R/C Tank Combat

Support Vehicle #SV010

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Type: M274 Mechanical Mule Armament: None
Built: Sept 2007 Armor: None
Builder: Joe Sommer Rating: 0/1
Status: Retired; Donated to Museum Battles: 4
Owner: Joe Sommer Points Earned: 5,917
Call Sign: Mule Points Given: 1,500
  • Traxxas R/C Truck Chassis
  • Two 7.2v Batteries

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    The M274 Mechanical Mule was introduced in 1956 to replace Jeeps in airborne and infantry battalions. They were used as platforms for carrying men, supplies and weapons including M60/M2 machine guns, 106 mm recoilless rifles, and TOW missile launchers. All Mules had four wheel drive but different variants had either two/four cylinder engines and two/four wheel steering. They were phased out in the 1980s with the introduction of the HMMWV.

    The 1/6 scale Anvilus Mule was built on a standard Traxxas Stampede RC truck chassis with terra tires, XL1 ESC and Stinger motor. The bed, hand rails and foot basket were custom built. The steering wheel is from a 1/6 scale 2.5T truck.

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    This bottom view shows more detail for the foot basket and chassis. The Stampede is front wheel steer with rear wheel drive. Two 7.2 battery carriers are used in parallel to increase run time.

    Ready for battle. The cargo net and bungee cords retain standard 40 round ammo pods. Because the Anvilus Mule is small and only has rear wheel drive, it is not suitable for heavy terrain. However, it performed very well in low grass during the first battle of Teamster Turmoil near Gettysburg.

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    The Mule got a new faster Traxxas Stampede chassis with brushless motor in preparation for the Green War.

    It performed very well in the second battle making over a dozen supply runs and only getting hit once. It also survived a high speed collision with a wooden barrier erected by the Marlow Construction Battlion (MCB) and actually broke a piece of the barrier. (Because Sean Marlow was driving the Mule at that time, Anvilus lawyers refused to pay damage invoices submitted by MCB.) Two 7.2V 3300mAh NiMh batteries lasted for the entire 30 minutes of battling.

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    June 29, 2009: The 1/6 scale RC Mule was retired from active duty. The Mule is still fully functional and was donated to Phil Bragg for future display at the Veteran's Memorial Museum in Huntsville, AL. Phil displayed it on the deck of his M274A5 at a Mule gathering on June 29, 2009.

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