28 May 2008

3D Challenge #043 - Tank

Note: Please read the guidelines for participating in the challenge. The purpose of the challenge is to have fun and bring SketchUp users together and help each other learn and get better at using our favorite 3d modeling program. We will remove comments that are objectionable or offensive.

This week's challenge:


The task at hand this week is to model a tank of your choice. Some of the more famous tanks may be that of the M4 Sherman, or the Tiger I and II. Your tank can be from any era (World War I, World War II, Modern...etc.), or completely by imagination. Remember, this is a fun modeling challenge, not a which tank performs better challenge. Some may wish to use a picture template for modeling their tank, but try to keep textures to a minimum.

Let's see some more great models!

3D Warehouse tag: 3d challenge 043

Due Date: Wed, June 4 (Challenge Closed)

Click here to see the currently submitted models for this challenge.

Tiger 1 by Morgon

2 nd Place
Sherman M4A2 by a.j.unknow

3 rd Place (ex aequo)
Panzer V by Crazy Eyes
Sdkfz 251 by Morgon

Congratulations to all!


  1. Woot!!!

    good luck everyone have a great time on this awsome challenge

    im not a admin ( cause the admins usually post something first ) but i just like tanks so much.

    some requests for someone to make a tank for this challenge is a kinda snakey-alien kinda tank.

    good luck agian!

    mr.jumpman v.2

  2. General notes:

    From this challenge and in the future, there will no obligation for a blog entry anymore. It is still allowed to post a link to your model or additional images, but it is not required anymore to submit a model to the challenges. The 3D Warehouse tag is still required though and should be added when uploading a model to the Warehouse.

    You can use the hyperlink code creator on the frontpage of the blog to create the code for a hyperlink in your message. Copy this code and paste it in the comment box on the place where your want the hyperlink to be.

    Challenge suggestions are welcome to be placed on the blog. Items will be noted and compiled on the moderator’s list. At that point, the initial comment for the suggestion may be deleted so as to maintain a streamline challenge thread for use of posting entries for the challenge and comments to models. Challenge suggestions have always been welcomed and taken under consideration.

    Good luck with the challenge!

  3. Wow I can't believe that A.J's and Maurice's tanks took less than a day to build... Good work guys it is hard to compete with the talent in these contest.

  4. im almost done i just need to do some touches and color it up. then im done

    mr.jumpman v.2

  5. @ Everybody
    Remember you have a week to complete the model/s.

    Take it easy! ;)

  6. It was clear what the result of the poll will be, that's why I started working on my sherman a few days before.

  7. Jumpman, I'll give the snakey-tank a go.

  8. Loupie-

    you have posted a model thats date is earlier than that this challenge started. in page 4 paragraph 4 it says that the model must be made for this challenge. the date of which you made the model was may 19th. please remove the model and start one for the challenge, thx

    mr.jumpman v.2

  9. Hey A.J, how did u create ur logo?

  10. Benjamin
    If you are speaking about how I have put my logo in the tank, here you have the process
    My logo was created from one of my models "Pajarita". You can see this model in the 3d warehouse.

  11. im having A LOT of trouble still with the photo realing process. can some one give me a walkthrough ( i have already tried the help vidio by google it confuses me to much. ) if i found out how to do this my models will be so much beter.


    any admins

    loupie has made a model for this challenge thats date is like 9 days befor the challenge started, could you somehow remove it? ( its a good model =p ) its by loupie

  12. nevermind about that last coment... im just used to people not listining

    mr.jumpman v.2

  13. Hey guys please download my model and look at the details Urban Combat Tank

    Here is a video walk around
    Urban Combat Tank Video

  14. wow, the golden bryce award has four votes, i got to tell you that is one fantastic model...no wonder it has so much votes...


  15. www.3dvia.com is running a similar challenge for military vehicles. We might as well enter both!

  16. figured i say something the UN thing was intentional i figured I'd get response to it I'm not nor have i ever been a fan of that particular organization ever it is a salute to the British forces that serve UN duty so thanks for the response

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  19. I tried to post my URL for my model, b ut it wouldn't work, so here's the web adress if anyone want's to see my entry.

  20. http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/details?

  21. hey btm if you are able to read this ive had a question for years to be answered. how do you make the uploaded picture bigger than 400x204 or somethin


    mr.jumpman v.2

  22. Hello BTM

    The url is http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/details?mid=8fde720eed6e028a59b7fcb58d84ea65

    You are not getting the complete URL when you copy it. If you are using the link at the bottom of the warehouse page, it is 2 lines long. It can also be copied directly from the address bar.

    And the link would look like this
    Tank by BTM


  23. I'm heartbroken - i created a beautiful tank for my first challenge and i cannot get it up to google warehouse - i've got a google account that works and my cookies are turned on and it just won't happen! I tried even uploading from inside the warehouse when signing into google from outside sketch-up, but it won't recognize the *kmz export for some reason. And sharing it from inside sketch-up keeps demanding cookies on, which they already are. I'm not going to figure it out by the end of the day, and i've been trying to post it since Sunday. Has anyone got advice before i spend a bunch of hours on the next one?

  24. You should upload it from sketchup. And file type should be *.skp.
    Try too:
    - not geo-reference the model.
    - Copy and paste the model (only the model) in a new drawing and then upload it.

  25. If you're not able to upload it, at last, send me the file. I will upload it for you.

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  27. And here the Sdkfz 251

    Sorry, something with the warehouse was wrong, so the file was uploaded 3 times -.-

  28. Tiger 1

    So, Final Version ... I hope so .. after a lot of Errors in the 3d warehouse -.-

  29. Hey, Why are my sdkfz 251 and the Tiger 1 together in one point in the Challlenge ?

    could somebody change this ?

  30. Sorry my mistake.
    Due to Blog poll system I can't change the existing so I've had a new extra poll for your "Tank1" model.
    And the existing is valid for the "sdkfz 251" model.


  31. Hm .. okay but ....
    nobody will see it there -.-