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Syrian rebels build homemade tank out of car chassis, game controller

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Forget 3D printed guns, Syrian opposition fighters are taking backyard weapons manufacture to the next level with a homemade tank. First reported by Russian Today (video below), the Sham II (which apparently gets its name from ancient Syria) is built from the chassis of a car and packs a turret-mounted machinegun. The gun is aimed with what else but a video game controller, with visual data from external cameras relayed to the pilot’s LCD display. Sure, the Sham II isn’t going to stand up to something like an M1A1, but whether it’s building homemade tanks or turning to satellite phones and Skype, hacking and ingenuity are proving to be critical to the opposition’s ongoing campaign.

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