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From: "Steve Tyng" <stevet-at-stcharlesmd.com>
Subject: RE: Testrun succesfull!
Date: 9 Aug 2004 09:14:00 -0400
Reply-To: tanks-at-rctankcombat.com


Very cool!

Seeing you on top of your tank with that oh so serious expression on your face.  I'm 
reminded of the German tank commander in Kelly's Heroes!


> Subject: Testrun succesfull!
> 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