May 2003, Games
Workshop contacted me with regards to building a
1/6th fully RC Baneblade. Not knowing too much about
their models, I asked if we could meet and discuss this
Tank. Ewen and Tony from Forge
World came down to see me and the Tanks, and we
immediately got on very well. When I looked at a 1/35th
model of this monstrous Tank, I realised it was going
to be a bit big!
and Olga were coming over to stay with us in July that
year, bringing with them the first 1/6th Maus, at that
time, by far the biggest 1/6th RC Tank in the world.
We all met up with the guys from Games Workshop again
at the War & Peace show in 2003, where I showed
the 1/35th model to Alex for his opinions. He almost
instantly said "Da Da, we can make this Tank!"
So Alex and I worked out how much it would cost for
him to make, and after the show, I put the figure to
Games Workshop for their approval. In August / September
we got the official order for Alex to begin the work.
first, as is always the case with a huge project like
this, things started slowly, but after a few months,
pictures started to come through from Alex of work in
progress. When we looked at the size of it, we thought
we had all gone mad!
the turrets started to take shape,
then a first track sample.
The top part detail parts were slowly made and added,
until in June 2004 Alex sent me this picture that blew
is 6' 4" tall, so I was a bit shocked!
July 2004 the Baneblade was sent to me, on two pallets.
When it arrived in the back of a 7.5 ton truck, the
complete package weight in at 317 kgs!, there was however
a 1/6th Sherman Firefly inside it!!!
only way I could move it from its box, was to drive
it, so I connected up the RC, Battery and ESC and literally
drove it off of its crate, and into my workshop! As
it is so big, being 4'10" wide, 6' long and almost
3' tall, and it weighed in at 230kgs!! It would not
go on my bench, so I had to work on it on the floor,
luckily, it was summer! I had to stiffen the suspension
slightly, adjust the gearing by lowering the chain drive
to the rear sprockets, connect all the electronics up,
fit 2 x 60w 8" speaker with a 400 amp amplifier,
use 2 x RC systems, one to control the drive, front
turret, and sounds, and another to operate the main
turret and side sponson turrets with main gun elevation.
I then made up all the switches, and charging leads
so as not to remove any turrets, set it all up, and
tested it up and down the road to our premises. The
Baneblade is over half the width of the road, so it
looked unreal driving up it, as a certain tractor driver
can confirm, he was gobsmacked to see this thing driving
up the road towards him!
I had finished it, I contacted Ewen at Games Workshop
who came down to check it all out, be shown how to operate
it, and for me to park it in their van, albeit, only
just! To say they were happy with it, was an understatement,
as it was, and is, mighty impressive on the move. Alex
has done an amazing job just getting it to move, let
alone making it so quickly.
on 3rd October this year, I was invited to drive the
Baneblade at the Games Workshop Day at the NIA in Birmingham
in front of 8000 people. The Tank behaved itself very
well, giving 5 demonstrations throughout the day.
Workshop had added some lights, and some extra detail,
and painted it to their own design. It looked and sounded
fantastic on the day. Everyone who saw it there, was
very impressed. Now, I believe it will be sent around
the world, promoting their shows, and who knows, there
be more in the future!
can sell these direct to anybody interested.
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