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Decommissioned Czech Tank Adds Slide, Conquers Playground


Make fun not war! When authorities in a small Czech town found themselves stuck with a decommissioned OT-62 APC, they made the best of the beast by cheerfully repainting it and adding a color-coordinated plastic slide.




The retired warrior was one of thousands of OT-62 TOPAS amphibious tracked armored personnel carriers developed jointly by Poland and Czechoslovakia and produced between 1963 and 1972. Now resting in peace at last, this basic variant of the OT-62 TOPAS has retired to the pastoral Benesov District of the Czech Republic's Central Bohemian Region.




While tanks and other armored vehicles now rub rusty shoulders with traditional playground equipment at a surprising number of parks around the world, even in the USA, very few are painted in primary colors and given kid-friendly add-ons such as a plastic slide.




We must assume the extreme makeover was a successful one: the first two images featuring a blue slide date from July 2010 while the second pair, taken in August of 2012, depict a green replacement slide. Tanks kids... you're welcome! (via Military Humor and Massimo Foti)

Steve Levenstein
Motors.new - Innovations with Motors
InventorSpot.com

Comments
May 7, 2014
by Anonymous

This is nothing new. As a

This is nothing new. As a kid I used to climb on tanks in Patton park in Hamilton, Ma. (Gen. Patton was from there).