Apr 10 2008Boy Builds Homemade 1:2 Scale Panzer Tank

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This isn't the first miniature Panzer tank we've featured on Geekologie, but it certainly is the most plywoody one. Kettering University mechanical engineering student Will Foster built the 1:2 scale tank using plywood, a three-cycle diesel engine, and a bunch of other random crap. It has a top speed of 20 MPH and can shoot paintballs, golf balls, and empty Red Bull cans out of its air cannon. Will estimates it's got about $2,000 worth of parts in it, but says he's spent over $10,000 due to the trial-and-error nature of its construction. Let's see, what else? Oh yeah, it's got a sweet "420" painted on the turret in red. Will, you funny little stoner you -- so crafty. Seriously though, I commend you on your ability to finish a project while smoking the chronic. Did I say chronic? I meant schwag (and maybe the occasional beaster). Still, good job -- the only thing I ever made in college when I was high were straight D's.

Video of Will and the tank after the jump, along with a link to the longer article.

Kettering University student Will Foster builds fully operational half-size Panzer tank [mlive]

Thanks to Brandon, who doesn't need a plywood tank because he drives a platinum monster truck, for the tip

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First.
WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

I think I need a nap.

420 is also Hitler's b-day. Maybe this dude's a neo-nazi??? Well, probably not.

I'd have built two....

....only then will the world learn to fear me....

umm its said alot but unless you can accoutn for the extream shadowing i call photoshop

ha he said beasters!

super geek u puff head!

~420~

@4 Click the link and watch the video..... then call photoshop.

all they need now is a little infantry division that shoots bb's at them. they could reenact the battle of mai gai son.

i lost my job because i was watching this video.

Will Foster, you're on my list.

no, seriously. I got the can today, watching this very video. Wanna talk to me about Nazis?

Contact 1-2-1 kanst mich mal. Arsh mallen.

I shall build one, and have it fire fish. Call it 'Fishiekrieg'... or 'Blitzfish'... F***, there's a humorous name somewhere in there...

He wouldn't stand a chance against my Brunton Helios :P

pfffft!! he wouldn't stand a chance against my *lawnmower*.

...but i just noticed that nobody's giving him props for writing "420" on the turret. damn. you guys are slipping.

Pretty cool, i would be interested in these home projects in the future.

Anything that cost $10,000 and made of plywood has got to be well thought out.

Nap + me = spoon

@13

Because the Geekology writer did it first

he better be careful... an M4 sherman is gunna bust through a building screaming "DIE FILTHY KRAUT!"

he should have dildos shoot out of its air canon

I agree, ad like the project, i only wish there was more detailed photos posted or a video showing more of the inner workings, not just an outside view

I really appreciate your help.Thank you very much!

wow. this could scare you nosy neighbors :D
well i say, HEIL!

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