|As far as the materials on my tank, well. The main body and turret
are 1/4 luan plywood coated with resin. The top deck, the floor of the
turret, the bottom ring of the copala, the escape hatch, front mantle
and some of the main gun are made from 1/4 MDF solid comp. board. Made
out of aluminum is the gunners hatch and hinges the copula ring,
periscopes and copula hatch and arm. Also the turret fan cover. You
simulate welds with thick metal set (3M product) and a syring. Do a
small weld swirl when you put it down. After its primed it looks just
like the real thing. Also made of alum. The tow points front and back,
and the aft axle adjusters. I'm now working on the road gear. The road
arms are 1/2 in. rolled steel shaft coming out to the arm which is 3/8
5051 alum. The shafts are secured into the arms with set screws. The
Road wheel axles are going to be 1/4 in. lag bolts. The bolts screw into
the arm and are held with set screws also. I just today picked up 16
skate board whe! el bearings for the road wheels. Now the road wheels
are going to be a good project in themselves. I'm going with the early
version, simpler to make and duplicate. First I'll turn a master on the
lathe them make a fiberglass mold from it. Then cast all my road wheels
from it. Hope it holds up. Sorry for going on and on. If your interested
in and more details let me know.
You can close the hatch and turn the wheel to lock it .Milled out
on a brideport during my lunch brake.
The gear bin doors and hinges are alum.also.