R/C Tank Combat

Tank #T001

Index   Edit

  Page 1 of 6 >> >| 

Type: PzKpfw VI-I Tiger Armament: 88mm
Built: November 2001 Armor: 100mm
Builder: Frank Pittelli Rating: 40/4
Status: Operational Battles: 60
Owner: Frank Pittelli Points Earned: 181,739
Call Sign: Alpha Wolf Points Given: 106,000
  • First R/C Tank built in the hobby
  • Fought in first R/C Tank Battle on November 10, 2001
  • Aluminium, Wood and Fiberglass Hull
  • Scooter Motor Drive System
  • Tri-Pact Track Controller
  • Tyng Track System with molded treads

    The Tiger Tank is one of the most recognized tanks from WW-II, has lots of room inside and relatively simple lines ... all good characteristics for a prototype model.

    October, 2001: Tiger Tank #001 is ready-enough to go into battle for the first time, with all systems operational, but not completely finalized. Many of the systems will need additional work over the coming months and years, but wars are not always fought on engineering schedules.

    Click Photo For Enlargement (93 Kb)

    Click Photo For Enlargement (119 Kb)
    Despite the large-scale of the models (3 ft hull length), it isn't easy getting everything to fit into the turret, including a complete paintball gun, paintball magazine, 3.5oz CO2 tank, elevate gears and motor, rotate gears and motor, R/C receiver, servos and batteries, as well as batteries for the rotate and elevate motors.

    Turret rotation is accomplished using a small, one-wheel locomotive that rides around the flat bottom of an 8 inch diameter circular bearing. This particular bearing came out of an old jewelry store display case, but they are readily available from surplus catalogs.

    Click Photo For Enlargement (147 Kb)

    Click Photo For Enlargement (53 Kb)
    Viewed from another angle, the drive cog from a small geared motor is seen driving an idler gear, which in turn drives a rubber wheel that was scavenged from an old printer or copier (Will keeps us supplied with plenty of take-out parts.) The 6-12 volt geared motors were bought from a surplus catalog about 10 years ago and laid around the shop waiting for this nearly perfect application of them. (It's always nice when junk turns into treasure.)

    A homemade elevate mechanism consists of a small geared motor, a drive gear, a capstan and a length of line connected to the base of the gun. Gravity lowers the gun and the winch raises it.

    Click Photo For Enlargement (136 Kb)

    Click Photo For Enlargement (173 Kb)
    Fitting a 40 round, reliable feed magazine into the turret is not a simple task. Here, a coil made out of 14 gauge PVC coated copper wire (standard A/C house wire) is used to connect the rigid magazine to the gun, allowing the gun to be raised and lowered. This approach is not totally reliable, so additional designs will be pursued.

    It always helpful to be able to easily and quickly work on all systems within the tank, including the critical drive systems. As shown here, the Tiger was designed to take a look under the hood whenever needed.

    Click Photo For Enlargement (97 Kb)
    Dual heavy-duty speed controls (each 30amps continuous) are used to control the drive motors. The speed controls are very robust, relatively inexpensive and can be controlled using a number of different methods, including analog or digital controls.

      Page 1 of 6 >> >|