R/C Tank Combat

Tank #T030


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This is the tensioning system I'm using on my tank. It is very simple in construction. The space between the two supports is where my battery will go. In this shot the rear axle looks rather bent but it's just the camera lens (or at least I hope).

August 2004: It's starting to look like a vehicle.

September 2004: Here's what the moulded tracks look like. I have to make roughly 100-120 but once you have made the first lot the process is rather straight forward.

After I made about 20 I started putting them on. As you can see there are four pop rivets and washers in each one to hold the exterior oak treads and interior polyurethane together.

In this picture are my rough-cut drive and idler wheels. I used a jigsaw to cut them out and I will use my dad's lathe to finish them off. Look at the quality of those wheels.

Here are my wheels after they have been lathed. They look a little bit better. The rubber I used for my drive wheels is something called sponge strip (it's not as spongy as it sounds its actually quite hard). I glued it on with some super strength araldite.

So heres my track wrapping around my idler I think it looks pretty cool. A note on the inner treads. I gave it a basic stress test to check the strength. I couldn't break it by hand, I couldn't brake it standing on it, so I took the hammer to it. 3-4 hits on the teeth showed it's a very strong material for tracks. You done good on that one Frank and the best thing is that you can have as much or as little detail as you want.

Here is what I'm using for power, the mighty Ev Warriors. These motors are heavier than I thought but they're still pretty cool.

For this photo op I put my half complete track on. WOW!!! What a difference the tracks make. And I like this photo because the tracks are very loose and look very robust. As you can see the track is not joined yet and once it is I can crank up the tension.

In this photo you can really see what a difference having the tracks on make. If you compare the tracked side to the non-tracked side you really see how much wider and heavier it makes it look. In this shot you can also see the tow rings Iíve added (hopefully I wonít ever need them) but it canít hurt.

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