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#1 Geoff Cropper Sep 30, 2012 10:16 AM

Scratchbuilt T 34 Tank in 1/12th scale.
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Hi Everyone, At the moment I'm building the Russian T34 model tank at 1/12th scale, as seen on R/C Tank Combat site. It's made from 1/4 & 1/8th ply, the drive system is Heng Long and the battery is 6v 4amp SLA. I intend to use two (push for off) switches either side of a servo arm for steering and change over switches for the turret movement and opposite track movement (tank spin).

#2 marshall Sep 30, 2012 03:31 PM

Great looking build. Please keep us updated, will be watching.

#3 Geoff Cropper Oct 01, 2012 09:17 AM

Thanks Paul, will do. I'm having problems trying to find HL steel gearboxes with long drive shafts. I want to upgrade from plastic gears to steel. I ordered a set but they came with short shafts, I didn't know there was different lengths, I'm hoping to return them for exchange for long shafts. Regards Geoff.

#4 Geoff Cropper Oct 02, 2012 02:49 PM

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Here's a few more pics.

#5 Geoff Cropper Oct 09, 2012 02:03 PM

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Here's a few more pics of the build.

#6 Geoff Cropper Oct 16, 2012 12:47 PM

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Here's more pics of the build.

#7 Geoff Cropper Oct 19, 2012 04:29 AM

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Here's the latest pics so far.

#8 GreenAmphibian Oct 19, 2012 07:50 AM

Good job! Just remember that you have to seal the wood to keep moisture out of it both inside and outside. I am fond of using thinned epoxy to do that and to harden the wood. Both of my LVT's were done that way and made out of 1/8" plywood also.


#9 Geoff Cropper Oct 20, 2012 04:17 AM

Thanks Herman, We have Ronseal WetRot Wood Hardener over here which is diluted fibreglass resin as thin as water and soaks into the wood and sets hard. It also seals it ready for primer coat. I watched your build posts, you've done a great job there, really inspired me, great stuff. Regards Geoff.

#10 GreenAmphibian Oct 20, 2012 07:27 AM

Hi Geoff,

Glad you liked my efforts. Keep up the good work and you will definitely have something to be proud of in the end.


#11 Geoff Cropper Nov 01, 2012 02:32 PM

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Almost finished. It just needs fuel tanks, smoke cans, tool boxes and tow wires.

#12 FreakyDude Nov 03, 2012 09:59 AM

great job, looks really awesome

#13 Geoff Cropper Nov 12, 2012 04:29 AM

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This is how the turret is controlled.

#14 Geoff Cropper Nov 15, 2012 12:57 PM

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Finally, Fuel tanks and smoke cans fitted and painted.

#15 GreenAmphibian Nov 15, 2012 02:42 PM

This is looking better and better.


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