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  1. This is stunning work. I'll be following along with much interest.
  2. My word. Just followed this build from the start. I'm gobsmacked. You are a true professional sir. This is very inspiring.
  3. Same for me too.... built this kit in the late seventies/early eighties and it had pride of place in my bedroom. In fact... I think it is still there. I'll be following along with interest. Good start so far.
  4. I don't think I've ever seen a finer build of this kit ever. Period. It is absolutely brilliant. Thank you for sharing.
  5. Hi, Private message sent to you and Mike. Kind Regards, Andrew.
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  7. Thankfully it survived the journey South without damage... this was a huge relief. So the last work to do was to make the connection between tractor and trailer permanent. This was a bit of a struggle but managed carefully with tweezers and a quick spray of superglue activator. I didn't bother with the electrical cable. This was actually a piece of solder but my Dad said it wasn't always connected... the only lights being a night light at the rear and some side lights at the front of the trailer. This was justification enough to coil it up and to place it in the ballast box: The good news is that my Dad was really delighted with it... and he wrote a few words for me to quote here: Well there you have it. I've included some final pictures at the link below... and finally, here is one of "the old man" himself. And here it is on display: Thanks all for following, and your advice and support. Cheers, Drew.
  8. Not the best pictures - but I'm happy with the result. Thanks for looking. Full build thread here: Drew.
  9. Thank you Roger. Much appreciated . Thanks Kev. He certainly was thrilled. Also, as I think I said at the start, I've determined that building AFVs is far harder than building aircraft . Thanks Neil . Cheers . Thanks Matt .
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
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