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Re: hinges and wheels [TANKS]
Tue, 03 Oct 2006 07:55:51 -0700
Chrysanthos Kanellopoulos wrote:
> Yesterday my tank performed some stunts with its new hinge tracks. It
> rolled fast over rocks and other obstacles, up hill 45 degrees steep,
> in an out pit holes, through bushes, squashed and mushed some of them
> at 360 turns no problem.
> I noticed that the first ground wheels suffered the most, like
> expected. The axle bent, only a little, but it did (have no
> suspensions and rely on very loose tracks ). The axle (8 mm thick,
> stainless steel) can easily be replaced. I have read somewhere that
> certain T-34s lacked rubber on the wheels due to shortage of rubber in
> 1944, except from the first ground wheels which suffered most from the
> shocks of obstacles and did have rubber.
> It was about time to experience this first hand.
In the early production of the T-34 none of the wheels had rubber
because the Soviet Union didn't have enough. When they began to get
rubber they put it on the leading and trailing wheels and ultimately all
the road wheels when they could.