R/C Tank Combat

Tank #T005

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Here I'm "peeling" the track off of the jig. The cedar let loose pretty easily.

Here I'm getting ready to attach the ends together. I hope that the nailed and glued track pieces will hold together while I'm chasing Tigers across the field!
 

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Here you can see my custom "Track Holdup Jig" or THJ for short.

The pieces over the belt joint are clamped overnight.
 

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First track mounted! T5 is starting to look like a tank! I placed the beginning turret pieces on for this photo op.

Here's a good as place as any to show the idler tensioner I came up with.
 

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The track wrapping around the idler.

And the drive wheel. Those three 1" holes serve no purpose but they sure look cool!
 

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Here's a great shot. The track has been tensioned and it still has that center "droop" just like on the real thing. As you can see I haven't yet sanded the nails flush yet on this track.

Here's a drive wheel of the T005. It has a 33 tooth #35 plate sprocket attached to the inside face and is driven by go-kart chain. The whole assembly turns on the fixed rear axle. The "friction" for this friction drive is provided by 1/4" thick rubber strips glued and nailed to the plywood wheels. The rubber came from bungee cords.
 

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