Special thanks to Tim @

Friday, 30 August 2013

First track cut to length and put on for testing
Suspension sitting were it should and track joined

getting an idea of what it will look like

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Right Hand side on

Have attached all the suspension units on the right hand side and fitted road wheels.
Put on track so its ready to spin over and load test it.
Will lift a pallet up under the tank to take its weight (and that of the jig) with batteries etc in it so I can see how the suspension will ride.
Once that is done I will be able to cut the tracks to the right length and join them, then I will be able to run them up to see were the road wheels will want to track.

Here you can see the suspension units running along the inside

Left hand side test fitted

Got quite a bit done over the last few days
TIG welded all the stub axles into the trailing arms and assembled half the suspension units with lots of Coppercoate to get them moving.
Cut the retaining clips that go on the outside of the hull and hold the stub axle and suspension units to the side of the hull
Installed all the left hand side units and have tested the road wheels on the axles.
Also tried on one of its feet as well, they will have to be shortened but about 4-5 links but will do that last once everything is in.
Once thats done it will be time to hook up the batteries and give the left hand side a run to see if there are any other issues that need to be sorted before starting on the right hand side
Holes drilled through hull

Suspension units fitted with retaining clips in place

Road wheels fitted temporarily for testing 

There is still a small tire to go on each road wheel

About 4 links will need to come out of the tracks but still have to add idler wheels first

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Have pressed the stub axels into the trailing arms ready for welding and test fitted the first unit into the hull.
Have a couple of small adjustments to make to the trailing arms to allow easier access to the bolts but otherwise very pleased with how they are sitting
Trailing arm with stub axel ready to be pressed into place

Ready welding

first unit installed for testing, all looking good

Inside the hull


Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Have assembled the main drive hub on the motors and adjusted the clearances for the tracks.
Just waiting for the last parts of the trailing arms and can then start assembly of road wheels and tracks

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Have removed turret and side skirts to allow access to the hull so I can drill the mounting holes for the suspension units.
Installed Motors so I can assemble the main drive hub



Have TIG welded the axles into the trailing arm, just waiting for one bit for each to come from the lathe and they are ready for paint.


Monday, 5 August 2013

Road wheel welding jig

Well I finally got the jig sorted for the road wheel assembly and have matched up the rims with the hubs
The pin and steel plate make sure the hub sits the correct amount through the Rim for welding

Spacers to give the correct gap between the two rims

finished road wheels ready to go onto be painted etc

Saturday, 3 August 2013

Drivetrain assembly

Have finished 99% of fabrication work and laid it all out to do one last full parts check before finishing assembly of the 862 parts into the tanks main drivetrain.

Consisting of
2x Main Drive Hubs (48 parts)
2x Front Wheel Assembly's (14 parts)
2x Track Assembly's (562 parts)
14 Road Wheel Assembly's  (238 parts)