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05/04/2004
Hudson Valley Manufacturing Technical Systems Students to Complete 1:6 Scale Models of Abrams Main Battle Tanks

CONTACT: Janine Kava (518) 629-8071 or (518) 341-0601 (pager)
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, May 4, 2004

WHO: Second-year students in Hudson Valley Community College 's Manufacturing Technical Systems (MFT) program.
WHAT: The students will put the finishing touches on four working models of an Abrams Main Battle Tank (built on a 1:6 scale). The radio-controlled tanks each weigh approximately 400 pounds and measure 66 inches long, 36 inches wide and 20 inches high. Each tank has more than 15,000 parts.
WHEN:

8 a.m. to noon, Thursday, May 6. For more information or directions, please call 629-8085.

WHERE:

Hudson Valley Community College
Lang Hall, Room 108
80 Vandenburgh Avenue, Troy

DETAILS: The students built the tanks through the MFT program's Capstone Project, which allows students to use the knowledge they have gained to build impressive, precision working models of machines. The project has been in the works since the 2001-02 academic year, and was sponsored by two local businesses, Benet Laboratories and CeramTech. The models – named 1812 The Uncle Sam, 9-11 Never Forget, 1207 Infamy and 2004 The Larkinator (dubbed such by the students after project advisor, Associate Professor David Larkin) – will be presented to the project's sponsors; Hudson Valley Community College; and the Center for Economic Growth at the college's 9th Capstone Ceremony at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 12, in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium.