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Fri Jan 31, 2014, 12:06 PM

Meanwhile, in Florida:

You're used to seeing golf carts on the streets on The Villages, but what about a tank?

One man designed a scale replica of an M1 A1 Abrams tank and it shoots T-shirts out of its cannon.

Vince DeSantis tells Local 6 it took about a year to build the 1,000-pound tank.

"It's my tribute to Gulf War veterans and the tanks they drove. It was just phenomenal what it could do. It could do things no other tank could do," DeSantis said.

The idea for the tank struck DeSantis at a tractor pull with a friend and his grandson.

"The grandson was waving his hands trying to catch a T-shirt," he said. "I thought we could make a nicer presentation if we had something with a cannon, like a tank."

After that, DeSantis immediately started designing the tank with only external pictures to guide him. Working 10 to 12 hours a day in his garage, he first built a steel frame and then covered it with plywood and a special primer.

"I was able to work out my problems and bugs and sometimes went down the wrong path, but I worked myself back and did what I had to do," he said


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