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Once More Unto the Breach
Hangelafette
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Posted: Monday, June 10, 2019 - 01:36 PM UTC
Hi All,

Entering in with Meng's BMR-3M.



-Nate
GulfWarrior
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Posted: Monday, June 10, 2019 - 01:38 PM UTC
Wow! That looks awesome, Nate! We'll definitely be watching your work on this one!

Welcome to the campaign!


GulfWarrior
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Posted: Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 02:24 PM UTC
Here's the non-slip surface added to the horizontal surfaces on the engine compartment and driver's hatch.



Hopefully this weekend I'll get to sling some paint...


petbat
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Posted: Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 08:38 PM UTC
Should have applied the sun block Richard, the lil Dozer got burnt.
GulfWarrior
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Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 01:05 AM UTC

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Should have applied the sun block Richard, the lil Dozer got burnt.



LOL!! Funny, Peter!
Illini
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Posted: Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 12:24 PM UTC
recent progress. It's getting really finicky, and most of it ends up hidden
GulfWarrior
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Posted: Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 02:20 PM UTC
Lookin' good, Dave! Looks like it's almost ready for the paint booth!

ayovtshev
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Posted: Sunday, June 30, 2019 - 11:16 PM UTC
With another 6 months till the end of this Campaign, I decided to start another build.

I felt like building some Bulgarian engineer vehicle, based on T-54/55.
Studied some refferencies and this is what I found:

The BLG-60(BrueckenLegeGeraet-60) was an East German tank bridgelayer, mounted on Czechoslovakian T-55 chassy.

The MT-55 tank bridgelayer, based on the same chassy-but using sligthly different bridge-was built entirely in Czechoslovakia.

Poland also produced a tank bridgelayer. Designated BLG-67, it combined a Bumar Labedy T-55 chassy with the East German scissor bridge,that was also used in BG-60M2.

Should you already think this is a bit complicated, wait to read the following:
Bulgarian People's Army 24th Tank Brigade received tanka bridgelayers as follows:
in 1972- MT-55(Czechoslovakian tank bridgelayer, used also by the Soviet Union);
in 1984- all available MT-55's were upgraded to BLG-60M2 in East Germany.
I found a Bulgarian Manual for BLG-67, printed in 1974(unfortunately I cannot get my hands on it right now-the seller seems to be on vacation):

which proves the Polish tank bridgelayer was also in the inventory.

In other words- my country bought bridgelaying equipment from all possible WP suppliers...What exactly was I supposed to build?

After spending 2 days collecting information, I decided I'll build an East German made BLG-60M2 in service with the Bulgarian Army:

My BLG-60M2 will be from the early 1980's.

I'll use the super old Trumpeter's T-55 kit as a starting point, will install some leftover parts from the Takom's T-55AM2B, I built as a Soviet T-55AM with Kladivo FCS(another Bulgarian People's Army hybrid), and hope to make good use of some optional parts from MiniArt's T-54B interior kit.

The scissor bridge, its laying arm and some parts/components on the upper hull will be scratchbuilt.

Here is my starting picture:


GulfWarrior
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Posted: Monday, July 01, 2019 - 01:32 AM UTC
That's gonna look really cool, Angel!

I'm sure we'll all be watching this one really closely.



k_mero4
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Posted: Monday, July 01, 2019 - 05:10 AM UTC
Excellently Angel! Good luck with the new project. I'll follow you closely. .... and
GulfWarrior
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Posted: Monday, July 01, 2019 - 06:54 AM UTC
And for those who have been watching, yes the campaign is now extended until the end of 2019. I had to do it! Otherwise, I wouldn't have been able to complete a build in my own campaign before the deadline passed!

I'm also tossing around a couple ideas for a couple different campaigns.



petbat
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Posted: Monday, July 01, 2019 - 07:15 AM UTC
Nice and ambitious Angel.

Two weeks ago I had the opportunity to climb all over and photograph this:




Australian Centurion Bridgelayer. The only example in the world that is fully operational. It is at Tankride at Tambourine Queensland,
http://tankride.com.au/
and yes I watched the bridge being laid... and have video.

I have the reference photos I need, but forgot to bring a tape measure so I could do plans for a scratch build project. Tim the owner will let me do that next time I visit. It won't be my build here as I am not as fast scratch building as you!
ayovtshev
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Posted: Monday, July 01, 2019 - 07:24 AM UTC
Richard, thanks!


Thanks Kalin!
Will keep you posted-including some previews.


Thanks Peter!
What a piece of machinery, isn't it?
Hope my build inspires you to scratch this mighty beast one day

k_mero4
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Posted: Tuesday, July 02, 2019 - 03:48 AM UTC
Yes, Peter. Angel's idea is not bad. You would get a great model.
Angel, I'll take advantage of it.
petbat
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Posted: Tuesday, July 02, 2019 - 08:51 PM UTC
I am in the process of doing rough drawings to put measurements on. It is a project I want to finish next year....
ayovtshev
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Posted: Tuesday, July 02, 2019 - 11:03 PM UTC
I have some progress to report.

I decided to "marry" Takom's T-55AM2B engine cover to Trumpeter's hull.Some cutting was needed, as Takom's part was wider that Trumpy's hull.Well, not anymore...

I also found the Czech version PE mesh-was quite happy about it, because I was spared at least an hour of soldering in the hot weather we have here now.

So, these were the main ingredients:


Upper hull was also reworked, some hatches and a lot of bolts were added.I'm dealing with the OPVT deep wading snorkel now:


petbat
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Posted: Wednesday, July 03, 2019 - 07:51 AM UTC
Yes, great work as usual Angel.
ayovtshev
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Posted: Friday, July 05, 2019 - 02:39 AM UTC
Thanks Peter!

Bit more progress to report.

I received a bunch of pictures of a Bulgarian BLG-60M2 undergoing maintenance-they came very handy

Further-I received the leftover sprues from Kalin's T-55 mod.1981 kit, with some usefull parts.
Also- a Tamiya T-55 commander hatch with anti-radiation cladding.

I spent some time building the commander hatch.
It has a Trumpeter base, a Takom's hatch, some scratchbuilt parts and the Tamiya anti-radiation hatch cover.

Then I worked on the fenders, replacing all supports by copper sheet cut ones.
Managed to collect all required storage boxes and fuel tanks-except 2 small boxes, that I'll build from scratch.

This is how my build looks now:




Next I'll start piping the fuel tanks,

k_mero4
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Posted: Friday, July 05, 2019 - 05:48 AM UTC
Impressive!.................
petbat
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Posted: Friday, July 05, 2019 - 07:40 AM UTC
Yes impressive.

Great to have friends that let you raid their spares box hey!
ayovtshev
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Posted: Sunday, July 07, 2019 - 05:01 AM UTC
Thanks Kalin, Peter!

Yeah, it's good to have friends (with spare boxes) you can count on!

Update on my BLG-60M2:
I have added the fuel piping with a fuel switch, a box with parking blocks, 2 boxes with accessories for OPVT(deep wading snorkel) and 2 bridge mounts for railway transport:



Crowded right side:




Next I need to make 2 shackles-1 for each towing rope.
Then I'll start building the rear bridge support.

petbat
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Posted: Sunday, July 07, 2019 - 08:04 PM UTC
Sweeeeetttt….
ayovtshev
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Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 03:28 AM UTC
Thanks Peter!

Rear bridge support is ready.
I worked on the suspension-tracks, wheels, idlers e.t.c.
Used mainly MiniArt parts-besides a Trumpeter wheel hub on both idler wheels.
MiniArt wheels did not match Trumpeter axles so I had to find a way around.
I also scratchbuilt the housings of the idler wheels- what Trumpeter offers(because of the motorization of this old kit) had nothing to do with T-55 idler wheel housing.
Some pictures:




Next I'll build the bridge laying arm base,

GulfWarrior
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Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 03:31 AM UTC
That looks awesome, Angel!

I've been working on some of the sub-assemblies for the M9 ACE. Hopefully I'll have some pics up tonight or tomorrow.



ayovtshev
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Posted: Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 07:13 AM UTC
Thanks Richard!

Some more progress-anchor rope reels were installed, laying arm base was built and some minor details were added:



Next will be the laying arm...or the scissor bridge...
I haven't decided yet, but I must build both parts very precisely- I want the bridge of my AVLB to be deployable.