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Offline fv432

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Hobby Engine Abrams Re-build
« on: January 01, 2013, 12:03:52 PM »
some of you may remember keith (Firefly) doing an amazing paint job on this:
 

 

 

 
well i managed to acquire it after fancying one of these tanks for a while
 
the top half im not going to touch as its damned near perfect its just the lower half thats in for an overhaul ohh plus the electronics
havent decided on those yet but it maybe Elmod or clarkmodel
 
turret rotation and main gun re-coil will be going and replaced with something better again got some ideas im toying with nothing certain yet;)
 
on to the lower half
 
first pics show the problem
 
kenny kong tracks and hobby engine wheels arent quite suitable well not yet anyway;)
 

 

 
i hope from those pics you can see the issue?
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Re: Hobby Engine Abrams Re-build
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2013, 12:07:01 PM »
Finally some time spent and parts acquired
Ingredients list:
2 x Idler damaged Plastic Lower Hulls with Wheels
Bits From a H/long Pershing
Brasss  :P

starting Hacking the lower hull around to get my idea of using a Kv 1 chassis well the arms and wheels

from this


to this





next job completely dremel out  an old KV1 chassis and cut it to size so the arms line up





Hmmm Wheels these arent much cop



sooooo grab the old KV wheels hmmmm razor saw



cut out the silly abrams wheels and make the kv wheels sit nice and snug inside



this is what i have now spacing correct and the inner hub runs lovely on the kv arms

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Re: Hobby Engine Abrams Re-build
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2013, 12:09:12 PM »
Getting round to attaching the new suspension in place



some more wheels made



the ally angle is to help keep things straight whilst the glue dries

im using some plumbing adhesive for plastic pipes on this seems to hold pretty good and sets pretty quick too :O

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Re: Hobby Engine Abrams Re-build
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2013, 12:10:28 PM »
built the adjustable idler for it now



used an old Metal Tiger arm cut to size and some "BRASS" gearbox standoffs 3 in total for the wheel axle arm axle and the axle for the tensioning arm



Beefed up the inside wall with Brass plate to add strength

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Re: Hobby Engine Abrams Re-build
« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2013, 01:17:45 PM »
Great modification fv432, I like the use of the KV wheels and arms to deal with the toy HE ones that come on the tank. Keep up the good work
and more pics please  8) 8) 8) 8)

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Re: Hobby Engine Abrams Re-build
« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2013, 04:32:52 PM »
100% agree with Leo.
More pics  ;D and very inventive using the KV wheels and arms.
Can wait to see it in action FV.

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Re: Hobby Engine Abrams Re-build
« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2013, 08:25:42 PM »
Thanks Guys
it's just Typical i start this then i hear on the rumour mill that H/long are bringing there Abrams out in supposedly Summer 2013 ::) :o :o

there leo looks good so the abrams should be good  ;)





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Re: Hobby Engine Abrams Re-build
« Reply #7 on: January 01, 2013, 08:27:23 PM »
ok i couldnt wait ;D  ;D  ;D  ;D



i think some Return Rollers next lol



Hoping the gearboxes are going to fit otherwise i may need to add a power buldge lmao

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Re: Hobby Engine Abrams Re-build
« Reply #8 on: January 01, 2013, 08:29:19 PM »
visiting relatives,eating and drinking sure gets in the way of a build  8O

bit more done
all the wheels have been made finished and set on the arms
got some 80th plasti-card and started filling in the ermm large holes in the chassis



corrected the rear



another skim of plasti-card and some filler should be good to go

front was a bit of a pain with the angle  but its better now some nuts and bolts added to aid the Gluing  ;)



still not sure what to do on the front end whether to adjust the frontal angle or just leave it as is?
(i should have enough Plasti-card  '8 )



Right hand side idler to build and some more holes to fill and the lower should be ready for it's gearboxes :O  :D  :D  :D

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Re: Hobby Engine Abrams Re-build
« Reply #9 on: January 01, 2013, 11:04:22 PM »
Quick play with some parts


pershing Return Rollers  :D  :D





dont think it's a million miles away ;)
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Re: Hobby Engine Abrams Re-build
« Reply #10 on: January 01, 2013, 11:06:37 PM »
Finishing up the outside filling all the holes etc

rear end now with the correct shape



yup it had to be done corrected the Front Armour





inside shot i also retained the front Screw holders  8O  8O



Started adding the Weldlines sorry about the picture not being to clear  :{

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Re: Hobby Engine Abrams Re-build
« Reply #11 on: January 02, 2013, 08:43:49 AM »
Made all the Return Rollers and the right hand side adjustable idler

Fitted one side and popped the top on to see what it looks like







Motors need a plate adding to the rear to hold them nice and snug



Rear end dont look to bad now



blurry shot of the return rollers

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Re: Hobby Engine Abrams Re-build
« Reply #12 on: January 02, 2013, 12:41:43 PM »
Wow complicated build fv really interesting, well done  8) 8) 8)

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Re: Hobby Engine Abrams Re-build
« Reply #13 on: January 02, 2013, 05:24:36 PM »
Great looking overhaul mate  :D

I have the same model at home disassembled ready to do this, so you've just become my reference lol. I was considering going so far as to hinge all the ballistic track shields, is this something you've considered?

I've made a scale do not walk over main gun board while she's in shop cause I liked the look of it lol.

Looking forward to more updates.

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Re: Hobby Engine Abrams Re-build
« Reply #14 on: January 02, 2013, 07:59:43 PM »
Thanks Leo
getting quite exciting now cant wait to get those tracks dirty (as long as it doesnt all fall apart on the first ever run lmao)

Thanks Digit
my aim was to leave the top as std as possible
the problem is theres sooo much to open or could open i dont think this would ever get finished

good luck with yours and remember lots of pics when you get round to it ;)
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Re: Hobby Engine Abrams Re-build
« Reply #15 on: January 05, 2013, 11:26:22 AM »
some more done but a bit slower due to work grrr

right hand idler built and both sides Return rollers built and fixed on



Started Figuring out how to Get those K/tiger g/boxes in there



nice bit of 5mm ally plate held inplace with some ally angle bolt to the sides with M 2.5 screws captive nut serts fitted as i am not fiddling with nuts in there lol





how it looks in the lower hull









thats it for now more to follow :D  :D
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Re: Hobby Engine Abrams Re-build
« Reply #16 on: January 27, 2013, 10:12:57 PM »
Electronics are in and both gearboxes fitted "Speaker box" added  ;)

going with Tamiya Dmd /mfu on this one from my sherman



this shows the "Tuned port" entering the baffle chamber



The tuned port lol



final Bass port

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Re: Hobby Engine Abrams Re-build
« Reply #17 on: February 22, 2013, 04:06:27 AM »
Had to have a rethink on the motor/gearbox as i couldnt get them aligned and its killing the sprockets

more pics to follow
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Re: Hobby Engine Abrams Re-build
« Reply #18 on: February 22, 2013, 08:15:35 AM »
Great looking hull lower but the upper of the A2 model has a completely different commanders copala then the A1 version which the HE one has which is just a copy of the 21 Centery original casting the only change they made was to remove the muzzle flash barrel and barrel mount and replace it with the bullet shooter. SO if you want to do some more work you could correct that and have an even more accurate A2.

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Re: Hobby Engine Abrams Re-build
« Reply #19 on: February 23, 2013, 03:03:28 AM »
i wasnt going to do much on the top half but you may just have twisted my arm ;)

thank you for the kind words ref the lower its been a labour of love ;)
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Re: Hobby Engine Abrams Re-build
« Reply #20 on: January 29, 2016, 11:28:23 AM »
bit of an overdue update on this one
the kenny kong tracks are useless on anything other than tarmac/concrete so i junked those in favour of snow leopard plastic tracks

she now flies like an abrams should ;D ;D ;D 8)
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Re: Hobby Engine Abrams Re-build
« Reply #21 on: January 29, 2016, 12:13:37 PM »
Wow the ingenuity awesome stuff mate 8)
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Re: Hobby Engine Abrams Re-build
« Reply #22 on: January 29, 2016, 05:31:58 PM »
Very nice conversion v432.  What was the problem with the tracks?
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Re: Hobby Engine Abrams Re-build
« Reply #23 on: January 31, 2016, 07:43:12 AM »
way to heavy mate they would pull off at the first turn :(

snow leopard ones whilst not exactly correct are much lighter and they work lol
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