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Cool link Joe, I look forward to pictures ... but I have to ask - You are
going to sheet your hull with Balsa? I don't think that's such a great
idea, unless you like to resheet your tank often ...
to be legal, you have to use a ground radio frequency. depending on how
many channels you need, this means you may have to have a modified air radio
to do the job. If it's not explicitly stated in the rules, it maybe should
be. Also, if you are a member of the AMA for insurance purposes, they might
not cover you if something bad were to happen and you were breaking the FCC
----- Original Message -----
From: Joe Sommer <anvilus9-at-adelphia.net>
Sent: Friday, November 29, 2002 9:13 PM
Subject: introduction and two questions
> An introduction and two questions from a new guy -
> Skoda has opened an R&D facility in State College, PA,
> to develop and mass produce Jagdpanzer 38(t) Hetzers.
> The Commononwealth of PA must defend our borders against
> Canuck armored columns advancing south into MD and
> particularly against invasion from the dread Land of
> Cleves (Cleveland).
> My name is Joe Sommer, and I have started a Hetzer with
> the following specifications -
> a) 1/6 scale, 31 inch long hull by 13 inch tall
> b) 1/4 inch thick acrylic plastic for hull and front armor
> c) light balsa wood for side/rear armor, schuerzen, and fenders
> d) industrial plastic conveyor tracks and drive sprockets
> e) two Saturn wiper motors and eight 5.5 inch road wheels
> f) homebrew solid state relay motor controller
> g) no gun specs yet (leaning toward PMI Black Maxx)
> General info is posted at http://users.adelphia.net/~anvilus9/
> I have purchased Intralox Series 900 mold-to-width (MTW) flush
> grid grey polypropylene conveyor belt and four 12T acetal sprockets.
> See http://www.intralox.com/product_detail/s900beltid.htm
> The conveyor belt is 3.25 inch wide with 1.07 inch pitch and has
> two tracking tabs on the inside surface of each link. It is sold in
> 10 ft lengths for $70/length and sprockets are $17.50 each.
> Series 900 MTW also comes 4.5 inch wide for larger tanks.
> I will send photos to the group when mounted.
> The plastic hull has been designed for simple, rapid construction
> and can easily be adapted from a Hetzer to a PzKpfw 38(t) or a
> Marder III. A fast little 38(t) with a rapid firing 0.40 caliber
> Splatmatic XJ40 in the turret could be very mean.
> I have two questions for the group.
> 1) What top speed is typical for other tanks? Top speed for
> this Hetzer will be about 1 mph with the Saturn wiper motors.
> If this Hetzer is too slow, everyone else should have fun
> shooting through the balsa wood armor. I have alternate
> plans to mount electric drill motors if 1 mph is too slow.
> 2) What radio band (air 72 MHz, ground 75 MHz) and which channel
> should I choose when selecting a radio? Should I get a radio with
> the ability to change crystals?
> Best wishes,
> Joe Sommer
> Joe Sommer
> 2378 Nantucket Circle, State College, PA 16803
> 814.234.4773 anvilus9-at-adelphia.net