How to Make RC Tanks
There are many ways one can build a remote-controlled tank. For example, you can purchase a kit, or if you’re more advanced with prior experience assembling models, there’s the option of building an RC tank entirely from scratch. The first critical step is to understand what kind of RC tank driver you are, and the level of commitment you’re willing to put into the project. There are many choices to consider when it’s time to construct your own tank, each with varying degrees of difficulty and price points. Weigh the alternatives, and decide on next steps.
If you’re a novice and just kicking off your hobby, building a tank before becoming familiar with the intricacies of using the device may not be the best route. It may make more sense at this juncture to just buy an RC tank to understand how the tank works and the complexities of using a remote control. However, as you continue to engage with your RC tank, you’ll develop a greater appreciation for the tank’s capabilities and potential. You won’t stay satisfied with the base model performance, and you’ll look to improve the tank and even move on to more sophisticated versions to fit your driving style. The components of the tank will be vital, especially when considering the type of terrain you’d like to drive it in.
When buying an RC tank, many models are sold as kits, so the user has to build it. It’s a reasonably straightforward process because instructions are included in the set. The technical components are typically pre-assembled, like the transmitter. When it comes to constructing an RC tank from scratch without any pre-fabricated pieces, some basic knowledge in electronics and wiring will be advantageous. You’re not just building a model tank; you’re making your model tank remote-controlled. How do you go about making an RC tank from scratch?
After deciding on the objective of your RC tank, choose the best type of material suited to that purpose. If you’re going to minimize the potential for damage to the tank, then cardboard could be a great option. Otherwise, if you plan to use the tank heavily, exposing it to the rougher ground, metal would probably be a better option for you. The tools needed during the building process will depend on your choice of material, which is also a consideration when investing in this hobby. Are they already in your toolbox, or do you need to purchase additional tools to build the tank? Also, you’ll need a two-channel transmitter and receiver to get your tank moving. Batteries, tracks, driving wheels, bearing wheels, wiring, screws, and reducer motors round out the list of required equipment. Several of these components are available for different materials, so the base of the tank will determine the make-up of the components. For example, a metal tank will need more substantial tracks and wheels than a cardboard tank. The Internet offers tutorials with step-by-step instructions to assemble the tank and advice regarding each component.
The size and positioning of the wheels that propel the track system determine the layout of the tank. Once the body of the tank has been measured onto the material, cut out, and assembled, the wheels are attached on the outside, and the reducer motors are attached to each of the top wheel cogs from the inside of the tank. Then, the tracks are fit around the wheels. The tank is now functional, but only from a manual perspective. To add the remote control capability, solder wires between the reducer motors and the receiver. Then, affix the receiver under the tank near the reducer motors. Finally, connect a battery to the receiver, attaching the battery to the tank near the receiver. The last step is to turn on the transmitter to connect with the RC tank. You should now be able to command the tank.
The difficulty related to building an RC tank is contingent upon on the materials you choose and your background with assembly and tools. Metal tanks require power tools to shape your vehicle and connect the components. Cardboard may be a simpler and less expensive option for an initial attempt at constructing an RC tank. Certainly, prior experience will give you an advantage from the start, but building multiple versions will improve the quality of your RC tanks over time, maximizing the enjoyment of your hobby.