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    Qualified mechanical engineer by trade, bought up on manual and CNC lathes and milling machines but we made everything from tractor parts to aircraft refuelling components and even some spitfire brackets. I Worked as a development engineer in an aluminium foundry for 13 years. When I was made redundant I went self employed specialising in the renovation of old properties. I am a qualified electrician, I enjoy making anything in wood, from cupboards to oak frame buildings and even simple carving. I always said, I will make you anything, just don't ask me to paint it!

    My trouble is, I don't trust anyone to do a job for me, so I learn to do it myself.
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      Hi Jon

      The work on the tank is looking stunning, as usual... But the house also looks remarkable. Yours?

      Keep rolling out the photos,
      Michael

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        The fire place was for a customer, the house was mine, which I lost in my divorce, but these things happen. I had a tendency to forget to take pictures of my work, I suppose I was too engrossed in the actual process of designing and building.

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          Johnn, your skills are top shelf mate, and your eye to detail is great, your work is outstanding.

          Lou
          My Collection: http://www.wehrmacht-awards.com/foru...d.php?t=860720

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            Originally posted by johann mor View Post
            Qualified mechanical engineer by trade, bought up on manual and CNC lathes and milling machines but we made everything from tractor parts to aircraft refuelling components and even some spitfire brackets. I Worked as a development engineer in an aluminium foundry for 13 years. When I was made redundant I went self employed specialising in the renovation of old properties. I am a qualified electrician, I enjoy making anything in wood, from cupboards to oak frame buildings and even simple carving. I always said, I will make you anything, just don't ask me to paint it!

            My trouble is, I don't trust anyone to do a job for me, so I learn to do it myself.
            Thanks jon I have a garage full off equipment as well but not on the scale you have,I would kill to have the room for the lathe you have,plenty of welding and cutting equipment though and a small cnc machine
            Give a man an opinion and you feed him for a day,
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              "simple carving"? Johann thats beyond simple, wonderful!!
              I had been enjoying your turret build and then the next thing that happens is a tank.

              All kidding aside, your work is fantastic and your very talented!
              Thanks for bringing us along.

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                well Johann, as a guy who doesnt know 1 end of a tool from the other I am highly impressed with your work, pictures and narrative. keep it coming.

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                  Airborne Steve asked about the instrument panel, you can just see it on the first picture above the gearbox, the other two pictures are from the excellent nuts and bolts book volume 31 marder ll. These are fantastic books and well worth buying, I hope they don't mind me using the picture. The last is my panel, there appear to be several versions of this panel, they are all the same shape but the items incorporated in them, are slightly different. My one has a large rev counter, then there will be a speedometer, it has a push button for the engine starter motor, an ignition charge light, ignition key and a horn button. There is also a smaller unit bolted to the hull on right side of the gearbox which will incorporate a temperature gauge, oil pressure gauge and a light switch. My panel is currently wired up on very long leads so that I can wander around the hull with it when testing the engine.
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                    The throttle on the original is linked to a cam in front of the steering box via steel rods, I can't do this because my steering box takes up more space, so I haven't got the room. My solution was to run a cable, that followed the shape of the hull, along the side of the steering box to a cam attached to a rod above the steering box, from there it would follow the route of the original linkage via a conduit to the engine.

                    The two pedals either side of the throttle would have originally been for the brake and clutch but with this steering box and the automatic gearbox, these are not required and are they just there to replicate the original.

                    I hope that makes sense and thanks for the comments.

                    Jon
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                      This post willing bring us up to date with the progress so far.

                      I am trying to finish the drivers position before I raise the level of the floor under the turret to its finished level, just because it will be easier to do it now. The first picture is from an original tank, although there are some items missing. The steering brakes for the left hand track are on the left of the driver, these are not required with my steering box as they are contained with in the box, however I am going to recreate this area as per the original, just to make it look and feel right.
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                        Gobsmacking work fella, always look forward to reading your updates, keep up with the hard work and good luck

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                          Great work again Jon,is than an exposed spline from the gear box to the breaks ?
                          Give a man an opinion and you feed him for a day,
                          teach a man to use the "search" function on the WAF and you feed him for a lifetime.

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                            Hi Lenny,

                            The shaft is from the steering box to the final drives. On the original tank, there were steering brakes on either side of the hull but the steering box that I am utilising has the brake within the steering box. The circular drum, that looks like it should be the brakes, is a false set of brakes, or will be when it's finished, just so that the drivers position looks as near to the original as possible.

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                              Originally posted by johann mor View Post
                              Hi Lenny,

                              The shaft is from the steering box to the final drives. On the original tank, there were steering brakes on either side of the hull but the steering box that I am utilising has the brake within the steering box. The circular drum, that looks like it should be the brakes, is a false set of brakes, or will be when it's finished, just so that the drivers position looks as near to the original as possible.
                              Makes sense thanks Jon
                              Give a man an opinion and you feed him for a day,
                              teach a man to use the "search" function on the WAF and you feed him for a lifetime.

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                                Just spent hours looking threw this thread amazing work. Need someone like you to restore my vw beetle.

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