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Re: Mark's Leopard

Postby Mark » Fri May 06, 2022 5:32 pm

On with pack 8!

Stage 61 gives us a couple of trick guards (At least, that's what I think they are!)

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These screw onto the hinges armour. Easy stuff.

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We also get the hub caps for the return rollers. These are stuck on with double sided tape. Carefully remove a disc from the backing sheet, stick it to the hub cap, then remove the protective layer. Tweezers are your friend here.

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Then simply stick it to the return roller.

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Repeat for all four return rollers.

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Stage 62 is a repeat for stage 61 on the other side of the model.

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Guards in place.

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Hub caps in place.

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Stage 63 gives us the smoke generator.

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This just screws in with a couple of screws.

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Stage 64 gives us the track tensioners and a bottle of smoke oil.

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Take the right track suspension are and fit the right hand spring.

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Add the suspension bush, ensuring that the spring locates in the slot. Fix with a screw.

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Repeat with the left side, being careful not to get them mixed up.

Now fit the assemblies to the front of the model. I fitted them to the correct sides, but found that there was very little tension holding the arms out. So I swapped them left for right (after disassembling them to doubt check I hadn't made a mistake!) and found that the tension was much better. I think they got their lefts and rights mixed up!!

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The instructions show you how to fill the smoke generator with oil, but I suggest it's best leaving this until the model is about to be used.
I'm not sure how easy it will be to fill the smoke generator once the tank is completed. Time will tell|!!
As aside, more supplies of smoke oil (glycerin oil) can be obtained from Amazon and model railway suppliers.

Stage 65 gives us the idler wheels and smoke pipes.

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Put a plastic bush in the wheel inner half.

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Add the outer half of the wheel and fix with three screws. I little oil to lubricate these screws is a good idea.

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Add this wheel assembly to the tank and fix with a screw.

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Add the hub cap that was supplied in stage 39. Note that the right hub cap was supplied in stage 40. These are handed, not identical, so be careful you fit them on the correct sides.

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The other side is a repeat of course.

Stage 66 gives us some braces of the turret and LED lights.

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Remove the bottom of the turret, then add these braces with two screw each side.

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Then replace the turret bottom.

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Stage 67 gives us the rear panel and light lenses.

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Fit the lenses into the rear panel. The round ones are screwed in place, the rectangular ones are just a push fit.

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The LEDs are screwed in place.

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Now we have to loosen the side armour so we can screw the rear panel in place.

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Refix the side armour and it should look like this.

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Take the cable clips that were supplied in issue 30 and tame to rear light cables.

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Stage 68 gives us the rear panel insert, exhaust manifolds, and other details.

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Fix the tow hook and small panel to the rear panel insert.

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Turn it over and fit the exhaust manifolds.

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Turn it over again, and fit the other tow hooks and red reflectors.

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This panel is fitted to the hull rather than the deck. It's fitted with two larger screws and four small screws in the corers. Be careful not to strip the smaller screws.

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"Hinged' panels cover the larger screws. These just push into place.

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The smoke tubes are pushed into place. It's important to make sure these are 't kinked. You can shorten them if necessary.

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Stage 69 give us a couple of turret guide gears and tow cables.

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Put the gear in place, long size down.

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Screw the retaining cap in place.

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And that completes pack 8!!
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Re: Mark's Leopard

Postby casper » Sun May 08, 2022 7:13 pm

Cant wait to see the smoke working :)
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Re: Mark's Leopard

Postby Mark » Wed Jul 13, 2022 1:20 am

I owe you folks an apology. I forgot to post Pack 9!! Sorry!!!!!

stage 7- gives us the speaker. Looks big. Hope it's loud!!

ImageP5180100 by Mark Wakelin, on Flickr

It goes in the hull.

ImageP5180101 by Mark Wakelin, on Flickr

Stage 71 gives us the power cable.

ImageP5180102 by Mark Wakelin, on Flickr

That plugs into the power board.

ImageP5180103 by Mark Wakelin, on Flickr

Stage 72 gives us the battery cable.

ImageP5180104 by Mark Wakelin, on Flickr

This also plugs into the power board.

ImageP5180105 by Mark Wakelin, on Flickr

Stage 73 gives us the camera

ImageP5180106 by Mark Wakelin, on Flickr

This looks out of the gunner's periscope so you can see where the barrel is aiming.

ImageP5180108 by Mark Wakelin, on Flickr

Stage 74 gives us a connector board, but nothing to do with it at the moment.

ImageP5180109 by Mark Wakelin, on Flickr

Stage 75 gives us another connector board.

ImageP5180110 by Mark Wakelin, on Flickr

Screw this to the underside of the hull top.

ImageP5180111 by Mark Wakelin, on Flickr

Stager 76 gives us the turret gear ring and a couple of decals.

ImageP5180112 by Mark Wakelin, on Flickr

Apply the decals. The gear ring is used later.

ImageP5190113 by Mark Wakelin, on Flickr

Stage 77 gives us the bottom of the hull

ImageP5190114 by Mark Wakelin, on Flickr

This is screwed in place. Make sure that all the cables come up through the hull opening.

ImageP5190115 by Mark Wakelin, on Flickr

To be continued......
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Re: Mark's Leopard

Postby Mark » Wed Jul 13, 2022 10:36 am

Stage 77 continued....

Add this circuit board. It looks like it's just a connector board.

ImageP5190116 by Mark Wakelin, on Flickr

Put the turret on the hull, or, since it's all upside down, put the hull on the turret. Make sure all the cables come through the hole.

ImageP5190117 by Mark Wakelin, on Flickr

Finally, add the turret gear ring which holds it in place.

ImageP5190118 by Mark Wakelin, on Flickr

This completes this Pack.
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Re: Mark's Leopard

Postby Mark » Wed Jul 13, 2022 11:03 am

Pack 10 is a nice easy pack.

Stage 78 gives us the rotating connector. This allows the hull to rotate continuously without tying up the cables!

ImageP5190119 by Mark Wakelin, on Flickr

It fits int he hull. Be careful not to get it upside down.

ImageP5190120 by Mark Wakelin, on Flickr

Stage 79 gives us the turret motor.

ImageP5190121 by Mark Wakelin, on Flickr

This screws on the hull. Make sure the gear is engaged properly.

ImageP5190122 by Mark Wakelin, on Flickr

Stage 80 gives us the first motor. Nothing to do yet.

ImageP5190123 by Mark Wakelin, on Flickr

Stage 81 gives us the gearbox.

ImageP5190124 by Mark Wakelin, on Flickr

The motor is screwed to the gearbox.

ImageP5190125 by Mark Wakelin, on Flickr

Then remove the smoke generator and fit the gearbox.

ImageP5190127 by Mark Wakelin, on Flickr

Stage 82 gives us a cable.

ImageP5190128 by Mark Wakelin, on Flickr

This is connected to this circuit board. The other end isn't connected just yet.

ImageP5190129 by Mark Wakelin, on Flickr

Stage 83 gives us the second motor.

ImageP5190130 by Mark Wakelin, on Flickr

Stage 84 gives us the second gearbox.

ImageP5190131 by Mark Wakelin, on Flickr

The motor is screwed to the gearbox.

ImageP5190132 by Mark Wakelin, on Flickr

Then the gearbox is screwed to the hull.

ImageP5190133 by Mark Wakelin, on Flickr

Finally, refit the smoke generator.

ImageP5190135 by Mark Wakelin, on Flickr

That completes Pack 10.
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Re: Mark's Leopard

Postby steve131 » Wed Jul 13, 2022 3:44 pm

Are you going to grease the gears?
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Re: Mark's Leopard

Postby Mark » Fri Jul 15, 2022 12:14 am

Definitely! I’ll see if I can find a silicone grease from somewhere, but I think pretty much any grease will do.
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