I posted a pic. and a few videos of my homemade tank and a few of you wanted a little more info. So here are some of the pics from the build.
But first I must give credit where credit is due. When I was thinking about building a tank I did a internet search and I found some youtube videos posted by a bloke in Australia, Dave Manson (a genius). A whole series on how to build a 2/5 scale tank. So it was after watching these videos that I was able to construct "The Tank" . Copied some of Dave's stuff and added some of my own.
There is even a forum, scaledtanks.com. for us weirdos.
The first things I made were the tracks and frame. The tracks are 3/4 plywood blocks. Painted black, bolted to a length of conveyor belt. The center guides are rectangle steel tubing and the track blocks are made of composite lumber. The ends of the track are hooked together with door hinges.
In this photo you can also see the plywood test sprocket.
The frame is just steel tubing.
The front idler adjustment. I added more bracing later.
"The Tank" Is powered by my kids Chinese 4-wheeler. 110cc 3speed with reverse. This is connected to a golf cart rear-end. This is a pic of the set-up. Here you can see the big sprocket on the rear-end. I later changed it out for a 16 tooth and its still too slow.
This shows the brake set up. They are not hydraulic. Just levers operated by cables. I had to modify the levers some-what.
My first test drive was with my 1/2" Dewalt drill, it moved, even over a 4x4.
A rear view of "The Tank". (That's a temporary gas tank !)
The suspension is just swing arms with scooter shocks. The wheels are off big residential garbage cans and dumpsters. The sprockets are made from PVC sheet plastic. As you can tell this is a budget build
I'll leave ya-all with that for now. The next installment will cover the build of the hull.