Steam powered radio controlled “lobster” tank

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Steam powered radio controlled “lobster” tank

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I-Wei, who we featured in MAKE 07 sent in this latest steam powered treat that has kept me sane as I sit in air travel chaos, he writes “So I’m a sucker for tanks, this is one of several steam tanks that I’ve made. I’ve gained a lot of experience with each tank, and this is the best running r/c steam tank that I’ve made so far. As usual, I used an old & used Tamiya 1/16 tank chassis with clutch drive for skid steering. Electric motor was removed, and Regner steam engine just barely fit into that space. Bottom of the aluminum chassis were cut a bit to mount the engine. The compact Regner Midi boiler and gas tank fits nicely into the middle of the chassis, giving it good balance, as well as room to spare for the R/C gear. I fitted the Steam Lobster Tank with a 3 channel radio control system; one for steering, one for engine’s forward and reverse / throttle, and one for the steam whistle. “Link.

4 thoughts on “Steam powered radio controlled “lobster” tank

  1. KeithLDick says:

    Very Cool… Wish I still had all my old RC Stuff…

  2. jmassaglia says:

    I always want to build one of these when I see them until I start to price out the parts. A little outside of my hacking budget.

    Very cool though. I love the whistle.

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