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Afghanistan War: Hobbyists' Toy Truck Saves 6 Soldiers' Lives
Abc News ^ | Aug. 4 2011 | Ned Potter

Posted on 08/04/2011 1:10:50 PM PDT by skyman

Staff Sgt. Christopher Fessenden is on duty in Afghanistan now after tours with the Army in Iraq. He has traveled with standard-issue equipment -- weapons, helmet, uniform, boots and so forth -- plus a radio-controlled model truck his brother sent.

The truck is not a toy to him. He says it just saved six soldiers' lives.

"We cannot thank you enough," said Sgt. Fessenden in an email from the front that his brother Ernie, a software engineer in Rochester, Minn., shared with ABC News.

The little truck was used by the troops to run ahead of them on patrols and look for roadside bombs. Fessenden has had it since 2007, when Ernie and Kevin Guy, the owner of the Everything Hobby shop in Rochester, rigged it with a wireless video camera and shipped it to him.

Last week, it paid off.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: soldiers; toys; war; weapons
I know there are military versions of remote vehicles like this but they probably aren't that many of them h because they cost some crazy amount.
1 posted on 08/04/2011 1:10:54 PM PDT by skyman
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To: All

bump


2 posted on 08/04/2011 1:15:30 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: skyman

The markup on this $100 toy would probably be 5000% once all appropriate bribes and kickbacks are paid.


3 posted on 08/04/2011 1:15:42 PM PDT by WOBBLY BOB (My mind is like a steel trap: rusty and illegal in 37 states.)
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To: skyman

Okay, so how does one reach the stateside brother and throw a little cash his way to get a few more of these into soldiers hands?


4 posted on 08/04/2011 1:19:15 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Somewhere in Kenya, a village is missing an idiot)
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To: skyman

What a great story!


5 posted on 08/04/2011 1:20:19 PM PDT by rightly_dividing
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To: Squantos

DIY EOD ping


6 posted on 08/04/2011 1:25:47 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: muir_redwoods
Okay, so how does one reach the stateside brother and throw a little cash his way to get a few more of these into soldiers hands?

"when Ernie and Kevin Guy, the owner of the Everything Hobby shop in Rochester, rigged it with a wireless video camera and shipped it to him."

I made the store name int a link to the hobby shop, and you can email the store owner Kevin Guy at kevin@everythinghobby.com

7 posted on 08/04/2011 1:25:57 PM PDT by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: skyman

This story may prompt Traxxas to produce—if they haven’t already—a factory version of the Guy’s video mounted vehicle that consumers can buy and send to war zones.


8 posted on 08/04/2011 1:29:57 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: muir_redwoods

You could buy one and then ship it to the troops.

anysoldier.com - look for a combat unit in a remote area.


9 posted on 08/04/2011 1:34:37 PM PDT by 30Moves
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To: skyman

From the article: Traxxis had successfully found four IEDs prior to the big bang...

“We do mounted patrols, in trucks, and dismounted by foot,” he wrote. “The funny thing is the Traxxis does faster speeds than the trucks we are operating in under the governing speed limit... so the traxxis actually keeps up with us and is able to advance past us and give us eyes on target before we get there.”

“Is it a toy?” he wrote. “Yeah it is...is it fun... absolutely... but the guys here take the truck very seriously when out on [a] mission.”


10 posted on 08/04/2011 1:34:41 PM PDT by luckybogey
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To: skyman

I tried to get my recently former company, General Dynamics, to approach the Army with numerous similar ideas. When it was obvious to me that the Army would dump the tank and Stryker in favor of smaller solutions, I wrote several proposals, but believe me, GD wasn’t interested. A marketing guy told me, “I don’t want to rain on your parade, but the Army tells us what they want and we tell them how much it will cost.” GD land systems recently lost all their major contracts to upstart younger companies.

One problem is, everybody wants a solution that survives in any threat environment. You don’t need nuclear hardness and ECM robustness when you’re dealing rag-wearing men. Our companies and our military need to develop an entrepreneurial gene.


11 posted on 08/04/2011 1:40:50 PM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: skyman

What? And allow the troops to have non-Army tested and approved equipment?


12 posted on 08/04/2011 1:49:04 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: skyman

Amazing story - thanks for posting.


13 posted on 08/04/2011 2:44:45 PM PDT by rockvillem
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To: jazusamo; Girlene; 4woodenboats; Grimmy; xzins; smoothsailing; lilycicero; bigheadfred; ...

Cool stuff (( ping )).


14 posted on 08/04/2011 2:47:26 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Blood of Tyrants
What? And allow the troops to have non-Army tested and approved equipment?

Your comment reminded me of this old poem, which allegedly goes back to 1861. I kept a copy of it on my office wall at Wright Field back in the 1950s.

- - - - -

Among the Washington telegraphic dispatches of this morning is the following :

"Why the forward movement is delayed.

"Army officers declare that it is impossible to make a decided forward movement until more wagons have arrived. By the fifteenth of July, the builders have contracted to furnish one thousand, and it is claimed that to march with a less number is simply out of the question."

Seventy-seven days have elapsed since the nation sprang to arms at its chieftain's call, and yet those immortal geniuses whose sublime military plans we are forbidden to scrutinize are waiting for the wagon. This suggests a new version of the old song:

WAIT FOR THE WAGONS.

A HUNDRED thousand Northmen,
In glittering war array,
Shout, " Onward now to Richmond !
We'll brook no more delays
Why give the traitors time and means
To fortify the way
With stolen guns, in ambuscades ?
Oh! answer us, we pray."

Chorus of Chieftains :

You must wait for the wagons,
The real army wagons,
The fat contract wagons,
Bought in the red-tape way.

Now, if for army wagons,
Not for compromise you wait,
Just ask them of the farmers
Of any Union State ;
And if you need ten thousand,
Sound, strong, though second-hand,
You'll find upon the instant
A supply for your demand.

Chorus:

No! Wait for the wagons,
The new army wagons,
The fat contract wagons,
Till the fifteenth of July.

No swindling fat contractors
Shall block the people's way,
Nor rebel compromisers —
'Tis treason's reckoning day.
Then shout again our war-cry,
To Richmond onward move !
We now can crush the traitors,
And that we mean to prove !

Chorus:

No! Wait for the wagons,
The fat contract wagons;
If red-tape so wills it,
Wait till the Judgment-day.

New-York, July 1, 1861. e. F.


15 posted on 08/04/2011 2:58:42 PM PDT by JoeFromSidney (New book: RESISTANCE TO TYRANNY. A primer on armed revolt. Available form Amazon.)
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To: Lancey Howard; skyman

Love to read about good things happening, this was great!

Thanks to you both for the ping and post.


16 posted on 08/04/2011 3:02:57 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: JoeFromSidney

Thanks, I could tell you stories!


17 posted on 08/04/2011 3:06:21 PM PDT by STD ('Be Ye holy, for I am holy')
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To: Gen.Blather

Army brass is way too political to be effective.


18 posted on 08/04/2011 3:13:37 PM PDT by RoadTest (Organized religion is no substitute for the relationship the living God wants with you.)
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To: skyman
I know there are military versions of remote vehicles like this but they probably aren't that many of them h because they cost some crazy amount.

First thing that occured to me. The $500 toy car.

The corruption is not all on Wall Street, Public Employee Unions, and bureaucracies which exploit and abuse automatic base budgeting increases. I have seen it for 50 years at all levels.

But it goes beyond that. The armed forces themselves deserve a lot of the blame. They treat hammers and toilet seats the same as flying machines, foolproof and 200 times what they should cost. Remember the $500 hammers and the $5000 toilet seats?

The model described here probably replaces "official" models which costs the tax payers $500,000 apiece because --- well, just because. Simple drones that should cost the same as an ultralight end up costing $2 Million.

One would think that the company making this car would be perfectly willing to sell them in quantity at the wholesale price, when destined for battle zones. And the exposure those models would get would spur civilian purchases at the local hobby shops. Everybody wins.

19 posted on 08/04/2011 10:17:58 PM PDT by Publius6961 (My world was lovely, until it was taken over by parasites.)
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To: Yo-Yo

Everything Hobby Rochester, MN 507-285-1166. OPEN Mon-Fri: 11 - 7pm. Sat: 11 - 5pm ... For more info stop in the store and talk with Kevin or Mark! ...


20 posted on 08/05/2011 12:09:52 AM PDT by TomasUSMC ( FIGHT LIKE WW2, FINISH LIKE WW2. FIGHT LIKE NAM, FINISH LIKE NAM)
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To: TomasUSMC

21 posted on 08/05/2011 7:18:35 AM PDT by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: skyman

FUELMYBRAIN.ORG POC


22 posted on 08/05/2011 9:11:26 AM PDT by TomasUSMC ( FIGHT LIKE WW2, FINISH LIKE WW2. FIGHT LIKE NAM, FINISH LIKE NAM)
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