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I decided I'd build this one as I haven't done a partwork tank before, and this looks like a rather splendid and well featured model.

I've got pack one, so let's get cracking!

The instructions are purely graphic, which makes them clear and easy to follow.  However, we will miss out on the useful insights from their expert.  You can download the instructions from the download centre if you want to see them.  Anybody can download them. https://www.agoramodels.com/download-centre-uk/#six

Stage one gives us the barrel, a hatch and a periscope.

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The barrel is nicely painted.  The colours look about right to my untrained eye, and the feathering is very even.

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Not much to do in this pack though, we just put the 'glass' in the periscope.

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Here is the hatch we get.  Sorry about the dust on it.  I didn't notice it when I took the picture.

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Stage 2 gives us another section barrel and another hatch.

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The base of the barrel screws on, and the camo pattern lines up perfectly!!  

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A vision port goes into a hatch surround.  This just clips in, but only goes in one way.

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This hatch surround is screwed on to its base.

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Then the periscopes just click in to the mount.

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Looking good, everything fits nicely.

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This hatch is held in place with a spring and rises vertically.  Personally, I think the spring is a tad too strong as the hatch is a little difficult to lift, and pulls off centre a little.  No big issue, but there a very easy improvement.  Just leave the spring out.  The hatch is then much easier to lift up, and it sits centrally in the aperture.

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From the top you can see how the hatch is pulled slightly, but the spring.  It sits centrally if you omit the spring.  The screw head still stops the hatch falling out.

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This completes stage 2

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Pack 3 gives us the turret!  It's big and heavy!

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The commander's hatch is screwed in place (I hadn't thought about removing the spring yet! That only came to me while I was writing this diary!)

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Then the hatch from stage 1 goes in, fixed with a single screw on the hinge base, so it can be raised of course.

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Followed by the ring around it (no idea what this is for or what it's called!!)

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In its raised position.

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Finally for this stage, the periscope from stage 1.  This is screwed in, but was a tight fit.

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This completes stage 3.

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Stage 4 gives us some of the turret armour and the start of the tracks.

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The armour screws on nice and easily.

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Confession time - I haven't started the tracks yet.

Stage 5 gives us more of the armour.

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The handrails are fitted first.  This have shaped pins and only go on one way.  Don't over-tighten them as that will put a twist in the hand rails.

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The two parts are joined by a hinge.  This is easy enough, if a little fiddly.
Note that this is fitted to the armour with 3 pegs (the outer pegs) and secured with 2 screws, which go in the middle two posts.

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Push the armour in place.  I found that the three pegs were very tight and I needed to scrap the paint off them to get the armour to sit properly.  Make sure it's fully home before tightening the screws, or you'll just strip the screws!  (Ask me how I know!!)

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Stage 5 gives us the right hand side armour, track links and a gun! 

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This armour fits easily.

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This vision port (or ranging device?  Not sure...) clips in place.

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Tracks are being left for Ron!  (Later Ron - groan... sorry.....)

Stage 7 is a repeat of stage 5.

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Stage 8 gives us the rear of the turret.  (and more track links)

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This just screws in place.

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This completes pack 1.  I'm impressed so far! 

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21 hours ago, wyatt said:

Looking good Mark. I may have missed it, but, which parts so far are metal? You did mention that the turret is "Big and heavy" so I'm guessing it is metal? 

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The main body of the turret and the barrel are metal.  The smaller pieces of armour and the details are mostly plastic.  

The tracks are metal, with rubber pads, exactly as the real thing would be.

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Tracks!  No point in putting them off any longer!  However, they are a bit fiddly!!

Start with putting the pins through 2 track links.  Follow the instructions carefully to make sure everything is the right way round!

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Add the centre link with tweezers.

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Then push the pins the rest of the way through.

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The instructions say to use a hammer to secure the remaining link.  This works OK, but I prefer an alternative approach.  

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I prefer to put the link in a smooth jawed vice and squeeze the links together.  I find this gives me a bit more control.  

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This is the end result.

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Pack 2!!  

Stage 9 and we continue with the barrel.

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The LED pushes into the tip of the barrel.  I assume this is to 'fire' an infra-red shell if you want to have battles with a friend.  Either that or a flash when you fire the gun.  Time will tell.

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Feed the cable down the barrel and then the tip pushes into the barrel.

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Then the barrel base just slides on.

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I won't repeat construction of the tracks and it's all the same as before.

Stage 10 gives us the servo that presumably 'recoils' the barrel.  

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Slide the white nylon peg into the barrel, making sure that the cable goes in the slot.

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Screw the barrel in place with the HP screw.

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now screw the servo in place with the CP screws.

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Finally add the two plastic washers.

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Stage 11 gives us the cover that covers the top of the barrel where is hinges in the turret.

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The LED is fitted to the cover and held with a bracket.  Perhaps this the the IR LED for 'firing' at an opponent, or perhaps this is a light.  Not sure.  Time will tell.

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Then the hinged cover is fitted.  The pins just push in, but they need a bit of force.  I did actually resort to a gentle tap with a small hammer.

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Screw the side piece in place.

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Put the spring in place, then fit the barrel assembly with the 2 brackets and 4 screws.  Don't be tempted to push the hinged cover in place as it's very difficult to remove!!

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Getting big now!  

Stage 12 i the barrel elevation servo, but this isn't fitted just yet.

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Stage 13 gives us the smoke dischargers.

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These screw in place easily

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Stage 14 gives us some stowage baskets.

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This little detail is pushed on.

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This detail is pushed onto the basket.

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The baskets are kept to be fitted later.

Stage 15 gives us turret details.  I guess this is the camera for aiming the big gun?  Possibly range finding as well?  Is there a tank expert in the house?

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The aiming gadget is assembled and ends up looking like this.

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Then it's fitted like this.

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Now the elevation servo bracket can be fitted.

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Followed by the servo itself.

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Stage 16, we move to the back of the turret.

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These details fit to the rear of the turret.

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Then these brackets are pushed on.

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I guess this is a cable reel of some sort?  It pushes in place.  This one is tricky as it's quite tight in the holes, and it's in a recessed space.  Can be done though.

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Finally, the turret rear base is screwed into place.

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Here's a gratuitous 'it looks like this!' shot.  Sorry, it's not a great photo.  I'll do better next time!  Promise!!

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That's it until Pack 3.

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  • 4 months later...

Sorry for the delay in posting my diaries, but I was moving from Hong Kong back to the UK.  I've finally managed to find a little time to update the diaries!

Pack 3!
Stage 17, front hull top (for want of the proper word?)

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Firstly, add this clip to hold a plastic rod.  I assume that this is to hold the IR sensor for detecting a hit in tank battles.

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Then fit the piece of armour to the turret.

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This is how the sensor it fits inside the turret.  The rod just slides in.

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Stage 18.  The metal hull top frame.

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The two shutters are glued in place thus.  Be very miserly with the superglue to keep it neat!

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That's all for this stage.  

Stage 19.  Bits with wires!!

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Nothing to do in this stage, except tracks.  I'm leaving the tracks until later, but see a previous post on how I assembled them.

Stage 20.  Details for the front of the hull deck.

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The vision ports are placed here.

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Fix it in place with a single screw, being careful not to over tighten it.  The port should slide easily.

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Now fit this part that effectively forms the lower rail.  Again, don't over tighten it as the vision port still needs to slide.

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The periscope prism pushes in place.  

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These tools are screwed in place.  I'm guessing that these are the rods for cleaning the barrel?

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Stage 21.  More details.

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The front left mudguard is assembled as per the instructions.  Very straight forward and it looks like this when finished.  The only hiccup I has was that the two little eye bolts came out.  These were easily glued back in place with superglue.

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The LED goes in from the inside.

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There is a water slide decal to go on the mudguard.  For those nat familiar with the process, soak the decal in water until it starts to slide on the paper.  This can take anything from a 20 seconds to a couple of minutes, depending on the decal.  Best not to leave until the decal floats off the backing paper.  Then wet the model with a paint brush and slide the decal into place.  Remove any excess water with a paint brush and leave it undisturbed to dry.  

I got the position slightly wrong.  The decal should be central in the mudguard.  Unfortunately I only realised after it was too late!!

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Finally fix it to the deck.

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Stage 22.  From hull details.  Nothing to do with this part until later.

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Stage 23.  Front right mudguard.

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This is virtually a repeat of the left mudguard.  This is the completed stage, and I got the decal in the correct position this time!!

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Stage 24.  Aft deck metal frame.

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This just screws to the front deck frame.

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This completes this pack.  I'll post pack 4 quite soon.

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