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1:16 BT-7 update

June 4 2012 at 5:13 PM
Eelke Warrink  (Login EelkeWarrink)
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I made some progress on the BT-7 in the past few weeks. I assembled part of the hull, gluing together the inner hull first from 2 mm plates (actually sandwiched 1 mm plates). Like on the real tank, I put spacers on the outside of the inner hull for attaching the outer hull plates:

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I made a couple of covers and other details for the hull bottom in a spare evening:

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At the rear is some kind of sump cover, that I copied from Tamiya kit. Wrong! The angular part at the rear shouldn't be there. It is fitted to the museum vehicle that Tamiya used for reference, but I can't find any other pictorial evidence of it anywhere. I guess it's a postwar addition for fitting a different engine.

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Wartime pictures clearly show that this cover should be symmetric front to rear, apart from a small row of rivets:

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Then it was time for fitting the side plates. Here my careful measuring and drawing paid out, everything fit together almost seamlessly:

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Next up were the final drives. These will be covered later with thin armor plates:

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And last but not least one wheel half arrived from the printer's. The surface of the wheel is a little rough, but the material is not too hard to sand smooth. Altogether I'm happy with this first attempt at 3D printing!

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That's it for now. The next step will be attaching the nose plates and installing the front suspension...

 
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zack sex
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Incredible work..

June 4 2012, 5:51 PM 

really great,zack

 
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Roman Volchenkov
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great work

June 4 2012, 6:11 PM 

impressive.

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will thorson
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nice work

June 4 2012, 6:34 PM 

i ahve been following this...fantastic work so far!

 
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Andy Jasinski
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Damn, I'm doing everything hands .....

June 4 2012, 6:55 PM 

Circle of 3D printers in the picture looks great ....
Good luck in your work - Andy

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http://bigtank120.blogspot.com/

 
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Taesung Harmms
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Superb!!!!

June 5 2012, 1:12 AM 

Can't wait to see this one finished!

Taesung Harmms
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Stephen Tegner
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An exciting point in the project.

June 5 2012, 9:20 AM 

It's always exciting when a scratchbuilding project reaches this point, when things come together and the model starts to look like something. Looking good.

Regards
Steve

 
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Jerry Rutman
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Now THIS is modeling

June 5 2012, 9:48 AM 


 
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nzdavidh
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Fantastic

June 6 2012, 5:25 AM 

This is superb...

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Eelke Warrink
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Thanks guys

June 6 2012, 3:43 PM 

Thanks, guys. Steve: it's an exciting moment, but also a little scary. So far everything fits well, but I'm a little afraid for errors I made while making the drawings to rear their ugly head when I'm putting everything together.

 
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Stephen Tegner
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Repetition is the name of the game.

June 9 2012, 11:29 AM 

Well the only advice I can offer is that a lot of the times you will probably have to make the same part over and over and over again. Very seldom does it come out right the first time.

All the best

Steve

 
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