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    Surprised that there isn't a topic about this. So what do you guys use to transport your tanks?

    When I was looking for a good tank transport case I couldn't really find anything suitable ready made. At least not in the Netherlands or in Europe. So I resorted to this:
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    I bought a big aluminium trunk of the brand "Defender" and clad the sides and bottom with 5mm thick EVA foam. After that I used sheets of 3cm EPE foam to make a tray for the tank and a smaller tray for the remote control and two battery packs.

    ​​​​The trays are removable, so can be swapped if I would ever feel the need.

    Now all that remains is to take it into the wild. :)

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    A few of us here in the States use plastic tool boxes like this "Stanley Fat Max" box. Click image for larger version

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    • #3
      I hadn't even thought of cases. I just put mine in my truck with my planes. But, these are great ideas.

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      • #4
        HDMM I actually looked at the Stanley Fatmax before opting for an aluminium case. But for my King Tiger I think it would've been a bit too small.
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        • #5
          Prowler901 ​I like making stuff, so this was a fun little project. I probably won't be transporting the tank a lot as I don't own a car (hey it's the Netherlands, we take trains or bike everywhere ​​​​​​). But at the least it's nice to have a sturdy dustfree case to put it in for storage.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Prowler901 View Post
            I hadn't even thought of cases. I just put mine in my truck with my planes. But, these are great ideas.
            I did that too, but the heavier tanks will actually roll, had my King Tiger roll and bump into something else going around a corner, luckily nothing was broken.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by UltraVargen View Post
              HDMM I actually looked at the Stanley Fatmax before opting for an aluminium case. But for my King Tiger I think it would've been a bit too small.
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              Definitely one of the harder tanks to transport 😎

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              • #8
                My tank hauler is the Home Depot 26" tool box for 22.00. both my tanks fit into there one box (T34 and German Panther).

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                • #9
                  William Fraden I can see that working very well with the smaller tanks.

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                  • #10
                    A couple of months ago I found this box at Goodwill (thrift store) for $25!

                    I guess it's an equipment carry case for musical equipment or some such. Way too good of a deal to leave behind.
                    I immediately set to work on modifications and decorating.😉 Click image for larger version

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                    I first built in a removable shelf so the case can accommodate two tanks.
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                    Then I went about the tedious task of stencil making and masking.😒
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                    Once I was happy with the masking job, out to the great outdoors for paint! Click image for larger version

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                    So this is my first carry case project and I have a few more planed. It was actually quite a bit of fun!😃

                    This is the end results.
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                    • #11
                      That came out really sharp, Pynaegan ! Did you seal it with a clearcoat?
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                      • #12
                        Pynaegan That looks real slick, and a great find! I like the idea of adding layers for multiple tanks. Think I'll do that as well with my xase once I get a second tank. :)
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Alpha View Post
                          That came out really sharp, Pynaegan ! Did you seal it with a clearcoat?
                          Thank you! I thought about a clear coat for about ten seconds and decided against it. (my last clear coat job was an utter failure)😆😒

                          The surface of the box is deceptively textured and porous so it took a number of passes to get the "black" to disappear. I was afraid my lack of skills would leave my paintwork dull and being a porous surface would be next to impossible to start again. (If'n it ain't broke, don't be a fix'n it)😏

                          HOLY SMOKES!
                          I just looked up the box I have for the first time!😲
                          Looks like it's worth about three to five hundred dollars! (well...before I "had my way" with it)😆

                          If I had to make ANY recommendations, it would be "Frogtape".

                          https://www.amazon.com/Duck-1396748-...45142158&psc=1

                          The green tape on my project was frogtape.(no bleeding)😃

                          The blue tape on my box was regular masking tape. (occasional bleeding)😒

                          Next time will be Frogtape all the way.😏

                          I'm sorry I didn't document the entire modification as I should have. Once I start picking up tools, I get into a "groove" and forget to take pictures.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by UltraVargen View Post
                            Pynaegan That looks real slick, and a great find! I like the idea of adding layers for multiple tanks. Think I'll do that as well with my xase once I get a second tank. :)
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                            Thank you!

                            When I get a moment, I'll try to make some footage of how I mounted brackets in the case and made the shelf as well as the packing. I can pack both tanks along with all the accessories and even invert the case without damage to any of the contents.
                            (at least thus far)😆

                            I'll try to get that done by this weekend.

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                            • #15
                              Pynaegan Thanks, that would be very insightful!

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                              • #16
                                Sorry it took so long to follow up. (life and such)

                                After measuring for the height of the shelf, I pop riveted some two inch brackets to the inside.
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                                Made the shelf to fit the Tiger 1
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                                Cushions for the Tiger 1
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                                A bit of spacer padding to keep the King Tiger in place.
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                                Padding for the Tiger 1 and it's controller.
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                                Cavity at the end of the chest holds batteries, charger and FPV goggles.
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                                Clamp down the lid and we're ready to travel!
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                                • #17
                                  No worries mate, glad you posted those pictures! It looks very ingenious. In wonder if I can do something similar with my case.

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