Adam's Panzer III build

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Adam Osga
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Re: Adam's Panzer III build

Post by Adam Osga » Mon Mar 04, 2019 2:37 am

After working for about 12 days straight, I finally got to sit down and make a bit of progress this weekend. She's starting to come together again! I'm now working on the upper sections of the tank; lining everything up, loctiting everything together, filling holes, sanding, painting etc.




I actually have quite a large spray booth yet the parts make it look so small.


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Beginning of electronic installation

Post by Adam Osga » Sun May 05, 2019 1:57 am

So, it's finally tank weather again down here in Houston (it's getting hot) so I am trying to get the electronics installed and setup. I have the drive system going in the correct direction and am using the single stick method. However I am hearing something in the drive train that probably should not be there. I took a video and will post below. I did take the gear cases off to see if I could see anything rubbing but both sides look completely clean. FYI, per the instructions, I have no grease on the gears.

I have no idea how to post a video here but I managed to post on youtube.

Any guidance is appreciated.


Edit: maybe I need to get some differential marking compound to see if the gears are meshing properly?

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Re: Adam's Panzer III build

Post by Phil Woollard » Sun May 05, 2019 6:16 am

Sounds like the drive motor gears are dry and tight, and maybe fighting each other, check the tx set-up and maybe go back to the simple two stick operation just to eliminate the latter, some grease would help, when you take a look at the gears you may see some evidence. If no grease is used it's basically metal on metal! 8) Phil.
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Re: Adam's Panzer III build

Post by Vince Cutajar » Sun May 05, 2019 1:05 pm

Just to bump your post.

Does the noise come from both sides of the tank or just one side? Do you get that noise with the tracks off also?


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Re: Adam's Panzer III build

Post by Robert E Morey » Sun May 05, 2019 5:39 pm

Nice looking P3 Adam. So satisfying when the tracks go on for the first drive. True milestone.

I cannot tell if that noise is metal rubbing or electric motor noise. The motors have a reduction drive gearbox which will make some noise. As long as nothing is rubbing the hull (main sprocket or sprocket drive gear) you should be ok.
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Re: Adam's Panzer III build

Post by Brian Ostlind » Sun May 12, 2019 5:34 am

Yes so awesome!

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