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  1. This is my latest model which I have managed get done over the Christmas period - The Renault AMR 33, a Light Cavalry Tank used by the French Army from 1933 to 1940. History The Renault AMR 33 (Auto-Mitrailleuse de Reconnaisance) was an early French Light Cavalry Tank designed between 1931 and 1933, entering service with the French Army in the latter year, and would be used up until the fall of France in 1940. It was a two-man vehicle designed for reconnaissance and equipped only with a MAC 31 machine gun, in a similar manner to the early British Carden-Loyd Light Tanks that were entering service around the same time. Model Features -Weight: 4.9kg -Scale: 1:8 -Full drive, each track driven by two PF-XL motors. -Twin PF battery boxes for powerplant, the model is controlled using two SBricks. -Working and historically accurate suspension - the central bogie is suspended with vertical coil-springs, whilst the front and rear roadwheels are suspended using the French crank-bell system, which in this model uses a rubber band (Though the vehicle is quite back-heavy, so the rear roadwheels are assissted also by coil-springs). -Working rear light. -Functional track tensioners. -360-degree rotating turret. -Vertical and horizontal traverse of the machine gun inside the turret. -Accurate detailing, including spare wheel, grills, exhaust, hatches, vision slits. Building the Model This vehicle was another one which I was very constrained on time to build, which was the reason I chose such a small, basic, machine. I was back from University for just three weeks over Christmas, and whilst I already had a plan and even a very early chassis ready when I came back, vehicles of this size usually take me at least a month to build and have filmed, so another week or two of refinement wouldn't have hurt. The rubber band suspension for example is one thing I would have changed had I had more time, but it works well enough as it it. In the end I was pretty happy with how the model looks and functions, and the vehicle was an appropriate choice for my first model of a French Tank. Like some of my other models I intend to make instructions for this vehicle, which I have about 60% built in Studio 2.0, but since I haven't had the time, I will finish these later in 2022. Images More photos can be found over on this Imgur album: There are also some in-development photos of this model on my Instagram account, (tarix819technic) going back to October 2021. I will also post some others on my Flickr in due course! Thanks for reading!
  2. TheRiddlersMind

    Scouting party

    Hi all Here are some photos of some minifigs and vehicles of an up and coming moc I'm working on, many thanks. Tom 323rd legion fig barf by Tom, on Flickr Scouting party. by Tom, on Flickr
  3. Simple model of a ripsaw controlled by BuWizz. Features drive with 2 RC motors, suspension, and a dual-missile turret that can be elevated and lowered. Functions/features: Drive (2x RC motors, 1 per track) Suspension Dual-missile turret Turret elevation It's been several months without publishing any new MOCs, and this is largely due to me working on my huge New Flyer XD60 articulated bus model. I placed two major orders of pieces directly from LEGO back in August, and as their parts take several weeks to ship I decided to work on a smaller project in the meantime. Since my Azure Racer XL I wanted to create another MOC using RC motors and BuWizz, so I decided to go with a tracked vehicle this time. However, I did not want it to be just another boring tracked vehicle with drive only (like my Lime Tracker from 2017), and I realized a ripsaw would be just big enough to house a turret that can be elevated and lowered. The building process actually started out with the body instead of the tracks. The model has a rather modular build, with individual parts (tracks, chassis, body) built separately and joined together. The turret mechanism was built in the rear of the body, and it is elevated by two small LAs. To reduce complexity, the turret motor is attached directly to the turret and moves with it when elevating. This however required more space in the chassis to allow it room to move. Both the turret elevation and missile firing are driven by PF M motors, and the turret consists of the new spring-loaded turret in a brick housing from the 51515 set. The missile firing motor has a 2L liftarm attached to it that hits the release button on the left/right missiles depending on the direction it turns. Overall, both turret functions worked well. As for the tracks, they have a suspension system with bogies attached to arms with shock absorbers. This part was a challenge, as the tracks needed to sit high but also be reinforced enough to resist the forces from turning. After several attempts with the tracks falling off, I was able to create a setup with the optimal tension in the tracks to prevent them from falling off during serious driving but also not too tight as to add excessive friction. I was initially worried that driving the tracks straight from the RC motors' outer outputs wouldn't be enough torque, but it looks like the finished model performed fine. In the end, the model performed well other than being a little bit top-heavy, but I feel like I could've modeled the shape better to make it resemble a real ripsaw more. I tried to be loose with the design, using curved panels over flat panels and stacked liftarms wherever possible, but still I feel like it can be improved. And as for the color, I think DBG would work best for a ripsaw like this (a Google search for "ripsaw" would show several dark gray ripsaws), but given all the pieces I'm ordering for my New Flyer XD60 model I didn't want to spend anymore on pieces for a side project, so I went with white for the model. Photos: Video:
  4. 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:
  5. Hi mates! This is my last update of my flagship Main Battle Tank: M1A2C Abrams USA's MBT with SEP V3 and TUSK2. This is the latest operational update by the US Defense to its M1 Abrams prior to the M1A2D version currently under development. It has increased power generation and distribution, better communications and networking, new Vehicle Health Management System (VHMS) and Line Replaceable Modules (LRMs) for improved maintenance, an Ammunition DataLink (ADL) to use airbust rounds, improved counter-IED armor package, improved FLIR using long- and mid-wave infrared, a low-profile CROWS RWS, Next Generation Armor Package (NGAP),and an Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) under armor to run electronics while stationary instead of the engine, visually distinguishing the version by a small exhaust at the left rear. More passive ballistic protection added to the turret faces, along with new Explosive Reactive Armor mountings (Abrams Reactive Armor Tile (ARAT))and TROPHY Active Protection systems added to the turret sides. Prototypes began testing in 2015,and the first were delivered in October 2017.The first unit received them in July 2020. Other images on my flickr!
  6. Hey guys, I'm starting a smaller project here with the aim of maximum playability. Currently I'm waiting for a huge Pick-A-Brick order to arrive for my New Flyer XD60 project, so I've decided to do a small project in the meantime, especially since I haven't published anything since January. This will be a small and simple ripsaw model equipped with a two-missile turret, using new missile elements from the Robot Inventor set. The model will probably be modular, with the body and chassis largely built modularly and connected together when finished. Currently I have the turret and some of the body built. The turret can also raise and lower, but unfortunately cannot rotate as the BuWizz unit only has 4 ports (and two will be taken by the drive motors). As for the drive motors, I plan to use 4 L motors with one connected to each sprocket, although I might also go with one RC motor per track. Overall, I see this model as an upgrade from my Lime Tracker of 2017, as this one will be driven by the more powerful L motor and feature BuWizz. I think this will be a fun little MOC to drive around. It's nice to build something else after months of work on a single project, and it'll be a great way to pass the time as I wait for parts to arrive for that project. Photos:
  7. Guyinaplaguemask

    Designing the Arnam Mk VII

    It all started with this small tank based off of the m3 Lee, I wasnt very happy with it but I loved the engine, so I kept it around I later redid the turret to be more round This was the first design that was called the Arnam, named after a famous admiral in the Legion Republic (this is a whole universe my friend and I came up with) despite this being a Senate tank It had 2 main guns, but was very tall (I was still obsessed with the engine) and track protection, I don't have chain link pieces on hand, so the tracks are bare I then retooled it into the Arnam Mk II, which had a decent slope to the from armor, but was built in the same frame as the original tank I had built roughly a year prior This version incorporated a new version of track protection that would be used to this day Finally, after a solid year of redesigns I came to a difficult realization. I needed to reduce the detail of the engine compartment in order to have the tank work both structurally and aesthetically. I removed the old droid bodies and halved the overall height of the model. This is the Arnam Mk V The driver gets in through this hatch in the bottom the engine bay has been reduced to a lever and a telephone piece to allow the height reduction. This is the first tank I will give you the tech specs of. It has 1 AG (weapons manufacturer) TC (weapon type) 413 110mm cannon 3.5 inches of armor on the sides and rear 4.5 inches of armor on the front and turret Crew of 3, commander, gunner, driver (no loader as the gun is auto-loading) Multiple add one for various missions The commander's cupola can be replaced with a 30mm auto cannon and 2 .50 caliber machine guns The missile interference system (MIS) which messes with incoming guided projectiles and makes them not hit their target And the cluster of guided missiles that can be fired at enemy aircraft However there was room for improvement. I felt that the turret was too much like a WWII panther tank and not like a modern tank. So last week I ripped apart the old turret and built the Arnam Mk VII It has 1 AG TC 424 150mm cannon 4.5 inches of armor on the sides and rear 5.5 inches of armor on the front and turret Crew of 3, commander, gunner, driver (no loader as the gun is auto-loading) Various add one similar to the Mk V, with the exception of the MIS, as this is now built into the turret Optional 20mm auto cannon in the hull (adds a 4th crew member) Secondary turret in place of commander's cupola And 2 different sensor packages There are no missiles, as the role of a missile firingntank was delegated to the Honey Badger super-heavy I also added this hinged piece to cover up the gun when elevating The driver's viewport is underneath the 1x2 dark red tile I will likely update with either a file or chain link pieces, whichever comes first model is here.
  8. Hi Guys, This is my first post here so tell me if I am doing things wrong. After a long time of not doing anything with lego I decided to start up again, a bit older and wiser (so they say) I started to get interested in making some more difficult models that don't exist from Lego themselves. I started snooping around and eventually bumped into Sariel & Tommy Stryvoky 's MOC's, one thing led to another and I am currently designing a MK V tank. I started using the photo's from Sariel's MK V as a reference but quickly decided that I can use other parts or design it differently. The first thing I did was another color, the original one was a dark tan color but since Lego doesn't have a lot of pieces in this color, this one went to the trashbin. Finally I decided to go with the standard tan color as this resembles the real paint job better than just standard grey. THE HISTORY: The British MK V was an upgraded version of the MK IV. It was first deployed in 1918, used in action during the closing months of World War I. The tank was improved in several aspects, chiefly the new steering system and engine, but it fell short in other areas such as mechanical reliability and its insufficient ventilation.However, the Mark V was a great improvement on the MK IV due to the use of Wilson's epicyclic steering gear meant that only a single driver was needed. -wikipedia The base model: Where am I with the project: Cosmetically the tank is finished, still finetuning the design and changing parts that can be made stronger. mechanically I need to change a lot! at the moment I am driving the wrong gear and thus not functioning as it should when I turn. Tommy Styrvoky helped me a lot with the clutch drive system, this will be similar to how the tank moved in its day, thus no 0° turning circle. More pictures in this topic or on my Flickr page Please leave your thoughts, comments & ideas I am interested in hearing your opinions.
  9. The 0-6-0T (T standing for Tank) steam engine seen below was inspired by this English 0-4-0T shunting loco made by Block Junction. I made the loco look a bit more American and gave it a grayscale color scheme so it could be owned by my fictional version of the real-world Wabash Frisco & Pacific 12-inch gauge ride-on steam railroad. The loco gives me a 1920's commuter-engine feel, so I hooked it up to four, two-axle commuter cars which were created by using this tutorial made by @Pdaitabird here to build the coaches. I heavily modified the coaches by enclosing the entry doors area and adding inter-car connection doors. The loco is a 7-wide six wheel model, with (working!) outside pistons. Big Ben Bricks medium wheels will be used for the driving wheels, with two being blind, and the remaining number will be flanged. The engine will feature the letters WFP (standing for Wabash Frisco & Pacific) on the tank side, while 771 will go on the cab walls. The rear of the tank loco, showcasing the coal bunker and inside details. The four-wheel baggage car. The are two commuter coaches. The observation car, designed to give a little class to the workday commute with a rear platform at the rear of the train. This train will go alongside the shark-nose diesel loco with mainline passenger train and the (as yet unbuilt) 4-8-4 steam locomotive that will pull the Conjunction Junction freight train on my layout. What do you all think? Comments, Questions, and Complaints welcome!
  10. Hey guys, I wanted to update my Rebel Heavy Tank, which I created back in 2009, with newer pieces and techniques. I modeled and rendered in Studio. For those unfamiliar with the vehicle, T3-B tank is the heavy attack tank of Rebels from the RTS game Star Wars Force Commander and also made appearance in Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds. Hope you enjoy, and feel free to comment!
  11. Hi Everyone. Here I present my second new and improved version of a tank that is driven by a single power functions motor. In this version the gearing mechanism has been optimized and far fewer gears are used to create the four different track direction combinations, namely both forward, both reverse, one forward & one reverse (turn left), and the opposite to turn right. Also the motor has been upgraded to an XL power functions motor instead of the large power functions motor. This gives an extra 0.5 watts of peak power. The tank can be controlled remotely using a single remote channel and driven forwards, backwards, and steered left and right. These functions are implemented by exploiting the direction of rotation of the motor to either drive the tank or select one the four track functions. This is done by a swinging liftarm with a gear that connects the motor output to one of two separate axles - one for driving the tank and one for selecting the track functions. The track functions are built using 2 orange rotary catches to switch a gearbox design that allows both tracks to be selected to drive forwards or backwards or to drive in either of the two opposite directions for steering. The track function selector uses a 90 degree stepper and a knobbed wheel to drive the rotary catches. Enjoy.
  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. Just a small build of scenery for a Panzer IV L/70 Advance through the Ardennes, December 1944 by Nicholas Goodman, on Flickr
  14. This is a type of steering for a tracked vehicle that uses so-called subtractor which means input from motor used for steering is subtracted from the main drive input
  15. US troops, members of the Coalition Forces carrying out Operation Desert Storm, enter a vacant Kuwait City in February 1991. Coalition Forces Enter Kuwait City, 27 February 1991 by Nicholas Goodman, on Flickr Kuwait City by Nicholas Goodman, on Flickr CU_Kuwait by Nicholas Goodman, on Flickr
  16. This is yet another C-Model for the LEGO Set 42095 "Remote-Controlled Stunt Racer". This time around, i challenged myself to use the available parts to build a war tank as closest as possible to the real, generic vehicle. I used the smaller sprocket wheels on purpose to make this model run slower to better resemble the real thing, as the original set doesn't have gears to adjust the velocity. It is powered by the 2 L-Motors, it can go forward and backwards, turn left and right as needed. The front is clear to easily overcome obstacles; on the rear there is a space dedicated for cable management. I tried to keep this build as compact as i could. It may not seem like it, but this was quite the challenge, it went through various revisions and parts optimization until i became happy enough with the result. It can be further improved and modded with additional parts, but i wanted to keep it as a C-Model, so i was restricted by the set's available components. Building instructions available at Belle-Ve Bricks
  17. Hi, I wanted to show my latest model, which is of the A11 Matilda I, a British Infantry Tank that was in production from 1937 until 1939. It saw brief service at the beginning of the Second World War with the British Expeditionary Force during the Battle for France in 1940, probably the most famous battle it participated in was the Battle of Arras, where it was found the Matilda I was almost inpenetrable to most German anti-tank guns, having 60mm of frontal armour protection. After the withdrawal of the British Army from Dunkirk, the Matilda I was seen as obsolete and withdrawn from service. Features: -1:8 Scale. -6.4kg Weight. -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, providing 22.2v of power for the hull. -There is an SBrick and 7.4v Li-Po battery box in the turret which powers only the Commander's Periscope. -Nine motors in total, 4x PF-XL, 5x PF-M. -The Engine is a Ford V8 Model 79, accurately represented in the hull. -Functioning headlights. -The turret can be traversed 360 degrees, and the main .303 Vickers Gun can be elevated and depressed. -The Commander's Periscope can be traversed 360 degrees, the Driver's Persicope can be rotated with limited traverse. -Functional track tensioners. -Functional and accurate leaf spring bogie (Horstmann) suspension. More images:
  18. Today I'll show you my new Leopard 2A7V German Main Battle Tank, a completely rebuilt and renewed version of my old model, more detailed and realistic. This is the latest updated version of the Leopard 2 German MBT series. Leopard 2A7V: modernized version of Leopard 2A7 Main Battle Tanks (MBT), proposed to the Bundeswehr by Rheinmetal. The main armament of the Leopard 2A7V is L/55 120mm Rh 120 smoothbore gun, MG3A1 7.62x51mm caliber coaxial machine gun, 7.62mm MG3 machine gun mounted on loader hatch located on the left side of the roof turret. Eight 76mm smoke grenade discharger are mounted on each side of the turret. The hull has been modified to attach add-on armor elements. The standard armor can be fitted with additional modules to increase protection all-around the tank against anti-armor weapons. It's motorized with an MTU MB 873 Ka-501 liquid-cooled V12 twin-turbo diesel engine developing 1,479 hp. Includes a collective NRBC system, SOTAS-IP intercommunication system, PERI R17A3 commander’s panoramic sight with third-generation thermal-imaging system as well as UltraCaps in the turret and hull to optimize the onboard electrical system. This model also has a CROW System also equipped with ATGM missile launchers. Other images on my flickr!
  19. 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 Vickers 40mm 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:
  20. For photos, see the Imgur gallery: 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: 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.
  21. Been ages since I posted something here, but this one just had to be added. I never thought this day would come. I really thought 2020 would take this from me, but jokes on it! My last order got in on December 24th! So, let's get this one started! Back in 2013, I made this bad boy. It's the Dwarven "Fury" Siege Tank for my dwarf army. Well, I kept it for a long time. I always had plans to revisit this MOC because, well... it really sucks. I mean, it's open top, the mechanics are really bad, and overall never quite matched my ideal siege tank. So, I decided to go back to my initial inspiration: Grabbing this picture and a better idea of how to proceed, I darted off to, and slaved away to bring you... The Dwarven "Fury" Siege Tank 2.0 Bigger, badder, and just overall more pleasing to me, I'm quite proud of this one. Compared to 1.0, this version features a much better system for fuel generation. It's easily accessible, and allows for additional tools to be stored. The only downside, as with all of the dwarven artillery, the tank has its inherent flaws. While refueling is easy, it also creates a HUGE weak spot to be exploited. Correct faction colors have also been added! The army of Faermoore is dark red and red, not blue and gold. Though the cannon is smaller, the overall turret is just a massive upgrade. I even added a spyglass and a cloth roll for a little bit of details. A hatch was also added for easy access. The front is no longer a terrible ram, but rather a sloped, spiked, front plate. The grills are windows, allowing the driver to see outside. As for the two red 1x3 plates, let's just say some decals are intended to go there. OH! And MOC'ing features have also been added! Steam can come from the steam tank and the cannon can actually be shown shooting. Additionally, trans-clear pieces can be added to show ammo flying across the field. So that's another bonus! Following my earlier system of 3-5-7 (three heavy, five medium, and seven light), three of these tanks were made to further the war effort. And that's all for now! Just happy to have crossed this off of my "To-Do" List for 2020. Hope you all enjoyed! As always, C&C is welcome and appreciated! - Nick
  22. Lego Technic MOC - Simple Tank (Free Building Instructions) Free Building Instructions: Lego Technic MOC - Simple Tank Lego Technic MOC - Simple Tank
  23. Hi all, So recently I have been building a T-90A at 1:25 scale. I solved a lot of problems but i am stack with an under performing suspension system. The problem lies at the road wheels, the way they are attached to the suspension, and the traction between them and the tracks, not the mechanism itself (which is fairly responsive). Let me explain: (sorry for the picture quality, it won't let me upload better ones) There are two sets of 4185 wheels, attached to a 30374 light saber blade (which acts as the spinning axle). The light saber blade is itself attached to a 6632 1x3 thin lift arm, which is then attached to a 15462 5L axle with stop that acts as the pivoting axle of the suspension. The suspension is made of orthodontic rubber bands, but the smaller Lego rubber bands should work as well (i tried to explain the poor quality pictures as best as i can). The problem: The light saber blade creates a lot of friction with both the wheels and the axle socket of the liftarm, so when the tank moves, the wheels won't spin (which is a problem). I am asking here for help, does anyone more experienced than me has a better solution (note that the overall dimensions of the suspension, must not change in order to keep up with the scale). Thanks in advance!
  24. Dear LEGO fans!I present to you my LEGO MOC, my all time favourite armored vehicle, the M60A1 AVLB - Armored vehicle-launched bridge. When I first saw this video of the real machine, I was mind-blown. Being a mostly Technic builder, I instantly wanted to try building it fully functional. There are some fantastic Technic models already out there. But most suffer from abstract looks of the bridge in particular, due to obvious weight problems. Well, unfortunately I learned about it the hard way, as the plate & tile clad bridge was just too heavy for the launcher to be able to lift it, even when the bridge was stripped of all the cladding. (Here is the link to some photos of my fallen Technic Mastodon, if someone is interested). To heal my wounds after Technic debacle, I decided to try it out in minifig scale, trying to make it as accurate as possible with at least manual functionality of the real machine. The result is in front of you. I must admit, I am very satisfied with the result, and this is why the model is still sitting on my shelf in my LEGO room for almost two years now (I usually disassemble all my creations very quickly). So after almost two years I finally managed to edit photos and also make instructions and a short video. So, about the actual MOC... I must admit that I was at first heavily inspired by this fantastic M60A1 Brickmania's Cody Osell. This video and a couple of their photos was the only brick built reference material, so the only similar thing might be the looks of the underside and it was helpful to determine the size of the tank and the bridge afterwards. According to dimensions of the real one I found on-line, it is built in approximately 1:33 scale and is a completely manual model, although the cores of both the tank and the scissor bridge are made of Technic bricks. It has some moderate play-ability, like independent torsion suspension of all road wheels, but it is more meant to be - and I absolutely love it that way - a display piece. Since I decided to go for more or less authentic looks and not so much for the actual functions, the bridge is actually heavier than the launcher, so I hope it is clear, that the tank cannot hold the bridge in raised position by itself. I used two pillars made of trans-clear panels below the hinges of the bridge to support it. The loose end of the bridge on the other hand is only supported with a string - "steel cord/cable" on the hinge. There is some photo editing done on the raised bridge photos to look like it is elevated solely by the tank. I hope you don't feel too fooled by that. I'm sure that those readers and fans, that know much more about the M60A1 AVLB, than I do, will find many details not accurate, but overall, I think that the main presence is there. Enough writing. I'll let the photos speak. The V12 engine is only indicated with visible 6 pistons, the other 6 (nonexistent in the model) are "deeper" under the hull :-) Here an example of IRL display, where translear pillar is visible to aid keeping in the position on those slippery tiles. Also, when bridge is carried on the tank, i used a special brick-built pedestal to aid the rather soft independent torsion suspension of all road wheels. It was my wish to see it on some diorama, alongside a ruined bridge or something... who knows, maybe someday... Some data of the model are in order as well I guess... The final part count came down to 2233 parts (1100 for the bridge 1133 for the tank) in 266 different lots + 2x 30 cm of non LEGO stiff and strong (non elastic) string + some short thin string to attach some of the clutter on the tank. Launcher dimensions (LxWxH): 20,5 (24,5) x 11,5 x 11 cm or 26 (31) x 14,5 x 14 studs with the launching arm put over the hull. Launcher weight: 546 grams Bridge dimensions (LxWxH): 57 x 14 x 3,6 cm or 71 x 17,5 x 4,5 studs when extended. Bridge weight: 738 grams. Here are some comparisons with the sketches I found on-line. As you can see on the second one, the height on the tank is close, but I wasn't able to keep the bridge thin enough to perfectly match the scale. I guess the road wheels could be a bit bigger too, but it is LEGO after all and with smaller scales compromises are inevitable. I also prepared a short video presentation with some nice animations from, although I admit photos do this model more justice: With this creation, I decided for the first time to seriously venture in creating a digital model, some renders and building instructions by using designer. It took some time and ended up consisting of 420 pages and 627 steps in total. I didn't get into modelling of the strings with other CAD software (I found this is the only thing to improve in at the moment), so I enhanced the instructions with some photo and text guides as well. This said - the string for "steel cable" for the hinge is the only non lego part of the build. The instructions can be found and purchased (yes trying to get on the money train , not that I'm too optimistic) here on Below I add a couple of renders used to "enrich" the building instructions and some pages of the actual instructions as well. Thank you for taking time to read this through and thank you in advance for your constructive criticism and support. I hope someone decides to build it as well. Best regards, Miha
  25. AMX turret.lxf I've been working on a model of an AMX 13 105 light tank, and decided to take a break from the hull to work on the turret. The attached file is my LDD progress, because for some reason i prefer working digitally before I start putting stuff together. My first problem is that this turret works by elevating the entire gun carriage, including the autoloader box at the back. My second problem is that this is a small turret. 5x7, so I can't put a motor in there. To help with this, I have a gear in the center that pushes the entire carriage up and down against the side mounts. Now I need to figure out how to put the side mounts on a turntable, so that they can turn. My third problem is that mock mounted on a turn table, I can't find a way to turn the gear to move the turret. Any ideas? Blueprints I'm using:,