I know I haven't been very active on RCU of late but that is changing. As some of you know, I have been redesigning a transmission system. After a large number of changes, the new systems are now available. The first three systems are all for Tamiya. Tiger 1, Tiger 2 and Sherman systems are ready to go.
The new systems will be simple to install and will require only two new holes in the hull floor. Stand offs for proper height are Tamiya style. Output shafts are one piece machined from high strength steel. The transmission frames are machined from aluminum alloy of exceptional strength, as are the supports for the final drive shafts. The transmission mounts are machined from the same high strength aluminum alloy as the main frame.
Over the next few days I will post how to install the new systems and how to locate the two extra holes needed for the King Tiger and Tiger 1. Coming up in the next week or two will be transmissions for Panther, KV and JS
2. Very shortly after that will be systems for Leo 1 and Gepard. It is possible that I will do Hooben Elefant and T55 systems after I do the Tamiya systems. I will also have a Tammy P4 lower hull sent in and do this new system for him also. All transmissions will have max road speed. For those of you who want max off road speed, this can be done at no extra charge.
While many of the detailed changes will be obvious to you who get the new systems, suffice it to say these transmissions will fit with zero modifications to the lower hull beyond the two extra holes in the floor. The systems were tested today and the King Tiger, for instance, has a top speed of 23.3 MPH. With 8 hits he will pull a 45 degree incline, move and turn in what passes for dirt in this rock garden, and will move and maneuver through thick grass that is 4" tall. The Tiger 1 has no fit problems at all, nor does the Sherman or King Tiger. Remember, I am an active tanker as is my wife and I'd rather spend the hours tanking and battling instead of 'fit this', 'file that', and 'what in the world is this for'.
Panther will be the most challenging but the modifications will be quite simple. In Panther the transmissions will be bolt in also, regardless of the tight fit at the lower hull nose. You will need to do nothing beyond the two extra holes in the hull floor.
Prices will be under $250.00. Electric motors are 480's, long cans, but for those of you who want 540 motors they will be available very shortly. At this time shipping will be from Moscow. You should allow 2 to 3 weeks shipping time. Within a month or so Bob in NJ will have some of the transmissions in stock for shipment to USA tankers. The transmissions will be on the ETO sight by Sunday at the latest in two locations, the actual tank section, for instance 'King Tiger', and the 'Electronics, transmissions and motors' section.
In other news, shortly I will post about developments at 35th Battery Museum in Sevastopol. VCO and I will start classes in mid August at Museum for children and teenagers (adults will also be welcome). The classes will be the history of all the tanks we have, construction of the actual Tamiya models and construction of the prototype, and design and construction of various village and town dwellings. We will start building a battlefield at Museum in September. Museum is obtaining more land, a considerable amount, and the battlefield will be built on the new land with all probability.
We are also doing a biweekly Tank Day at Museum. We take 4 tanks and run them on the huge plaza in front of the Memorial Hall of Museum. Children and adults are allowed supervised operation of the tanks. Over the weekend I will post photos of the last Tank Day. Suffice it to say the tanks are a really big hit and a good time is had by all.