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Project by dumbo posted 02-19-2018 10:05 PM 739 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is not your usual wood working project but it took 2 years to complete. I made it in the late 80’s
This is a 12 inch wide by 32 inch’s tip of barrel to tail light model of the M1A1 Abrams tank. It is 4 channel radio controlled. I started the model when the tank was still a secret but the plastic model companies still made the detailed kits. Don’t ask me how they got the details. The turret is made of 1/8” aviation plywood and the main body is of 1/4” aviation plywood. All the wheels are casted in fiberglass from molds I turned on the lathe. The barrel is hollow made of cross wrapped 1/32” sheet bass wood. Each of the wheels are spring loaded so they rise and fall independently. I also have two other high detailed model ships that won silver prize’s in the IPMS show even thou they are made of wood and have NO plastic. If anyone is interested I will post them later. I have added three more shots of this tank as requested. You can see the tread wear on the tracks from driving it on the concrete in the rear view picture. I will take some pictures of the workings and show them as a separate project later. Thank you all for your comments.

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#1 posted 02-19-2018 10:28 PM

wow there are guys here that make wood models and then theres guys like you that make incredible wood models.this tank is beautifully done with great attention too love to see your others when you can.your work is just gorgeous.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#2 posted 02-19-2018 10:51 PM

Wow very impressive more pictures please?

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#3 posted 02-19-2018 11:53 PM

Great job on the tank more pictures would be nice if you have them. Would really like to see the suspension and drive system

The tank was never classified just some details of the fire control system and the armor. That’s why the model companies had them out almost before the tank was adopted.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#4 posted 02-20-2018 12:44 AM

That’s an amazingly detailed model tank you’ve made! Very impressive!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#5 posted 02-20-2018 01:05 AM

Cool, the top view really shows the details on those guns.

-- Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

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#6 posted 02-20-2018 02:51 AM

Really amazing. Would love to see the pics of the model ships.

-- Woodworking Forever

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#7 posted 02-20-2018 03:06 AM


-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#8 posted 02-20-2018 02:22 PM

It’s a magnificent model and shows a lot of beautiful details and fine craftsmanship.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#9 posted 02-20-2018 03:54 PM

Awesome job! I would love to see your other models!

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#10 posted 02-20-2018 04:40 PM

wow nice huge scale lets you put more details into it ….GREAT JOB :<))


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#11 posted 02-20-2018 08:04 PM

Very impressive. Evokes past memories, another sort of a tank, but it does not change the excitement.

-- Eli Adamit, Israel

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#12 posted 02-21-2018 07:19 PM

”Tanks” for really different project.
Many radio controlled projects include wood and I am wondering why so few model projects are on Lumberjocks.
Your tank is very impressive!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#13 posted 02-22-2018 04:03 AM

That is a fantastic piece. My son will love this one although his forte is WW II. Well done

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