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A hidden market for equilibrators?

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A hidden market for equilibrators?
Posted by GlennH on Friday, June 07, 2019 11:36 PM

Man I think I would buy these premade in a heartbeat. I've yet to come up with a method that does not tax my patience. Got to fill in that barrel grove at some point. Making a much more recent version of the M114A1 than whatever kit I did decades ago. It was this build that led me to this site some time back. Mikes most outstanding version. I've got some pic of these on firebases from the 2/11 arty and no I will not be weathering it. If anything I'll go over it with diesel fuel for that FSB wax finish.Smile

 equilibrator by Glenn Hanson, on Flickr

A number Army Viet Nam scans from hundreds yet to be done:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/southwestdreams/albums/72157621855914355

Have had the great fortune to be on every side of the howitzers.

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  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Saturday, June 08, 2019 6:19 AM

Hello Glenn!

Good to see you building a big gun! I have the M114 in my plans, too! (Oh it's stashed, all right).

I don't quite understand your problems with the equilibrator - you mean the part with the helical springs, right? Those are wonders of modern cating technology, but if you want to save some clean up, you might just wind your own coils with the right diameter copper wire - just take a drill bit or some rod for the core and wind the wire around that. Making grabhandles out of wire also saves a lot of cleanup and the end product is better looking and sturdier than plastic grabhandles.

Hope it helps and please be sure to post a WIP thread here - good luck with your build and have a nice day

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

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  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Saturday, June 08, 2019 9:28 PM

Oh my, how I remember the venerable old Peerless kit and its Testor's/Italeri successors of the 155mm.  With its spring equilibrators simultaneously being too short to be in travel mode and too long for any real elevation.

Those spring coils are tricky, too--the coils should not "touch" but have a gap in-between.

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, June 10, 2019 11:22 AM

Ohhhhhhhh, cool!!! 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by GlennH on Monday, June 10, 2019 12:43 PM

Left shield. Hat's off to you folks that can deal with those microscopic PE details. 

 155 by Glenn Hanson, on Flickr

A number Army Viet Nam scans from hundreds yet to be done:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/southwestdreams/albums/72157621855914355

Have had the great fortune to be on every side of the howitzers.

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    April, 2016
Posted by GlennH on Monday, June 10, 2019 12:46 PM

[quote user="Pawel"]

Hello Glenn!

Good to see you building a big gun! I have the M114 in my plans, too! (Oh it's stashed, all right).

I don't quite understand your problems with the equilibrator - you mean the part with the helical springs, right? Those are wonders of modern cating technology, but if you want to save some clean up, you might just wind your own coils with the right diameter copper wire - just take a drill bit or some rod for the core and wind the wire around that. Making grabhandles out of wire also saves a lot of cleanup and the end product is better looking and sturdier than plastic grabhandles.

Hope it helps and please be sure to post a WIP thread here - good luck with your build and have a nice day

Paweł

 

[/quote

I like the grab handle idea cause I lose the remaining half  that I don't break. Do you drill a tiny hole to give those handles something to grab onto?

A number Army Viet Nam scans from hundreds yet to be done:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/southwestdreams/albums/72157621855914355

Have had the great fortune to be on every side of the howitzers.

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    May, 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Monday, June 10, 2019 2:16 PM

Hello Glenn!

Where applicable I drill two holes with a 0,6mm drill bit, and you can get a lot of nice 0,5 - 0,6mm wire from those thick cables that wire the car battery - just get a hold of a scrapped car wire harness. I've seen a lot of those since I started working for a company whose main business was making automotive wiring...

Hope it helps and have a nice day

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

  • Member since
    April, 2016
Posted by GlennH on Sunday, June 16, 2019 10:10 PM

Pawel

Hello Glenn!

Where applicable I drill two holes with a 0,6mm drill bit, and you can get a lot of nice 0,5 - 0,6mm wire from those thick cables that wire the car battery - just get a hold of a scrapped car wire harness. I've seen a lot of those since I started working for a company whose main business was making automotive wiring...

Hope it helps and have a nice day

Paweł

 

Thanks Pawel. I have to check out some honest reviews on pin drill bits. The last ones I got totally worthless! There is ZERO taper at the tips at all to even begin to start a hole. I don't even think a cutting edge even starts to grab till your in a ways.

A number Army Viet Nam scans from hundreds yet to be done:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/southwestdreams/albums/72157621855914355

Have had the great fortune to be on every side of the howitzers.

  • Member since
    April, 2016
Posted by GlennH on Monday, June 17, 2019 12:00 PM

Well one thing for sure. This kit is wayyy better than the one I built some decades back. I never built a Bronco kit before. I think one tiny thing that really impressed me is how exactly perfect two seperate multi curved parts for the brake lines met and joined perfectly in the center of that dip in the line.

  M114A1 by Glenn Hanson, on Flickr

or maybe we don't need no stinking brake lines! Stick out tongue

 Army Viet Nam by Glenn Hanson, on Flickr

A number Army Viet Nam scans from hundreds yet to be done:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/southwestdreams/albums/72157621855914355

Have had the great fortune to be on every side of the howitzers.

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, June 17, 2019 12:03 PM

You're making great progress there, and nice work!!! 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by GlennH on Sunday, June 23, 2019 4:35 PM

Some time out stuff. Waiting on some darker green for the powder cannisters.

 155 projoe by Glenn Hanson, on Flickr

 

 

I think they wanted the eyelets painted but I thought , no that's wrong.

 Army Viet Nam by Glenn Hanson, on Flickr

 

A number Army Viet Nam scans from hundreds yet to be done:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/southwestdreams/albums/72157621855914355

Have had the great fortune to be on every side of the howitzers.

  • Member since
    April, 2016
Posted by GlennH on Monday, June 24, 2019 2:17 PM

One take out order done.

 pallet by Glenn Hanson, on Flickr

A number Army Viet Nam scans from hundreds yet to be done:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/southwestdreams/albums/72157621855914355

Have had the great fortune to be on every side of the howitzers.

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, June 24, 2019 3:08 PM

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh, cool! 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

  • Member since
    April, 2016
Posted by GlennH on Thursday, July 04, 2019 6:39 PM

 

 M114A1 by Glenn Hanson, on Flickr 

 

and her sister at FSB Tomahawk '70 2/11 arty 101st ABN

 

 Army Viet Nam by Glenn Hanson, on Flickr 

A number Army Viet Nam scans from hundreds yet to be done:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/southwestdreams/albums/72157621855914355

Have had the great fortune to be on every side of the howitzers.

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Friday, July 05, 2019 11:20 AM

Oh wow, looks good! Could we see more photos? 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by GlennH on Friday, July 05, 2019 2:07 PM
Thanks. I'll try and get a couple more

A number Army Viet Nam scans from hundreds yet to be done:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/southwestdreams/albums/72157621855914355

Have had the great fortune to be on every side of the howitzers.

  • Member since
    April, 2016
Posted by GlennH on Saturday, July 06, 2019 5:43 PM
 Untitled by Glenn Hanson, on Flickr

A number Army Viet Nam scans from hundreds yet to be done:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/southwestdreams/albums/72157621855914355

Have had the great fortune to be on every side of the howitzers.

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Sunday, July 07, 2019 8:09 AM

Cool! Great selection there! Really nice work. Like how all of them except the caboose of course are the same scale. 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by snapdragonxxx on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 4:17 AM

The Paramedics use these things on me every time my heart stops. It hurts and I glow in the dark for a couple of days!

Big Smile

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