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post #1 of 160 Old 06-01-2012, 11:00 PM Thread Starter
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Abrams Tank build

Well guys, the results are in and starting bright and early tomorrow morning, I will be starting the Abrams Tank. I've been researching the tank for the past few days and trying to get ideas for upgrades and modifications so this should be a fun one. I am using a set of plans from T&J as the base for the model and am hoping to add plenty of add ons. If any of you military guys out there have any photos or ideas that you would like to pass along to help out, that would be awesome. For those who are interested, this is what the results of the voting looked like in the end.
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Thanks to everyone who participated. You guys are the best.
So, get your cammo gear on guys. Tomorrow we start building a tank.

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Sweet! I'm in.

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I've set my popcorn maker for "bright and early tomorrow morning!"
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Great....now Canadians will have tanks......







lol, looking forward to how you're going to build a mini diesel engine Ken.

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lol, looking forward to how you're going to build a mini diesel engine Ken.
It's actually a turbine engine. I drove one in the army for a couple of years.

Looking forward to the build!
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This will be awesome...
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Not having seen the plans, here's an upgrade.

In Nam we had M60 tanks that had large squarish spot lights and/or rocket launchers mounted over the cannon. I always though those were cool looking.

Here's a photo, but its on a Korean web site (I think).

http://www.google.com/imgres?um=1&hl...r:10,s:0,i:109

I don't know if they have them on the Abrams....

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Great....now Canadians will have tanks.....

We already have tanks. Why just last week, our Prime Minister purchase 2000 ceptic tanks and as soon as the Quebec military learn to drive them, we'll be invading Alaska. Start small and work out way up is the plan here.

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You guys can have Alaska. Maybe your government will have the balls to drill for oil there unlike ours.

The M1 is a first rate weapon system. I know you will do it justice.

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Man, I somehow missed another chance to vote on a Kenbo project-to-be. Oh, well. It's my own fault. Great choice though. I'm hunkering down for yet another awesome build. I'm getting tired of popcorn though. I may have to grab a bucket of Alaskan crab legs for this one. That is, if you guys don't blow 'er up first!
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Why just last week, our Prime Minister purchase 2000 ceptic tanks
OMG Stop, I am on the shop floor rolling around in the dust laughing. All I can imagine is Canada without real sewer lines and its first 2000 Septic Tanks.

LOL.


I bought plans for the boom crane, but havent had a chance to start mine as I am building new dressers for the kids.

Man, it would rock if T&J came out with Helicopter plans, now I'd be all over that.

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10 hours today.

Got out to the shop bright and early at 10 am today. I would have liked to get out there earlier, but I got tied up with a few other things. I was suprised at how many hours I put in today and how little progress I seemed to accomplish. Either way, I had a great time doing it so I guess that is all that counts.
I managed to get the main body made and the skid plate made and installed as well as the exhaust vent. I also tried to turn a few test wheels for the tank's track. All I can say is epic failure. I will give it another go tomorrow morning and I'm sure that all will just fall into place. It usually does.
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Well i'm ready to tune in on another great build. Need to get the Buggyman talk into another build also.

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Too bad about the wheels. You'll get them in no time, probably before you read this. You're off to a nice start.
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Ken, is turning maple a pain?, did they break along grain?. I dont have a lathe yet, but something tells me certain woods dont take to spinning and cutting very nice.

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It almost looks like it would be easier to turn the OD and drill the ID with a Forsner bit, but what do I know... I'm just enjoying the build not building the build. :)

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Jim, turning maple is not a pain at all. It was my method that needed some revamping. Once I headed out to the shop at 9 this morning, and broke another 3 wheels, I decided that it was time to revamp the whole process and Johnnie, you hit it right on the head. Turn the wheel first, then do the recess. I made a small little jig for this drilling to keep everything centered and alligned. Once I got a test wheel cut and was happy with the results, I spent the rest of the day turning 54 wheels. It was a great day with plenty of practice using the skew and plenty of practice making things the same diameter. Yup, 9 1/2 hour and 54 wheels later, this is where I'm at.
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That's some mighty fine turning there. I'm glad you got it figured out. The sprocketed wheels look cool.
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Ken my man, you a persistent devil.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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