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  1. So my Dad, being a follower of this thread, called me the other night to say that the winch cable would never have been left hanging down the way I have left it. In fact he went as far to say that he would be on a "fizzer" for something like that... which I think means a charge. In any case, I've amended it as per his instruction, including making it more circular rather than teardrop shaped: Today I've managed to do a number of the final items, including the ballast box contents, headlamps and chain repairs. All I really have left to do now are the fire extinguishers on the Centurion and the final connection of the trailer to the tractor. I'm going to leave this until tomorrow though... when I transport it South to present to my Dad. These follow on pictures are not so much final reveals... but almost final. And finally the fire extinguishers... Almost done. Thanks for looking.
  2. I've struggled to find the time to get on with this of late - but thankfully this weekend I've been able to spend a little time hunched over at my bench. Aside from fixing the door handles back on I've worked on the winch cable end and the ballast box contents. Studying various pictures of the winch seems to show that the cable was looped back and then fixed in two positions. Despite there being a hook on this model (to the left of the rollers) for the cable to be stored on, my Dad's recollection is that they were generally left hanging down - which is how I've shown it. Basically I folded the cable back on itself and glued it, then wrapped it in two places with a couple of strips of masking tape which I then sealed and painted green. Next up was the trimming and cleaning up of the many ballast blocks, planks, pins and winch blocks (shown below). In real life these things were 50kg each and my Dad thinks there were around 250 of them. The technical books indicate that something between 7,125kg and 13,236kg was actually needed - which would fit with his recollection. He also said that when stacked they were well below the top lip of the ballast box - because planks and other kit was laid over the top of them. Rather frustratingly I can only get 84 of the blighters in the box so it would seem that the pesky things are too big. I've checked things with my Dad and he is happy to forgive this misdemeanour - since most of them will be covered up anyway! Still... it is rather annoying as I want it to be right. Anyhoos, I painted the blocks a steelish colour and then added some darker rust/grime. It doesn't show up too well in the pictures - but I'm showing them hear so my Dad can check them, i.e. he may decide they should be darker. Here they are in the box: I've also worked on the other kit for the box and will finish this off during the week. Next weekend I hope to take it down to him to hand over and there is still a bit to do: 1. Headlamps 2. Fix chain links 3. Complete ballast box components 4. Electrical cable between tractor and trailer 5. Final touch-up and weathering 6. Joining tractor and trailer 7. Final reveal pictures Thanks for looking.
  3. Well it doesn't look like much but blooming' eck getting these chains on was hard. I think mainly because I'm trying not only to match the reference photos, I'm also trying to use them to actually fix the tank securely. I started out my weekend work by dirtying up the trailer bed and placing a couple of oily stains: The rear chains were straight forward once I'd figured out how best to attach them to the tank and had adjusted the chain links 7 or 8 times . The grab hooks apparently were not at the ends, they were mid-way in the chains. Also, it was generally standard practice to have the tank forward on the trailer so that it was attached to the front with the torsion bars rather than with any chain links. In this picture you can see the trailer number plate as well. Nice and tight . The front was altogether more difficult to get under tension. Like I said, it doesn't look like much but this is after about 4-5 repeats of taking them off and putting them back on again I got to this stage. In between attempts I did manage to fix the air lines though (and one of those had my on my hands and knees searching the carpet under the bench for the end piece which unfortunately pinged out of my tweezers just as I was about to glue it). You can just see (on the right side), that the paint has been rubbed off the metal chains so I need to do some re-touch work. The other thing I need to do is a bit of repair work to the torsion bars. In my several attempts to get this right the loops on ruddy things have broken parts which I need to replace. Next up, (other than some repair work), is the tractor ballast box parts. Thanks for looking.
  4. Bonkin

    Austin Tilly.

    Wow. Amazing work .
  5. I've now moved on to the securing of the Centurion to the trailer and with the Dyson Trailer kit, a number of shackles, buckles and chains were provided, some of which I've started to assemble: Carefully studying the reference pictures I have though it seems that the Accurate Armour instructions do not necessarily match what seemed to be the practice in the 1950's. These are the two primary pictures I have for the front and rear: Starting with the front, I can see that the Centurions were parked right up against the lockers at the front of the trailer and the attachment is by the turn buckles alone. The left one seems to be left dangling (but I'm sure it wouldn't have been), and the right one looks to be looped back on itself. I can count at least 14 chain links as well (on the right side). The instructions say 8. In addition, it looks like the chains are attached to buckles on the top brackets on the tank, not the lower ones - which may just correspond with the part below... which I've drilled through to enlarge the hole so that I can use a pin to secure it to the tank. I'm sure I can see the hooks (top right in the picture below) left dangling as well, so these I plan to use fit as well. Also the turn buckles are wound right in to a much shorter length... ... so I trimmed them down to this, plus added a blob of super glue to the ends of the turn bars in order to match the pictures. So the assembly starts to look a bit like this (noting that I'll fit the chains later after I've determined how many links I need for the rear): Started to paint and doing a trial fit with the rod for the pin: And trial fitting on the Centurion... I'm finding this part enjoyable but extremely fiddly. Smaller hands and better eyesight would definitely be a help. Without bifocals my glasses are going up and down as much as my eyebrows! Thanks for looking.
  6. Incredible work and a fine tribute. Hat off to you. Amazing.
  7. Thanks Steve. I spent over an hour on the phone to him last night and yes he's extremely pleased with how things are going. He continues to pass on little snippets of information as well that will be useful for the build. I'm going to weather the trailer flat bed a little, i.e. to show a bit of wear and dirt where the tanks would load. I'm also going to apply a bit more dirt to the tyres. By and large though I want the trailer (and tractor) in good condition. They were never left dirty and my Dad has often talked of washing them and wiping them down with a diesel soaked rag.
  8. Thanks Roger . I've also managed to do some finishing work on the trailer. The reflectors are photo-etch and these I painted before removing them... ... and applied them at the appropriate positions down the sides and back before completing the other decals and then gloss coating the whole thing. And now, because I couldn't help myself, I posed the Centurion on the trailer just to see what it would look like: I'll need to add some muck to the trailer flat bed as well. Knowing my Dad, he wouldn't have been too happy having such a dirty tank on his vehicle . Now I'm very much looking forward to getting the tie-down chains sorted out and fitted. Thanks for looking.
  9. Seasons greetings to all. Finally I've had some time to sit down and crack on with this project! Not having to go to work has been great - and I've even managed to keep on top of the jobs provided to me by my nearest and dearest. On the Centurion I fixed the decals (orange to red) and fitted the cables. I then started the weathering process, first by applying AK Interactive streaking grime to parts of the turret and the bazooka plates: I then also applied general washes and grime around the engine area, including some kerosene stains. I've not done any chipping at all because the period is post-war and the vehicles were well looked after. Servicemen were always usefully employed with paint brushes to keep things fresh. The look I wanted though was one of a bit of "just off the ranges". Also, looking at my Dads pictures, it is evident that the Centurions were on the whole a bit dirty. Once satisfied with the amount of grime, it was then on with mud and dust on the tracks. This time with AK pigments and fixer. I used a variety of different colours, including European Earth and Light Dust. Similarly I applied some at the back and front. I used a wetter solution and "flicked" this off the brush against a toothpick to get some splatters. Finally I re-fitted the plates and dusted these down at their bases as well. By and large, the Centurion is now just about finished and I'm really pleased with the result. Thanks for looking.
  10. Cheers mate . Cheers John. I'm very lucky he's still around to share his memories. Admittedly (like Uncle "During the war" Albert), I've heard them many times before but to be honest I don't tire of them (although I think my poor old Mum does !). The truth of it is that I'm asking him things about small details that he really has to wrack his brains over... sometimes even to the point of calling some of his old army buddies to see if they can remember. One thing that does seem to come over quite a lot is "if it moved, paint it!". Maybe familiar to ex-servicemen? As an example, I was asking him the other day about how they would sleep in the back and I found out that even the wooden planks (that would rest on the ballast blocks) were painted green! On top of these they would each have 3 "biscuits" - which were like cushions of some sort. Anyway, I'm posted again so quickly because the display case was delivered last night and I wanted to share the pictures. It's getting quite exciting now! This was a custom order from Widdowsons Ltd Acrylic Display Cases. The great thing about their website is that you can provide your own measurements, choose a base etc. and get an instant quote. I'm extremely pleased with it. The quality is spot on and I would definitely recommend them! Fits perfectly: I also glued the bridge weight classification disc. And have started the laborious task of cutting and cleaning up the ballast blocks. There are 106 of them in total. I'm not sure if that is too many... certainly they would be stacked 3 high in order to fit them all in. Something I'll need to ask my Dad about (again). Thanks for the feedback and thanks for looking.
  11. Cheers . I was able to spend an evening with my Dad a week or so ago (brief family visit) and we discussed progress of the model and his memories of serving in the Army. Turns out I've got a couple of things wrong. Firstly, the circle emblem that is on the Centurion should actually be red not orange. This is something I need to correct before I start the weathering process. Secondly, the "Scotch Blocks" (see page 3) never had rope apparently - and were not really used when transporting Centurions. Instead they had a couple of drop pins which would go into the deck of the trailer to hold them fast. I'll need to remove the rope and add these pins... but when the trailer is connected up and probably end up putting them in the ballast box. During the week the Molotow Liquid Chrome pen turned up that I'm going to use on the mirrors. I've also got the display case on order and this should turn up before Christmas. Progress wise I've mainly done some of the small fiddly bits... starting with the tyres. This is them drying out after using some weathering wash to add some grime to the treads: I had a lot of trouble fitting them because there are a lot of delicate parts for my clumsy fingers to break off. As it was, I lost a couple of the brake lines from the forward wheels. I will try and fit these later but I'm sure they will not be spotted if I don't: Great to get it back on its wheels again! I also fitted the fire extinguishers, the spare wheel (not muddied) and darkened the canvas cupola cover. Needs a blast from an air duster methinks. Still need to fit the perspex headlamp covers as yet... ... and also the bridge weight classification disc to the front bumper, (this is something I've been working on separately). By the time it is filled up the base of the ballast box will no longer be visible: Bridge weight disk in progress... And here are just some of the resin ballast box weights from Accurate Armour. These will all need to be cleaned up and added to the ballast box. Hopefully over the Christmas break I'll have more time to press on and get it all finished before the year is out! Thanks for looking.
  12. Bonkin

    Airfix 1/24 Spitfire Mk Vb

    Amazing work and seriously impressive. Wow. Quite possibly the best built example of this kit I've ever seen. Well done.