Richie's Little Tank

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Re: Richie's Little Tank

Post by Richie » Tue Apr 05, 2016 4:50 pm

Moving onto the battery box, I have put off finishing this for months and months ! The hinges I had made were cast from steel and are literally made out of unobtanium (reference to movie Avatar)

Nothing seems to drill them, So they were shelved.... At the same time I began the POL holder, which I started to fold out of 16ga sheet, only to find the thing was a touch too heavy !

Well I need to get the thing sorted so I did some work on the box, removing the rear most plate I obtained some measurements for the hinge then plotted, punched and drilled the required 10mm holes.. I then had to file the edge of the plate 45deg between the hinge lugs.

All it needs is the unobtanium hinges returned from my pal who will machine them for me, and then four 3/8 rivets set.

I have been told my radio system should arrive before June which is good, as I would like to fit the thing before I go to Normandy !

Starting to collect required wires and junctions boxes etc etc..... Just need three headsets and mic's

Pics to follow once I get logged back onto photo bucket.
Clarence come out ov zat tank at vonz !

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Re: Richie's Little Tank

Post by thunderer » Tue Apr 19, 2016 3:15 pm

I wish I had seen this earlier, I would have offered to make you some paint msks and save all that hand cutting.....
Just cos my username is Thunderer, doesn't necessarily mean I SHOUT !!
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Re: Richie's Little Tank

Post by Richie » Tue Aug 16, 2016 12:04 pm

Thought I would post up some pics from the Normandy trip, all went well and the engine ran flawlessly with the exception of a fuel pump failure which we had to bodge for two days until we could rebuild one properly.

Most of the images will look better black and white, but you get the idea !

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Clarence come out ov zat tank at vonz !

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Re: Richie's Little Tank

Post by Richie » Tue Aug 16, 2016 12:06 pm

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All in all a fantastic trip !
Clarence come out ov zat tank at vonz !

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Re: Richie's Little Tank

Post by Mike Bull » Tue Aug 16, 2016 6:09 pm

Cracking set of pics Rich! :D 8-)

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Re: Richie's Little Tank

Post by jonwrightk7 » Tue Aug 16, 2016 8:23 pm

Belting pics there Ritchie.. :) :)
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Re: Richie's Little Tank

Post by Mike Bull » Sun Nov 19, 2017 6:14 pm

Good a thread as any to flag a new Guy Martin programme tonight-

http://www.channel4.com/programmes/guy-martins-wwi-tank

- though I'm not sure the tank that's built is hugely authentic; the rivets are fake, for one thing..!?

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Re: Richie's Little Tank

Post by sbt » Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:38 pm

And when you have watched that, maybe this (Cambrai, from the Tank Museum)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DX_BnN4cWbo

Moving tank is also a replica, built around an Excavators power-train.

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Re: Richie's Little Tank

Post by sbt » Mon Nov 20, 2017 1:00 am

Having watched Guy Martin - watch him instead. Super job all round.

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Re: Richie's Little Tank

Post by Richie » Tue Nov 21, 2017 10:19 pm

I watched it tonight.

I thought it wasn’t up to much at all. A major manufacturer Like JCB justifying not riveting the plate (we weld we don’t rivet) was very poor. Why go to the effort of reproducing something to meticulous German plans, to then not do it properly ?!

Then they go and fit an engine from a Humber pig (plenty of pucker liberty engines aboutthey could have used)

The tank breaks down at the end and comes to a halt on the road, you can hear the engine overheating then they cut to stock drone footage.

Guy stood for a minutes silence (should have been two minutes silence) with his hands in his pockets and a glakey look on his face. Found it disrespectful. Sorry to be picky and pedantic but it was executed very poorly indeed.

This crap about five months is exactly that. Speaking with people in the game NTM were hunting for engines and running gear over a year in advance of the project.

There are far better replica’s out there that’s for sure.
Clarence come out ov zat tank at vonz !

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