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From: "Marc en Wendy" <marcmethorst-at-zonnet.nl>
Subject: Testrun succesfull!
Date: Sat, 7 Aug 2004 20:18:56 +0200
Reply-To: tanks-at-rctankcombat.com

O yeah, I just couldn't wait ...
After the hard work I did yesterday, it was only a few hours work to get the monster started and ready for the first test run.
Video footage (1,25 MB) is posted at www.commandojurre.nl, just follow the hyperlink in the 'Hull' section of the English language page.
The gas spring tensioning mechanism I brought up yesterday proved to be absolutely worthless! I mounted 2 200 N (=20 kilos) gas springs but that is not strong enough by far. The tracks need very firm tensioning because the drive wheels do loose their grip on the tracks, especially in neutral turns.
But the testrun was an absolute succes (can't stop smiling), I could even sit on the tank myself and it drives superb! These are some very strong motors I used. In the next days I will replace the gas spring with heavy rods of some sort, I only hope the plastic drive wheels can handle the tension. But I think they will.
A bit of a down side is that I would have earned my official R/C tank combat designation at this point if it was a 1:6 scale paintball tank ... but I will take this as a man.
I must say that I could not have done this in the way I did without the info from the R/C-combat site, I learned a lot from other peoples trial and error stories.
Must go now, have an important meeting with the Dutch Army Vehicle Purchasing Department to discuss the production of a series of tanks.