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PostSubject: MK VII / Last Crusade WW1 Tank    Sat Jun 23, 2012 12:20 pm

This project will take a long time, I think. Just to gather the parts! I estimate I'll need 3x PnzIII sets of tracks, 2x sets of wheels (so 24 road wheels altogether) and 2 sets of sprockets, a powered pair at the rear and sort of an idler set at the front, with adjustable tension. Probably just an RX-18. Turret rotation... meh.. did the thing even rotate in the movie? Wink

I plan to have the track return over the top without any rollers, following the groove between the inner and outer hull side channels. I think that'll be fine with plastic tracks. Road wheels will ride on 7/32" brass tube, same diameter as the P3 axles. The centre deck and probably the entire 'engine compartment' will be held down by magnetic hatches for easy access. The main issue now is bracing, as this is 2mm polystyrene sheet or something similar, it is rigid but will flex under load.

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PostSubject: Re: MK VII / Last Crusade WW1 Tank    Sun Jun 24, 2012 4:07 am

You might want to consider return rollers on the top to cut down the friction of the track.

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PostSubject: Re: MK VII / Last Crusade WW1 Tank    Sun Jun 24, 2012 7:06 pm

Stince, that's definitely a possibility, and as it looks if I can get the thing to work, I'll test it with and without return wheels. I'm not even sure if the MK VIII had them... I hope i can find a cheap supply! Wink

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PostSubject: Re: MK VII / Last Crusade WW1 Tank    Sun Jun 24, 2012 10:00 pm

Looking good you have to make it RC we have to have it at least drive on the field for video and pictures it's going to be cool to see finished
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PostSubject: Re: MK VII / Last Crusade WW1 Tank    Sun Jun 24, 2012 11:09 pm

well make!
But question is where are you gona to put gear box?
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PostSubject: Re: MK VII / Last Crusade WW1 Tank    Sat Jun 30, 2012 1:59 am

Strato, I don't know if this any help to you, but here is a link to one some guy built as a static display. It might give you a few ideas.

http://www.hisstank.com/forum/g-i-joe-customs-finished-projects/154534-indiana-jones-mk-vii-tank.html

Check out the second page for the build pictures.

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PostSubject: Re: MK VII / Last Crusade WW1 Tank    Sat Jun 30, 2012 10:49 pm

It belongs in a Museum.....

.... I like it ..vary cool...dont show Glen...Not German...Rolling Eyes

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PostSubject: Re: MK VII / Last Crusade WW1 Tank    Sat Jun 30, 2012 11:26 pm

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well make!
But question is where are you gona to put gear box?

The back end will be fully enclosed and the gearbox will sit right in the back. I just haven't designed that yet Wink

The length of this thing will make turning on anything other than concrete be a chore, if it works at all!

Time to go work on it some more Smile
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PostSubject: Re: MK VII / Last Crusade WW1 Tank    Sun Jul 01, 2012 4:36 am

New pics Smile

I secured the 'outer' sides to the main hull, with blocks of wood CA'd in between plastic sheet layers. It's about an inch gap, just enough for the PnzIII tracks to fit at the ends.

Also repositioned the side casemate guns higher up to match the movie tank. Raised the floor about 1-1/4 inches to allow more ground clearance. Phew! Front!

Bottom-rear. Attach bolts in view.

Top. Turret ring.

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PostSubject: Re: MK VII / Last Crusade WW1 Tank    Sun Jul 01, 2012 5:19 am

looking good looks cool what are you going to use for the gears and electronics for your side guns you might want to use the containers we use for the SLU apple then they could turn inside
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PostSubject: Re: MK VII / Last Crusade WW1 Tank    Sun Jul 01, 2012 7:53 am

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.... I like it ..vary cool...dont show Glen...Not German...Rolling Eyes

Just because one time, I went to buy a tank from a guy but declined, because I missunderstood, he said he was selling a SHERMAN tank, not a German tank. Laughing

I'd like to see that set up with an SLU and IR and taken to Dannville Wink

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PostSubject: Re: MK VII / Last Crusade WW1 Tank    Sun Jul 01, 2012 7:01 pm

You think the electronics could handle the stepped up amperage from 3 IR emitters in parallel? Razz

One rotating turret. What if I could have a 'crew' who manned the casement guns independently? Bahahaha... Wink

When funds allow I'll probably stick the basic HL running gear into it, nothing fancy. The side guns are mounted in halves of a spray paint cap Wink

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PostSubject: Re: MK VII / Last Crusade WW1 Tank    Sun Jul 01, 2012 7:07 pm

The most import question, do you have an Indy Jones figure for it? Question

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PostSubject: Re: MK VII / Last Crusade WW1 Tank    Thu Jul 05, 2012 8:29 am

New Pics Smile

Scratch building is hard Twisted Evil Nothing on this tank is quite perfect, but it fit's nicely! Its a good mix of bits from the movie, the actual MK VIII, and stuff I'm making up.

New stuff includes tow shackles, rivet panel lines / side detailing, and that cattle bar / rack that was on the movie tank Razz

I think I might go out and buy a small piece of aluminum or steel plate for the gearbox mount.







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PostSubject: Re: MK VII / Last Crusade WW1 Tank    Thu Jul 05, 2012 8:45 am

Any chance you could bring it to the next tank battle day so we can get a first hand look ? In the pics, it looks amazing.

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PostSubject: Re: MK VII / Last Crusade WW1 Tank    Thu Jul 05, 2012 8:55 am

Looking good, Strato!

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PostSubject: Re: MK VII / Last Crusade WW1 Tank    Sun Jul 08, 2012 1:15 am

I am for sure bringing in next battle day Wink

By then I might have some painting done, and some moderate detail work. I need something to simulate about 10 billion rivets Wink

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PostSubject: Re: MK VII / Last Crusade WW1 Tank    Sun Jul 08, 2012 9:59 am

They do make scale rivets....in several different scales. I think the last time I bought them, they were in packs of 100. If your'e interested, I can probably dig up the info.

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PostSubject: Re: MK VII / Last Crusade WW1 Tank    Sun Jul 08, 2012 10:55 pm

Did some detail work, added some plates & openings as observed in the movie. I spent some time watching Last Crusade and paused it a lot, sharpie marker in hand to highlight where things go!

Major work this time was shortening the front end of the track assembly. It was too long / too far forward, and the angle wasn't steep enough so I just hacked & sanded them down. Looks a lot better !




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PostSubject: Re: MK VII / Last Crusade WW1 Tank    Sun Nov 11, 2012 8:45 pm

hey Strato



just wondering how this baby is going ?
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PostSubject: Re: MK VII / Last Crusade WW1 Tank    Sun Nov 11, 2012 8:56 pm

Yes Finish this baby, I will also say that Strato is in the market for PZ3 tank tracks for this project, so if you have some to sell ???

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PostSubject: Re: MK VII / Last Crusade WW1 Tank    Mon Nov 12, 2012 1:05 am

It still pretty much looks just like that!

It has the radio antenna & parascope that were visible in the movie now.

Engineering wise I have to design a good way to mount some gearbox's on it, and the Rx-18 & tracks and a few other parts...

Whats stumping me is a good way to make the front idler wheels adjustable, or under some spring tension so that they always exert a force forward, keeping the tracks taught..

Working on it!!

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PostSubject: Re: MK VII / Last Crusade WW1 Tank    Wed Nov 14, 2012 10:54 pm

Progress!

I put a coat of grey primer on, looks sharp.

Ordering a complete Pnz3 from HobbyKing, for parts (Rx-18, tracks, roadwheels). Turns out I'll only need a second set of Pnz3 tracks to equip the entire tank, so total parts cost will be under $90. Not bad.

Now I need a 5x6" piece of metal to mount the drive unit's onto... Very Happy


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PostSubject: Re: MK VII / Last Crusade WW1 Tank    Thu Nov 15, 2012 7:50 pm

LOVE IT . I saw it early this summer and was so impressed with your project
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PostSubject: Re: MK VII / Last Crusade WW1 Tank    Thu Nov 15, 2012 9:17 pm

Im ordering some parts from MATO now, since the shipping for a P3 from Hobbyking was about $70... yikes! They don't carry HL tanks in their USA warehouse Sad

Anyway, I primed it, and took some detail photos.









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