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Re: correct terminology ?
Sat, 9 Oct 2004 21:56:39 -0400
Mtroniks makes a tank controller, check it out:
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Tim McCarty" <sunk99-at-msn.com>
Sent: Saturday, October 09, 2004 8:55 PM
Subject: Re: correct terminology ?
> >They lock that track when the motor is OFF...Tri-Pact tanks lock tracks
> >when OFF because they
> >use two SPDT relays per motor that short the motor and cause inductive
> I saw that in the website's construction articles. Kind of a drag over
> combat warship. Used that setup in many a model ship until I was told
> the Mtroniks speed control. But that's ships and this is armor. I'm
> inclined to pretty much copy the battlebots guys as they have some
> experience under the belt on drive systems.
> >>... Replaced by the M-43 as I recall.
> I see I had a typo here. That was supposed to be an M-47 Patton, not an
> M-43. Funny - battle of the Bulge is on TV right now. They used 47's as
> the Tiger's in that movie. Get a call on occasion from the movie studio's
> looking for tanks or help. It's commical that I send them to the Air
> at Eglin. :)
> >What did pistol grip steering do in the far corners of travel in terms of
> >relative speed
> >between tracks?
> At speed it is just a hard turn. Stopped, one track spins forward while
> other back-pedals.
> >1/6 scale = 11.7 mph
> But those were not mass production specs. We'd have dead soldiers all
> if those speeds were actually kept for full production. The tank got
> squirrelly at that speed. Went airborne a lot. Beat the crap out of our
> M-41's though, which were our stripped down speed demons until then.
> >The infield would make a great battlefield for RC paint ball tanks.
> John said the same thing. Never thought of it. Actually, I was thinking
> (got'ta check the regs on paintball use on federal property) that we might
> use our off-road track that we still use for engineering tests. I tried
> hold warship combat on one of our ponds and they said no - liability
> reasons. Likely be the same with paintball, but, since it's armor they
> might have a different view, plus an old buddy now runs our grounds
> division. It was perfect pond too - three foot deep, concrete, chemically
> treated, good size. GM's tech center across the street has a very
> pond that they allow the RC fast boat guys to use for their big nationals
> and such. BTW John - we're in Warren, Michigan which is a Detroit suburb.
> It sucks here (I'm from Florida), but jobs are good with this being home
> the automotive industry. Waiting for the kids to graduate so I can retire
> just south of Orlando and me and the misses will go to work for the mouse.
> >Build a tank. Get your friends to build a couple. Insult the Maryland
> >Attack Group (MAG).
> >They will come. So will I.
> I tried to keep on friendly terms with the small gunners, and I'll do the
> same for RC-Tank combat. I won't even joke an insult ...
> <cough...losers...cough> :) One of interesting things I've found is I'm
> always a few years behind the Maryland bunch in your hobbies. RC sailing
> fun, but boring to me. RC Sail combat - nobody else built them - mine
> in the basement gathering dust. RC Warship - well long story over there.
> I'm still into that some what. I thought RC tank would be boring until I
> Frank's website. I'm writing up a flyer now to post all over the command
> and in the local hobby shops. If there is a city that has more potential
> build RC-tank membership, I certainally couldn't guess it. Engineers have
> lots of excess income, plus these guys model tanks and love them. We'll
> see. I'm excited - already scaling plans. Little scarey on size.
> I was looking at an Abrams model in the Abrams Conference Room (Got a
> picture of the namesake in the background) in 1/8 scale - pretty darn
> Interesting family the Abrams. I worked for his son, also named
> also a general, commanded 7th Corp Arty, Augsburg, Germany, on Sheirdan
> Kaserne (great tour). Alas that corp is no more as we were disbanded
> deployment to Desert Storm. He was a go getter like his Dad. We pounded
> the snot out of Iraq's border line defense until it really wasn't. Then
> armor simply rolled across. Felt sorry for their soldiers though -
> conscripts - few junk Russian T-72s. Non-stop barrage from the ground and
> air for a month. It was a sight at night.
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