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Old 05-17-2010, 01:39 AM   #1
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Wood as a medium for making a Tank

do you think a thicker Balsa would work for making the body of a tank...I really don't need any curves in it so...
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Old 05-17-2010, 04:12 AM   #2
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I used a door skin(plywood) for my first brengun carrier. I picked it up at my local building supplier. It's roughly 1/8" thick. Nice to work with and seals nicely to hide the grain. And yellow carpenters glue and epoxy works great for glueing the joints
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Old 05-17-2010, 04:45 AM   #3
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yeah i (wood) say you could. pzrwest said it best.
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Old 05-17-2010, 05:25 AM   #4
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To seal the wood grain I spread thin layers of yellow carpenters glue then when it had dried I sanded it then applied another thin coat and sanded till the grain was filled. After primming and painting you couldn't tell from looking it it if it was wood or styrene. The plywood is lighter than the same thickness in styrene. I have a Hetzer hull I started before I built the brengun carrier, but it has been put on hold for lack of funds for track, road wheels, etc. I will dig it out tomorrow and take a few pics of the Hetzer hull made from the door skin plywood and post the pics
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Old 05-17-2010, 01:34 PM   #5
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The tank in the foreground and the truck behind are made from wood.


Take a look here for more info. http://www.thedecoy.org
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Old 05-17-2010, 05:27 PM   #6
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thanks for the help!
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Old 05-17-2010, 10:13 PM   #7
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It's funny I have access to a great wood shop but never considered making vehicles out of wood. I have seen a lot of great vehicle s done in wood and IMHO it's much harder than using sheet plastic and a lot harder to get a great finish.I barely have the patience to work with plastic. LOL As far as using Balsa I would stay away from it it's very soft and hard to finish your better off using model aircraft plywood (Midwest) or Luan the thin ply they use to make those hollow core doors you can buy at most home improvement stores. Your going to get a lot more strength from it and it's fairly easy to work with. You can use balsa for complex shapes like mantels and turret sides. Finishing is going to be tuff use sanding sealer and give the model several coats of poly then paint you should really get a good smooth finish.
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Old 05-18-2010, 01:32 AM   #8
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One of the forum members Snafu uses pink foam for his vehicles and tanks. I have a Tiger1 he gave me made from pink foam. He made a super PzrIII from foam, and a great looking brengun carrier, just to name a few of his super work. As for the Tiger1 I still need to make the track for it, of course it can't compare to the high priced resin and metal ones out there but still I'm happy with it
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Old 05-18-2010, 03:05 PM   #9
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I use alot of wood in my masters and in vehicles. I laminate styrene to it for a smooth finish.
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Old 05-20-2010, 05:51 PM   #10
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I've used 1/2 inch Birch plywood in all my constructionfrom 1/1 down to 1/6th and have never had any problems with it either with paint or glue.
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Old 05-20-2010, 06:40 PM   #11
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Here are the pics of my 1/6th Hetzer made out of door skin plywood.




This pic shows 2 pieces of very strong magnets taked from an old laptop hard drive. They hold the top and bottom hull sections together.

This pic shows 2 6-32 nuts epoxied to the upper hell to keep the hull attached to the lower hull by the magnets

I would love to finish this Hetzer but the road wheels, sprockets, idler wheels and track are out of my reach financially, so back into storage it goes. I have thought about getting one each of the above parts and molding them and makeing copies but that would not be fare or correct to do to Steve from Panzerwerk, would be stealing in my books.
This would be a super project to make it RC with all that interior space to play with
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Old 05-20-2010, 08:28 PM   #12
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pzrwest I'm impress with the work you did on the hull.
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Old 05-20-2010, 09:57 PM   #13
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Thank you k ration I suppose I could scratchbuild the running gear except the tracks..... hmmmmm the brain cells just licked in maybe I will just do that
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Old 05-25-2010, 09:26 PM   #14
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Ive got an M3 Stuart thats made from plywood, that is the hull and turret and a few details on it i'd used styrene and resin. The biggest problem i had was trying to get hold of wheels and tracks, so with no luck i had to put it on a back burner for the last few years.
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Old 05-25-2010, 11:42 PM   #15
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JacknBox has spare track etc for the 21C Stuart drop him a line
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