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Old 09-22-2011, 09:51 PM
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Default Re: Moonbase Alpha Laser Tanks...ALL THREE!

Much less of a sore thumb!

It looks much closer to the way the kit has always looked.



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Old 09-23-2011, 01:24 AM
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Default Re: Moonbase Alpha Laser Tanks...ALL THREE!

Remote chassis is now ready!

This one will be used for the "Eagle" type tank. One thing to note here is that the Eagle type tank utilizes 82 of the provided track links. As you will notice later, the other two tank builds were different numbers of links.

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Old 09-23-2011, 05:01 AM
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Lookin' good, man! I can't wait to get my Chieftains and start mine!
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Old 09-23-2011, 05:17 AM
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Old 09-25-2011, 06:21 PM
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Default Re: Moonbase Alpha Laser Tanks...ALL THREE!

Alright, once you two EVER get started, here's something you'll need to know.

The Chieftain side skirts that cover the tread along the sides of the real tank are used in these laser tank builds to level the upper tank section onto this chassis. They get mounted INSIDE the chassis backwards and get trimmed. There is also some slight deifferences in HOW they get mounted depending on which tank you're building. Here's what I've come up with as to how these skirts get attached inside the Chieftain chassis.







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Old 09-25-2011, 06:26 PM
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Default Re: Moonbase Alpha Laser Tanks...ALL THREE!

And......

If anyone DOES plan on joining in with me here on these, go ahead and grab the 1:25 TAMIYA Chieftain for your builds anytime.

You'll have a couple days worth of work JUST ON THOSE.

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Hell of an interesting use for those parts. Genius.
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Why, THANK YOU Dave! It's really nothing. Once......you..........

OH, You mean Mr. Bower.......?

Yeah, he's alright.

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If anyone DOES plan on joining in with me here on these, go ahead and grab the 1:25 TAMIYA Chieftain for your builds anytime.
Yeah, I plan on pulling the trigger on those tomorrow . . . . I hope!
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Default Re: Moonbase Alpha Laser Tanks...ALL THREE!

Sounds GREAT! It makes things alot better when folks join in. I won't be talking to myself. Y'all can actually help figure things out.

Here's what y'all will end up with once the skirts are in place. The one with the gearbox is the Eagle tank and the other one will be either the Dome or Flat Top.

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Latest. All three chassis's ready and building of some bodies has started.

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Default Re: Moonbase Alpha Laser Tanks...ALL THREE!

Now that the chassis's are ready, on to some bodywork!

For the Eagle Tank, we'll need the turret (#46) and the turret mounting ring (#47) from the Chieftain kit.





These parts get heavily modified. First, I cut both parts in half leaving more turret than I'll need and finish trim it later. Then, I attach the trimmed ring to the turret. Most of the ring gets trimmed off.



The ring needs to be added because there are two tabs on it that fill corresponding slots in the upper turret right at the front. Once the ring is attached and secure, I trim everything away except the two needed tabs.



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Hallo.. Rob..


Now I have checked in..


They look great... But I have to get back to you regarding purchase of tanks.

I have some pretty expensive Eagle parts awaiting...


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Now I have checked in..
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Old 09-28-2011, 10:37 AM
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This will be my very first ever Studio Scale build. There's a bit of significance in that.
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