1/5 Scale Sherman Tank Plans and Instructions

Second Edition

(Skip the fluff and order now!)

Many, many people have told me I should publish plans and instructions for building this tank. So... here they are.

Plans and InstructionsThese plans include 81 pages (6" by 9" for easy booklet printing) and 86 illustrations and photos. It covers hull construction, suspension assembly, track construction, motor selection and installation, even paint. Sources for parts (some of them decidedly non-conventional), and tactics for saving money are also included. EVERYTHING you need to know.

I tell you some of the mistakes I made, and how you can avoid them. I also include several thoughts on improving reliability, cost, and ease of construction of the design - things that I did not do, but would, if I were to do it over again.

Twelve sample pages are available here as a 172KB image showing the ratio of images to text. This section shows the constructon of the suspension, including the front and rear sprocket.

NOTE: I have not, however, included any information on making the pneumatic cannon, as that seemed like an awfully good way to get sued. If you build a pneumatic gun, you're on your own.

Table of Contents

  • Disclaimer
  • Table of Contents
  • Introduction
  • Safety
  • Part I: Cutting the Plywood
    • Cutting Layout
    • Parts Details
  • Part II: Assembling the Hull
  • Part III: Assembling the Suspension
    • Bogies and Road Wheels
    • Drive Axles
    • Track Sprocket
    • Rear Axle and Idler Wheels
    • Track
    • Tank Cradle and Lifting Rig
  • Part IV: The Turret
    • Turret Plans
    • The Gun
    • Paint
  • Part V: The Electrical System
    • Running 12v Accessories on 24v
    • Wire
    • Batteries
    • Motor Selection
    • Installing the Motors
    • Motor Control
    • Battery Compartment Fan
    • Lights
  • Conclusion
  • Appendix I: Sources
  • Appendix II: Glossary
  • Appendix III: Motor Calculations

The book is available for $10 as a PDF download (1.78MB) from this website. Payment is via PayPal, a free (to you, the buyer) and easy online payment service that accepts credit cards and bank transfers. Just click on the link below and you'll be sent off to PayPal to make your payment, and then returned to a page on this website for the download. When you reach the "You made a payment" page on the PayPal site, be sure to click on the "Click here to Continue" link on the lower left! If you don't, you won't be sent back to this site, and you'll be left wondering where the heck your download is.

If you'd rather pay me by money order, you can send it to:
W. E. Johns
RE: Tank Plans
23 South Franklin Street
Athens, NY 12015

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As of February 15, 2013, the book is also available for Kindle on Amazon.com.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at bill@gizmology.net.


© 2013 W. E. Johns