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Postby c.rainford73 » Sun Jul 30, 2017 12:09 am

Finally got my hands on a modern tank and it's my second US tank in a row. I didn't realise how much work went into painting and prepping one of these tanks since they are quite large. I wanted to do away with the desert yellow look and did quite a bit of research and came upon the US armour currently stationed in Europe after being moved from the Middle East. Instead of the traditional NATO paint job the pieces that are being sent to the Baltics and Poland are now sporting old school olive drab over the desert sand color. The paint is actually temporary on these machines so the numbers and markings are masked over as I've presented them. I painted with Tamiya TS 28 olive drab and them sprayed Vallejo acrylics and weathered with Mig oil washes.

Ibu2U ( newest IBU2 ) with Visaton speaker Tarr smoker servo rotation and mount and speaker enclosure from RCtankelectronics.com

Has servo turret rotation with metal turret ring and ball bearings. It has steel gearboxes and red motors.

It has the turret target locking system installed by Mr MichealC on the forum so I can lock the turret and stay on target as the tank moves.

Servo recoil is fitted. It has metal tracks with rubber pads.Henntec track tensioner system is fitted.To stiffen the plastic hull steel a reinforcement bar is installed.

Just need to source some stowage

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Postby PainlessWolf » Sun Jul 30, 2017 1:47 am

Carl!
A very, very nice job of work there, my Friend! Now, Gear It Up! ;o) Following along!
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Postby c.rainford73 » Sun Jul 30, 2017 2:12 am

As always thanks for the kind words Mr Painless. I plan on taking it for a few runs in the yard very soon so I can show the functions and IBU2U sounds.
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Postby c.rainford73 » Sun Jul 30, 2017 2:26 am

Here's a link to a video that inspired the paint and colors.

https://youtu.be/kL5puF5_ttI
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Postby Soeren » Sun Jul 30, 2017 9:26 am

Oh, nice... And thanks for the Video as well. :thumbup:

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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Sun Jul 30, 2017 10:41 am

Very nice Carl.

Shame all that effort wasn't on a proper tank like the Challenger. . . . :haha:

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Postby c.rainford73 » Sun Jul 30, 2017 2:16 pm

Soeren wrote:Oh, nice... And thanks for the Video as well.
Thank you Soeren my heart is still with the World War II vintage beasts but this one has no many electronic upgrades it's a blast to drive
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Postby c.rainford73 » Sun Jul 30, 2017 2:19 pm

Son of a gun-ner wrote:Very nice Carl.

Shame all that effort wasn't on a proper tank like the Challenger. . . . :haha:

;) Mick.
Mick that is on my list of future purchases for sure
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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Sun Jul 30, 2017 2:43 pm

Only pulling your leg Carl ;)

The M1 is a tank I may get next year.

I enjoyed that video too, especially the authentic heng long track clacking sound

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Postby c.rainford73 » Sun Jul 30, 2017 3:19 pm

Mick you're quite a funny man!!! I do like the challenger for sure.
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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Sun Jul 30, 2017 3:51 pm

c.rainford73 wrote:Mick you're quite a funny man

As in needing committing? . . .

c.rainford73 wrote:Mick you're quite a funny man

My missus wouldn't agree. . . . Unless you mean committing. . . .
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Postby c.rainford73 » Sun Jul 30, 2017 4:45 pm

Son of a gun-ner wrote:
c.rainford73 wrote:Mick you're quite a funny man

As in needing committing? . . .

c.rainford73 wrote:Mick you're quite a funny man

My missus wouldn't agree. . . . Unless you mean committing. . . .
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Postby Dr Phibes » Sun Jul 30, 2017 5:52 pm

That's a superb looking M1 Carl:thumbup:
Must admit I am really getting quite interested in modern armour, especially since I got my T-90 a while back. Didn't think I would be that interested but I like how different (and fast) they are compared to WW2 stuff.

Interested in your servo turret and gun tracking set-ups too (thinking of doing something similar with the T-90) - if you take the top off anytime do post a pic or two of the internals, it would be much appreciated. B| :D
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Postby c.rainford73 » Sun Jul 30, 2017 5:56 pm

Dr Phibes wrote:That's a superb looking M1 Carl
Must admit I am really getting quite interested in modern armour, especially since I got my T-90 a while back. Didn't think I would be that interested but I like how different (and fast) they are compared to WW2 stuff.

Interested in your servo turret and gun tracking set-ups too (thinking of doing something similar with the T-90) - if you take the top off anytime do post a pic or two of the internals, it would be much appreciated. B| :D
Sure Doc The electronics were installed and setup by my friend Mr MichealC on the forum. I will gladly open the abrams up and show you the electronic details. The target locking system is really unique and fun to watch
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Postby Roboticus_Prime » Sun Jul 30, 2017 8:54 pm

Awesome job!

How does she run on those tracks and motors?
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Postby c.rainford73 » Sun Jul 30, 2017 9:19 pm

Roboticus_Prime wrote:Awesome job!

How does she run on those tracks and motors?
Excellent so far! Thank you for looking
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Postby BarryC » Sun Jul 30, 2017 9:20 pm

c.rainford73 wrote:
Dr Phibes wrote:That's a superb looking M1 Carl
Must admit I am really getting quite interested in modern armour, especially since I got my T-90 a while back. Didn't think I would be that interested but I like how different (and fast) they are compared to WW2 stuff.

Interested in your servo turret and gun tracking set-ups too (thinking of doing something similar with the T-90) - if you take the top off anytime do post a pic or two of the internals, it would be much appreciated. B| :D
Sure Doc The electronics were installed and setup by my friend Mr MichealC on the forum. I will gladly open the abrams up and show you the electronic details. The target locking system is really unique and fun to watch


Looks great Carl! :thumbup: :thumbup:

Does you gun stabilization/ target tracking correct both for elevation and azimuth? Michael has give me the info and I am planning on using it on my Abrams.

I would love to see it working! :D

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Postby c.rainford73 » Sun Jul 30, 2017 9:22 pm

BarryC wrote:
c.rainford73 wrote:
Dr Phibes wrote:That's a superb looking M1 Carl
Must admit I am really getting quite interested in modern armour, especially since I got my T-90 a while back. Didn't think I would be that interested but I like how different (and fast) they are compared to WW2 stuff.

Interested in your servo turret and gun tracking set-ups too (thinking of doing something similar with the T-90) - if you take the top off anytime do post a pic or two of the internals, it would be much appreciated. B| :D
Sure Doc The electronics were installed and setup by my friend Mr MichealC on the forum. I will gladly open the abrams up and show you the electronic details. The target locking system is really unique and fun to watch


Looks great Carl!

Does you gun stabilization/ target tracking correct both for elevation and azimuth? Michael has give me the info and I am planning on using it on my Abrams.

I would love to see it working! :D

Barry
Thanks Barry at the moment it handles the turret rotation assembly only. I'm using the standard Heng Long/Taigen elevation at the moment. I'm in the middle of listing a couple of earlier builds for sale so once they are sold I can spend some time and shoot a couple of videos for you
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Postby BarryC » Mon Jul 31, 2017 12:17 am

Hi Carl,

I am glad to hear it works with the turret rotation. As you've seen I am using servos for both Elevation. and Azimuth so I am hoping I can get both.
I have space set aside in the turret and lower hull for both gyro controllers.

I picked this up at RC Tanks of OKC "Universal Turret Rotation Unit with Engine Deck Level Detection Switch" http://www.rctanksofokc.com/Purchase-page.html 5th item from page bottom. It will lift the barrel over the engine deck if the depression angle is below deck level. Coupled with the Target Lock it should come close to operating like the "Real McCoy". :thumbup:

Looking forward to the videos when you get the opportunity. :D

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Postby c.rainford73 » Mon Jul 31, 2017 12:22 am

Wow Barry for the price I may place an order and get one. That's all I would need to compliment the turret rotation locking electronics. very cool find!
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