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Army January 31, 2013
IT'S not often one would see a tank in
suburban Sydney but for the residents
of one street it's something they've
become quite accustomed to.
Fabricated by hand, the 43 per cent
scale driveable Leopard AS1 Tank is
powered by a nine horsepower Honda
engine, boasts a top speed in the bush of
17km/h and weighs almost 320kg.
Not content with traditional hob-
bies, creator Sgt S -- ex Armoured Corps
and now serving with 1 Cdo Regt -- said
the project began as something for his
"It had started out smaller but now
turned into what it is," he said.
"I wanted to do something with my
hands as my own project and being ex-
Armoured Corps I thought I'd give it a
Sgt S's fondness for tanks began when
he was posted to 1 Armd Regt for seven
years, spending time as a troop corporal.
He could have done the usual thing and
rebuilt a car, but he wanted a project that
he could call his own.
"Only the engine block wasn't built by
me," he said.
"Everything else was shaped by hand
from source materials."
The project began in August 2008 and
was completed late last year, with Sgt S
working around postings, deployments, a
hectic work schedule and family commit-
He said he used a combination of a
HOW IT WORKS
Engine: 9 HP Honda with a 6:1 reduction unit.
Transmission: Primary and secondary drives run two inde-
pendent shafts for neutral turning.
Turret Drive: A 12V DC-converted winch driving a 57-tooth
gear into embedded 06B chain in the bottom of the Turret.
Gun: Elevates and depresses via a linear actuator under-
neath the barrel.
Speed: 6-8km low gear and 15-17km in high.
Tracks: LDPE pads, form ply tracks covered w
veyor belt rubber. Centre guide is 25x50x1.6m
Ex-tanky makes tracks
Building a model doesn't have to be small scale,
Cpl Nick Wiseman discovers.
Armoured: Sgt S built a driveable Leopard Tank at 43 per cent of real world size.
Photos by Cpl Campbell Myers
1/35th-scale model and memories to create
"I then drew it in TurboCAD to ensure
all components fitted, there was enough
space and other engineering aspects," he
"All components were then built before
the hull to ensure everything fitted cor-
The tank is waterproof, with a hull
strong enough to stand on, built from
wood, metal and fibreglass.
While the tank may be a small-scale
replica, it is big on features. The turret
rotates 360 degrees, the gun electrically
elevates and a swivel-based chair allows
the driver to move with the turret.
neighbours and workmates.
"Most of my mates think it's either
cool or I'm completely nuts," he said.
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