This vehicle started life back in 1994. Imagined by Ron Bair the vehicle moved on to the Bay Area Tankers and now back to DAK vie the LA TANKS crowd.
The vehicle featured a torsion bar suspension and was very low profile. Herd to believe it had a crew of five….
Laid out for glamor shot the vehicle looks great on the table. The Vehicle was assembled from Lexan and all the details are scratch built.
The tank has the flash in the barrel and both .30 cal barrels are the later Tamiya ones that feature fiber optic so they can fire. I have stared a program where all my tanks .30 cals will light up.
Distinctive Chaffee transmission cover in detail.
Great work was done on the headlights and brush guards.
You could eat off the engine deck..The only gig I have for rivet counters is the engine grills are mesh when the real ones were louvres. Need to consider that…. later
The hatches on the turret are workable. They shoe the micro servo and speaker setup. Nice Work!!
The workable loaders hatch hinges need a little work as the real ones had some torsion bars etc. All cosmetic.
The battle system LED goes through the mantlet and some of the turret details are non standard. Most war time Chaffees had their .50 cal on the turret rear and no forward mount. I willard antenna mount and spotlight.
Sprocket is custom made and featured Kenny Kong Panzer 4 track.
Drive train is based off components from a Tamiya Leopard 1A4 and the road wheels were turned down on a lathe and had the Sherman rubber stretched to fit.
Inside is a tight package with Standard Tamiya Sherman Electronics and custom chain drive gearboxes based off drill motors. An Interim owner added a charging system and a speaker switch.
Custom turret ring used a small ring gear and motor but their is a problem. The ring is out of round and fails to purchase the teeth of the turret ring, Several teeth are broken. To the drawing board!
Fascinating chain drive! All scratch… all one of a kind.
Like I said, cordless drill motors! One of a kind and kind of irreplaceable.