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#1 Neyo Wargear

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Posted 12 February 2019 - 08:57 PM

Greetings SSLFer's,

From one project unto the next.

The new project is the Cadillac Motor Car Division's version of the T71 light tank, the far more conventional design as compared to the Detroit Arsenal's proposal.

Let us begin with reference pictures:
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Part 1. Current work time: 3 hours. Total work time: 3 hours.

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P1.1: The T71 CMDC is a shorter vehicle than the T71 DA, due to the drive sprocket being in the front, meaning a front mounted transmission, and has a trailing idler like the M7 Medium Tank and M3/M5 Stuart of light tanks.

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P1.2: Like the M7 Medium Tank, the T71 CDMC has 3 differently sloped plates for the front hull. This take me a long time to figure out.

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P1.3: Went back and undid the entire front hull to see if I could figure it out by changing the distance of the lower glacia plate.

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P1.4: I eventually gave up on the slope technique I used on the M6A1 and M6A2E1 HT's and went with a boring plate technique.

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P1.5: I redid the headlights and finished the cupola for the Driver. Getting the fenders all figure out as well.

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P1.6: Again went with a brick solution for the sloping of the rear hull. I quickly learned this vehicle was going to be a challenge even though I was flying through this build.

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P1.7: I considered this done for the rear hull, but went back to add the tail lights to the vehicle. I don't think I have a screenshot of it.

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P1.8: This is when I hit a wall. The turret, not only is the gun mantlet perfectly translate into being 1x1 which makes it hard to do that on a turret that is 8 studs in diameter, but this is also an asymmetrical turret. The Americans loved to make these in the 50's and 60's. Funnily enough, American tanks with oscillating turrets were the only ones with symmetrical turrets at the time.

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P1.8: I copied the T71 DA turret into the file to copy the gun over. They're using the same gun so, yeah. You also see me using a very odd mounting system for the gun. We'll see how that goes.

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P1.9: The turret looks alright...

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P1.10: Here you see that I copied the cupola turret over from the T71 DA onto the T71 CMCD, again they're the same. American's started mounting these fat cupola turrets on all of their tanks to provide the commander access to a MG without exposing himself. I think they're pretty cool, but nowadays we have CROWS on our Abrams'.

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P1.11: Here you see me starting from scratch with a new turret design, while still trying to get the 1x1 gun mantlet to work. The thing about that though is that messes up everything else. So, I think I'm going to ditch trying to get it 1x1 and make it 1x2. Luckily the T71 DA had a 2x2 'gun mantlet'.

Cheers.

Edited by Neyo Wargear, 12 February 2019 - 08:58 PM.

Omnius mille passus expeditio, omnis fossa bellum.

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#2 Neyo Wargear

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Posted 19 February 2019 - 09:50 PM

Part 2. Current work time: 30 minutes. Total work time: 3 hours and 30 minutes.

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P2.1: Decided to scrap the 1 wide gun mantlet and went for the simpler 2 wide gun mantlet.

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P2.2: Top of the turret all done.

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P2.3: The turret is complete.

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P2.4: Back of the completed turret.

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P2.5: Marriage of the turret and hull. The build is complete.

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P2.6: Back of the completed build.

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P2.7: Both T71's side by side.

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P2.8: Both T71's again.

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P2.9: Bird's eye view of the two.

Not in the mood to do a write-up right now.

Cheers.

Omnius mille passus expeditio, omnis fossa bellum.

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"The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war."

- General of the Army Douglas MacArthur





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