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
just follow the hyperlink in the 'Hull' section of the English
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
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.