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Old 02-27-2011, 08:28 PM
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Assmebling AFV Club Churchill Supension the Easy Way

One of the best things about the AFV Club Churchills is the suspension. This can be fully articulated and works about as closely as you can get to the real thing in plastic

Unfortunately though, AFV Club don't make it easy to assemble, as they'd have you assemble 26 parts of it all at once!

Forget that, there is a much easier way....

Firstly stick the panniers together with the springs in place like so:



Next take all the parts from the sprues and lay them out in order. This means they are all ready to hand, and you won't get the various types of similar looking parts mixed up

when that lot is ready, take the two parts that form one side of a suspension and stick them together, then stick on the supporting cross parts:

Wait till this is pretty set

Then take the two parts that for the other outer wall, and lining up the supporting cross parts, stick them on:


Now, leave this for a few hours to fully cure If you don't, things start to fall apart during the next stage and it all gets very frustrating!


Once that has fully cured, you can insert the swing arms. This can be easily done, even with the rest set, as there is plenty of spring in the assembled parts. Simply take a swing arm popping it over a location pin on one side, then gently flex the other side until it 'pops' in:

You don't glue these in, once they're in place, the rest of the assembly holds it together

You end up with this:


Which can then be easily gued as one unit to the pannier:



Hope that is of assistance to some of the churchill builders out there

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Excellent information Chris Thanks for posting!
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Chris ITA,

1st of all, I'm a big fan.

Thank you very much for posting, "Assembling AFV Club Churchill Supension the Easy Way" here on the Tweak Guides - Tips & Trix forum.
You hands-on expertise is very important and an asset to planetarmor.

I want to say that the spring sets on the Churchill suspensions look very sharp and add much to the attention to detail.

Looking forward to much more from you.
thanks, good luck and many well wishes for your Inside the Armour Full Interiors for Allied AFVs.

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Thanks guys

Alexander, you're too kind!

Something I forgot to mention though which is useful to know: if you use the kit tracks you need to glue the first and last spring at full extension, otherwise the vinyl tracks tend to compress them at a slightly unrealistic depth

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great tip! tagged for my future Churchill build
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