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How does a Tank work? (M1A2 Abrams)

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📼Video Summary:
Come see how a tank works! In this video we’re going to look specifically at the American M1A2 Abrams tank. The tank weighs 68 US Tons and can go up to 42 miles per hour. Parts of the tank include the caterpillar tracks, the wheels, the hull, and the turret. The caterpillar tracks are used to displace the weight of the tank allowing it cross rough terrain. The tank holds a crew of 4 – the driver, gunner, commander and the loader. The driver is up front and the other 3 are in the turret. The engine is in the back of the tank, it’s an AGT-1500 which is powered by jet fuel. The main gun fires shells at about 3500mph. It can hit a target 2 miles away. There are a few countries besides the USA that use variants of the M1 Abrams tank. M1A2 Abrams tank continues to be the main battle tank for the United States military.

I apologize for not including metric units in the video. I normally include both metric and imperial but this video I got lazy. (and yes, even as an American I agree our system is pretty wonky😫)
I made a mistake with the smoke grenade launchers in the video. They don’t emit smoke directly – they shoot out grenades around the tank and then those grenades emit smoke.
For those of you that noticed the anime paint job on the helicopter in War Thunder – yes this is a real thing. Do a google search for “Kisarazu Sisters”

⌚Timestamps:
00:00 – Intro
00:21 – M1 Abrams
00:58 – Versions of Tank
01:36 – Specs
02:20 – Quick Tour
02:45 – Caterpillar Tracks
03:41 – Surface Area and More Tracks
04:35 – Engine
05:22 – Outside Features
05:52 – Turret
07:10 – Inside the Turret
08:00 – Ammunition
08:24 – Driver
9:03 – Other Countries
9:15 – Conclusion

Special thanks to contributors that helped review this video:
Captain John Uvina & Captain Darian Vaughn; US Army, Armor Officers
1LT (RET) Trevor Knowles; US Army Corps of Engineers

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Some of the 3D models you see in this video were purchased from TurboSquid (links below).
The models were then modified for use in this video.
I did not end up using the tank 3d model that War Thunder sent me – it was easier to purchase a model specifically made for blender.
www.turbosquid.com/3d-models/maya-m1-abrams-tank/704886
www.turbosquid.com/3d-models/3d-soldier-blender-model-1477321
www.turbosquid.com/3d-models/3d-model-of-agt-1500-turbine/839524

Internet Sources:

M1 Abrams


fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/land/m1.htm
science.howstuffworks.com/m1-tank1.htm
youtu.be/t1oXoHUqlNg – “M1A2 Abrams Tank”
youtu.be/sC2ePKRvo9k – “M1A2 Main Battle Tank Firing Main Gun – Interior View”
youtu.be/OFN79wuuTy8 – “Anatomy of an Abrams Tank”

Book Sources:
“M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank: From 1980 (M1, M1A1, M1A2 Models) – Owners’ Workshop Manual”
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“The M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank” By Steve Parker
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“Tanks Inside & Out” By Michael E. Haskew
amzn.to/2WayVxa

Music: (Soundstripe.com)
“Breaking and Entering” By Rhythm Scott
“Binary” By Falls

Made with Blender 2.82a, Cycles Render

Here is some of the gear that I use for animation:
Graphics Card: GTX 1080ti amzn.to/2t70HN0
CPU: i7-8700k amzn.to/2WEk9OE
Motherboard: Asus Prim Z370-A amzn.to/2t4EVth
Microphone: Samson Go Mic amzn.to/2GaSpvV
Mouse: Logitech G600 amzn.to/2UKhf9P

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