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post #1 of 58 (permalink) Old 04-07-2011, 07:10 PM Thread Starter
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M1 A1 Abrams Build thread.

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.

Control levers.


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.
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post #2 of 58 (permalink) Old 04-07-2011, 07:23 PM
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I dont understand....whats the end game? you gonna enter it in shows...or use it to scare cagers....doesn't seem like a practical way to spend a few G's. However the ambition to attempt such a feat is commendable.

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i'm really surprised the treads are wood, i would have thought they were metal
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Looks more like an M60 suspension....by the way its M1A1 not M1 A1 sorry to nit-pic but the abrams is my lifes work. Neat build
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I dont understand....whats the end game? you gonna enter it in shows...or use it to scare cagers....doesn't seem like a practical way to spend a few G's. However the ambition to attempt such a feat is commendable.
It's more or less a supremely badass toy "for his kids". There's another thread with the finished tank, driving it around the neighborhood and such, and lots of people wanted to see how he built it.

OP - roughly how much did you spend putting this thing together? It's kind of ridiculously awesome.
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It's more or less a supremely badass toy "for his kids". There's another thread with the finished tank, driving it around the neighborhood and such, and lots of people wanted to see how he built it.

OP - roughly how much did you spend putting this thing together? It's kind of ridiculously awesome.

i'd be willing to bet under 2g's
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Yes you are right it is more of a m60 suspension, Didn't have it in me to do all seven axles, or 14 if you count both sides. And its not long enough so I had to change the front of the tank. Looks more like a early soviet union tank from the front at least the hull.
Sorry about the title.

What's the end game ????? I have no idea. We live in a small town and I'll put it in a few parades. Play war with my kids. Mostly just to see if I could build it. Besides who doesn't want a tank.

So far I have spent about $1400. But that's because I already had a lot of the parts. Engine, rear-end, steel, axles etc. If I had to buy everything new I'd have spent a few grand more.

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Wow that's neat. How does it perform? Ride? Speed?



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That's bad ass! I want one


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That is sick! What is the top of the tank made out of? My 5 year old son would be the happiest kid in the world if he had one of those... Awesome!
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I love it dude. It's mad. I'd take the kids to school in it. Have you set the barrel up so you can do a butane fireball or something out of it? You could rock up outside the school, let off a big plume of flame, then let the kids climb out of the hatch!


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Yes you are right it is more of a m60 suspension, Didn't have it in me to do all seven axles, or 14 if you count both sides. And its not long enough so I had to change the front of the tank. Looks more like a early soviet union tank from the front at least the hull.
Sorry about the title.

What's the end game ????? I have no idea. We live in a small town and I'll put it in a few parades. Play war with my kids. Mostly just to see if I could build it. Besides who doesn't want a tank.

So far I have spent about $1400. But that's because I already had a lot of the parts. Engine, rear-end, steel, axles etc. If I had to buy everything new I'd have spent a few grand more.

how many inches of chobham in the front?

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Yes you are right it is more of a m60 suspension, Didn't have it in me to do all seven axles, or 14 if you count both sides. And its not long enough so I had to change the front of the tank. Looks more like a early soviet union tank from the front at least the hull.
Sorry about the title.

What's the end game ????? I have no idea. We live in a small town and I'll put it in a few parades. Play war with my kids. Mostly just to see if I could build it. Besides who doesn't want a tank.

So far I have spent about $1400. But that's because I already had a lot of the parts. Engine, rear-end, steel, axles etc. If I had to buy everything new I'd have spent a few grand more.

That is badass man! You should throw a cannon (potato gun) in that gun tube! Really cool build though!
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Looks more like an M60 suspension....by the way its M1A1 not M1 A1 sorry to nit-pic but the abrams is my lifes work. Neat build
Definitely more M60ish. Still cool though!
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how many inches of chobham in the front?
What's chobham? It sounds like it'd make a delicious sandwich.
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What's chobham? It sounds like it'd make a delicious sandwich.
if you like eating armor it would be awesome!

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Hey a techy question. Does anybody know if Chobham has a material lifespan? I saw on discovery channel how they're refurbing old M1 tanks.



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Hey a techy question. Does anybody know if Chobham has a material lifespan? I saw on discovery channel how they're refurbing old M1 tanks.
They are refurbing to update the current Armor force to a "more" digital platform, They add armor but no they do not have to replace it unless it has been exposed...
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