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From: "Steve Tyng" <STyng-at-ACPTrust.com>
Subject: RE: Gene is building a tank! [TANKS]
Date: Tue, 17 Oct 2006 12:35:20 -0400
Reply-To: tanks-at-rctankcombat.com

I'm looking forward to seeing your Liberty come together.
What are you planning to use for your brakes?
Steve Tyng

From: tanks-admin-at-rctankcombat.com [mailto:tanks-admin-at-rctankcombat.com] On Behalf Of Gene Burbeck
Sent: Tuesday, October 17, 2006 11:27 AM
To: tanks-at-rctankcombat.com
Subject: RE: Gene is building a tank! [TANKS]

No, the first arrangement is just how I set the parts out initially to see how they will fit together. The last three pictures are the most recent. I wanted to include that 1st picture mainly to show the motor and transaxel arrangement. I want to make the drivetrain like that of a real tank, with just one motor driving a differential. There will be a brake on each side of the differential to slow down one track or the other for steering.
As I said in my first message, I'm coming from building fighting robots, so a lot of my parts and materials are leftovers from that. Here is a partial list of the parts I'm using for the Mark VIII Liberty:
- 4X (slow, long-running mode, 24V) or 3X (fast, short-runtime mode, 36V) - Hawker 16 Ah battery- http://www.batterymart.com/battery.mv?p=SBS-J16
While all this stuff is very expensive, it is mostly leftover from robots, so I'm not spending an arm and a leg to make this tank.
My goals in this project are probably quite different than those of many other tank builders. Rather than combat effectiveness or strict scale reproduction I'm going for speed, strength, and in general making it fun to drive and maintainance-free.