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About Tarix819

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  1. Thank you guys! I finished draughting the blueprints and measurements around early June, which I had been working on for some of my last days at University, and I began work around mid-June when I got home. I finished it around two months later in mid-august, and then it took me a few weeks to find the time to film it. Two months isn't really that long all things considered, but I feel I would have had it done quicker if I had more time and ran into fewer teething troubles along the way.
  2. Thank you! Thanks! Gear ratio is roughly 3:1 but it keeps decent speed due to the large drive wheel diameter (10 studs). Ha! You're not the only one... As I wrote above I was somewhat dissappointed with this, but I prefer to keep the models in consistent scale with each other, I guess i'm a bit of a perfectionist in that sense (although when I come on to build even larger vehicles, I will have to abandon this principle). And no, I dissassemble all my models once they are built and filmed! I always make the instructions for each of them however, as it means I can build them again in the future if I want to.
  3. Thank you! Thanks! It is such an obscure vehicle, it certainly needed it!
  4. Thank you so much! I had considered the rivets, especially along the sides but sadly I didn't have the right pieces in the right colour to give the rivet effect in all areas. I did some riveting on the front and engine area, but have to agree it would look better with riveting along the sides!
  5. I mistakenly deleted it thinking I had just missed one but its reuploaded now, thank you!
  6. Thank you! I've deleted the images for now, there is an imgur link at the bottom of the post of the whole gallery for those interested.
  7. Hello, Finally my latest model is complete and filmed, this time it is of the Bateman Assault Bridge Carrier, an experimental bridge-laying machine of the inter-war period. HISTORY This is an extremely obscure historical military vehicle, and there is very little information about it anywhere, this is just my understanding from traces of information found in different places online: The Bateman Assault Bridge Carrier was an early attempt by the British Royal Engineers at a bridge-laying military vehicle, and the first dedicated bridge-layer, as previous attempts at such a vehicle had been First World War - type landships fitted with an assault bridge on the front. Additionally, the BABC was the first bridge-layer to carry its assault bridge on top of the vehicle. It was based upon the Medium Dragon Mk. I Artillery Tractor, which itself was produced from 1922, and the BABC was trialled at the Premier Dominion Power & Speed demonstration at Camberley, England in 1926, meaning the prototype(s?) must have appeared between 1922 and 1926, being scrapped afterward. The universal scissor-bridge system seen on modern bridge-layers did not appear until the mid-1930s, so the BABC uses a more primitive, rigid bridge design, which is carried on runners and deployed using a hand-cranked winch on the rear of the vehicle. In some instances, a smaller rigid structure is deployed by hand before the main bridge, which is used to better align bridge deployment and increase distance over wider obstacles, however there some photographs show that this was not a vital part of the machine and therefore I have not included it in my model. When retreiving the bridge it must be hauled back by hand once the bridge reaches a certain point on the runners. It is also worth noting that the bridge could only be picked up from one side, and I have kept this historically accurate in my model. THE MODEL I had been building this vehicle since mid-June, and certainly it took far longer than I had expected, mostly due to the problems I encountered regarding the drive and the winching system, but also because I have been busy with work. In the end I was not entirely satisfied with the vehicle, as the machine cannot cross its own bridge due to its immense weight. I spent a great deal of time trying to achieve this goal, include the installation of two additional PF-XL motors to couple at the rear drive wheels, and I managed to get it crossing the bridge up to about 6.5kg. However once I had built the superstructure the weight of the model increased to over 7.7kg, and now the weak point in the drive was the rear axles, which twisted quite badly when put under too much stress. In theory by heavily gearing down all of the drive wheels, I could probably have the vehicle cross the bridge under its own power, however the speed would be so reduced I thought it not worth the bother. I decided I would be happier having the vehicle drive on flat ground at a decent pace, than being able to cross the bridge at snail-pace. A transmission on such a heavy vehicle was out of the question entirely of course. The question may be asked then; Why build it so big and heavy? The answer is that I wanted to keep it in scale with my other Tanks: 1/8 scale, however I mistakenly underestimated how big it would be after planning and draughting it, and honestly being able to cross the bridge at 6.5kg it did look promising for a while that it would still be able to cross when it was finished. Sadly this was not the case, but I had come too far to restart given my limited time. I am still mostly pleased with the result, as the fact that the vehicle being so heavy can still drive at such a speed is already quite impressive, but more so that the model is very detailed, accurate and functional. It is great fun driving around and seeing the bridge-deployment in action. FEATURES -1:8 Scale. The bridge measures 1.1m in length. -Highly detailed, featuring the driver's compartment, mud-chutes, hand-cranks, grill, exhaust pipe, and bridge latticework. It is great to look at with high historical accuracy. I also quite like the strings used to keep the bridge in place when moving. -Unladen Weight: 7.7kg -Laden Weight: 9.4kg -Bridge Weight: 1.7kg -Fully tracked drive: each track powered by three PF-XL Motors, two for each rear drive wheel, one for each front drive wheel. The vehicle is reasonably fast given its size. -One AA battery box per track - each fitted with three Li-Ion 14500 batteries and three dummy batteries. -Powered by two SBricks; one per track. -Functional vertical coil-spring bogie suspension, historically accurate to the real vehicle. -Functional track tensioners. -Functional headlamp. -Functional Armstrong-Siddeley Air-Cooled V8 Engine. -Functional bridge-deployment system using a winch, which is powered by one PF-L Motor. IMAGES More images can be found on my Imgur post: https://imgur.com/gallery/pWfYT98
  8. I don't mind whether it gets merged or not, certainly my MOCs walk the line in terms of scale modelling and technic. My only concern is that I think a great deal of people viewing the Technic forum are more interested in pure technic, so often MOCs which use the parameters of the Scale Modelling Forum (plates, tiles etc. instead of liftarms and panels) get buried pretty quickly underneath the regular technic discussions, so people interested in SMF are less likely to see them than they would be with it having its own forum. Sure there is more traffic on the technic forum, but MOCs stick around longer on the front page of the SMF, and get more views over time. That said, I haven't been around on EB very long, and this is purely speculation, so I could be talking nonsense. I would still welcome a merging of the scale modelling and technic forums.
  9. Thank you! Yep you're exactly correct, they are held for sliding by a small black rubber band, double wrapped around it. When the front wheel of the bogie moves up, the rear wheel presses into the ground, thus compressing the leaf spring, and vice versa. The great thing about this type of suspension is that you can increase or reduce the suspension hardness by adding or removing a tile respectively.
  10. Indeed, the firing mechanism is a culmination of about a year's worth of designing and improving, this version is more reliable, and smaller/lighter than on my previous shooting Tank (Vickers M1937). I intend to make a video demonstrating it in more detail at some point.
  11. Thank you! I love the tag! They do, I have been using the tiles in this way for about 8 months (On my Vickers Mk. E, Matilda, and now this T.13B3) and have had no signs of damage so far, I think as long you stack them to an amount which effectively supports the weight of the vehicle, it doesn't risk damaging them. This 6.3kg vehicle is supported by 24 1x8 tiles that make up the suspension on the bogies. O Thank you!
  12. History Here is my latest model, which is of the T.13B3, a Tank Destroyer used by the Belgian Chasseurs Ardennais from 1936 to 1940. The T.13B3 was to be the third model of the Belgian T.13 series of Tank Destroyers, all based upon the British Vickers model 1931 Artillery Tractor, which were purchased by Belgium in 1934. The T.13B3 of 1936 attempted to improve upon the previous T.13B2 in many regards; the hull was greatly redesigned, with a raised rear idler fitted to improve stability. It recieved a new 360-degree rotating turret to house the 47mm Mle. 1931 Anti-Tank gun, as well an additional crew member to serve as the dedicated loader. These vehicles saw service in 1940 during the Battle for Belgium. The Model This was my first foreign vehicle I have built, but given its British origins it shared many components with some of my previous vehicles I have built before, namely the Vickers M1937 and M1936. The suspension and chassis design were all quite similar, but I still refined and improved it quite a lot - for example I have used the full motorcycle and tyres for the road wheels instead of just the motorcycle wheels. I had only three weeks to build this vehicle after preparing and scaling the design, so this similarity came in handy, and i'm thankful I never ran into any major problems when building it, as I have done on some earlier tanks, as I would not have been able to finish it in such a short amount of time otherwise. I am still finishing off the instructions which will go up on Rebrickable and Mocsmarket within a week with any luck. Features -1:8 scale -6.3kg in weight -Controlled by three SBricks. -Hull is powered by two AA Battery Boxes each containing three 3.7v Li-Ion 14500 batteries and three dummy batteries, giving a total output of 22.2v or 11.1v per track. -Turret is powered by one PF Li-Po 7.4v Battery Box. -Full RC driving - each track powered by two PF-XL motors. -Functional leaf-spring suspension (Horstmann). -Functional track tensioners. -Functional headlights. -360-degree rotating turret. -Elevating and depressing main gun. -Firing main gun with high power and recoil effect - the spent shell casings are ejected after each shot. -Four-shot magazine with short reload time. -High detail, including tools, exhaust, tow-hook and siren. Photos
  13. Thank you, it's roughly 70cm x 30cm x 30cm Thanks! I tried to capture the details of the vehicle as best as I could!