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Scratch build 1/35th 6W AEC Matador refueller

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Thanks Jeff.

Useful photographs I must say.

I do believe that that particular vehicle was purchased by a film company and if it is also to be believed, it was actually used at RAF Scampton to refuel the dambusting Lancaster aircraft  . . .

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You have to believe that this took over two hours to assemble.

The instruction sheet does not offer the best placement of parts onto the main frame. There are quite a few recesses in the frame and its not the biggest/clearest diagram. As you can see I have extended the chassis and as such I have used artistic licence in placing certain parts on the extended section regards the hawser wire.  I will be have to produced a larger fuel tank and a longer Air tank as those in the kit are smaller for the 4 x 4 Gun tractor.

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The kit only provides the bottom section of the engine.

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The one thing about AFV instructions, they aint very clear :rtfm: Ideally they could have had exploded views to clearly show where to stick stuff :2guns:

A bit of progress here with the suspension on the front, so many small pieces

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Modifications to the cab with a roof sliding hatch and on the refueller vehicles there were two triangular windows cut out to aid reversing. I will need also to do the same for the 'Fire shield' inserted behind the cab.

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Thanks for looking in . . . . B)

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Completed the front axle and drive shaft last night. The fun begins when I try and build the two axles at the rear  :shock: 

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Just a snap to see how the cab is going to look  . . .  you dont see many ( if any) with the early style roof and sliding hatch being built even in the smaller scale B)

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a couple of days off before I start again 

David

 

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Progressing with the rear twin axle combination. I need to complete the front axle with the wheels so I can then fix the height of the rear axles. 

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I think in photos of actual vehicles, the rear end is slightly down but that is probably due to the weight of the fuel in the tank so I am aiming to get it as level as possible.

The cab will be a point of interest and AFV do not let you down with detailing. Provision is there to have a number of window combinations and I will probably run with at least a couple of them being open.

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I hope to get the 6 wheel chassis complete with the cab before starting on the tank and pump housing :book:

David

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Some nice conversion work going on there David.

Cees

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Sweet work, your Matador will look great.

Cheers Rob

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Some progress has been made . . . honest :D
First photo is a comparison of the Airfix OO scale and the 'massive' 35th scale
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Next a shot of the drivers area, note the two triangular windows rear of the cab. There will be a 'Fire shield' to go behind the cab that will also have the triangular cut outs without glass. ;)
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Near side of the cab with a glance of the double axles at the rear 
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The cab front. An etch mesh is provided for the distinctive AEC engine cover
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You may be able to see the two triangular windows in the rear bulkhead, a mod for this vehicle to aid the driver when reversing.

The drive shaft between the two axles. I cast this shaft using 'Blue Stuff' and Milliput
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View of the 6 x 6 chassis with the modified cab roof for the MKII version.
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A few bits such as the windows in the cab to complete when the painting is completed, it also needs a new fuel and Air tank but the next challenge will be the 2500 Gall. tank and pump housing at its rear .

Thanks for looking in :rolleyes:

David

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OUTSTANDING progress David, I'm really lovin this one ........................ can't wait for MORE

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David, absolutely stunning conversion, you’re going to need one whole room in the house to stage the Lanc and all vehicles as a diorama.......

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There has been some progress although not much, the builders are in the house so  . . . 

A new vehicle fuel tank was put on the chassis made from a solid bar of plastic, fortunately the filler neck and gauge are from the kit parts 

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A new Air tank was also put in place on the near side . . .

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The six wheels are now permanently in place, all square and vertical

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I installed the photo etch grill which is something I have never used before B)

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Those sharp eyed amongst you will spot the two styles of roof, the curved version with sliding hatch and the more usual with the arched roof, again with a slide hatch neither of which come in kit form with the kit B)

David

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On with the tank . . . 

The pump housing at the rear of 

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Five identical oval templates create the shape

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More progress on the main tank . . .

Placing some sectional pieces in to keep it rigid
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The miniature spirit level ensures it all flat 

Also made a start on the tank supports, I intend to cast and produce several of these from milliput
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I used 20 thou plasticard to wrap the tank frame, 

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and finally, the mock up on the chassis 

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thanks for looking in 
David

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David, that looks spot on...................... I need to 'try' to build a similar tank in 1/25 scale................. I will use your techniques and see if I can even come close.......some serious engineering here........ I LOVE this..... :wub:

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Jeff Good luck with that.

I think the reason behind my success was that I used the same original to make the others rather than use the one that I had cut/shaped.

I marked it up as such 'This One'  

 

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Awesome looking !!......harv:popcorn:

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Been pressing on with the main tank

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I am making the master for the tank supports, again! The first version was a bit narrow when I checked against the tank straps so a bit more time will pass before I can cast those. Busy working on the pump housing at the rear as well . . . 

David

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Not much to show but some progress . . .

the rear housing for the pumps etc that sits at the rear of the main tanks . . . 

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More to come sooon :construction:

David

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