I wanted a remote control World War 1 tank. So I made one.
This instructable is going to be more of a general process than a step by step as a step by step would be 50 pages long. I am going to cover the process by which I tackled this project in the following categories:
-planning (super important!!!)
-building the track structure
-building the body structure
-detailing the whole thing
-putting in the servos to drive the tank
-finishing the tank
Here is what I used to make this replica:
-MDF. I used a number of sheets of 3mm MDF for the big flat parts of the tank
-3/16 steel rod for axles for the 56 wheels
-hundreds of small nails for rivet heads
-3 rolls of PLA plastic for the 3D printed parts
-lots of glue
-a plethora of patience
Step 1: Planning
Planning planning planning. The first thing I did in this project is to figure out what the heck I wanted the thing to look like. For that I gathered as many pictures of the Mark IV tank from WW1 as I could. Just finding good photo reference for a vehicle this old can be tricky.
Then I found some line drawings of orthographic views of the tank. This was a huge help! I printed these orthographic views up in the exact size I wanted the final tank to be. These line drawings would pretty much dictate sizes for everything.