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January 4, 2009

M1A2 Abrams RC Battle Tank

at 5:54 am. Filed under Electronic Hacks, Insane Equipment, Toy Hacks


Matt has put together a good looking M1A2 Abrams RC Battle Tank. The drive system looks nice and beefy, there is a pulley system on the inside which drives a chain system on the outside where it can get wet and muddy. When this thing is loaded with some ammo I don’t think I would want to see it in a back alley.

"The speed controllers I used are IFI Victor 885’s. They are capable of handling up to 120 amps continuous draw, so they are more capable than anything I would ever need. They are hooked up to 100 amp fuses. The turret is a very complicated piece of the M-1 Abrams. It has about 19 faces and has to clear the upper hull while turning 360 degrees. It turns on a 12 inch lazy susan and is powered by a high torque servo modified to rotate continuously. The servo also has a built in speed controller to allow proportional speed."


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7 Responses to “M1A2 Abrams RC Battle Tank”

  1. Ben Wardill Says:

    does the gun work? does being able to turn the turret 360 degress affect any of the wiring that goes intot he turret. Or is that just a hollow shell with no working components

  2. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hi Ben,

    Looks like the gun have been selected but the mounting arrangement is still a work in progress.

  3. Guilherme Martins Says:

    Looks cool!!
    I would love to see a video of the tank in full action 🙂

  4. Alex Says:

    I would want to know what kind f motors does it have?

  5. joze Says:

    where did you get caterpillars

  6. John McManus Says:

    I am interested in drawings of the drive sprocket & details of tracks drawing or detail pic also some measurements. Thats 1 real cool looking track system, it should preform well.

    I am building a tracked robot that must be able to climb stairs.
    cheers John M

  7. Matt Says:

    Hey guys I am the guy who created this tank. It should be completed this winter and i’ll upload a full video to the website soon. The gun is a standard paintball marker and the turret will be fully functional. The motors are EV Warriors and were bought on ebay. They are hard to come by now. The website of the tank is http://www.freewebs.com/shootermike. I’ll try to keep it as updated as possible. When I get the chance I’ll try to get some detail pictures for you.

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