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One day, probably.

That said, I get the idea that Bovvy's a bit... possessive of the Tiger. Either way, Cutland (The Challenger) has a reasonable sequence of videos inside and out of both the Bovington tiger and the Saumur King tiger up on the EU World of Tanks channel, so they really are low on my priority list compared to other vehicles which aren't covered.

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3 hours ago, Manic Moran said:

One day, probably.

That said, I get the idea that Bovvy's a bit... possessive of the Tiger. Either way, Cutland (The Challenger) has a reasonable sequence of videos inside and out of both the Bovington tiger and the Saumur King tiger up on the EU World of Tanks channel, so they really are low on my priority list compared to other vehicles which aren't covered.

Loved the video on the Averoff btw.  Took a long time for wargaming to release it.

Well done.

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6 hours ago, Manic Moran said:

One day, probably.

That said, I get the idea that Bovvy's a bit... possessive of the Tiger. Either way, Cutland (The Challenger) has a reasonable sequence of videos inside and out of both the Bovington tiger and the Saumur King tiger up on the EU World of Tanks channel, so they really are low on my priority list compared to other vehicles which aren't covered.

Cutland's videos are great, but he doesn't review/complain about the tanks like you do. 😉

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38:05 Regarding the Sentinel "not really being an Australian tank", if it wasn't Australian it beats me who was building it then. Peter Beale's book is simply not reliable for anything technical. I like books, his is one of the few where I would like my money back. The fact that I like books is the only reason it hasn't been chucked in the bin. But let us say that he has managed to accurately transcribe the meeting minutes because I really don't want to bother to go check, in April 1941 they were still planning on building something like 2000 tanks with an M3 gearbox in a very short period of time, so yeah that quantity that quickly, that's going tie up every applicable machine in the country.

The gearbox was redesigned to be simpler in June-July '41 so that is could be made in Australia. The Sentinel doesn't use an M3 gearbox, it uses an AC1 gearbox produced in Australia. The transfer case, gearbox, differential, and final drives, all Australian made. Patterned after the M3 design (excluding the transfer case) but locally made. A contract for a quantity of AC1 gearboxes was placed with a US company for use in the Scorpion tank, which you may well have not heard of because none were built. Like Australia this US company did not have to tools to make M3 gearboxes either but could make the simpler Australian gearbox I believe the first of those gearboxes arrived or were due to arrive right around the time the project was shut down, after all the Sentinels had already been built. The only part of the programme to actually produce anything was the domestic side of things which is why there were any tanks made at all, the second production line which would be dependent on imported US tank components produced no tanks at all, no AC2s, no Scorpions, not even a prototype.

The Thunderbolt was to be produced with domestic components too, which is why the pilot model and first 25 tanks made it on to the production line.

There is a very short list of parts which were sourced from the US for the Sentinel and Thunderbolt, a few critical parts like Cadillac engines and roller element bearings, and other minor stuff light bulbs for the tail lights or similar and so on, no gearboxes though. Should it have been necessary due to non-supply of Cadillac engines from the US, the use of locally produced Gipsy Major engines in a quad configuration was considered in detail as Gipsy powered aircraft production was near completion and that engine production capacity would then be idle.

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It'd be fun, 510hp of get up and go 😁

Just need to find 4 Gipsy majors for sale, I found 1 for £7,500. So that and three more like it, say £30,000 in engines, and need to hire an engineering workshop somewhere for a year or two, and of course get a tank to put it in.

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On 4/13/2021 at 6:16 AM, Coldsteel said:

38:05 Regarding the Sentinel "not really being an Australian tank", if it wasn't Australian it beats me who was building it then. Peter Beale's book is simply not reliable for anything technical. I like books, his is one of the few where I would like my money back. The fact that I like books is the only reason it hasn't been chucked in the bin. But let us say that he has managed to accurately transcribe the meeting minutes because I really don't want to bother to go check, in April 1941 they were still planning on building something like 2000 tanks with an M3 gearbox in a very short period of time, so yeah that quantity that quickly, that's going tie up every applicable machine in the country.

The gearbox was redesigned to be simpler in June-July '41 so that is could be made in Australia. The Sentinel doesn't use an M3 gearbox, it uses an AC1 gearbox produced in Australia. The transfer case, gearbox, differential, and final drives, all Australian made. Patterned after the M3 design (excluding the transfer case) but locally made. A contract for a quantity of AC1 gearboxes was placed with a US company for use in the Scorpion tank, which you may well have not heard of because none were built. Like Australia this US company did not have to tools to make M3 gearboxes either but could make the simpler Australian gearbox I believe the first of those gearboxes arrived or were due to arrive right around the time the project was shut down, after all the Sentinels had already been built. The only part of the programme to actually produce anything was the domestic side of things which is why there were any tanks made at all, the second production line which would be dependent on imported US tank components produced no tanks at all, no AC2s, no Scorpions, not even a prototype.

 

That's fair, I completely forgot that they had to settle for a locally designed crash gearbox, for example.

On other matters, I talk tanks with Steven Zaloga on Friday evening. Catch it live, and pose questions.

https://www.facebook.com/events/108083374657961/

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On 4/28/2021 at 5:22 AM, Manic Moran said:

That's fair, I completely forgot that they had to settle for a locally designed crash gearbox, for example.

On other matters, I talk tanks with Steven Zaloga on Friday evening. Catch it live, and pose questions.

https://www.facebook.com/events/108083374657961/

0:18 😄 👍

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Nick, my question for Steve is that he explain how he analyzed the Pak 43 Bunker at Vierville Beach Normandy and how it performed and was eventually KO'd on D-Day. 

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