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[Scratch Build] Project: 1/5th RC Abrams M1A2 case

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Hi all
Just thought I would start posting updates to my current project, It technically is a computer case (well two computers in one case) but its not your standard run of the mill desktop case, far from it really.
My son and I have enjoyed Battlefield 1942 DC Mod (me since it came out, him for about two years) and love blowing each other up in game lots.
Well one day about a year and a half ago my boy turned to me and asked if we could build a model Abrams main battle tank so I promptly ran out and brought a 1/35th scale plastic kit set, we sat down to build it and found very quickly that it just simply would not go together correctly and to top it of there were parts missing. My son understandably was upset so I had an idea.
It was one of those light bulb moments and if I had even thought about it before opening my mouth I would have smashed the bulb with the biggest hammer I could find, unfortunately I mentioned it to my son who promptly confirmed it was a good idea and we should do it, DOH!!!

The bright idea, lets build a 1/5th scale working Abrams Tank that we can use two laptops to control it with so we could both play, one controlling the driving the other the turret and weapons systems.

Well over a year later we are still chipping away at this project, the good side, my 9 year old is now very good with a MIG welder, starting to get the hang of a TIG welder and is learning to run a waterjet cutter smile.gif
The downside, way to many hours on design and fabrication and way to many $'s

I have added a few pics of some of the build and if you would like to read over the previous entrees feel free to have a look at my blog here http://spudnik1970.blogspot.co.nz/

I will continue to update this thread as progress is made.

Any comments or questions feel free to speak up

Oh and before anyone asks (lots do) yes it will have weapons systems smile.gif





Suspension Units


Tracks


Jig for build

post #2 of 3
Awesome idea man! Subbed! biggrin.gif
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Corsiar Vengeance Pro 1866 - 2x8GB Samsung 840 EVO 250GB Plextor M3 Pro 128GB Western Digital Red 3TB 
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CPU: Corsair H100 w/ 2x GT AP-15's fans Windows 8.1 Pro w/ Start is Back BenQ XL2420T Samsung XL2730 
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Duckie Shine 2 - MX Red Corsair AX750 Fractal Design - Arc Midi R2 Zowie AM 
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Steelseries QCK Mass Fiio E09K + Beyer Dynamic DT-770 pro's + Antli... Speakers: Argon 7460  
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Got the front tensioners axels sorted, These are made from 20mm rod with the bracket cut from 10mm Mild Steel, they will need to be stronger than the normal road wheels as the stress of the tracks will be pulling around them, not to mention the will be the first thing that hits the tank as it travels.

The rod is pressed in and then TIG welded around the back.

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