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TRUMblestilskin #1 Posted Sep 27 2016 - 19:07

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I know that this really isn't considered "Art" but was looking for a few ideas. I have decided that instead of building my kids a treehouse to instead build a exact model of a mouse. Im trying to find the dimensions for the tank but dont know where to look. I have most the materials I need including a circular type swing I plan to set inside the hull and mount the turret on so it turns 360 degrees. Road wheels I have many 15" steel wheels I plan to torch in half an weld together offset. Thinking of taking several 55 gallon drums and torch track treads separately and weld these to steel concrete rebar in that I will bend to make the shape of the tracks. ANY AND ALL IDEAS APPRECIATED!  

PrinzEugen85 #2 Posted Sep 27 2016 - 19:10

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Epic plan :) Wikipedia's Maus entry has some basic info and measurements. I'm sure there's others who have other info too.

Cutthroatlemur #3 Posted Sep 27 2016 - 19:18

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https://www.the-blue...om/search/maus/

 

I don't see any dimensions on the drawings but the proportions look good and you can possibly print and extrapolate dimensions.  Cool idea!  Please post pics 



Themutt36 #4 Posted Sep 27 2016 - 19:43

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An idea would be to buy the 1/35 scale model (or 1/72 if you can't find it) produced by DML.  Look on Ebay.  Take the measurements from the model kit and convert the measurements to a 1:1 scale.  Example; if the 1/35 scale road wheel is 10mm, then the 1:1 size would be 350mm.  Actual measurement = the model's measurements X the scale.  So 1 inch on a 1/35 scale would = 35 inches and 1 inch on a 1/72 would = 72 inches.

 

It's not exact, but if you combine those with the other dimensions on like the wikapedia if should get you pretty close.

 

Having a model kit of it will allow you to add a great many details than just looking at in-game pics.  If you cannot find one, PM me later and I will see if I still have one that I can get measurements for you.

 


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TRUMblestilskin #5 Posted Sep 27 2016 - 19:44

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Great, I have the exact dimensions thanks, PrinzEugen and Cutthroatmur! I can take the front and rear angles from the drawings. What has my clock ticking is how to make the turret turn with the strength of a 10 year old kid... Will post pictures once I get started.

Themutt36 #6 Posted Sep 27 2016 - 19:52

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If turrret is front heavy due to gun, add ballast to back, then use chain and sprocket from a bicycle to crank the turret.  or V belts from old engine pulleys.

blackfalconjc #7 Posted Sep 27 2016 - 19:55

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View PostThemutt36, on Sep 27 2016 - 13:52, said:

If turrret is front heavy due to gun, add ballast to back, then use chain and sprocket from a bicycle to crank the turret.  or V belts from old engine pulleys.

 

I've also seen DYI mini tanks that they used Cordless Drill motors in for propulsion, so I'm assuming they'd have enough juice for turning a turret. If you counter balance it good and mount it on ball bearings, you might not need anything else besides a push bar, as rotational force is pretty easy to get going...

Themutt36 #8 Posted Sep 27 2016 - 20:01

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlUbZhsxcWI

I dont know if this link thing will work, but this is a video of a guy who made a 2/5 scale sherman that he drives around.



ClydeCooper421 #9 Posted Sep 27 2016 - 20:05

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Suddenly I wish I was one of your kids...

TRUMblestilskin #10 Posted Sep 27 2016 - 20:34

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Great support from you guys! So I went and did the rough ground measurements for a 1:1 scale of a Maus and decided something must change. Either the size or location. I was going to build this in my yard but but saw how enormous this this really is. The blocks represent the 4 corners outlined on max dimensions on how much space will roughly be needed. Then I realized something else, this thing would be 2 ft taller and exactly half the size of a shed I build a few years back to hold and work on 3 cars! THING IS GOING TO BE A MONSTER! In the middle pic that is a 25 FT tape fully extended. Bottom pic will give an idea, being about the same length as my shed, half the width, and 2 ft taller that the 10ft it stands@!

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Cutthroatlemur #11 Posted Sep 27 2016 - 21:52

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Awesome!  I will follow this topic for sure.

PrinzEugen85 #12 Posted Sep 27 2016 - 23:14

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Heh, yeah the Maus was a haus on tracks :) Glad I could help a bit!

Cutthroatlemur #13 Posted Nov 26 2016 - 00:22

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Any update OP?

_Steel_Casket_ #14 Posted Nov 14 2018 - 20:57

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Lost me on this one.

LordPrototype464 #15 Posted Dec 10 2018 - 17:22

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Well then... Probably the best idea I've ever seen. A Maus House, that is genius! You could call it the panzerhaus XD

Hope it goes well! :)




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