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Veterbot Remixed to fit Tamiya Tank Base

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Veterbot Remixed to fit Tamiya Tank Base by SkyRider May 28, 2014
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This is a 42% scaled down very rough remix to allow you to mount this body (well, parts of it anyhow) onto a Tamiya tank base (the wooden plank variety. I have a dual gearbox on mine running 3 road wheels, one sprocket and one return per side (no idlers). This fits exactly over the gearbox. The nose should extend past the end of the base as should the rear. You will need to drill 2 holes in the main body to pass the return wheels' axle through. My tank is being run by an Arduino Uno. I include a horribly done, but adequate PING sensor mount to go on its spine. Remember....this is rough. I cleaned up a lot with some sanding and filling and it's looking pretty good.

Update 4/25/2016: It's been running great and I uploaded pictures. I have TinySine board providing BT connectivity and the tank is controlled from my phone. The hump in the photos is a battery pack of 2 9v batteries but I have since converted to a pair of 12v batteries with a much smaller profile.
Update 07/17/2014: Redid the body to reflect changes based on the original. V2 has a pod on its back to accommodate an Arduino Nano and a 2 motor shield. The PING sensor mount goes in front and is glued. The little 'door' then seals the pod with 4 small screws. The rear panel encloses the gearbox and battery (battery in the nose, gearbox in the back. Then run your wiring and voila. Haven't printed it yet, but it should work with a little cleanup of the body (some minor sanding to correct small errors not worth chasing down).

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Hi SkyRider!
Glad that you find the model useful and decide to make the remix. Looks good to me!
I've also mentioned your work at our building instructions page: http://veterobot.com/buildyourself.htmlhttp://veterobot.com/buildyour...

Hi Andrey,
I printed all the parts and then used a technique I borrowed from my plastic modelling projects to fill the the ridges so they are perfectly smooth. The assembly fits exactly over the Tamiya dual motor gearbox and takes an Arduino Uno and motor shield. It looks a lot like the Rover Tank from Space 1999 and is very, very cool. I'm having a version printed by Shapeways so I have something to cast copies from for several other Tamiya TankBots.