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From: "Steve Tyng" <SteveT44-at-comcast.net>
Subject: RE: newbie [TANKS]
Date: Tue, 5 Apr 2005 07:28:22 -0400
Reply-To: tanks-at-rctankcombat.com

Tim wrote:

> AH! too many wires! its so confusing! get it away! do you have to
> build your own relays?

Nobody builds relays.  It's all off the shelf components.  The funny thing
about all this is that the wiring is the easy part and is well documented on
the site.

Tim continues:

> well, i think i am going to SKIP right over RC and just make
> a tiny little crammed 2 man paintball tank.
> then, if i want to later, pop some servos on the controls and
> have an rc tank with...........not great controls, but good
> enough to drive with a Tx. i have got some of the plans drawn
> out. there will be the driver sitting in the front on the floor
> in an N shape. then the turret man right behind him sitting on a
> short stool. the tank will be about 4-5Ft. long and 2-3Ft. wide
> and 4-5Ft. high. and yes, it wil be the Pzkpfw 2, the boxy shaped
> tank. my only grey areas are: 1. what motors to use that will
> powerfull enough to power a 2 man tank. 2. how to make the
> motor-to-sprocket drive system 3. how to make the bogies and give
> them suspension and 4. the wireing. i think you all know, i am
> NOT an electrision. i figure, all i need to do is wire the motor
> to the battery and add a switch. simp!
> le power on/power off opperation for each tread. if i get somting
> like a motor/battery/charger combo from a scooter or powerwheel
> it should be simple. that is IF a motor from a scooter/powerwheel
> is strong enough.

In answer to your questions might I suggest a pedal car with a cardboard
cutout shaped like a tank taped to it.  This will readily take care of your
items 1 through 3 and avoid the wiring altogether!  ;-)

   Steve "Maybe those wooden relays were a good idea" Tyng