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From: "Nick Hoke" <nhoke-at-nksd.wednet.edu>
Subject: RE: Hull construction materials
Date: Wed, 2 Jun 2004 08:03:44 -0700
Reply-To: tanks-at-rctankcombat.com

Nick's 52" long SWAMPCAT is 1/2" plywood.

I found success with a cheap electric shear hand cutter (although it hasn't
cut my hand yet)
and I'm happily making metal shavings in the garage every chance I get. The
rivets were
causing too much effort and substandard results so I settled for screwing
the metal armour
sheets, cut to fit, onto the plywood. The whole thing is going to use
probably at least
600 screws. Half of it is sheathed in nice shiny metal now, as soon as it
presentable I'll send a pic.

The Elefant Project sounds very intriguing, is this the WWI tank?


-----Original Message-----
From: tanks-admin-at-rctankcombat.com
[mailto:tanks-admin-at-rctankcombat.com]On Behalf Of Werner, Paul
Sent: Wednesday, June 02, 2004 6:08 AM
To: tanks-at-rctankcombat.com
Subject: Hull construction materials

The Elefant is aptly named because should present a hard-to-miss target
for enemy tankas. To the delight of TriPact, this thing will be over 4'
long with barrel, almost 2' wide and 15" high. Therefore, mobility and
weight reduction will be big concerns.

In the interest of weight reduction, I've been laying out the hull
sides, top and superstructure of the Elefant using a nice grade of 1/4"
plywood. I'll be using 1/2" board for the hull bottom to serve as a
strong base for the motors, transmissions, etc. The 1/4" plywood appears
to have enough rigidity given the weight. Although I will test it, I
can't imagine a paintball piercing. What have the rest of you used?

I think #2 will be a 'small tank'.....

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