I mean, how can any respectable Panzer commander go in to battle knowing that the cover for his little knob is the wrong shape. Below, next to a picture of an original, is my next attempt, which I hope is less offensive. The other items that I made today were the wooden grips for the trigger handle. That's all for now folks. Jon
  18. Thanks👍 , I know what It's like, I don't comment a lot but there's a lot of enjoyable content on this forum. So the next installment. I think that it's always the same, some of the smaller items take the longest to make and so it was with this little cover. Being made of 0.8 and 1.6mm thick steel and so small it took a lot of careful welding, brazing and grinding to get a result that was at least presentable. It's not exact replica of the original but it needed to suit my application. Todays job was to make the adjuster that fits on the side of the gearbox. T
  19. I feel your pain but I don't think that you would ever have had total success at keeping it straight, no matter what you did. Distortion due to heat is always a problem and I have tried most things but in the end you have to live with it. I assume that the roof bolts on to the rear panel, so if your holes are drilled with reference to either the inner or outer edge rather than in a straight line, will it not straighten itself to an extent when bolted in place? keep smiling, Jon
  20. Evening All, Thanks for the comments it's always nice to know someone is actually reading my drivel. I had a couple of hours this afternoon so I made the linkage that runs from the trigger grip to the top of the gearbox. I don't know whether there was a spring in the original linkage or if they just relied on the spring in the MG trigger assembly but I have incorporated a spring as my linkage will not be attached to the MG when it is installed. Trigger out Trigger in I am sure that you get the picture, so there is no point in explaining it again. Jon
  21. Thanks Burwood, it's nice to know that there's someone out there. Evening All, Continuing with turret gearbox, the next item that I needed to make was the handwheel. Not quite as simple as around disc as it contains a remote trigger for the MG34. It would have been a casting but as I don't have that option, I fabricated it. It started life as a flat piece of 10mm thick steel plate which I cut, turned and then added the relevant bosses. A quick grind with a burr and a shot blast made it look something like the original. Then the wall of the bosses need
  22. Is that a Serious question?
  23. cracking job old boy, you are becoming an artist and it's a joy to follow your progress. Jon
  24. Evening All, At last I have finished the gearbox, almost. It turned out to be quite complex but that was entirely due to me being too fussy. I think the turret gearbox had three settings, fine, course and hand, by which I mean that you can rotate it by pulling it around, all three would be too complex for my little brain, so I decided just to incorporate two, hand and fine. when the lever is in the vertical position the gearbox is in hand and when the lever is push forward or backwards the gearbox is in fine. While I was in the process of deciding how to manufac
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