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Kiwi M41 - NZ 30549 (Annihilate) - Huntly, NZ
« on: October 01, 2012, 12:00:18 PM »
Hi Guys
Finally got around to bringing the data stick with these pics into work. Most of these were taken at the Men Of Steel show at Horotiu Quarry, Hamilton NZ, about 2years ago
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Re: Kiwi M41 - NZ 30549
« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2012, 12:04:14 PM »
And more
HL M41A3 X 6.5 - NZ M41A1 MERDC, AVRNZE, 3 X Barely touched, T50 ARV WIP - 6 wheel hull, Taigen M41A3
HL M26 - MERDC Dots & HL M26A1
2 X Bruder MB Actros Low Loader - 4 axle, Bruder MAN TGA
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Re: Kiwi M41 - NZ 30549
« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2012, 06:57:07 AM »
And more. Correct date of photo's 31/10/2009.
Being an Early production M41, much of the detail is different from the Mid & late production vehicles - Sprocket & idler with lightening holes, different tow rope brackets, GTL mount, number of engine grille hatches, hinges & stops (5 LHS, 6 RHS, vs 3 each side of the later vehicles), early turret with larger cast area - nose & lower turret.
Early light mounts with horseshoe splash guards, area around drivers hatch  & surrounding the turret ring cast, rather than welded

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HL M41A3 X 6.5 - NZ M41A1 MERDC, AVRNZE, 3 X Barely touched, T50 ARV WIP - 6 wheel hull, Taigen M41A3
HL M26 - MERDC Dots & HL M26A1
2 X Bruder MB Actros Low Loader - 4 axle, Bruder MAN TGA
Ultimate Soldier 1/18th M113A2 X 2
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Re: Kiwi M41 - NZ 30549
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2016, 02:16:56 PM »
Came across a Facebook page for the Armoured Museum Charitable Trust, who have acquired NZ30549, and given her a much needed facelift.

As she appeared in 2009, making a splash - 74594-074596-1 rusting 74598-2 red oxide 74600-374602-4
painting 74604-574606-674608-774610-874612-974614-10 [ Specified attachment is not available ]

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HL M41A3 X 6.5 - NZ M41A1 MERDC, AVRNZE, 3 X Barely touched, T50 ARV WIP - 6 wheel hull, Taigen M41A3
HL M26 - MERDC Dots & HL M26A1
2 X Bruder MB Actros Low Loader - 4 axle, Bruder MAN TGA
Ultimate Soldier 1/18th M113A2 X 2
Spyder Works 1/16th FV101 Scorpion
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Re: Kiwi M41 - NZ 30549
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2016, 12:48:57 PM »
Checked up on the AMCT website - a WIP 75082-0 and an updated pic of their M4175084-1
Looks much better

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HL M41A3 X 6.5 - NZ M41A1 MERDC, AVRNZE, 3 X Barely touched, T50 ARV WIP - 6 wheel hull, Taigen M41A3
HL M26 - MERDC Dots & HL M26A1
2 X Bruder MB Actros Low Loader - 4 axle, Bruder MAN TGA
Ultimate Soldier 1/18th M113A2 X 2
Spyder Works 1/16th FV101 Scorpion
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Re: Kiwi M41 - NZ 30549
« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2016, 12:12:38 PM »
A couple of close up pics of guys engaged in engine repair work 76083-076085-176087-2
Not hugely exciting, but you might have wanted pics of those areas?

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HL M41A3 X 6.5 - NZ M41A1 MERDC, AVRNZE, 3 X Barely touched, T50 ARV WIP - 6 wheel hull, Taigen M41A3
HL M26 - MERDC Dots & HL M26A1
2 X Bruder MB Actros Low Loader - 4 axle, Bruder MAN TGA
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Re: Kiwi M41 - NZ 30549 (Annihilate)
« Reply #6 on: June 24, 2016, 07:58:00 AM »
An update on the AMCT facebook page
Engine being rewired 77283-0 & the vehicle dressed - pioneer tools, jerrycans, canvas bag? behind turret stowage box & cam net 77285-1

"Recently the boys took a day trip down to Waiberia to the QEII Army Museum to visit Grant and Sam to pick their brains on what appears to be our major problem, the magnetos and to discuss their M41 (NZ30548, Assassin) and see what changes they have done to their engine?

To keep things simple they've done away with the magnetos and replaced them with a couple of Falcon distributors and re-wired it as per pics , we on the other hand have rebuilt the mags, rewired the dash and are rebuilding our booster box by copying one we borrowed from the Army Museum"


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HL M41A3 X 6.5 - NZ M41A1 MERDC, AVRNZE, 3 X Barely touched, T50 ARV WIP - 6 wheel hull, Taigen M41A3
HL M26 - MERDC Dots & HL M26A1
2 X Bruder MB Actros Low Loader - 4 axle, Bruder MAN TGA
Ultimate Soldier 1/18th M113A2 X 2
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Re: Kiwi M41 - NZ 30549 (Annihilate) - Huntly, NZ
« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2016, 12:53:35 PM »
Jerry cans close ups, work still in progress

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HL M41A3 X 6.5 - NZ M41A1 MERDC, AVRNZE, 3 X Barely touched, T50 ARV WIP - 6 wheel hull, Taigen M41A3
HL M26 - MERDC Dots & HL M26A1
2 X Bruder MB Actros Low Loader - 4 axle, Bruder MAN TGA
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Spyder Works 1/16th FV101 Scorpion
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Re: Kiwi M41 - NZ 30549 (Annihilate) - Huntly, NZ
« Reply #8 on: December 12, 2016, 10:08:48 AM »
Found this pic, from prior to the 'facelift'

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HL M41A3 X 6.5 - NZ M41A1 MERDC, AVRNZE, 3 X Barely touched, T50 ARV WIP - 6 wheel hull, Taigen M41A3
HL M26 - MERDC Dots & HL M26A1
2 X Bruder MB Actros Low Loader - 4 axle, Bruder MAN TGA
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Re: Kiwi M41 - NZ 30549 (Annihilate) - Huntly, NZ
« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2017, 10:04:20 AM »
Having imported some sparkplugs from the US over Xmas, the M41 is back up & running
81670-081672-181674-281676-381678-481680-581682-681684-781686-881688-981690-1081692-1181694-1281696-1381698-1481700-15

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HL M41A3 X 6.5 - NZ M41A1 MERDC, AVRNZE, 3 X Barely touched, T50 ARV WIP - 6 wheel hull, Taigen M41A3
HL M26 - MERDC Dots & HL M26A1
2 X Bruder MB Actros Low Loader - 4 axle, Bruder MAN TGA
Ultimate Soldier 1/18th M113A2 X 2
Spyder Works 1/16th FV101 Scorpion
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Re: Kiwi M41 - NZ 30549 (Annihilate) - Huntly, NZ
« Reply #10 on: February 22, 2017, 12:52:44 PM »
Further photo update
82466-082468-182470-282472-382474-482476-582478-682480-7

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HL M41A3 X 6.5 - NZ M41A1 MERDC, AVRNZE, 3 X Barely touched, T50 ARV WIP - 6 wheel hull, Taigen M41A3
HL M26 - MERDC Dots & HL M26A1
2 X Bruder MB Actros Low Loader - 4 axle, Bruder MAN TGA
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Spyder Works 1/16th FV101 Scorpion
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Re: Kiwi M41 - NZ 30549 (Annihilate) - Huntly, NZ
« Reply #11 on: March 06, 2017, 01:01:37 PM »
Over the weekend, the Frankton Thunder event was staged in Hamilton & NZ 30549 was debutted in her new colours  - 82714-082716-1 - you'll notice that the ammo box is the old WWII vintage M2 rather than the more modern M2A1 - 82718-282720-3 attracted all sorts - - 82722-482724-582726-682726-782728-882730-9

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HL M41A3 X 6.5 - NZ M41A1 MERDC, AVRNZE, 3 X Barely touched, T50 ARV WIP - 6 wheel hull, Taigen M41A3
HL M26 - MERDC Dots & HL M26A1
2 X Bruder MB Actros Low Loader - 4 axle, Bruder MAN TGA
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Re: Kiwi M41 - NZ 30549 (Annihilate) - Huntly, NZ
« Reply #12 on: March 06, 2017, 01:08:29 PM »
The doubled up pic above - with crossed 76mm & 50 Cal - has my local hobby shop - Frankton Models - as a backdrop.

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HL M41A3 X 6.5 - NZ M41A1 MERDC, AVRNZE, 3 X Barely touched, T50 ARV WIP - 6 wheel hull, Taigen M41A3
HL M26 - MERDC Dots & HL M26A1
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Re: Kiwi M41 - NZ 30549 (Annihilate) - Huntly, NZ
« Reply #13 on: March 15, 2017, 12:53:40 PM »
No progress to report on my Cent build – otherwise occupied, getting up close & personal with NZ 30549 which was at the Frankton Thunder 2017 event – March 4th & 5th.
A couple of things I noticed that stood out – the casting number on the mantlet, below the telescope cover – 82775-0 –
The bulge under the coax at the bottom of the mantlet – 82777-182779-282781-3
‘This Side Out’ marking on the sprockets – 82783-482785-5
The cast final drive housings on the rear plate – 82787-682789-782791-882793-9
The cast turret rear beneath the bustle – 82795-1082797-1182799-12
The asymmetry of the LHS & RHS turret beneath the bustle – 82801-1382803-14

Got a few of these to come
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HL M41A3 X 6.5 - NZ M41A1 MERDC, AVRNZE, 3 X Barely touched, T50 ARV WIP - 6 wheel hull, Taigen M41A3
HL M26 - MERDC Dots & HL M26A1
2 X Bruder MB Actros Low Loader - 4 axle, Bruder MAN TGA
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Re: Kiwi M41 - NZ 30549 (Annihilate) - Huntly, NZ
« Reply #14 on: March 15, 2017, 01:07:08 PM »
Beneath the drivers hatch – 82805-0
Dimpling of the armour plate on the turret, that happens during the rolling process – 82807-1
Early cable guide – side on – 82809-2.
Five engine hatch stops on the LHS – 82811-3 -
Had a good look at the early angular GTL – 82813-482815-5- this is slightly twisted, possibly in collision with another AFV – the rear lifting eye was broken & the LHS rear fender bent  – possibly at the same time – 82817-682819-7 - cut out in fender  - 82821-8 - casting number at the top of the bracket – 82823-9 – the wing nut was made up to replace the original – 82825-10 – GTL mounting
Tapered sprocket teeth – 82827-11

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HL M41A3 X 6.5 - NZ M41A1 MERDC, AVRNZE, 3 X Barely touched, T50 ARV WIP - 6 wheel hull, Taigen M41A3
HL M26 - MERDC Dots & HL M26A1
2 X Bruder MB Actros Low Loader - 4 axle, Bruder MAN TGA
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Re: Kiwi M41 - NZ 30549 (Annihilate) - Huntly, NZ
« Reply #15 on: March 15, 2017, 01:15:20 PM »
Raised centre engine deck – 82829-082831-1–  telephone box casting number – 82833-2– Tow pintle – 82835-3 – Phone box, mod plate, 60 in pry bar - 82837-4
LHS Rear Light – 82839-5 – RHS Rear light - 82841-6
Bustle stowage – 82843-7 – underside of bustle stowage box - 82845-8
Nuts on the rear LHS battery hatch – 25mm X 25mm, 8mm hole in centre - 82847-9
Top of muzzle brake – they lowered the gun so I could get this pic – airsoft gun display in background – 82849-10 -
Tow rope clamps  - 82851-1182853-12
External Fire extinguisher pull plate – front – 82855-13 – behind – 82857-14 -
Extra handhold on turret LHS – 82859-15 – Handholds, 231mm long, 59mm high

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HL M41A3 X 6.5 - NZ M41A1 MERDC, AVRNZE, 3 X Barely touched, T50 ARV WIP - 6 wheel hull, Taigen M41A3
HL M26 - MERDC Dots & HL M26A1
2 X Bruder MB Actros Low Loader - 4 axle, Bruder MAN TGA
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Re: Kiwi M41 - NZ 30549 (Annihilate) - Huntly, NZ
« Reply #16 on: March 15, 2017, 01:21:16 PM »
Checked the angles of the Transmission front access – 35 degrees & rear access hatches  - 10 degrees – 82861-082863-1
Behind turret ring, in front of fuel filler cap – 82865-2 -
APU exhaust sitting on 2 L angle irons atop the main exhaust - 82867-3
Footman’s loop between stops behind the APU exhaust - 82869-4
Casting numbers on the TC’s hatch struts - 82871-5
The slope of the casting between the turret & glacis beside the driver – 82873-6
The horseshoes – 82875-7 – notice they’ve the right way up – so the luck doesn’t fall out. The holes in front are for water to drain.

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HL M41A3 X 6.5 - NZ M41A1 MERDC, AVRNZE, 3 X Barely touched, T50 ARV WIP - 6 wheel hull, Taigen M41A3
HL M26 - MERDC Dots & HL M26A1
2 X Bruder MB Actros Low Loader - 4 axle, Bruder MAN TGA
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Re: Kiwi M41 - NZ 30549 (Annihilate) - Huntly, NZ
« Reply #17 on: March 15, 2017, 01:29:11 PM »
And something ironic – recall those times when you’ve been told to remove sprue burr from the kit parts? Someone else didn’t do that either – 82877-082879-182881-2 –
A major difference – back in 2009 when I originally photographed 30549, I spent about 10 mins scrubbing away caked on mud, dirt & dust from the modification plate, so see if it showed the Vehicle Serial number. Yes, I specifically took a brush to do that. Anyway, it was to no avail, couldn’t see any numbers. But since the sandblasting & repainting, the numbers are now visible, so took these pics – 82883-382885-4– unfortunately it appears I forgot to change the setting to macro.
Good to see the 60 inch pry bar in place – 82887-5 – the long black thing  - you don’t often see it on restored tanks, as they tend to disappear because they’re so useful & popular.
The munted pioneer tool rack  - 82889-6 - has been replaced with a new one – 82891-7

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HL M41A3 X 6.5 - NZ M41A1 MERDC, AVRNZE, 3 X Barely touched, T50 ARV WIP - 6 wheel hull, Taigen M41A3
HL M26 - MERDC Dots & HL M26A1
2 X Bruder MB Actros Low Loader - 4 axle, Bruder MAN TGA
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Re: Kiwi M41 - NZ 30549 (Annihilate) - Huntly, NZ
« Reply #18 on: March 15, 2017, 01:42:24 PM »
Could not access the top of the vehicle – Health & Safety rules mean that if any one climbs on & fall off, the owners are liable.
However Andrew, one of the AMCT crew who I’ve known for a few years, took these for me  - 82893-082895-182897-2-

The previous badly perished Clansmen aerial base, has been replaced by new Larkspur antenna bases - 82899-3
General view pics – 82901-482903-582905-682907-782909-882911-982913-1082915-11

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HL M41A3 X 6.5 - NZ M41A1 MERDC, AVRNZE, 3 X Barely touched, T50 ARV WIP - 6 wheel hull, Taigen M41A3
HL M26 - MERDC Dots & HL M26A1
2 X Bruder MB Actros Low Loader - 4 axle, Bruder MAN TGA
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Spyder Works 1/16th FV101 Scorpion
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Re: Kiwi M41 - NZ 30549 (Annihilate) - Huntly, NZ
« Reply #19 on: April 05, 2017, 02:23:26 PM »
Rec’d some more photos from Andrew showing the drain plug at the bottom of the cast final drive housings – 83567-083569-183571-2– (my photos just caught the edge of these, so wasn’t sure if the plugs were there or not)
And 4 of the turret top rear – 83573-383575-483577-583579-6
Compare 83581-7 with HL turret – 83583-8 -  & how far out of place the HL pintle mount is – this doesn’t show up well on drawings, as usually the 50 Cal Browning is mounted in the drawings & obscures the actual position, also notice that the orientation of the base of the pintle is not square, but slightly skewed, to allow it to be folded down on to the low rest behind the hatch hinge.
It also shows to advantage, the 3 brackets – 2 x Y, 1 x T, behind the loaders hatch, in front of the blower cap. I think these brackets are for external stowage of the 50 Cal – sans barrel - and if so are unique to the early M41’s. There is no mention of these in neither  the M41 nor the M47 Tank Manuals.

Compare 83585-9 with HL turret – 83587-10 – note how the blower cap on the HL is undersized. A close up of the blower cap – 83589-11 - reveals the cap does not have a smooth surface – in contrast to that fitted to the later M41s - – 83591-1283593-13–
Plus it features a cast number (4401), though whether this is a Part number or a Serial number is not known. If it’s a serial number, could this be the same vehicle?  - 83595-14

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HL M26 - MERDC Dots & HL M26A1
2 X Bruder MB Actros Low Loader - 4 axle, Bruder MAN TGA
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Re: Kiwi M41 - NZ 30549 (Annihilate) - Huntly, NZ
« Reply #20 on: April 26, 2017, 01:55:25 PM »
The guys attended the Huntly Anzac Day Dawn Parade. As part of the prep for that, they waterblasted it & applied degreaser to remove the shine from the paint. Also had a 5 min repair to do on the APU & 3 hrs later....

Suffered a bit of damage to a road wheel when reloading. They've also installed a new Mantlet cover, which they had made up by the local saddler. Unfortunately it's not totally accurate, but should do the job. I've supplied Andrew with drawings & photos of the real thing.

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HL M41A3 X 6.5 - NZ M41A1 MERDC, AVRNZE, 3 X Barely touched, T50 ARV WIP - 6 wheel hull, Taigen M41A3
HL M26 - MERDC Dots & HL M26A1
2 X Bruder MB Actros Low Loader - 4 axle, Bruder MAN TGA
Ultimate Soldier 1/18th M113A2 X 2
Spyder Works 1/16th FV101 Scorpion
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