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    When I was 10, my dad bought me an RC tank, it has so many parts, i couldn't figure it out (also, i didn't understand electronics). Where can i buy a model t-28 kit, that has some 3000 pieces? Something like this, http://www.hlj.com/product/ACMK098 costs 200 euro - do people with machine tools just decide to go 'all the way' and machine it from stock and castings?

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    Well l am far from an expert on this but l did build a ww2 german tank called a nash horn , l just used pictures an info from the net and built from that ,most of the build was from stock or scrap and used no castings , to power it l used a pair of car electric door window motors then made the drive an sprockets up , the tank ended up being 3ft long plus another 10" for the barrel , and would l do it again nope , what killed it for me was the tank tracks l had to make 460 track plates on a manual mill with 5 milling operations on each plate , took me months , but to be honest i l ever got hold of a cnc mill then yes l could make another, but if you are keen then go for it, the young lad l gave it to had one big smile on his face and that was worth a lot, go for it.
    wes

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    • #3
      If you want to build from scratch it would really help to have the "real" thing available, in a museum maybe, to take pictures and measurements, assuming the owners would let you.

      Getting enough info is the hardest part of a build. I'm building an WW1 artillery piece (as accurately as I can), which I have never seen and only have some line drawings and photos of and it is a real b****h at times. For my next project I was thinking of British 9.2" howitzer from WW1 again. Forget it. All I have been able to find is a few pictures, not enough for a quality build.

      The rarer the subject the harder it is to get info on it.
      The shortest distance between two points is a circle of infinite diameter.

      Bluewater Model Engineering Society at https://sites.google.com/site/bluewatermes/

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Elninio
        .....<snip>..... Where can i buy a model t-28 kit, that has some 3000 pieces? Something like this, http://www.hlj.com/product/ACMK098 costs 200 euro - .....<snip>.....
        I don't understand your question. The link that you gave apparently is a company that is producing and selling the kit. They even list the price in USDs.
        Paul A.

        Make it fit.
        You can't win and there is a penalty for trying!

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        • #5
          The museum at Aberdeen Prooving Grounds has, (or HAD, it was a while ago,) plans of armour for sale. I bought a set for that machine, but have since lost them. IIRC, the biggest drawback to the design was the available power plants. It could BARELY get out of its own way, (under 25 mph.) I think that the designers also lost sight of the fact that, at the time, not many bridges could take the load.
          Duffy, Gatineau, Quebec

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          • #6
            116 euros here:

            http://www.accurate-armour.com/ShowP...=4&product=557
            Free software for calculating bolt circles and similar: Click Here

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            • #7
              There is a small following in the U.S. for war gamers that use 1/6th and 1/4 scale RC tanks that are amazingly realistic. There was a company that displayed a number of the models they made parts, kits and assembled ones for that was set up at the N.A.M.E.S. show in Toledo one year. five to ten grand each, if I remember. I think it was 2007, can't find any photo's will look for a program and see if there was a name of the company.
              http://www.r-c-tanks.com/
              http://www.rctankhq.com/
              There are a lot of video on u tube google large scale RC tanks.

              Should find something to lite your fire.

              There are more books and plans for model armour out there.
              Glen
              Been there, probably broke it, doing that!
              I am not a lawyer, and never played one on TV!
              All the usual and standard disclaimers apply. Do not try this at home, use only as directed, No warranties express or implied, for the intended use or the suggested uses, Wear safety glasses, closed course, professionals only

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Evan
                this is an excellent site, thanks


                http://tanks.linite.com/hetzer_files/hetzer.htm
                "I'm considering a taking a break from all my building for a while. I'm getting burnt out. I've been fighting the worst cold for two weeks now, barely shows any signs of getting better. Not helping is the constant stress at work, stress form having to produce, produce, produce at an ever increasingly feverish rate. And the constant fear of not knowing when one will loose their job at the whim of some faceless upper manager. Further compounding it all is having seen my retirement funds dwindle by a horrific amount. I'm tired ofter and I know it is stress as my life isn't physically strenuous...I don't truly enjoy this hobby when I'm that off kilter. I want to lose myself in my beloved Baroque and Renaissance music for a while.... Jerry 04/02/2009 "

                this picture from a panther IV; he does his own castings and tanks are functional scale replicas


                more here; http://tanks.linite.com/
                Last edited by Elninio; 05-29-2012, 05:12 PM.

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                • #9
                  They call it a heavy tank, but to me (I'm no expert) it looks more like a tank destroyer. No revolving turret.
                  The nazis' also had a tank, on the drawing board, that was a monster. I don't have the measurements but it was bigger then four allied heavy tanks. Again, it would have never been sucessful in combat as it was too heavy to maneuver and too large for roads and fields. The enormity of building it and the scarcity of materials caused them to drop the project. Hitler liked to scare his enemies and he thought the tank would make the allies crap and run.
                  Krutch


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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by krutch
                    They call it a heavy tank, but to me (I'm no expert) it looks more like a tank destroyer. No revolving turret.
                    The nazis' also had a tank, on the drawing board, that was a monster. I don't have the measurements but it was bigger then four allied heavy tanks. Again, it would have never been sucessful in combat as it was too heavy to maneuver and too large for roads and fields. The enormity of building it and the scarcity of materials caused them to drop the project. Hitler liked to scare his enemies and he thought the tank would make the allies crap and run.
                    German and Soviet tank destroyers/assault guns did not have turrets. American TDs did.

                    Actually the Maus made it to prototype stage. It was probably cancelled because someone was smart enough to figure out that no matter how thick you make the armor, the enemy can always blow a track off. That's how we got the Elefant that's at the Aberdeen museum.

                    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panzer_VIII_Maus

                    Steve
                    Last edited by SteveF; 05-30-2012, 11:14 PM.

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