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Sep 17, 2011, 08:12 PM
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World War 1 Tanks


I was wondering if anybody has ever built a working model of a British WW1 tank? I've been looking and haven't seen one.
I was thinking about having a go at making one. And I'd like to have some reference or idea from people who have some experience building them.
I got the idea for it when I got a pair of motor and gear boxes from a kiddie car so I guess it would be rather big.
Well, it's an idea anyway...I seem to have a lot of them actually.
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Sep 19, 2011, 09:19 AM
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I have seen one on the web somewhere that is (was) available for sale. Can't think where but it was all aluminium construction from memory and was $$$. Will try and locate and post a link to it some time.
Sep 19, 2011, 05:35 PM
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Thanks Merkava, I appreciate you going to the trouble, I'll look forward to seeing it.
Sep 19, 2011, 06:07 PM
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I would think a WWI tank would be a fairly easy build, just use the guts from say a couple heng long donors, be lots of room on inside as long as you stayed away from the french designs they had. Those might be a bit cramped.
Sep 20, 2011, 01:20 AM
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yeah, the two seater french french tank . i think is called renault ft-17..saw gunny drive one on mail call..
Sep 22, 2011, 11:12 PM
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I was talking to my nephew today, he needs a project for machine shop class, I found myself trying to talk him into (or con him into) building a tank. One may be in the WWI British Mark IV class, but I think he likes my first idea better--a squirrel-a-polt---designed to keep squirrels away from the bird feeder.
Oct 01, 2011, 05:27 PM
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There are (were?) two sources for RC WW1 tank kits:

http://www.giesswerk.de/html/mark_I.htm

http://www.djparkins.com/acatalog/1_15th_Vehicles.html

Good reference site for WW1 armor:

http://landships.activeboard.com/t43...ual-tank-pics/

I was planning to scratch build one & have drawings & reference material but have pretty much gotten out of the hobby. Send me a PM with your email if you'd like the files. Photos below are from a German modeler who built her's out of aluminum.
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Oct 02, 2011, 06:27 AM
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Herrmill,

That top link you provided is the one I was searching for. Hadn't had any luck relocating it. Thanks for posting it.
Oct 04, 2011, 09:04 AM
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A better link for the Landships site is this:
http://www.landships.freeservers.com/tank_articles.htm
There are loads of articles on tanks of all nations, most of which have drawings accompanying them (and all of which have photographs of real vehicles or models).

If you want more detailed drawings than are on the main site, just ask at the forum, they'll be delighted to help someone planing to build a motorised RC tank model, as all the models on the site are static display pieces!
http://www.activeboard.com/forum.spa...umID=63528&p=1

Good luck!
Oct 05, 2011, 05:33 PM
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Herrmill,
Thank you for posting that information, I enjoyed looking through all of that, though I don't know if I could do an all aluminum one. I was thinking of something a little more low tech with my favorite building material-wood.

McTodd,
I plan on reading the information you posted tonight, thank you for posting those two links.
Oct 06, 2011, 03:13 AM
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You & me both, Ford. I'm the worst when it comes to metal work but plastic would be my choice. That was just an example of what's been done with the Mk I series.

Here's a fine example of a 1:16 FT-17 by Eric Scott that should provide some inspiration: http://www.rctankhq.com/1917_renault_ft17.htm


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