Mismatching hulls and customizing with the insides is probably a bit much for starting out. On the other hand, starting with little gizmos that mean little on their own could be a good way to get better at it before going into a full tank. Well nice and slowly. Soviet or modern Russian, kind of like the look of all the EAR blocks and other attachments more than the plain turret look. But in the end, if going with one, it'll be Japanese.
R/c Tanks - Any Recommends?
Posted 10 February 2018 - 0259 AM
I had a look the other day on Amazon, and I thought I saw a 1-25 scale Type 90. That might be a good starting point.
I notice Tamiya have also reissued their 1-25 scale Centurion and Chieftain with new RC gear. A little too small for me personally, but still welcome.
Posted 10 February 2018 - 2039 PM
Posted 14 February 2018 - 2242 PM
Its pretty good isnt it.
Id love to have a system so you could get it to play different sounds on pressing a transmitter switch. I was idly thinking about building the Kellys Hero's Sherman, and the Heng Long 105mm Sherman with a new 76mm Barrel would be a good match. However, the sticking point would be having a storage system that could have recorded music. I was idly thinking about using a raspberry pi which has the necessary storage space, but it would mean figuring out a way to turn the music on from a transmitter command.
Maybe im just very strange.
Upgrade the electronics like the IBU which uses an SD card for storing the sound files. You can make your RC tank fire its main gun with the sound of a cow moooing when doing so if you want to.
Posted 15 February 2018 - 0702 AM
So the options with 1-16 are tough though. I have lots of WW2 1-35 scale so would like to go modern. Type 10 is obviously attractive to me, but man, its expensive. Stuart, you mentioned a Type 90 1-16, but maybe you were thinking the Type 10. It'll take some mental power and time to figure how to rationalize getting one for that price. Tamiya also has an M1 Leo 2 but at about the same price, so Type 10 takes the lead. Also, Thomas already has those even if Heng Long, so a Type 10 would be a nice mix in as well. So then there are the Heng Long ones. If they had either a Type 90 or Type 10 at their regular prices. Then they would probably be it. They have the T-90 and Type 99. May seem contrary to may usual rants, but Type 99 takes my interest a little more. And could add it in fairly easily if having a collection, but I'm settling for just one. Still have lots of 1-35 left to do. I have the feeling I'm gonna do the Tamiya Type 10, but I'll have to sit on it for some more time for its price.
Edited by JasonJ, 15 February 2018 - 0706 AM.
Posted 16 February 2018 - 0329 AM
If you want an easy one to learn assembly in this scale on, Its worth considering the Sherman. And the suspension looks completely epic going over rough ground.
Yeah, sorry about that, its a type 10. There is a type 90, but its another company that do it in 1-25 scale. Ive not seen it yet, so I cannot comment on what the suspension is like.
Heng long are not very advanced. But they do offer a good basis for modding the hell out of it to get something you want.
Posted 10 March 2018 - 0400 AM
Stuart, its a Type 10 - very nice kit, I have it. Almost at the painting stage with their 1/16 Abrams.
Tamiya does a 1-16 Type 90 that looks pretty good. That might be a good one to learn on, though as Tomas says, they are pricey.
Ive finally got my Tiger 1 going again ok, though it now needs repainting. Unfortunately ive got this problem where something has to look perfect, or I get unduly miserable about it. Its one reason why ive a love hate issue with modelling.
ETA: just saw your correction.
Edited by 2805662, 10 March 2018 - 0401 AM.
Posted 10 March 2018 - 0922 AM
Posted 10 March 2018 - 1515 PM
A 1000 pounds is crazy money.
Posted 27 June 2018 - 1317 PM
Just thought I would post this up, someone did a 1-16 scale model of Oddballs Shermany from Kelly's Hero's.
Been tempted to have a go at this one myself, it looks a fairly easy conversion from the Heng Long M4A3 Sherman. A friend of mine tells me it would be a relatively easy task to get it to play music selections too with the right card.
Posted 13 July 2018 - 0524 AM
Posted 13 July 2018 - 0636 AM
Yeah, smoke units on Heng Long tanks are notoriously bad. A friend of mine says they last about 5 minutes and thats it. The one on my challenger never worked.
Worth looking at a new battery. I bought a 2200 MAH battery to replace the 1850 that came with my Challenger 2 and im stunned by the performance improvement in it. It can actually do neutral turns for the first time. Now all I have to do is get a metal gearbox before it fragments, which seems likely driving over rough terrain.
These guys are pretty good, bought some good metal drive sprockets for my challenger. They stock Sherman bits, including smoke units. Not sure about the airsoft, most people seem to replace them with IR battle systems.
Posted 16 July 2018 - 0553 AM
Somebody did one based on the Tamiya M4 HVSS model. Pretty good actually.
Posted 20 July 2018 - 0735 AM
Maybe we should forget RC tanks and look at the RC scale aircraft on the market:
This thing has a 60cc engine for goodness sake - back in the day Honda step through motorcycles had engines of around the same displacement.
Posted 20 July 2018 - 1028 AM
Friend of mind built a model Conqueror and put a petrol strimmer motor in it. Worked perfectly, but they tended to give him grief whenever he showed it off at model shows and it kicked out blue smoke. Some people have no sense of humour.
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