R/C Tank Combat

Tank #T002


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Type: PzKpfw V Panther Armament: 75mm
Built: November 2001 Armor: 110mm
Builder: Will Montgomery Rating: 40/4
Status: Retired Battles: 1
Owner: Will Montgomery Points Earned: 0
Call Sign: Blitz Points Given: 0
  • Won first R/C Tank Battle on November 10, 2001.
  • Scored first paintball hit in R/C Tank Combat on November 10, 2001
  • Wood and Metal Hull

    The Panther begins to take form with the wheels mounted to the under-carriage and a partially complete hull and turret showing the outline of the vehicle.

    At this stage, there is virtually nothing inside of the tank, although it's motors are mounted and it can be controlled by some long wires connected to a set of switches. Will decided to use metal treads connected to bicycle chains using rivets, instead of the wooden/epoxy treads developed initially for Tiger Tank #001. Both approaches can be improved in the future by molding plastic treads.

    With the hull and turret construction almost complete, the vehicle starts to look like a tank, with a piece of PVC tubing to show the approximate size of the gun.

    A view of the right side of the tank, with a better view of the basic design for the gun assembly.

    A piece of flexible plastic tubing serves as the prototype paintball magazine. This approach proved to be unreliable and was replaced by a flat-tray magazine mounted directly over the gun.

    The Panther turret is multi-faceted, which requires a lot of patience and wood filler when assembling.

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    Panther Tank #002 shown here after the first R/C Tank Battle fought on November 10, 2001, during which it scored the first ever hit in R/C Tank Combat on the way to the first victory. All of the systems worked well, although some will need further refinement, along with a couple coats of paint.

    Will Montgomery poses with his battle-hardened Panther Tank #002.

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