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Re: Hachette's JGSDF Type 74 Main Battle Tank

Postby Valkyrie Hunter D » Tue Apr 06, 2021 8:50 am

051
A LED control board is provided in this step, but will not be utilized just yet:
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Instead, this step had me use leftover parts from 046 and 047 to add more rigging detail onto the rear portion of the hull assembly:
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052
It looks like a big step for the lighting will come soon with the appearance of a LED board:
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The lenses from this issue and optical cables from 049 were used for the rear lights:
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The last remaining parts from 049 were used for assembly of the mud flaps:
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Re: Hachette's JGSDF Type 74 Main Battle Tank

Postby number1 » Tue Apr 06, 2021 10:26 am

Awesome looking Tank, keep it coming!
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Re: Hachette's JGSDF Type 74 Main Battle Tank

Postby Valkyrie Hunter D » Wed Apr 07, 2021 6:20 am

number1 wrote:Awesome looking Tank, keep it coming!

Thanks, will do!

053
Only one brand new part here, the motor that rotates the turret:
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Most of this issue was for rigging the lighting for the rear panel. First, the LED module was assembled using parts from #052:
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Next, the rear panel was attached to the hull. Using parts from #052, plugs for each of the optic cables were assembled and plugged into their respective LED module cavity, which was attached on the underside of the hull:
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The box for the control board from #051 was put together:
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Using the previously supplied battery box and testing board, the new motor was powered up:
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The control box and motor were then attached on the hull underside:
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054
A no-build issue, a huge metal chunk of the lower chassis was given:
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055
I was wondering when I would see these parts. And so begins the start of the treads:
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I guess I was foolish to think that the treads would be given pre-assembled. I mean Hachette wouldn't expect subscribers to actually build the treads linkage by tiny linkage, right? Those links would have to be aligned perfectly to maximize power output and it would just be a royal pain in the butt to put each segment together with nothing but a hammer and a flat, hard surface, right? Ha, fat chance:
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I estimate the segment I assembled here is just a tenth of what is needed for a full belt. For ONE side. Oh joy.
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Re: Hachette's JGSDF Type 74 Main Battle Tank

Postby Valkyrie Hunter D » Wed Apr 07, 2021 8:17 am

056
Another metal piece of the lower hull was provided:
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With some screws and brackets, this new piece was attached to the part from 054:
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I'm surprised the "tub" is metal, I was assuming Hachette would just use hard plastic for that area.

057
I guess the issues with the skinny boxes are going to contain more of these:
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As the belt comes together, it gets easy to forget that the tread patterns should all go one way:
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058
Another huge, metal chunk for the hull from this issue:
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This was attached to the bottom hull assembly:
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059
Gah, another skinny box of these:
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I encountered a slight hiccup here; I was short four linkage rods so the belt assembly could not be completed as planned:
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I'm hoping the next issue contains the missing rods, otherwise I have to buy another issue with those rods.

060
Just another segment of the tub in this issue:
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Sadly, no sign of the missing linkage rods from 059. Anyways, the new segment was attached to the lower hull assembly:
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Re: Hachette's JGSDF Type 74 Main Battle Tank

Postby Valkyrie Hunter D » Tue Jul 13, 2021 10:46 am

061
Time to get back at it by starting with another tread segment. Another eight links of the tread belt were added. I'm ashamed that it took me this long to figure this out, but if the linkage rod parts are assembled in the fashion shown below, it makes the assembly much easier:
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I also got another issue of 055 to replace the 4 linkage rods that were missing in step 059, so now the tread belt has total count of 32 links-8 links shy of half of a complete belt.

062
This issue has another section of the lower hull and two brackets:
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The lower tub is almost done:
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063
This step is just a duplicate of 061 and all the other prior steps with the tread segments. 40 links now:
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064
The last piece of the lower hull is in this step:
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This piece completes the tub and is quite heavy:
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065
065 is another tread assembly step like 063, nothing different.

066
A few plastic panels and articulated tow hooks were provided in this issue. I recommend gluing these tow hooks after securing the panels that skirt the hull:
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A rear plastic panel was screwed onto the tub-two tow hooks were not glued on it yet:
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Four plastic panels were screwed along the top of the hull. Once these were secured, I glued all the tow hooks in place:
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067
Another tread segment assembly step, just like 065. Two spare linkage rods and four extra link pieces were included in this issue, which could've came in handy a few steps ago.
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Re: Hachette's JGSDF Type 74 Main Battle Tank

Postby Valkyrie Hunter D » Tue Jul 20, 2021 11:06 am

068
This issue contains detailing parts for the top deck of the hull, which was last seen in step 053:
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These tiny parts fit loosely, so glue is definitely required:
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These cages for the front lights were a pain to install due to the spokes not being aligned with their respective holes on the deck. A lot of twisting and massaging was done to have them fit right:
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A metal cable was snaked through the parts glued to the deck in this step:
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Four rubber cushioning plugs were inserted into four points on the hull tub:.
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069
Another tread building step, identical to 067. I'm getting a lot better and faster at building these segments now!

070
This issue gives parts for one of the wheels and its axle:
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The completed wheel. The wheel is plastic, but its axle is metal:
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The axle and its bushing are secured from inside the hull by a "C" shaped flange:
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This first wheel was installed on the right side of the hull:
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071
Just like 069, this was another tread building issue. 8 links were added to belt, making a total of 72 links all strung together:
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Re: Hachette's JGSDF Type 74 Main Battle Tank

Postby Valkyrie Hunter D » Thu Jul 29, 2021 9:16 am

072
This issue is identical to 070, giving parts for another wheel:
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This new wheel was attached to the hull, adjacent to the wheel from 070:
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073
This was a tread assembly step with parts identical to those given in 071. But instead of assembling a segment of eight links, a segment of four took shape instead. This segment of four was attached to the rest of the tread belt, now with a total of 76 links all strung together:
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074
074 has the exact same parts as those in 072. So another wheel was assembled and joined those already on the right side of the hull:
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075
075 begins work on the second tread belt. Nothing new here except for the presence of spare parts. I'm guessing Hachette listened to other customers like me who were missing parts from the tread assembly issues:
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076
This issue is a repeat of 074, but this time the wheel is attached on the left side of the hull:
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Also in this issue was a flyer for the display case:
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Apparently, orders have to be submitted to Hachette by August 13,2021, and it costs almost 300 USD. Unfortunately, Hachette will not ship it outside of Japan.

077
This was a tread building step like 075, adding eight links to the segment built in that step. Nothing new here, and no spare parts were provided. No more issues for now, I gotta wait for another shipment.


078
Time to get going again! Nothing new in this issue, just more parts for another wheel:
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The completed wheel was attached to the left side, behind the wheel assembled in #76:
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Re: Hachette's JGSDF Type 74 Main Battle Tank

Postby Valkyrie Hunter D » Mon Nov 15, 2021 12:04 pm

079
More tread links. I almost missed doing these steps.
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A group of eight links was added to the belt assembled in #77:
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080
No building in this step, the screen for the transmitter was provided:
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081
To make up for #80 being a no-build step, #81 gives an amount of of parts that would typically be spread out over two issues. Enough to make another wheel and lengthen the tread belt to 32 links:
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The new wheel was placed behind the ones already on the left side of the hull:
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082
Just like #81, #82 gives an amount of parts that would normally be found in two issues:
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I guess it shouldn't be a surprise, with less than 20 issues left until the end of the run, crunch time should be approaching.

Another wheel was assembled and placed behind the rest on the left side:
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Of note, when installing the axle for this latest wheel, it should be positioned as shown within the red circle:
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Another eight links were added to belt tread, making a total of 40 links.
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Re: Hachette's JGSDF Type 74 Main Battle Tank

Postby Valkyrie Hunter D » Wed Nov 17, 2021 11:37 am

083
#83 has the same parts from #82:
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#83 mirrors everything from #82, except this time the wheel goes on the right side of the hull:
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The tread got longer by 8 more links:
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084
#84 gave me more tread links and one of the motors that will regulate the "kneeling" feature of the tank:
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The motor was mounted by four screws that are driven from outside the hull:
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Another eight links were added to the tread belt.


085
#85 is a duplicate of #84, but this time the motor was mounted on the other side, astride the one installed in #84:
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086
Wow, no tread links in this issue, just parts for two wheels and swing arm joint:
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Here's a look at the swing joint for two wheels to be mounted at front on the right side:
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I flubbed on this issue by failing to notice that the two wheels are different sizes, so I ended up mounting the larger wheel at the very front. Fortunately, it was an easy fix:
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087
This issue is a duplicate of #86, completing all the wheels on the left side this time:
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Re: Hachette's JGSDF Type 74 Main Battle Tank

Postby Valkyrie Hunter D » Thu Nov 18, 2021 10:59 am

088
More tread parts and a motor were in this issue:
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The motor was mounted on the front left side of the hull:
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The tread belt was extended to 72 links, almost done.
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That's all I got for now, I reckon the next shipment I get will include the last issue, which is scheduled for a December 8 release.
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Re: Hachette's JGSDF Type 74 Main Battle Tank

Postby Mark » Tue Nov 23, 2021 5:55 pm

That's looking very impressive.
The track links look even more fiddly than the Leopard!!
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Re: Hachette's JGSDF Type 74 Main Battle Tank

Postby Valkyrie Hunter D » Mon Nov 29, 2021 4:39 am

Mark wrote:That's looking very impressive.
The track links look even more fiddly than the Leopard!!


Yep, the repetitive nature of the past twenty or so issues with all the tread pieces were getting tiresome. Fortunately, that's gonna come to an end soon with the last issue arriving next month. Then the real fun starts in stuffing all the power train parts and electronics in that empty hull-I can't wait to get this thing rolling!
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