R/C Tank Combat

Tank #T035

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The marker is an old Mirage semi-automatic. As I can judge now it will be fine on the battlefield but might be changed for a more modern marker later on.

The elevation system and trigger servo is also operational.
 


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The wheels on my StuG are cut from plywood using a router with a fixed point on the router base.

I cut 24 wheels that way, glued the pairs together and then sanded them to make them true.
 

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June 2005: The tank is now ready for testing. I'm waiting for a filling station coupling to fill the airtank and then it will be ready for the ultimate test, shooting some paint! Previous marker tests show this is operational and the hopper system is also thoroughly tested and approved, so it should be working fine. Because of the force feed system the silhouet of the tank will be very low, just like the original StuG's.

This is the modified Qloader hopper system. Because I only had the pod (for free, and free is good!) I had to construct a socket myself. I made it out of PVC, and used a washing machine flexible water hose.
 

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An overhead view of the tank with the hopper system and air tank clearly visible.

The Qloader hopper assembly. The pod fits perfectly in the 75 mm diameter PVC tube. The hole for releasing paintballs is Dremeled out.
 

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The Qloader is filled using a triangular bit to turn the screw inside to accept the balls. Since this tool was missing I made one from wood.

The stick has to be placed in the plastic ratchet wheel and turned clockwise. At every click of the ratchet a paintball is loaded into the pod and the spring inside the pod is winding up.
 

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