Text is by Soukoudragon, I hope he doesn’t mind I borrowed it, but this is too good not to share :) * * Japanese man, a father and a husband hand built a 1/2.4 scale drivable tank to the details is featured on a TV program. Everything from the treads and gears to the outside armor. He started working on it 10 years ago (since the show aired). He loved tanks ever since he was a child. It was his dream to build his own tank. So as his hobby, he has been working on it. At first as just small pieces inside the house but later outside as it come together. People in the neighborhood always wondered what he was working on in the driveway. His mother and wife kept saying that they want him to quit. The tank is a Panzer IIIF. The mini-panzer III ended up costing about 2,000,000 yen which is almost 20,000 US dollars. The point of being on the TV show is to decide whether or not he should give up his tank building hobby or not. The man mentions the idea of building a second tank and is in fact secretly already in the early stages of making a real full size second tank. A deal is made if the father can drive his tank in a open area, he’ll give up the tank building. So they transport the tank to a survival test drive location (an airsoft gun location). During the drive, the tank breaks down. At the end, they say the break down was probably due to over heating in the engine but the tank was brought back home safely. So will he give it up? He says that many improvements still remain, lol. So he doesn’t want to give it up. Show ends with the speaker saying that somebody offered to buy the tank for 2,500,000 (25,000US$) for a positive net of 500,000 (5,000US$) and the wife who has been so reserved got all excited :) The video starts at 0:00 but the tank drive at the survival location starts at around 8:35 if you want to see the tank quickly. But I recommend going through the whole video.

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