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Old 08-29-2010, 05:58 PM
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Did you ever thought about a remote controlled tractor pull your airplane to the flight line?
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Old 08-29-2010, 06:21 PM
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Not exactly scale is it? But its got a cool factor to it. Now, if your P-38 only had onboard starters....
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So Barry, is the tank too large or too small?
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Old 08-30-2010, 07:56 AM
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...any takers on that question?
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I think it is just right
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Pretty good Ken, the P-38M is 1:5.47 the Stuart M5A1 is 1:6.10 - the tank is 3.3 inches too short. Most think the tank is way too big . But the Stuart was a small tank
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Looks cool to me. I wasnt familiar with that stuart. I've been to the Fredricksburg Nimitz museum several times and paid just a little attention to the stuart they have there, turrent version.
How do you deal with turning the nose gear? I assume its still connected to the linkage.
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Old 08-30-2010, 04:39 PM
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How and how to will be in my P-38 build thread, Edwin. I'm doing the pictures right now, I don't like the hook on the tractor - there need to be a servo to lift the boom. So get the airplane where it needs to be - lift the boom a little (unhook) - the park the tractor. I use my JR 9303 for that - the tractor has 7 channels, that means I could ..... hehehe more to come.
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Ive thought about using a "tractor" as well. There's been a few german halftracks that have been sold on ebay the last couple years that are remote control. One went for $600. But they are 1/6th size scale. great for most of mine I suppose, but buying a brand new one of those half tracks is well over a couple 1000 dollars.

Another option Id thought of was using an old Willys pickup body on an r/c monster truck and painting it military colors.
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dude that is sick , in a good way !!! just too cool
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Ive thought about using a ''tractor'' as well. There's been a few german halftracks that have been sold on ebay the last couple years that are remote control. One went for $600. But they are 1/6th size scale. great for most of mine I suppose, but buying a brand new one of those half tracks is well over a couple 1000 dollars.
Another option Id thought of was using an old Willys pickup body on an r/c monster truck and painting it military colors.
Randall, I have a 1/6 german half track - the problem is the weight. The Stuart weights about 25-30 pounds and needs more weight when I try to climb on concrete or in rough terrain with the airplane in tow.
The half track is a trail and error thing - I have the old speed controllers and motors from the Stuart left over may this fall I go on it. But before that I like to built something like that in full metal...
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So Barry, is the tank too large or too small?
I was thinkin too small, but I guess like everyone else, I'm not familiar with the Stuart. Maybe its just right. A halftrack would have to pull a FW-190 or ME-109. Again, very cool factor. You need to think about attending Warbirds Over Delaware (largest warbird event in the country) with that set up, you'd be a big hit, especially if you convert to onboard starters....
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So Barry, is the tank too large or too small?
I was thinkin too small, but I guess like everyone else, I'm not familiar with the Stuart. Maybe its just right. A halftrack would have to pull a FW-190 or ME-109. Again, very cool factor. You need to think about attending Warbirds Over Delaware (largest warbird event in the country) with that set up, you'd be a big hit, especially if you convert to onboard starters....
Or electric with a sound system..then ud basically have "onboard starter" lol.
There was a 160" B-25 at warbirds over the rockies last year that had onboard starters.
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not so good if the tank got interferance, and boogered of, cool though,
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Don't post this in the Jets section.

Within 5 posts it will soon become full size tractors and a 'mine is bigger than yours' pi$$ing contest! - John.
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not so good if the tank got interferance, and boogered of, cool though,
No interference though.
Allen, look at post #8 - I use my JR9303 for controlling the tank - I have a 7ch receiver in there and two 12v boat speed controllers. That makes it possible to drive a curve like the a full scale tank - not skid turn and skid turn.
Same radio as for the airplane - switch model and go fly...
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ORIGINAL: kahloq
There was a 160'' B-25 at warbirds over the rockies last year that had onboard starters.
Paul's B-25?
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Anybody know what this is, I dont know its designation. It came in one of the static plastic models I built. I think it was the B-24, not sure.
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Sure Edwin - I like to build one, so I should know what it is: Cletrac MG1 by John Deere
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I have somewhere a picture of Richard Bong sitting on one....
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I figured one of them would be ideal for a warbird event.
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