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"Werner, Paul" <WernerP-at-aetna.com>
RE: Hull construction materials
Wed, 2 Jun 2004 12:35:37 -0400
The Ferdinand/Elefant was a heavy tank destroyer used for the first time
in WW2 on the Eastern Front, I think in the battle of Kursk. They were
very effective at killing tanks but had no protection against infantry
attacks. After this battle, the surviving tanks were refitted with
machine guns and sent to Italy.
From: tanks-admin-at-rctankcombat.com [mailto:tanks-admin-at-rctankcombat.com]
On Behalf Of Nick Hoke
Sent: Wednesday, June 02, 2004 11:04 AM
Subject: RE: Hull construction materials
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 looks presentable I'll send a pic.
The Elefant Project sounds very intriguing, is this the WWI tank?
[mailto:tanks-admin-at-rctankcombat.com]On Behalf Of Werner, Paul
Sent: Wednesday, June 02, 2004 6:08 AM
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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