Chieftain Mk 5 AVLB

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Re: Chieftain Mk 5 AVLB

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That is a serious bridge Chris :o

No wonder you need so much metal 8-)

It seems much more practical than the bridger I have on the bench :roll: :lol:

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That's a great project Chris. How will you reinforce the swinging arms to cope with the additional weight?
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Thanks for the interest guys :D

Olivier,

the Chieftain has Horstman suspension rather than torsion bar so no problems on that front.

The plan is to make the whole bridge deployment workable so that I can store the model with the bridge stowed on the tank and display it at shows with it vertical. I have a slight problem on that score, I broke a cylinder while drilling it out so I will have to wait for a replacement from AA to arrive before I can do much more on the deployment system.

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I had some time to build over the weekend and this is how far I've got so far.

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I've left the launch assembly unfixed for now to make painting easier. There are two cylinders which attach either side of the drivers hatch, I drilled them out to the wrong size, big enough to fit the pistons but too big a diameter for strength and I'm stuck waiting for a reply from AA about replacements now. There are still things I can do while wating though.

Just realised, only 10 days until Scale Model Challenge, PANIC

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It looks really big even without the bridge itself.
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That's quite an impressive amount of resin Chris!
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They took just over a week and a half but the replacement cylinders are here now :D Unfortunately with the kids away for the two week half term I am trying to get our bedroom redecorated, this week while still working, liuckily next week I have holiday.

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