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Traveling in style and safety 

Running a Tokyo Marui R/C tank is fun indoors, but to truly appreciate it you must play with it out on dirt and grass. I live quite far from the nearest park, so when I decide to play outdoors, I needed suitable protection for my Abrams during transport.
I decided to find a rigid case that is weatherproof, and able to hold the tank, the transmitter, and any extra tools and supplies I may need along. After searching I settled on a tool box manufactured by Stanley in their trademark yellow color:

The actual Abrams National Stock Number (NSN) is stenciled on the case

The exterior of the toolbox measures 20 inches long, and 8 inches tall. Those dimensions were of sufficient space for my purposes, and I quickly set forth to modify it for my use.
Opening the top lid, you can see the upper tool tray. I lined the surface with blue craft foam to make it easier to see all the accessories I've placed in it. I'll describe the accessories later.

The blue foam lining was attached with CA glue

Under the tool tray safely resides the Abrams tank

Rather than resting on the bottom of the case, the Abrams tank sits on a cradle made of Masonite, a stiff particle board. I cut 1 inch thick strips of air conditioning insulation foam and hot-glued it to the side of the Masonite. The foam holds the tank snugly in place, so it does not shift forward or sideways during transport. I then attached nylon straps, front and back to make it easier to remove the entire cradle. A plastic box lined with blue craft foam in front of the tank holds the Tank Commander figurine and machineguns.

Rubber strips under the Masonite prevents the cradle from shifting inside the box

The upper tool tray is integral to protecting the Abrams tank from damage. The undersides have two large strips of foam hot-glued on. With the tool tray in place, it firmly pushes down on the turret roof. This protects the Abrams tank should the tool box roll over upside down.

A cutout in the tool tray firmly secures the handgrip of the transmitter

As mentioned earlier, I carry extra tools and supplies should I find the need to modify the suspension or effect repairs out in the field. Below is a collection of some of the tools and supplies I carry in the upper tool tray:

Spare alkaline batteries for the tank and transmitter, and a battery tester as well

The BB container is flat to better fit in the case, and the nozzle prevents spilling BBs

A wide brush for cleaning the Abrams, and a clip on flashlight is great for night time repairs

#1 Philips screwdriver to open up the tank, and tweezers and pliers to change suspension springs

The Stanley tool box is a great case to protect Tokyo Marui tanks. Its large size can hold plenty of tools and supplies, including my photographic equipment and camera. There is also has a latch to attach a padlock for security. The bottom of the case is rigid, I've attached self adhesive rubber pads so it stays firmly in place on rough ground. In the future, I may add wheels or even a shoulder strap.
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