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Need an excuse to play with fire? Then consider building this turbine tank. Guarantee to drive your neighbor crazy, and attract dogs for miles around. Turn down your speakers a bit, and watch the vide to see what I mean :)

Seriously though, if you want something outside of the norm, something part geeky, part artsy, and full on FUN, then this might be the project for you. And yes, it really does run on STEAM, and yes, it is a TURBINE.

Before we get started, here comes the disclaimers.... You are reading this because you like making things, hacking things to make it better, or make something that doesn't exist. Therefore you are probably a pro at voiding warranties, and have a tendency to ignore warnings... but since I am giving you exact details of how to build this thing, humor me and please read the following carefully, so that I can sleep at night!

Steam power should not be taken lightly. This is instructable contains detailed instructions on building a R/C machine that is carrying flammable gas, and on fire, and producing steam pressure capable of scalding, or worse. Without proper attention, you can suffer blisters on your finger - no big deal, or burn down your house - BIG deal. Just be careful, and make sure that your r/c gear is working properly before lighting it up, and never tweak the boiler's safety valve.

Now with that out of the way, here's a project that can be very fulfilling to build, and fun to run. Your friend has a cool R/C toy car, but you've got a R/C steam turbine tank.

On with the build!
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transistor22 months ago

dude i love it, how much did it cost

ok that s awesome what does it run on is it coal or some fuel

how did u make it dude

is it electric or steam powered?

chan20051 year ago
Weren't you on modern marvels: steam
Great job, This R/C steam turbine tank is a very instructable project, incredible and unique build. Am really inspired from your project, Making a steam turbine Rc Tank has sort of been one of my Holy Grails, but there are many issues with steam turbines, that made it difficult for me to tackle on the project.
Great job, This R/C steam turbine tank is a very instructable project, incredible and unique build. Am really inspired from your project, Making a steam turbine Rc Tank has sort of been one of my Holy Grails, but there are many issues with steam turbines, that made it difficult for me to tackle on the project.
popeye12312 years ago
agishero2 years ago
Is there anyway to it a little noisy?
This is by far the best r/c instructable I have ever seen. I would love to make one with a turbine, such as yours. I have many little projects that could use a jensen style turbine. could you let me know where to find an equivalent or the turbine alone? Thanks!
Electorials3 years ago
That's totally awesome! :D
That is really cool, I would not be able to build one of them

rc tanks fan
the.rollie3 years ago
another trick for bending tubing: the way they make bends in trumpets and such: fill with water and freeze
Dude, that's a good one! The OLD school plumber trick is to fill with sand and cap it..... Thanks
" If someone nearby crashed their expensive r/c helicopter because you turned on your transmitter using the same frequency, you'd better hope that he doesn't find you. hahaha I love that sentence, you're funny crab fu
zilcho3 years ago
Wow cool, I've seen these steam turbines do cool things but never pull this kind of weight. Very neat ible
bayyagg4 years ago
Why not use a bunsen burner instead of propane w/ valve? much cheaper w/ alcohol as fuel.
maybe a penny stove might work, have not read full ible
nalk553 years ago
I just kinda skimmed through this but I might attempt to do this. It's a pretty cool thing.
bayyagg4 years ago
Tamiya 1/18 scale tank tracks and gears is cheaper and accessible in any hobby shop!
jbaker224 years ago
Where you on modern marvels?
crabfu (author)  jbaker224 years ago
yeah :)
get othe people to make them and have races
erikals4 years ago
sweet 'ible
If I had a steam powered RC tank I would probably run it off solid fuel, something like coal or wood would work for me (as long as I can keep the heat up)
lloydrmc4 years ago
VERY cool. The Macsteam link has changed to: (there used to be a space where there is now an underscore)

I could pick nits (e.g. a "vice" is a bad habit, and a "vise" is a clamping device), and I won't because I think you did an amazing job on a very cool project.
Sky Woulf4 years ago
I wonder if you could pull off the sprokets (drive) and subistute some left over parts from your gear reduction setup to run dual chain treads on each edge of the road wheels?
flamekiller4 years ago
This is pure awesomeness in, well, a boiler I guess. I actually came to Instructables today to look at steam engine stuff, and here this was, on the front page!
ilpug4 years ago
of all the relitively useless awesome things one could build, this about takes the cake. good job. its AMAZING.
[corosive]4 years ago
do you have to use the Jensen steam turbine? i don't really want to spend $636 or whatever they wanted for it, just to take off the turbine and waste the rest of it.
[corosive]4 years ago
i will pwn my friends with this if i can build one. how much does it cost to build?
Can I use epoxy instead silver solder?
mr. clean4 years ago
Thats awesome i cant believe that u got to be on modern marvels too!
KNEXFRANTIC4 years ago
awsome and somehow sick lol
Sander624 years ago
This is really nice.
And it isn't just functioning, it looks awesome too.
Definitely a great instructable.

So what's the next step, steam airplane?
Would be awesome if you could make that happen!
StanUK4 years ago
Added to my favourites!
Knot714 years ago
Outstanding! I picked up some RC Tank parts from Remote Island. I then came on here to see if there was an instructable on making an RC electric tank.... This is definately more than I bargained for... But probably out of my comfort zone... How long did it take to build? My boy would love it (so would I )...
The Cloak4 years ago
Where did you buy the steam turbine you are using?
OXI2vasyl4 years ago
awesome :D
YOU ARE AMAZING!How did you come up with this? What is the total cost and time spent making it? 5 STARS!
churchman5 years ago
TheParadox5 years ago
Put a suppressor on it! MY EARS!!! :( So cool though!!!
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