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
||Second-year students in Hudson Valley Community College 's Manufacturing
Technical Systems (MFT) program.
||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.
8 a.m. to noon,
Thursday, May 6. For more information or directions, please call 629-8085.
Hudson Valley Community College
Lang Hall, Room 108
80 Vandenburgh Avenue, Troy
||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