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Rumbling like thunder across the battlefield comes a rolling fortress, ready to strike fun into the hearts of its recipient. This bulletproof bruiser fits the cargo bay of the AC-130 (plans sold separately) so you can airdrop your armor anywhere it's needed.

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Albuquerque

Abrams Tank

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  • Fun
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The plan is easy to follow and the parts all worked worked perfectly. Enjoyed making this tank for my grandson. Would reommend anyone who enjoys woodworking to make this a project, especially for someone specil. You will be a hero.

M1 Abrams Tank Review

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Excellent plans. Very detailed and easy to follow. Product turned out great.

New Mexico

Lots of fun and skill building

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  • Just plain fun
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  • Axel peg hole size wrong
I kind of messed up by not paying attention to wood species on the parts list. And, I got the commander's machinegun mount backwards. Still a very fun project, I'm going to do it again. My only CON statement is that the wheel axel pegs do not fit in 7/32 inch holes; I had to drill the holes to 15/64 for the pegs to fit, even when driving them inwith a soft mallet. I recommend dry fitting all wheels before mounting the fenders. I also had problems with front or rear wheel interfering with the first wheel on the spacer. Wheel axel location is probably the most critical step on this project, almost every other potential mistake can be covered.

Albuquerque

Specify wood species more precisely

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My supplier of cherry does not provide wood as dark as you show. I have heard there may be treatment tips to "age" some species. Are you aware of these?

Albuquerque

Instructions need work

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  • Good patterns for the most part.
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  • Additional technique tips would help.
1. I strongly recommend the axle peg holes be drilled to 15/64 inch, NOT 7/32. The pegs will not insert into a 7/32 inch hole and 15/64 inch is plenty tight enough for gluing.



2. The instructions should be modified to include a step to dry fit all axles and wheels BEFORE gluing the fenders on. This would ensure the pegs fit and the holes are deep enough for them to seat. I found the pegs to be too long, or I cut the wheel spacers too narrow -- I had to extend the holes into the chassis body for the middle wheels to seat.



3. I would like to see the machine gun mount and periscope designs modified to add short dowels on the bottoms and holes in the turret to register location and stabilize the installation without glue squeeze out. And, a little ingenuity might actually allow the machine gun mount to swivel -- who knows?.



Other than the above, I have found this to be a most enjoyable project so far. The parts kit is indispensable in my opinion.