All started couple of years ago when my girlfriend bought me a Lego truck as a christmas present. I believe it was mean't to be slightly a joke but building the truck got me hooked. Exactly how Lego's worked in childhood. I realized now not being a child I could overcome the part limitation and purchase pretty much any amount of pieces. Soon enough I had over 10000 part selection and a building goal set: working large scale Siege Tank. Might be strange that soon 30 years old man builds with Legos but I find it really relaxing and rewarding.
Building process starts from the inner frame of the tank. It has to be able to lift itself + outer shell of tank. Here's first fully mechanical version which was too weak. A lot of gears slipping and rattling
After many prototypes I ended up with mostly pneumatic solution. It's rather slow in action but it's able to lift the heavy tank.
Slowly covering the mechanical hull with smooth surfaces it starts to look better:
Hard time fitting 3 motors inside smallish cannon tower:
I'm happy how the end result looks. Transformation into siege mode is really slow so there is room for improvement and better skill.
-sample of structure
Some specifications of the finished tank:
-6 channel ir remote -siege / driving mode -fully working cannon with 2 rounds -drive forward / backward -roughly 5000 parts -4-5kg weight
Comparison to menu unit:
Blog entry of my other Starcraft build: BANSHEE:
Available for voting to become official Lego set, click here:
Last edit: 2012-07-14 16:21:46
Type|NarutO Germany. July 02 2012 18:30. Posts 15225
This is so cool. Thats why I like lego. Although unfortunately I don´t have any myself anymore I always really like seeing these sort of things. Makes me wonder what could have been if I had kept my collection and kept expanding it.
Ah well. At least some other kid got to enjoy my legos and experience that awsome feeling I had for all those years.
Life is to give and take. You take a vacation and you give to the poor.
A while back I had a K'nex Rock Crawler (which I made from a Ferris wheel set(flex rods and the motor) and a variety tub). Everything was made out of K'nex execpt I had rubber bands as driveshafts and as beadlocks (I had a lot of trouble when my sipped large tires kept spinning on the wheels). It was only back and forth at a painfully slow speed and the motor had a slip thing (I guess to keep from breaking rods) so going up steep hauls you couldn't do. It flexed like crazy, to the point where the rubber bands would slip off the small wheels on the axle's. Oh this one time I was watching it crawl over a rock and the back axle snapped, took me like 5 minutes to pick up all the spacers.
Then one day I thought it would be pro to watch it do a Tank Trap. After that the motor died a week later. =[
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sluggaslamoo Australia. July 02 2012 19:19. Posts 3602
<@Wikt> so you are one of those nega-fans <@Wikt> that hates the company that makes a game and everything they stand for <@Wikt> but still plays the game <@Wikt> (like roughly 30% of blizzard's player base, maybe much more...)
Aerisky United States. July 02 2012 19:34. Posts 9546
What....what the hell?! This is impossibly good O_O
DANG, give this man a spotlight!! Seriously, that....that is unbelievable.
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