Motorized M1A2 ABRAMS TANK's Realistic Turret
Posted 08 July 2010 - 01:28 AM
"Here is my updated motorized M1A2 Abrams Tank! This tank is controlled by one Lego IR speed controller and one RC car controller. IR controls the chassis and RC controls the turret, both can traverse 360 degrees. This tank is 1/24 scale, has independent suspension, a gun leveler, treads with rubber shoes, firing action, a rechargeable battery, a sturdy construction, and smoke screen attachment! It is capable of climbing multiple objects, including books and steep inclines. Can also cross over nails and wire without the tread snapping, and can overcome large gaps. It can also be dropped multiple times without damage. P.S. if you like tanks look at my other ones too!"
"For instructions just send me an email at email@example.com and I will send a [Lego Digital Designer] LDD file back. I will ask that you send $20 to my Paypal account too." He estimates that the tank costs ~US$200 in parts to build (not including the Technic treads).
"Instructions have power functions,suspension,traversing turret,and leveling gun":
I know that there are hardly any motorized Lego Tanks with full building instructions available on the web -- I know because I've been searching for about 2 years for one.
Be sure to check out all of Zach's creations at http://mocpages.com/home.php/11804 . A non-motorized version of the Abrams is shown there, as well as many other tanks. What kid (or kid-at-heart) doesn't want to play with a motorized LEGO TANK?
Posted 17 June 2012 - 05:10 PM
Lego tank commander Zachariah Macasaet (ZachariahM) continues to refine his Lego Technic Abrams Tank. Here are two YouTube videos of his Abrams v3 (from MOCpages). Although the tank below has been painted (from the original black color), Lego Digital Designer (LDD) Building Instructions for the black version are available on this MOCpages entry. Not all parts are available in the Lego "Tan" color, but you can't have an Abrams running around in the desert in a black color....
-Roughly 1:24 scale
Posted 17 June 2012 - 11:36 PM
Look at the various pictures on the right side of this Flickr photo; just "upsize" the geometry to make a larger tank! Note the various rubber bands (uses for teeth braces) that provides the suspension "rebound". There are good explanations that accompany each Flickr picture:
Posted 18 June 2012 - 05:48 AM
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Posted 18 June 2012 - 07:54 PM
1) Zachariah Macasaet (the MOC designer) would have to be the one to submit his Lego Technic M1A2 Abrams Tank to Lego CUUSOO.
2) TLG would reject a modern military tank in a flash, since "War Is Not Fun". The privately-owned Lego Group will not create sets about modern warfare.
@ lockdownTF: I just ordered the orthodontist-type rubber bands for teeth braces from eBay. If you're a "Lego purist", there are rubber bands available on Bricklink but you want the smallest size possible. I view Rubber Bands as an "expendible" item (like batteries), so I don't care if they're genuine Lego or not.
Posted 18 June 2012 - 08:53 PM
Lego will never allow for a military theme, not even if it's special and AFOL only.
About the tank: weird, that there hasn't been a reply in 2010. It's a great design, and the suspension seems ingeniuosly accurate, but the exterior isn't very detailed.
I still like Sariel's Leopard 2 the most of all technic tanks. It's both very functional and more detailed than this one.
"The better is the enemy of the good." - Voltaire
Posted 20 June 2012 - 11:39 AM
Thank you. You just reminded me that I should really start building my K2 Black Panther in the same scale, but with an active suspension system. It's been too long since I've built a large tank.
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Posted 15 September 2012 - 02:36 PM
Zackhariah Macasaet continues to refine his motorized, fully-functional Lego Technic M1A2 Abrams Tank by updating his Building Instructions on Sept 10, 2012. He has added a Lego Competition Arrow and other firing mechanisms to defeat various demons. The suspension uses weak Orthodontist-type rubber bands (the weaker strength, for teeth braces). Below are his latest videos on his YouTube Channel -- More on MOCpages.
Edited by DLuders, 15 September 2012 - 05:38 PM.
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