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Charon, the tank destroyer-2017 January Winner

by Visionary on ‎01-26-2017 01:12 PM - edited

For our Computer Assisted Modelling class in Instituto Politécnico de Leiria me, Tiago Ferreira, and my friend, João Faria, both second year mechanical engineering students, decided to try and model a world war 2 tank destroyer, the Sd.Kfz. 186 Pänzerjäger Tiger Henschel chassis variant, based on his 1/72 model.For the modelling we used Solid Edge. At first we were to only model it's exterior, however, we thought that it would be too simple so we then decided to try and model the interior for our tank, we ended up basing our interior on the Tiger VI, tweaking it as we saw fit so everything would fit nicely and to remain as close to a real tank as possible.

First, we modelled the interior dealing with the tank's motion, as seen in motion_1 and motion_2.

After modelling everything responsible for the tank's motion and giving the correct relationships so it could move during the assembly we modelled the rest of the interior, including the referigerating system, firing mechanism and ammo racks, as seen in interior_1 and interior_2.

Finally, after all the interior was done we began assembling everything, dealing with the exterior plates as we assembled everything due to the fact that these exterior parts would be the parts that would suffer the most adjustments, having to do many cuts so everything would fit nicely.

In the end, we ended up using a total of 1292 parts, 282 unique parts and making everything as functional as possible, such as doors, hatches, firing mechanism, referigerator fans and tank motion, taking us around 4 months to complete our project, picking the name Charon, the ferrymen of the dead, for our tank, inspired by Grave Digger's song: Charon, Fährmann des Todes.


by Solution Partner Valued Contributor Solution Partner Valued Contributor
on ‎03-17-2017 05:48 AM

Nice work! Bom trabalho!

by Community Manager Community Manager
on ‎04-06-2017 01:01 PM

Congratulations Tiago! You have been selected as the 2017 January Winner. We will get back to you with your prize and certificate distribution.





by Visionary
‎04-06-2017 01:22 PM - edited ‎04-06-2017 01:40 PM

Thank you so much!

You all made our semester even better!


Best wishes,


Tiago Ferreira and João Faria