Guys, seem like I'm the latest (last?) victim of a Mato tank as Jackalope has mentioned. As you have known I ordered a All Metal Panzer III from them through a dealer on taobao.com. The dealer has a screen name tank_world and I use taobao's home grown chat app -- Ali Wang Wang, to contact him. I still chat with him once a while. The guy over there is polite and helpful. I got my tank promptly after about 10 days. Out of the box I found a few problems; the barrel is not straight, one suspension arm was twisted that cause the roadwheel to tilt outward, and a few roadwheels don't drop down when you lift the tank up. I compliant to tank_world and also wrote an email to Mato directly. On the chat app, tank_world responded to me immediately and promise to ship me the malfunction parts if I can fix it myself. I only got reply mail from Mato 3 days later saying they're sending technician to taobao to help solving the problem.
I decided to disassemble the tank to fix the whole lower chassis. However, I found it was a nightmare to reassemble the lower chassis as all parts don't fit into their places. I almost gave the chassis! I asked tank_world if I can send the lower chassis back and ask Mato to fix for me. He said he'll check with that. However, before he could give me any answer, I found out the key problem; the brass bushings that hold the suspension arms. First I polish the suspension arms to make it smooth and thinner so that it could move freely in the brass bushing, then I used sand paper to thin brass bushing to 2.5mm (originally 2.8mm). Problems seem to be solved, suspension arms move like a dream! There is also one small place that I need to mention is that at the connection point between suspension arm and torsion bar, there is a small plastic cap to tighten suspension arm and torsion bar. That plastic cap is easily broken, and I replace most of them with electric tape. The left and right tracks are half a link different in length, and can only be solved with track adjuster.
The further flaw of Mato tanks is workmanship. Upon disassembling and reassembling the tank, I had three over tightened screws that need replacement. Last Saturday I tried the tank offroad and when driving on sand, one of the idler suddenly split away. I found that two pieces of idler fixed together without a single screw! I reflected all my complains to tank_world and hope he will reflect my feedback to Mato so that they would improve their products and workmanship. I also mentioned to him that there tons of complains about their products on our forum.
One more thing, so far as I know my PzIII is a J variant and I found videos of PzIII in TankFest on YouTube is almost identical to my tank except two things; 1. the front turret cover of the main gun on Mato's is larger in scaled compared to the TankFest's panzer. 2. Exhaust pipe at the rear is missing on Mato's panzer.
At the bottom line, after all the headache, complains, disappointments and tiring works, my Panzer III transforms to a perfect desk queen and decent runner with all the beauty of metal and the detail of the tank. With the awful workmanship and poor quality control, Mato is not recommended for inexperienced users. To Mr. tiggr, I have a wheeled trolley case too!
Last edited by SteelBird
on Wed Jan 04, 2017 10:55 am, edited 1 time in total.