R/C Tank Combat

Tank #T030


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Type: PzKpfw VI-I Tiger Armament: 88mm
Built: July 2004 - Feb 2005 Armor: 100mm
Builder: Chris Barthelson Rating: 40/4
Status: Operational Battles: 0
Owner: Chris Barthelson Points Earned: 0
Call Sign: Frenzals Points Given: 0
  • EV Warrior drive system
  • Tyng Track System (TTS)
  • Wiper motor turret rotate
  • Homemade paintball cannon

    July 2004: I start construction on my Tiger 1. The hull measurements are 36 inches long, 10.5 wide (lower), 19 wide (upper), 8 inches tall without turret.

    Here is my hull. It's built as two separate pieces the upper (unpainted) and lower (painted). As you can see all the road wheels are on. The idler wheel is just a mock up to test for size.

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    The upper hull is constructed out of 9 mm plywood. It will eventually be hinged to the lower hull at the rear so the whole top lifts out of the way for maintenance. As you can see I still have to build a top deck that will hold the turret.

    The lower hull is made entirely out of 12 mm plywood. I gave it a coat of resin mixed with talcum powder to fill the grain. It was then sanded smooth and water proofed. Then I gave it two coats of acrylic house paint.

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    The holes on the inside of the upper hull are for some cooling fans I salvaged out of an old computer. They bring air into the hull while two more fans blow air directly onto my motors. I also have a cpu fan for my speed controller.

    The tiger required 24 wheels each with two bearings. They are constructed out of 12 mm mdf. To make each one I had to cut rough circles out with my jigsaw. Then lathed them down to 4.75 inches. I then bored the holes for the bearings and drilled three smaller holes around the large hole.

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    Here's a good shot of all twenty-four wheels attached to the hull. The mounting system I used is like Steve Tyng's on T005. It consists of a piece of aluminium which the axels are attached to. Then the whole thing is bolted to the hull.

    This is the mould I made for the inner track pieces for my TTS. It is made out of oomoo 30 moulding silicone from smooth-on. I will use smooth cast 300 for the actual track pieces. I made four of these to speed up production a little bit.

    On the right are my outer track pieces. They are made out of oak because it is rather cheap and heaps strong. On the left is my 4-inch slice of treadmill belt. I got the belt brand new for only $10 AUS (about .0000001 of a U.S. dollar).

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