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Postby tankme » Tue Jun 11, 2019 6:57 pm

Hello everyone. I'm near Austin, TX in the US. Been a member of the forum since sometime in 2017, but hadn't really been active till lately. Moved last year and now I have a proper place to work on my tanks so progress is finally being made. Well and I was out of work for a few months so that helped get me back building also. Currently working on converting several Trumpeter 1/16 kits into R/C versions using Taigen metal T34 hulls: SU-100, T34/76 1942, and T34/76 1943. Also have a HL Abrams, Tamiya KV-2, HL KV-1, and Hooben T-55 in various stages of work. I've also scratch built some larger 1/6th scale tanks for use in paintball combat.

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Postby Jimster » Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:11 pm

Welcome! Always nice to have another yank on board :D

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Postby Wardog » Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:39 pm

Are you shy!,the forgotten part of the forum. :/ :D
Welcome to the forum :wave:

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Postby tankme » Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:13 pm

Naw...I'm an American. Just have no social graces... :D I wouldn't want to disappoint. :haha:

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Postby BarryC » Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:29 pm

Welcome!

Sounds like you've got a great stash of tanks. :thumbup:

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Postby tankme » Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:38 pm

Oh yeah. I also have two 1/6th 21st Century R/C Humvees, a couple of those 1/16 WPL trucks, both of the Trumpeter 1/16 MRAP kits, and a Torro 1/16 halftrack. Too many projects...so little time.

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Postby Model Builder 4 » Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:30 am

Hello and welcome to the forum tank me :wave:

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Postby jarndice » Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:07 am

Welcome back and glad that things are looking up for you, :thumbup:
As to R/Cing Trumpeter's kits good luck with that,
I would be reluctant to have to put aside so much detail that comes with Trumpeter's Static kits so I could squeeze in Gearboxes and other bits and pieces and they are a bit too flimsy for my ham fisted efforts BUT they sure look good of that there is no doubt.

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Postby 43rdRecceReg » Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:05 pm

Would be interested to see some pics of your paintball campaigners (with, or without, colourful battle damage) :thumbup:
It's good that circumstances now allow you a bit of hobby time, away from the daily grind. :)
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Postby tankme » Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:26 am

Here's a vid of the KV-2 in 1/6th scale. It's actually made from PVC sheets. Mostly 1/4" and 1/2" so it weighs a ton. There are some other vids of the paintball tanks on my channel. Tracks are made from steel conveyor belt and are about 25lbs. each. Motors are geared 450W at 24V. Probably weighs in the 120lb range.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bg_fDX56CJQ

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Postby tankme » Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:53 am

jarndice wrote:Welcome back and glad that things are looking up for you, :thumbup:
As to R/Cing Trumpeter's kits good luck with that,
I would be reluctant to have to put aside so much detail that comes with Trumpeter's Static kits so I could squeeze in Gearboxes and other bits and pieces and they are a bit too flimsy for my ham fisted efforts BUT they sure look good of that there is no doubt.


The T34 based conversions are going on Taigen plastic/metal hulls.

The Trumpeter M1A1 hull is much thicker than the older kits. It actually has an outline of a battery cover on the lower, what looks to be gearbox mounts, and mounting stubs for suspension.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/VQwMk7WAcTyM67A47
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Postby 43rdRecceReg » Thu Jun 13, 2019 11:32 pm

Very impressed by the KV's drive train and authentic handling characteristics. :thumbup: Clearly, you're no beginner. :)
By the way, I see you live in Elgin. Well, the original Elgin's a two hour drive from where I live, and looks like this:
https://www.visitscotland.com/info/town ... in-p237701
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Postby tankme » Fri Jun 14, 2019 12:10 am

Yeah, the KV-2 was designed to take a beating and not be overly scale. I have no issues handing the controller to a kid under the age of 10 because I don't think they could actually break it. :) There are some internal pics of the hull after I rewired it. It has 50A breakers on the motors since they stall at over 100A. It's wired to accept two 6S 5000mah LiPo batteries wired in parallel to give it 10AH total capacity. I've tested it with the TCB controller, but it didn't like the Vantec ESC I'm using. I may end up testing it with some IFI Victors to see if that works with the TCB. Or forgo that and just add a sound system to it.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/Wv4ATj2hpr2eeG3p7

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