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From: paul needham <paul.2.needham-at-btconnect.com>
Subject: Re: elevate and traverse
Date: Thu, 12 Aug 2004 20:18:49 +0100
Reply-To: tanks-at-rctankcombat.com


Thank you both for your input most comprehensive as usual !

I thought traverse may help as I don't currently have proportional control 
of steering [ on the wish list ]

May use a ball raced castor base for the mount and use a couple of ball 
raced skate board wheels for the elevate/gun mounted on it.
What I may do is incorporate adjustable stops so both traverse and elevate 
hit the stop before the servo reaches the end of it's travel , I noticed 
your battle field was mainly flat but I am concerned with stabbing a bank 
when negotiating gullies etc

regards paul

At 17:15 12/08/2004, you wrote:

>At 07:12 AM 8/12/2004 +0100, you wrote:
>>1:- Is traverse a necessity ?  especially as I currently don't have 
>>proportional speed/steering
>Hetzer T010 does not have right/left gun traverse.
>I aim by steering the vehicle.  Given the turning
>speed that I saw in your video, I believe that you
>can also aim by steering.
>Based on our rules that frontal hits do no damage,
>aim by steering always presents the front of the
>Hetzer square to the opponent.  This direct frontal
>attack seems to upset certain Tiger commanders.
>It is harder to do long range cover fire, but I prefer
>close combat anyway.
>I recommend that you build a simple gun mount
>using a door hinge for elevate only.  That way
>you can pull the hinge pin and quickly remove
>the gun for cleaning.
>Later, you can retrofit a different mount with
>right/left traverse if you feel it is necessary.
>>3:- I don't have any special servos [ 1/4 scale/heavy duty ] will I need 
>>them ?
>I use a standard servo directly under my gun
>with a 2 inch long arm for elevate.
>>4:- Do I need servo savers to prevent damage ie stabbing another tank or 
>>part of the scenery with the gun whilst the tank is moving ?
>No.  Collisions during the last battle broke the
>Hetzer's gun mount but did not damage the servo.
>Joe Sommer
>2378 Nantucket Circle, State College, PA 16803
>814.234.4773     anvilus9-at-adelphia.net