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MRG


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Hello again!

The guy with the weird questions is back... confuse.gif
I am never quite sure wether to put this in the "Tanks" or "Modelling" section... anyway...

This is abut how the lid of the turret (if you can call it that) was hinged to the body of the tank.

This photograph of "Excellent" in Bovington shows L-shaped pieces of steel....

Excellent lid


...while this picture of C-24 "Crusty" hints at those half-rounded fixings used also for the visor flaps.

ArchiveMarkIVMC24Crusty1.jpg

Any better information about the regular hinge fixing would be very appreciated, because I have come to a small halt with my project:

TurrethingeModel1.jpg

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If somebody knows, he would probably be in this forum.

Greetings!

Martin

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Since the picture of Crusty is a period photo I would go with it. Just my thoughts on it. By the way, you model looks great!

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I agree with Plastic Fan. Excellent is a tank that has a long history, and during WW2 it was converted to mount an AA gun over that hatch. It has also had some strange things done to it in other places, so that there are hatches where there shouldn't be, etc. Definitely use the period photo.

Gwyn

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Hello Plastic Fan, hello Gwyn!

Thank you very much for the information! I will go for what I can discern from Crusty's foto.
And thank you for the compliment! Once I have more to show, I will make a full report on the model.
I really want to go to Brusseles this summer, to see Lodestar III and make as many photographs as I can. As this means a special tour to do so, I might even contact the museum officials to see if I can get into the tank. There are many details not covered by the documents here at Landships, for which others might be grateful too.

With best regards,

Martin

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Hi Martin,

I've attached a hatch photo of the Australian War Memorial's female Mark IV, Grit. Grit came out to Australia in 1918, and the hatch is unlikely to have been modified. It was under restoration in 2009 and I was lucky enough to have a guided tour.

Your model looks great, hope this photo is of use.

cheers,

Dave

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The model looks great, what scale is it ?

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Hello Dave!

Thank you very much for the photograph!
From what I can see, it looks like Grit also has L-shaped steel holding the hinges. It is a bit hard to tell, the rail holder covers the crucial part. A helpful photograph none the less!
In the meantime I have put holders, similar to those for the visor flaps on the model.
I will put a new photograph in soon.

It is 1/16 as I have other tank models (the usual WW2 ones) in that scale. Compared to those, a Mark IV is amazingly large - it sort of dwarfs a King Tiger!
I plan to make it RC, and it will be a female. I haven't decided yet if its going to be D51 "Deborah" or C22 "Cynic"
All in all, I am making parts for 3 tanks while I'm at it, because a male is also a must ( thinking of F41 "Fray Bentos ", the first one)..

Greetings!

Martin

-- Edited by MRG on Monday 21st of March 2011 05:51:34 PM

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Must look good in 1:16 scale. Surprising isnt it, just how big these machines were, amazing they moved !

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A late update, from my Brusseles tour - the lid hinges in a better angle. Note the securing pin through the hinge bolt.

Lodestar-Roof-Turret01m.jpg

Hope this might be handy for someone!

With best regards,

Martin



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Yes, very helpful. Thank you.

Gwyn

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