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Mighty Antar Mk3
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Posted: Monday, December 28, 2009 - 05:51 AM UTC
As some of you may know i had an alcohol fuelled impulse purchase (or two) at Telford.

Progress so far on some of the white metal 1:76 RAF Antar Mk3 Ballast tractor and Dyson Trailer. (next year in Resin)









I've taught myself how to solder doing this. It's kinda fun.

Andy
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Posted: Monday, December 28, 2009 - 07:04 AM UTC
Looking good Andy, but when I saw the title I thought I'd be seeing a AA version

Mmmm... Soldering thats a skill I'm going to have to re-master very quickly when I get around to the slat armour on the Stryker.

Luciano
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Posted: Monday, December 28, 2009 - 07:31 AM UTC
I've bought a variable temp soldering Iron from Maplins - it was pretty good value for a tenner!!

Would have bought the AA one, but bought new camera instead :-)
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Posted: Monday, December 28, 2009 - 07:59 AM UTC
Ah new camera good chose, although an Antar Mk.3 from AA must be on the books

Thanks for the tip about Maplin I'll have a look next time I'm near one, but will see if any tool traders are at Bolton as I'll be there before I go near a shopping centre.
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Posted: Tuesday, December 29, 2009 - 08:15 AM UTC
Looks good Andy. A mate of mine bought the AA version. Very nice but a camera is a sensible buy

Ross
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Posted: Tuesday, December 29, 2009 - 08:18 AM UTC
it was about time i updated and got a proper SLR again. And it fits my old lenses from film days as well. Result.
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Posted: Tuesday, December 29, 2009 - 10:31 PM UTC
Looking good so far Andy. Your braver than me with tackling white metal, mind you I was scared for life with a white metal bus that I built for a client.

One question if this is the Mighty Antar, surely the AA kit must be the Colossal Antar
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Posted: Friday, February 13, 2015 - 04:58 AM UTC
Hi, I don't want to be disparaging, I am only try to help. I owned the RAF C6T Mighty Antar and 50 Ton Dyson Plant Trailer for 13 years and I know them intimately.

There are a few problems with the way you have assembled the kit, It may be too late to change, and you might not feel it necessary to do so anyway.

The spare wheel is mounted in the wrong place in your ballast Body, The lifting derrick for the spare wheel can be mounted ib sockets either to the left or right of the wheel, as on my model.

The chocks on the trailer mount into a series of keyhole slots. These holes are down the side of the trailer deck. Although they can be adjusted along the trailer, they can only be fitted at one width. as on my model.

The Ballast body in the BW kit is the same one offered on the Mk2 Mighty Antar, and thoug largely similar, the rAF body did not have the cross bulkhead 1.3 the way back. This was too retain 55 lb weights, and to stop them moving around but this Antar have just six 2 ton weights in the back, and they were so long the cross divider was cut out so they would lay in.

If you want further details I have a vast number of photographs that may help you get it correct. Also I have full data sheet on the trailer. If you need any help, I have works photo, Photos of its time with PSA and throughout its life with me. If you want ant help with this please say, and if you give me you e-mail address I can send stuff directly to you rather than posting on here. Mike
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Posted: Friday, February 13, 2015 - 04:59 AM UTC
PS the angle of the beaver tail on your model seems tail down. The top of the folded up loading ramps should be almost level.
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Posted: Friday, February 13, 2015 - 05:11 AM UTC

antarmike
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Posted: Friday, February 13, 2015 - 05:18 AM UTC


Me, by the way.
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Posted: Friday, February 13, 2015 - 05:35 AM UTC
Spare wheel location

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Posted: Friday, February 13, 2015 - 05:42 AM UTC
Position of chocks on trailer


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Posted: Friday, February 13, 2015 - 05:47 AM UTC
My C6T Mighty Antar far left, Mk 2 Ballast body Mighty antar Centre Mk3 Antar Artic right. The Mk 3 was never called a Mighty Antar, It was just Thornycroft Antar.

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Posted: Friday, February 13, 2015 - 05:49 AM UTC

Valentine DD loading on my Dyson triler
antarmike
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Posted: Friday, February 13, 2015 - 05:51 AM UTC
In its shed


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Posted: Friday, February 13, 2015 - 05:53 AM UTC

Loading centurion ARV
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Posted: Friday, February 13, 2015 - 05:54 AM UTC


With my wife's Scammell on the FDyson, and Living van, going home from GDSF
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Posted: Friday, February 13, 2015 - 05:59 AM UTC

When owned by MPBW At Bottom end of RAF Cardington airfield at the CEL Labs

Still In RAF livery, It went through its life with MPBW in RAF Blue Grey, and only went into brown when MPBW passed to PSA.
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Posted: Friday, February 13, 2015 - 06:03 AM UTC


Official thornycroft works Photograph in RAf Ble Grey and with original RAF Registration 40 AT 81
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Posted: Friday, February 13, 2015 - 06:07 AM UTC
Chock at furthermost forward position chocking Centurion on trailer.

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Posted: Friday, February 13, 2015 - 06:10 AM UTC
And playing At GDSF


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Posted: Friday, February 13, 2015 - 06:21 AM UTC
And the Antar is NOT a Mk3. It is a model C6T (or R6) The Mark 3 had a straight 8 Rolls Royce C8SFL supercharged engine, six speed gearbox arrangement. With Third diff and removable ballast body over a fixed fifth wheel. The C6T was an export Model, Only one RHD vehicle was built, This one. It had the mK2 12 speed dual gearbox, Rolls Royce 6 cylinder Turbocharged C6TFL engine, A fixed ballast Body, No fifth wheel, Nickel Iron batteries, not Lead Acid Batteries. It had no third diff in the first bogey axle, It has different steering gear to the Mk3. It has paper air filters on the front wing, not the oil bath filters of the Mk 3. Although it looks basically similar it most definitely is a seperate mode.

It was a one off, and although it has the cab of a mk3 It is not a Mk3. The model is officially a Thornycroft Mighty Antar model C6T.
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Posted: Friday, February 13, 2015 - 11:27 AM UTC
Right Andy you need to sort that lot out then but looking good.

Nice info Mike and some very nice photos, thanks for sharing
Bigskip
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Posted: Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 11:52 AM UTC
Looks like i've some work to do on that. wish i'd known before i started. That old check your references clause bites me on the bum again...

Thanks for the pointers Mike. It might be this one needs to be destined for the scrap heap, not sure whether i can resolve all the mistakes....