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Old 07-15-2015, 04:40 AM
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Default Let's see those Backyard Battlefields

Rex told me he enjoys seeing videos of the places where guys drive their tanks on a day to day basis, so let's see where the everyday tanking is going on.

I've been trying to keep my videos under 5 minutes so they don't get too boring, but that means I had to make two rides and still didn't cover all of it. But, these are the highlights of my little playground as it is this summer, let's see where my fellow tankers are driving

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6hhoFQag5A https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4N4AziSo0I
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How did your battle day go?
Old 07-15-2015, 05:08 AM
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Very nice videos and I love that 88 cannon.

How did you do the videos? A gopro camera? Is FPV?
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Don't have any vids of my fun runs but here are some pics of the battlefield and workshop. The battlefield is usually a triangular track for various scale r/c trucks/buggies hence some of the hills looking more like jumps...cause they are.
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Old 07-15-2015, 05:39 AM
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Bret you need to show off that moss bed that is spreading.
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Okay, I have to ask Gary (and BTW... nice scenery) but do you 'pick up' the town after the end of the day or is it permanently attached to the ground? That is A LOT of work if so and feel weather would sweep this away.




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Old 07-15-2015, 10:59 AM
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How did your battle day go?
Total flop. Only one guy from DTC showed up. But, I still had a great time driving tanks and getting photos and videos. I'll do it again this weekend if it doesn't rain.
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Originally Posted by Rad_Schuhart View Post
Very nice videos and I love that 88 cannon.

How did you do the videos? A gopro camera? Is FPV?
I took a Kodak instamatic and stuck it on top of the PIII with a blob of white tack. Works great, but it's not as smooth as I'd like.
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Originally Posted by Panther F View Post
Okay, I have to ask Gary (and BTW... nice scenery) but do you 'pick up' the town after the end of the day or is it permanently attached to the ground? That is A LOT of work if so and feel weather would sweep this away.




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All the buildings go into the garage at the end of the day. It is a lot of work (takes about two hours to set up), but I think it's well worth it. I really have a blast out there. Now if I could just get Airbrushler over here ...

In the states you can get an enhanced driver's license that let's you go back and forth from Windsor to Detroit for $45, don't they have anything like that in Windsor?
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Originally Posted by Max-U52 View Post
All the buildings go into the garage at the end of the day. It is a lot of work (takes about two hours to set up), but I think it's well worth it. I really have a blast out there.

Wow. I did know of a permanent battlefield in someones backyard in Florida some years ago. It was complete with a bridge, buildings and water plus all the effects too.

You're right... that is A LOT of work!




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I've thought about buildings I could leave outside, but with Michigan winters they'd have to be extremely tough to survive. We're thinking about building a battlefield behind the shop I work in, and if we do most of that will be permanent and left outdoors year round.
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Me and the boys were planning on a permanent bombed out Norman street scene in our backyard.

I was thinking of using Durabond. It's smooth 3 X 5 sheets of concrete for tile underlayment that can be cut. Since bombed out structures I've seen are mere shells with window openings, it could be done easily enough using some sheets and cinderblock. But, it would be a one way trip, it ain't coming apart for a family party.

Sorry to hear turnout was low.
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Hey Jeff, I never did get my hopes up so it wasn't a big deal. My playground isn't really suitable anyway, since you can't stay on the edges and see your tank across the field. Too much undergrowth. So I'll just keep using it as I have been for driving fun and cool photos and videos. Gives me an excuse to order the Mobius to see if it's better than sticking a Kodak to the turret with white tack.
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Max and Benny your all's outdoor battlefields look great! I don't have an outdoor battlefield but I do have an indoor one. This video is a little old and has been slightly improved on since this was taken. This is just one of my rooms in my basement that is 27x20 room. We(SEAD) sometimes have battle days here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-KSu2A8enw
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Of course there is this one https://www.facebook.com/pages/FRAG-...71386966251038

I think its the most elaborate I have seen here.

I believe they leave it up all summer and break down for winter.

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There is also the one in Texas. http://www.texasarmor.com/

Not quite as elaborate as FRAG and rivals the size of Danville.

I think this one gets assembled for the event and then dismantled.
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Yes, it is a good one. I really enjoyed the time I went to Texas and battled with them. Good guys and very friendly.

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Very cool to see some of these setups. Wish we had more tankers around KC, I would love to do something like this!
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Originally Posted by strippersteel View Post
Max and Benny your all's outdoor battlefields look great! I don't have an outdoor battlefield but I do have an indoor one. This video is a little old and has been slightly improved on since this was taken. This is just one of my rooms in my basement that is 27x20 room. We(SEAD) sometimes have battle days here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-KSu2A8enw
Marty and Mike have mentioned your place when talking to them at Danville, when you gonna make it up for a battle?
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OK, Rex, if you're still with us, you might like this one. It's kinda long, but it's a much better look at where I drive the tanks. There are a lot of things I want to do out there, maybe the most ambitious of those is to build a castle. Well, maybe one of those old Roman fortifications that was still around in the 40s and converted to wartime use. I'm thinking towers with 88s on them. 30 foot walls and 50 foot towers, maybe? If I can find some of those cardboard barrels in the 30 gallon size, like they put industrial soap in (if you know the movie "The Shawshank Redemption" it's like the barrel Andy took the powder out of when he told Boggs, "Get this in your eyes it blinds you") those would be a perfect size for towers. But next will be a church of some kind. Gotta get to home depot for more plywood.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iydi5M-1i3U
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Originally Posted by Max-U52 View Post
All the buildings go into the garage at the end of the day. It is a lot of work (takes about two hours to set up), but I think it's well worth it. I really have a blast out there. Now if I could just get Airbrushler over here ...

In the states you can get an enhanced driver's license that let's you go back and forth from Windsor to Detroit for $45, don't they have anything like that in Windsor?

Sorry Gary i don't get a chance to read everything on here just got this not sure about the Enhanced Drivers License i keep buying different parts when i have extra money or close to extra money so sometimes no funds for anything else i will look into this though cause there are some hobby stores i might want to check out over there one day also

BTW Awesome battle field cool video...sorry your battle day didn't have as many as you wanted to attend
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Originally Posted by Max-U52 View Post
OK, Rex, if you're still with us, you might like this one. It's kinda long, but it's a much better look at where I drive the tanks. There are a lot of things I want to do out there, maybe the most ambitious of those is to build a castle. Well, maybe one of those old Roman fortifications that was still around in the 40s and converted to wartime use. I'm thinking towers with 88s on them. 30 foot walls and 50 foot towers, maybe? If I can find some of those cardboard barrels in the 30 gallon size, like they put industrial soap in (if you know the movie "The Shawshank Redemption" it's like the barrel Andy took the powder out of when he told Boggs, "Get this in your eyes it blinds you") those would be a perfect size for towers. But next will be a church of some kind. Gotta get to home depot for more plywood.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iydi5M-1i3U
Very cool, Gary!
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Uhhhhh, I'm confused. Your profile gives your location as Detroit. I have never seen photos of Detroit that look anything like your wilderness battlefield! Are you sure you don't live it Canada? I love the things you have built (or bought) to place around the area. Those accessory items around the battlefield are perfect. I can appreciate the effort you have put into your project.
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Originally Posted by Rustytrax View Post
Of course there is this one https://www.facebook.com/pages/FRAG-...71386966251038

I think its the most elaborate I have seen here.

I believe they leave it up all summer and break down for winter.
Yes FRAG has an amazing setup. They were kind enough to let us use a few photos in our upcoming 50+ page tank catalog Paul has sent me a bunch of great photos, I am very impressed and jealous! I keep nagging at bossman to let me bring in a front loader and turn the back parking lot into a battlefield.... one of these days I might succeed!
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Originally Posted by Imex-Erik View Post
Yes FRAG has an amazing setup. They were kind enough to let us use a few photos in our upcoming 50+ page tank catalog Paul has sent me a bunch of great photos, I am very impressed and jealous! I keep nagging at bossman to let me bring in a front loader and turn the back parking lot into a battlefield.... one of these days I might succeed!

You guys need a proving grounds for your tanks.

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