Richie's Little Tank

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Re: Richie's Little Tank

Post by Richie » Sat Mar 12, 2016 9:38 am

They usually do... Usually through armour envy though :D
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Re: Richie's Little Tank

Post by Richie » Mon Mar 21, 2016 9:28 am

Well got home from London yesterday after a busy week helping a mate move some exhibits from the artillery museum in Woolwich........that was an eye opener !

Some 400 tonnes of tanks, artillery pieces, bronze canon, field guns, and some odd weapons !

Needless to say, after pulling 17 hours days for a week! I was ready for some light duties so popped into the garage and painted the desert rat onto the carrier.

Pics to follow:

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Re: Richie's Little Tank

Post by Richie » Mon Mar 21, 2016 9:45 am

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https://www.facebook.com/richard.harris ... 6437289947 Moving the 50T Centurion tank from its resting place was interesting, the thing was probably the heaviest peice there and was squeezed in by a post. None of the exhibits with exception of the 432 and the Lance missile carrier actually worked...everything had to be pulled out manually

Luckily we had a number of retired REME soldiers with us, along with a REME R.S.M

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Unfortunately I only got a few snaps (as I was busy !)

Oh yes back to the carrier,

Behold ! A one legged Gerboa :D

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Re: Richie's Little Tank

Post by Mike Bull » Mon Mar 21, 2016 7:53 pm

Good stuff Rich :D

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Re: Richie's Little Tank

Post by Richie » Tue Mar 22, 2016 7:32 pm

Bit more done over the last few days. I have been trying to source information for some time regarding the B set antenna base bracket, these are few and far between, and many collectors will not share information when it comes to something that can potentially make some money.

After some searching, I managed to locate some drawings, which were short of quite a lot of data ! (Luckily I am used to this now, what with sponsons on K7 being a nightmare)

Using the drawings, known data off my hull, and numerous archive photo's, I was able to backwards engineer the drawings and make a card pattern.

I then transferred this to 16swg steel sheet and cut out with an angle grinder, finishing the edges with a file.

A trip down to BBHQ where I borrowed Aiko's fly press, and BBHQ's sheet bender and I was able to put all the required bends in place.

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Here we have it mocked up ready for welding the gusset (or what ever it is best described as) onto the main bracket

I then mig'd the gusset in, a quick shot blast then back to tank HQ for a test fit.

Here we have it mocked onto the hull to obtain the required data for the holes...they were piloted and then drilled out to 10mm.
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Once I was happy, I removed the bracket and painted it to match the hull... Let it dry and re fitted.

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Another bit checked off the list !
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Post by Renegadenemo » Wed Mar 23, 2016 1:24 am

Called in today for a look-see and the little tank is looking amazing in its new paint scheme with ever more detail and little interesting parts appearing here and there. First class work, Rich...
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Re: Richie's Little Tank

Post by Richie » Fri Mar 25, 2016 10:44 pm

Bit more painting done today, ran out of thinners though so dropped back onto fab work until tea time.

I managed to cut out the net's for the 19 set mount and variometer bracket.... May need to borrow the fly press from Aiko again though Bill.

Front div and unit markings went on before the light faded, then I called it a day.

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Re: Richie's Little Tank

Post by Renegadenemo » Fri Mar 25, 2016 10:58 pm

May need to borrow the fly press from Aiko again though Bill.
The little tank is looking splendid, and you know where to find the fly press...
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Re: Richie's Little Tank

Post by Richie » Sat Mar 26, 2016 8:12 pm

Bit more done today between jobs on the boat.

Brought along my flat packed steel to pop in the fly press.

Then asked Bill to pop a few plug welds onto the WS19 base frame

And here we are ! Technically the junction box bracket and the variometer bracket mounted onto the side of the hull should be painted wrinkle finish brown, but my thoughts are they would have been flashed over in green during re paint sessions.

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Ultimately this is what the setup will look like once completed, this carrier resides in Australia
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Difference being hopefully my set will actually be working
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Re: Richie's Little Tank

Post by Renegadenemo » Sat Mar 26, 2016 8:39 pm

Ah, excellent - was happy to do the welding but had no idea what it was - smart work, Tank Driver Harrison...
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