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From: "Amir Tahvildaran" <adt22-at-drexel.edu>
Subject: Re: Still looking for some "mentors" [TANKS]
Date: Sat, 10 Jun 2006 16:19:38 -0400
Reply-To: tanks-at-rctankcombat.com

Another lesson from that day which I still can't beleive
8) Duct tape alone can actually secure a wheel to a driving axle.
----- Original Message -----
From: Doug Conn
Sent: Saturday, June 10, 2006 12:50 PM
Subject: RE: Still looking for some "mentors" [TANKS]

7) Test your vehicle in a remote, secluded area.


Amir, Chris, and Yasu were on hand to help me learn that J



            - Doug


From: tanks-admin-at-rctankcombat.com [mailto:tanks-admin-at-rctankcombat.com] On Behalf Of Amir Tahvildaran
Sent: Saturday, June 10, 2006 2:53 AM
To: tanks-at-rctankcombat.com
Subject: Re: Still looking for some "mentors" [TANKS]


Hey Gordon,

  Check out the Related Links section for places to get stuff: http://www.rctankcombat.com/links.html   I like american science & surplus and surplus center.

  My first attempt has been to copy cat T005. 

  Some lessons:

1) buy more expensive parts off the bat instead of trying to make cheaper stuff work (motors with gearboxes, good bearing, maybe even motor controllers) IMO its not worth your time

2) favor screws over bolts whenever possible

3) tack on a digit then double your estimate for completion

4) don't redesign on a whim - get it all working, see what breaks, then do the simplest thing that could possibly work

5) an adrenaline rush when using a table saw means you're doing it wrong

6) wear sunscreen

----- Original Message -----

Sent: Friday, June 09, 2006 8:36 PM

Subject: Still looking for some "mentors" [TANKS]


Hi to all,


Still hoping someone is near my area of Greensboro, NC that is willing to answer a LOT of questions.

Granted, I am about an hour or so drive from the Tank Museum in Danville, VA

That's an option .. but I like the "bigger" tanks  :-)


Where is a good place to start looking for buying up a few pieces of "stuff" to start out with ... motors, hardware, etc.


Got a looooong way to go to get going ... picking out a plan and getting started.


Any suggestions on what was  YOUR  first attempts ??




Gordon Saunders