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  1. Hello, Here is my latest model, which unfortunately I didn't manage to finish filming before the New Year: The model is of the Vickers M1937 Light Tank, a vehicle designed and produced by British arms manufacturer Vickers-Armstrongs in 1937. This was to be the fourth member of Vickers' line of commercial light tanks, coming after the successes which were the M1933, M1934 and M1936 (the latter which I have already built). The turret was to be enlarged, and a 2-pdr Anti-Tank gun fitted, providing the anti-armour firepower that the M1936 lacked. It had a crew of two men (Commander and Driver), and 9mm of armour protection. The vehicle only entered service for a short time in Latvia, before it was quickly outclassed by more modern designs. The only surviving vehicle remains at Kubinka Tank Museum in Russia. I decided to build this Tank because it shared most of the components with the Vickers M1936, and I didn't have much time over Christmas to build, so I thought this would be perfect. I intend to also make building instructions for it, although this takes time, I decided to get the video out and then finish the building instructions afterwards. Features: -1:8 Scale, the vehicle weighs 5.6kg. -High mobility - the vehicle is powered by four PF-XL motors for the tracks. -The hull is powered by two SBricks and two battery boxes fitted with 14500 Li-Ion Batteries - this is unchanged from my previous two models (Vickers M1936 and Vickers Mk. E (B)) and provides a total of 22.2v for the hull. -The turret is powered by one SBrick and one 7.4v Li-Po battery box. -There are nine motors in total; three for the turret and six for the hull. -The firing mechanism is powerful and features a recoil effect that functions even more smoothly than on my Vickers Mk. E (B) and A34 Comet. The spent shell casings are ejected into a collection tray inside the turret, and the magazine can hold up to four shots. This firing mechanism is a smaller, more reliable version of the one I fitted in the Vickers Mk. E (B). -The engine is a Meadows ESTE Six-Cylinder, which I have accurately represented in the hull from the few pictures of this particular engine online. -The headlights and rearlights are functional. -The turret can be traversed 360 degrees and the main gun elevated and depressed a few degrees each way. The turret bustle at the rear is slightly raised as it was in real life, so that it does not hit the driver's compartment at the front of the Tank. -Track tension can be adjusted using the track tensioners, which there is one for each track. This makes it easier to remove the tracks if need be. -The suspension is a type of Horstmann suspension, with there being four bogies each with two roadwheels, fitted with coil-spring shock absorbers. The shocks are the extra-hard type, to support the heavy weight of the vehicle, though I have replaced the yellow part with the equivalent black part of each shock absober for aesthetic purposes. -The two battery boxes can be removed through a hatch in the rear of the vehicle, and can be switched on/off through two hatches to the right of the turret. I didn't demonstrate this in the video, however I did demonstrate largely the same process in my Vickers M1936 video. -The vehicle also has other details, such as a fire extinguisher, exhaust, vision slits, vents and hatches. Pictures:
  2. Thank you for your kind words! I have a new Tank model which I should be releasing in the next week or two, so stay tuned!
  3. Tarix819

    Help Me Save Power Functions!

    Powered Up is overpriced trash imo, it doesn't seem to have any decent advantage over PF with Sbrick/BuWizz, PF is better than PU in almost every way, and cheaper. Fans may not be able to stop Lego replacing PF but I am sure most Technic builders will never 'switch' to the new PU system.
  4. Thanks man! Check out my others too :)
  5. For photos, see the Imgur gallery: https://imgur.com/gallery/rBwm0Pi Hello, My newest Tank is a model of the British Vickers M1936, a member of a line commercial light Tanks developed by British arms manufacturer Vickers-Armstrongs from 1933-1938, designed for the export market. The Vickers M1936 was sold to the Netherlands, and as such earned its nickname 'Dutchman'. The vehicle also saw service as a training platform for the British Army during the Second World War. Building Instructions can be found on Rebrickable: https://rebrickable.com/mocs/MOC-51517/Tarix819/vickers-m1936-light-tank/#admin Now, usually, I include a firing mechanism in my Tanks, as I had done with my A34 Comet back in April and my Vickers Mk. E (B) in August, however this was the first vehicle I intended on designing building instructions for, so I wanted to keep it simple. Whilst the Tank was far easier to build than the Vickers Mk. E (B), the instructions were somewhat challenging to make on Studio 2.0. This one took less than a month to build, compared to the almost four months it took me to complete the Vickers Mk. E (B). This is probably due to the greater simplicity. Features: -Weight: 4.9kg -Scale: 1:8 -Pieces: 4855 -Suspension: Coil-spring bogies, or, the less specific name, Horstmann. The 9.5L soft shock-absorbers give the vehicle a sort of 'hop-along' impression when travelling at full speed, however they are almost at the limit of their strength. -Two AA battery boxes each with three 3.7v Li-Ions and three dummy batteries, giving an output of 11.1v per track, and ultimately making the vehicle incredibly fast. This is also because the drive wheels have 10-stud diameters. -Seven motors in total: Two PF XL for each track, and three PF M for turret traverse, gun elevation and the engine. -The engine is a realistic model of the Meadows ESTE 6-Cylinder engine used on the real Vickers M1936 and many of the interwar British Light Tanks. -The vehicle has functional Headlights and Rearlights. -The turret can traverse 360 degrees, although rather slowly, as it is a one-man crank-operated turret. -The main .303 Vickers Machine Gun can be elevated and depressed. -On each side of the Tank there are track tensioners for tensing each track. -Detailing; exhaust, fire extinguisher, periscopes, vision slits and covers, handles, doors, vents, etc.
  6. Tarix819

    Do you use 1.2V or 1.5V batteries?

    Don't think so since it's below 12v, which is the maximum safe voltage for Lego PF Motors. BuWizz Ludicrous runs at 12v for example.
  7. Tarix819

    Do you use 1.2V or 1.5V batteries?

    I use rechargeable 3.7v Li-Ions 3 x 3.7v Li-Ions = 11.1v Plus 3 dummy batteries to complete the circuit.
  8. Yep. One battery box and one SBrick per track.
  9. Thanks, I would too, but sadly I never designed it with instructions in mind, maybe on my next model. So usually, an AA Battery Box takes six AA batteries - if they are alkaline they are 1.5v each, totalling 9v and if they are rechargeable, they are 1.2v each, totalling 7.2v. Unfortunately, alkaline batteries voltage drops pretty quickly and you have to replace the batteries with others when they finally run out. Instead, I use three 3.7v Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) rechargeable batteries of size 14500 (Which is the equivalent size of AA batteries), giving a total of 11.1v, pretty close to the BuWizz, yet three of these batteries may cost £12 in total - far more cost-effective. Now to prevent frying your SBrick, which you are not supposed to use above 12v, I use three dummy batteries to complete the circuit inside the battery box. This gives me a battery box that outputs 11.1v without any sort of modification or non-lego elements, though the batteries need recharging somewhat more often than with six 1.2v rechargeables. The batteries I use are 14500 Ampsplus Li-Ions, however I have also used 10440 (AAA) Trustfire Li-Ions, which can go inside a AAA battery box with the same effect. I also believe these batteries are very popular among people interested in Nerf Guns, because they improve rate of fire and such, however with Lego, you can use all the features of the SBrick whilst having BuWizz - level voltage. All at a cheaper price and without the need for modifications or using non-lego elements; essentialy purist-friendly.
  10. Thank you! Driving front and rear wheels greatly improved mobility compared to my previous models. Thanks, if lockdown was good for one thing this was it!
  11. Thanks man! The more Lego Tanks, the better in my book!
  12. Hello, Here is my latest model, which is of a Light Infantry Tank known as the Vickers Mk. E or Vickers 6-Ton, originally designed as a private project by the British arms manufacturer, Vickers-Armstrongs back in 1928. The design was rejected by the British Army, however was bought and built under licence in great quantities by the Soviet Union, Finland, Poland, China, Bolivia and others. The vehicle was used as the basis for the famous Soviet T-26 and Polish 7TP tanks. The model I have built is the production Type B version. Whereas the Vickers Mk. E (A) had twin turrets with machine guns mounted in each one, the Vickers Mk. E (B) had a single two-man turret with a 3-pounder (47mm) short gun and a coaxial .303 Vickers Gun. Images of the model can be found at my Imgur post: https://imgur.com/gallery/va9A4IT YouTube Video: Here is a list of features: -Scale: 1:8. -Weight: 6.8kg. -Motors: 9, four PF-XL for driving, two PF-M for the firing mechanism, one PF-M each for the engine, turret traverse and gun control. -The hull is powered by twin AA battery boxes each fitted with three 3.7v Li-Ion 14500 batteries and three dummy batteries, giving a total output of 22.2v for the hull, which is how such a heavy vehicle drives around without many issues. The turret is powered by a single 7.4v Li-Po. -Unlike my A34 Comet, which was driven only from the rear, the Vickers is driven from the front and rear, vastly improving mobility. On smooth ground it can neutral steer, on rough ground it can turn in a large radius. -There are two SBricks fitted in the hull, and one fitted in the turret. -Track tensioners are mounted on the side to increase or reduce track tension. This makes removing the tracks rather easy. -The removable engine deck allows access to the AA battery boxes and the straight-six Armstrong-Siddeley Puma engine, which looks and functions like the real one. -The turret can traverse 360 degrees without any snags. -Six different hatches can be opened on the turret for maintenance. -The gun can be elevated and depressed to a limited extent, the coaxial Vickers Gun follows suite. -The main gun can fire and is rather powerful (More than my A34 Comet). The projectiles fire through the actual barrel and look like real shells rather than just regular technic liftarms. -The firing mechanism automatically reloads each shot, the spent shell casing is ejected into a collecting tray at the rear of the turret for retrieval. -When firing, the gun recoils in a realistic manner. -The magazine can be removed for resupplying, and can hold up to four shots (four shells and four shell casings). -The suspension system is Leaf-Spring Bogies and is quite unique - I used lego 1x8 tiles to function exactly as leaf-springs do in real life and it works a treat. -The model features white headlights and red rearlights for a nice effect. -Other decorative features include a fire extinguisher, shovel, spare roadwheel, rearview mirror, exhaust pipe, radiator and vents. Building Experience: This model was quite challenging to build, with most of the initial problems caused by the suspension and the turret. Firstly, on the real Vickers, two bars run width-ways along the chassis to keep each bogie securely attached, however at this scale in Lego it is not possible due to the flexibility of Lego pieces. It took about thirty revisions of the suspension system to stop it from collapsing when driving at full-speed, and oddly enough the actual leaf-spring part was to begin with the most reliable part of each bogey. Thankfully, the final revision fixed this problem completely, though I now understand why the British army rejected such a design . . . The turret also gave me issues, mostly because of how small it is, with the firing mechanism barely being able to fit inside, with room to elevate, depress and recoil about two-studs' length. On top of this I needed room for the elevation/depression mechanism, the battery box, SBrick, motors and finally room to remove and insert the magazine. I fixed all of these problems to a certain degree, with the only issue being inserting and removing the magazine is a bit fiddly, however I am willing to accept this minor inconvenience for what is otherwise a very functional and decently reliable turret. Thanks for reading.
  13. Tarix819

    [MOC] Lego Pneumatic Steam Locomotive

    I love this, wish there were more Steam locomotive MOCs around.
  14. I built a tank which weighs 6 kilograms and is only driven by two XL motors. Not sure if your vehicle will be smaller or larger but using differentials, especially old 28-tooth differentials is a no-no for heavy Lego tanks because they slip under high torque. The effect of a subtractor can be achieved by using a Lego Train remote control or an SBrick/BuWizz.
  15. Yes this is the problem I ran into. The front sprockets give off a very authentic look which I don't really want to sacrifice. In the case of your Lego Maus Tank the front sprockets are hidden so it works better. I'm sure i'll eventually find a way around it.