Chinese Full-Size Tank Model made of Cartridge Cases

A group of Chinese military armament enthusiast made a full-size (1:1 scale) Chinese Type 99 tank model using cartridge cases of different sizes and types. They used almost 50,000 cases (48,356 to be precise) and made this fascinating replica. Once the job was done, they weighed the final model and it turned out to weigh 6.5 tons! The builders gifted this “shell-tank” to a museum located in Shenyang City, China.

Looks like they used all common military caliber cases – from small arms ones all the way to artillery shell cases and everything in-between.
The cases are cut and otherwise modified depending on the area they are used in to make the “tank”. Pretty impressive attention to details and lines. This must have been quite a time consuming and labor intensive process to build it.
The funny picture below probably shows the transportation process of this model tank.
Making models of Type 99 tanks seems to be a popular hobby in China. A year ago, a Chinese man made a replica of that tank from all kind of metal pieces he found in a junkyard. The result was a 20-ton replica exactly identical in dimensions with the original tank. By the way, it was also capable of moving at about 10 mph powered by a 2-liter diesel engine.

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  • You’re a bigger nerd than I am, Ganzhou Deng.

    Wow, what a magnificent creation.

  • The group is currently unavailable for comment, having been sentenced to death for building a tank and for owning all those cartridge cases, both of whose are felonies in China.

    • Friend of Tibet

      Lol, no, you can buy bullet cases from 9mm to 105 shell in China easily and legally. As matter of fact you can buy these at Military museum in Beijing.

      Just search “弹壳工艺品” on Taobao website.

  • Fgghll

    Where is the 1:1 scale model of the guy standing in front of it?

    • bert saxby

      Okay, that’s funny!

    • wetcorps

      Took me a moment 🙂

  • SP mclaughlin

    Bubba in the US: makes shotgun from junk steel pipes.
    Chinese man: makes MBT replica from scrap metal.

    • Vhyrus

      Difference? The shotgun works.

      • Twilight sparkle

        The second tank in the article could drive

  • Gary Kirk

    When I barely find time to make it to the range; My wife, “You have too much time on your hands”.. These ass clowns can build this.. I wonder how much of the brass was from project encouragement dealing with the “lazy” employees??

  • jerry young

    I have a tiny tank made from about 50 7.62X39 cases my wife bought me and I thought it was cool, I want this but I don’t think it will fit into my little reloading room let alone on the shelf.