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From: Frank Pittelli <frank-at-rctankcombat.com>
Subject: Re: M5 Stewart [TANKS]
Date: Wed, 06 Apr 2005 11:01:52 -0400
Reply-To: tanks-at-rctankcombat.com

Lief G Goodson wrote:
> Three of us in central Florida recently purchased the Dragon 1:6 scale
> R/C M5s.  Ideally, we would like to put full-size markers in them instead
> of a .40 Splatomatic.  Does anyone have advice or insight?  Also if the
> Splatomatic is a "must", are their existing conversion instructions?
> Thanks,
> Lief

Hey Lief.

For those who don't know Lief, he's one of the original members of our 
silly gang of people who basically started the hobby.  Back in 1991, 
Lief and I were discussing how to make it happen.  I went off and 
started building a tracked vehicle and Lief went off and started 
building a homemade paintball gun (because at the time real paintball 
guns were outside our means).  He sent me a working prototype of that 
gun (which is still floating around the shop somewhere) in the early 
90's.  Unfortunately, we never married up the two prototypes and 10 
years went by before the "hobby" was resurrected.

Lief, you might want to take a look at Chris Barthelson's homemade 
paintball gun because I think it can be made so that the guts of the gun 
are down in the tank body, leaving only the base of the barrel in the 
turret.  That might solve your small turret problem.

Also, you might want to consider hanging a tool-box off the back of the 
turret to get some more room.  You may not be able to elevate the gun, 
but you should be able to fit a 68 cal marker in with the extra room.

        Frank "Welcome Back" Pittelli