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Takom 1/72 Chieftains (Mk 10 & 11)


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Why does it say "track assembly is aided with the use of a jig?" They're not going to hoist individual 1/72 track links on us, are they?

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24 minutes ago, 12by12 said:

"Best tank in the world, provided it's in a good firing position when it breaks down."

Wasn't the engine by British Leyland?  That would explain it.

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6 hours ago, Supertom said:

Why does it say "track assembly is aided with the use of a jig?" They're not going to hoist individual 1/72 track links on us, are they?

Hopefully just link & length. 

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This is great, finally the Chieftain in IM plastic, & 72nd!!! Now it would be brilliant if they followed this, in 72nd, with their Bergepanzer 2, Leopard MEXAS, Leopard 1A5/C2 and the BV206!!!!

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Strictly the Chieftain ought to be followed by a FV434 REME recovery track with a spare engine, just like they were in real life.

 

(I once went as a passenger in a SS11 Scout stalking them on the north german plain. They were very easy to find by the smoke when they were running.)

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Similar to 12by12 above - a tankie friend of mine used to say they were the best defensive tank in the world - 'cause they aint going to Moscow! 

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8 hours ago, GMK said:

Hopefully just link & length. 

Unless Takom are including two types of track possibly the jig is for the links going around the drive wheel/idler?

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There is a jig on the sprue with pins for the drive/return sprockets once the glue dries on the track slide the 2 sprockets off the jig and add to the tank!! Yes link & length, overall a fantastic kit - really hope they do lots more!!!!

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On 2/14/2020 at 6:27 AM, Meatbox8 said:

Wasn't the engine by British Leyland?  That would explain it.

Yes, and it was a two-stroke diesel engine designed to a NATO requirement to be able to operate on multiple different fuels.

 

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leyland_L60

 

The section on maintenance is illuminating:

 

 

The Chieftain's L60 engine and cooling system were designed into an integrated engine-pack which could be changed "in the field" using the crane of an FV434 Armoured Repair Vehicle, which had been designed for this purpose,[xii] and a complete engine change took around one-and-a-half, to 2 hours.

The requirement for an easily changeable engine pack was the result of a British Army analysis of previous tank battles that concluded that a likely future tank battle would last no longer than two hours and so the most demanding requirement expected for any tank engine during wartime would be for it to be run at full power for this total amount of time only,[xiii] and so it would then be advantageous for it to be removed from the vehicle after the battle and exchanged for a fresh engine within a minimum of time.[xiv]

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