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From: "WJ" <WJ-at-vdtogt.nl>
Subject: Re: Testrun succesfull!
Date: Sun, 8 Aug 2004 09:40:49 +0200 (CEST)
Reply-To: tanks-at-rctankcombat.com

That is just FREAKING awesome!  It looks real good, it seems to run real
well, Im sort of curious about the sound it makes?!

As always: congrats on a job well done!

> 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.
> Regards,
> Marc