Tiger Attack!

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Project by NDVermin posted 05-13-2013 01:24 PM 4371 views 3 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I realize that some would (perhaps justifiably) call this cheating, but yes, I did use CNC for this sign – at least it was a home made cnc machine :-)

Looking to make a series of “blue print” style signs and this is my first prototype. I’m quite happy with how it came out except for the lettering which will need some touch up for the next iteration.

-- Scott - and

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#1 posted 05-13-2013 01:28 PM

I just watched a video about people who rebuild tanks at 5 or 6 places from WWII. It was very interesting. This is a real nice plaque, whether CNC or not.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#2 posted 05-13-2013 02:02 PM

At first I thought this was going to be a commentary on the results of The Players Championship this past weekend. Beautiful piece! For the record, I’ve got no beef with CNC machines. It’s simply a different way of doing things that results in a different look. I like both CNC outputs along with hand carving.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#3 posted 05-13-2013 02:05 PM

Thanks Bailey – I always appreciate the hand carved stuff more than the CNC, just because I respect the talent, skill, and effort that goes into it. For the rest of us, I highly recommend CNC, it’s a ton of fun to play around with.

-- Scott - and

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#4 posted 05-13-2013 03:02 PM

Nice representation of the Tiger… Great work CNC or not… Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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#5 posted 05-13-2013 03:10 PM

Please post some photos or video of your CNC. Perhaps your next project might be something from the Allies.

-- Julian

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#6 posted 05-13-2013 03:47 PM

I’m with Julian on this one… photos or video of your CNC machine!

-- "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."

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#7 posted 05-13-2013 05:25 PM

+ 3 on the CNC information, along with Julian and TheeWoodShed. Home made tools, of whatever type, are the greatest. This Tiger sign is really very nice too, and I’d be interested in seeing the next CNC sign as well.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#8 posted 05-13-2013 07:46 PM

Great Design. Hell, I wish I had a CNC machine. Just like a computer is used in making pattern designs, and CNC has a use in the shop as well. Not sure I could build my own, but it would be nice to have

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#9 posted 05-13-2013 11:48 PM

Thumbs up!

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#10 posted 05-14-2013 01:17 AM

I luv the Tiger tank been to Patton Museum many times but not in the last few years a feared weapon in WW2

-- Stevo, work in tha city woodshop in the country

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#11 posted 05-14-2013 01:36 AM

Hi Folks – I added a few pics of my home made CNC per a few requests…it’s from plans by a company named Solsylva (strange name but they make good plans). Sorry I don’t have any videos – I will have to take one sometime.

The precision of the cuts I think is really surprisingly good, but my hunch is it is a lot slower than a production type CNC. I would definitely encourage you to give it a try to make one if you are interested. It’s probably not as difficult as you think, and tons of fun when you start cutting. On the software side, I’m far from an expert but Vectric’s Vcarve pro software is awesome. They have a higher level version called Aspire, but it’s out of my price range.

-- Scott - and

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#12 posted 05-15-2013 06:13 PM

The Tiger is one of my favorite Tanks. I love the look you got from the CNC. Now you need a Sherman tank to go with it :-)
I have looked at some of your other work and it is very impressive. You have some very nice guns from the period. Eager to see the M1 Garand, since it is my favorite rifle.

-- Peter, A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.

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#13 posted 05-16-2013 11:23 AM

Thanks Oregon. I need to get to that Garand project, I keep getting side tracked! Also worked on the Sherman last night…it’s frankly not as impressive looking as the Tiger, but we’ll see how it turns out I guess.

-- Scott - and

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#14 posted 05-16-2013 04:30 PM

Nice Plaque! I love CNC machines..I would love to have the room to own one..homemade or other! The Tiger tank was one of the most feared tanks of WW2. On average it took 5 Shermans to take out one Tiger. They weren’t mechanically engineered that well, broke down often and were complicated to repair, and they were very heavy due to the thick armor plating, so they were slow and used a lot of fuel. On the plus side, the main gun was powerful and accurate, splitting Shermans open with one shot at long distances. The armor plating was thick, and un penetrable in most areas on the Tiger by most tank rounds possessed by the US Army at the beginning of the war, except right between the turret and the hull on the back side, or on the underside of the tank. The German engineers also stumbled upon one of the best concepts in tank engineering with the Tiger, the sloping of the armor plating to deflect the energy of the incoming rounds, therefore accomplishing much better resistance to hostile fire without using crazy thicknesses of armor plating. There were many variations of this tank, including a turret design by the famous Ferdinand Porsche. The Germans took all the positives out of this tank and incorporated it into its older brother…the King Tiger…but it was too late in the war, and their manufacturing capabilities were so broken by then that they weren’t able to ramp up the king Tigers production fast enough to have an affect on the war.


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#15 posted 05-16-2013 06:27 PM

Great project.

Any information on your home built CMC machine?

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