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A13 Mk.I/Cruiser Tank Mk.III
Neonik
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Posted: Wednesday, July 08, 2020 - 06:15 PM UTC

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Now that is impressive - crazy, but impressive



There was a time....
Neonik
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Posted: Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - 06:24 AM UTC
So, I have finished track links. It was a really difficult task. But unfortunately, no opportunity at all. Tracks in chains are very fragile. So in future I need to work very carefully. And I decided to rework exhaust pipes. I have two A13 kits,so there were only four attempts. I made three. One in the dust bin ,two ready.

In comparison. Yellow before, green one after.






















Dioramartin
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Posted: Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - 11:40 PM UTC
The tracks look great although they do look like they’d fall off if you sneezed. Can you remove them for painting or does the whole wheel/track unit pull off? And because I can’t think of a reason, do you (or anyone else) know why the side fenders formed an inverted “v” shape? Stay healthy
Neonik
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Posted: Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 04:07 AM UTC

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The tracks look great although they do look like they’d fall off if you sneezed. Can you remove them for painting or does the whole wheel/track unit pull off? And because I can’t think of a reason, do you (or anyone else) know why the side fenders formed an inverted “v” shape? Stay healthy



Hi,Tim! Chassis is removable. They really look unreliable=)) I didn't got about fenders. Can you show on image?
Dioramartin
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Posted: Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 01:16 PM UTC
Hi Artyom my apologies, I was wondering why the fenders were designed this way, instead of level/straight...



There doesn’t seem to be a constructional reason, maybe it was simply to allow rain/mud to slide off?
Neonik
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Posted: Sunday, July 26, 2020 - 05:11 AM UTC

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Hi Artyom my apologies, I was wondering why the fenders were designed this way, instead of level/straight...



There doesn’t seem to be a constructional reason, maybe it was simply to allow rain/mud to slide off?



Now I got it, thank you! This is not my first cruiser so I can say that some technical ideas from British engineers looks strange to my mind.
For example A 13 stepbrother - soviet BT-2 has more thoughtful design to my mind.
I hope I will get this model later and Polish 10tp either.


Neonik
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Posted: Monday, August 03, 2020 - 11:51 PM UTC
And. All works with rear has come to an end. Very difficult construction. Too complicated to my mind.






















Dioramartin
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Posted: Tuesday, August 04, 2020 - 12:12 AM UTC
Superb craftsmanship as usual Artyom, are you using a microscope?! And those tracks fit beautifully round the drive sprocket, did you have to modify them?
Neonik
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Posted: Tuesday, August 04, 2020 - 06:24 AM UTC

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Superb craftsmanship as usual Artyom, are you using a microscope?! And those tracks fit beautifully round the drive sprocket, did you have to modify them?



Hi,Tim! Glad to see you! Thank you! You are very kind. I usually rely on my eyes. I don't use any optical equipment. Probably in vain. Those track are big pain. I don't like them at all. They are wrong but there were no opportunities to change them or to fix. They are too small. So all that was left to glue them well between each other and sprocket etc.
petbat
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Posted: Tuesday, August 04, 2020 - 08:01 AM UTC
It has been a long haul to get it to this stage Artyom, but it was sure worth it. Just outstanding.
Neonik
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Posted: Wednesday, August 05, 2020 - 12:43 AM UTC

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It has been a long haul to get it to this stage Artyom, but it was sure worth it. Just outstanding.


Thank you,Peter! Now I am working with stowage boxes.
Neonik
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Posted: Saturday, August 08, 2020 - 10:23 PM UTC
Work with stowage boxes has been already started.











Dioramartin
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Posted: Sunday, August 09, 2020 - 11:25 PM UTC
More precision metalwork, looks perfect. I’ve never used copper sheet, is it any easier to use than brass? And what thickness are you using – 0.05mm?
Neonik
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Posted: Monday, August 10, 2020 - 06:06 PM UTC

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More precision metalwork, looks perfect. I’ve never used copper sheet, is it any easier to use than brass? And what thickness are you using – 0.05mm?


Hi,Tim! I prefer copper because it is more flexible. I usually use 0,13mm and 0,2mm. 0,05mm will like foil.
Neonik
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Posted: Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 08:48 PM UTC
I am really happy to work with this stowage boxes and hinges.












petbat
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Posted: Friday, August 14, 2020 - 10:11 AM UTC
..and so you should be. They look fantastic!
Neonik
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Posted: Monday, August 17, 2020 - 06:50 PM UTC

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..and so you should be. They look fantastic!


Thank you,Peter! Much more harder will be to do clamps.
Neonik
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Posted: Thursday, August 20, 2020 - 12:51 AM UTC
Clamps.








petbat
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Posted: Thursday, August 20, 2020 - 08:53 AM UTC
Excellent.... where did you source them?
Neonik
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Posted: Thursday, August 20, 2020 - 07:15 PM UTC

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Excellent.... where did you source them?


They are from Aber Cromwell Mk.I PE. I have had two Aber PE for Mk.I and Mk.IV and used only one. Lucky!
Neonik
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Posted: Wednesday, September 02, 2020 - 07:09 AM UTC
Some technical decisions of British engineers puzzles me. Looks beautiful but why so complicated?



















Neonik
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Posted: Monday, September 07, 2020 - 04:59 AM UTC
Unfortunately I have damaged model by bottle of water. Fortunately all tiny details are safe and only chassis crashed.

Need to be careful.


petbat
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Posted: Monday, September 07, 2020 - 10:49 AM UTC
Sweet work Artyom.

I'm glad the Vodka bottle...err, water bottle... didn't damage too much.
Dioramartin
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Posted: Monday, September 07, 2020 - 07:18 PM UTC
Oh no, premature battle-damage! I suppose it could have been much worse…and proves the motto “Never Drink and Super-detail”. Beautiful metalworking in the preceding pictures. I can’t explain those technical decisions by the original engineers, if they’re decorative it’s a good example of British eccentricity
Neonik
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Posted: Friday, September 18, 2020 - 05:41 AM UTC
Good news! Chassis has been fixed by chrome wire. I was little frightened but the result is good. Nobody guess that something was damaged.

I also has started to work with tiny details. I know that I could do better all that little thing. I think I am little tired of this endless project so I need to finish it faster.