Taigen JS2

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Postby tomhugill » Fri Dec 21, 2018 7:31 pm

Hey guys,

Not see. One of these posted up as yet. Not a build as such, yet...but a few pictures and some details.

So first impressions are very good. I bought this as a damaged model from forebear and it set me back £270 (£30 eBay coupon included) plus post, which for what you're getting its absolutely stellar.

The chassis is the all metal rather than the metal insert type found on the German taigen tanks.

This model follows the pattern of the taigen releases with everything being metal apart from the upper hull. You get a metal turret, metal tracks, sprockets and idlers, metal wheels, taigen type 2 steel gearboxes which I think have bearings.

On the electronics front there are some new developments too.

First off is the flash, traditionally taigen tanks have used the HL xenon flash unit. This creates a great effect but latterly had become prone to failure after a short amount of time. The new offering uses high power smd LEDs and I think is just as good as the xenon flash.

Next up looks to be a different smoker which I haven't tested yet.

Finally is the big one, the taigen V3 electrics with is2 sound card. This one was a pleasant surprise. I've only had the original taigen T5 control board and it was pretty basic with poor low speed control pretty much a 2.4ghz rx18 with some switches. This on the other hand drives superbly on the concrete of my back yard, creep speed is better than my none sbus Clark tk60/24, ibu2 etc. Theres an option to use a hobby grade radio which I'll try and report back on, there's a switch to turn off the God aweful track recoil and lastly there's the sound card. This whilst not a patch on the latest 3rd part boards does a decent job, it will be interesting to test with a better speaker. The sounds superior to the tk20 sound but doesn't have as many sound steps, which in some ways is a good thing and you don't get the obvious step changes, overall I was pleasantly surprised. The other thing here is you can add a mako 2018 board for not a lot and you have a fully tamiya compatible battle tank with decent sound for around £300!

Taigen haven't stopped the inovations at the electrics, there's a really nice hindged upper hull feature which Daryl turner originally pioneered, this makes minor tinkering and battery changing a breeze. If you need to do more serious work the struts are on split pins which come apart when you want them too very easily and the rear hinge has a rod which pulls out. Top marks there taigen.

Everything inside looks neat and well thought out, the 360 rotations a great thing to have, I need to check but there's what looks like a fiber optic cable out the rear mg on the turret so that could light up too.

The detail of the model is decent if not quite upto the standard of the more expensive tamiya, and only by virtue that the Taigen doesn't have photo etch parts. Something that did catch my attention was the headlamp cover which is a separate clear part and looks very accurate, something HL and taigen headlamps have historically missed. The turret has a cast texture which is a bit too even for my taste but is still a nice detail, same with the lower hull. It has separate handles for the engine hatch (nice touch), the engine hatch opens to access the on switch, charging jack and the volume, again a really nice feature. It has working hatches for the commander and gunner, the commanders features the IR port for the reciver (which is included).

The paint job is ok, better most of the RTR models I've seen however in my opinion it would have been better without the weathering.

Overall for the £270 I paid there isn't a better value model out there. Even at the £400 mark they're going for it represents great value.

I'm not sure how many are left but hit forgebear up if you want one!


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Postby Lert » Fri Dec 21, 2018 7:34 pm

Awesome. I'd been waiting for good pictures!
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Postby General Jumbo01 » Fri Dec 21, 2018 7:45 pm

Thanks Tom, seeing you getting yours before Xmas just makes the rest of us patiently waiting even more disappointed ....

But yes, looks gorgeous! Indeed, the paint finish looks somewhat better than the one shown in the Russian model shop video example. Lets hope they are all like this. Any concrete update Dave? I'm fast running out of my stress tablets... wibble wibble....

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Postby Model Builder 4 » Fri Dec 21, 2018 7:50 pm

Very nice Tom, great score :thumbup:

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Postby PainlessWolf » Fri Dec 21, 2018 7:53 pm

Good morning, Tom,
I am awaiting one of these from Dave and Julie as well. Latest shipping update says late in the day on Christmas Eve so the timing couldn't be better. ;o) Thanks for the quality pictures. They make the anticipation that much stronger!
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Postby forgebear » Fri Dec 21, 2018 8:16 pm

well we have had a rush on the damaged ones so we are now waiting on new stock for next year we got the first 20 in but they had damage to them we hope the next 30 that come in will be ok
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Postby General Jumbo01 » Fri Dec 21, 2018 8:27 pm

All 20 damaged! So when can we expect to get an undamaged one? I can't pretend I'm not disappointed as its been a very long wait.

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Postby MichaelC » Fri Dec 21, 2018 9:15 pm

forgebear wrote:well we have had a rush on the damaged ones so we are now waiting on new stock for next year we go the first 20 in but they had damage to them we hoe the next 30 that come in will be ok


Are you selling the damaged ones ? To what extend are the damages ?

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Postby tomhugill » Fri Dec 21, 2018 9:21 pm

MichaelC wrote:
forgebear wrote:well we have had a rush on the damaged ones so we are now waiting on new stock for next year we go the first 20 in but they had damage to them we hoe the next 30 that come in will be ok


Are you selling the damaged ones ? To what extend are the damages ?

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Postby tomhugill » Fri Dec 21, 2018 9:23 pm

A little demo of mine in action

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Postby c.rainford73 » Fri Dec 21, 2018 10:21 pm

Looking fantastic Tom. I'm really impressed with the look and driving action. :clap:
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Postby Kaczor » Sat Dec 22, 2018 9:03 am

With some aftermarket parts it will be wonderful model. I hope Taigen will sell sond modules separately.

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Postby General Jumbo01 » Sat Dec 22, 2018 12:50 pm

Fits my transporter perfectly......

Thanks Forgebear. Hand delivered so l had it for Christmas. I really can't say enough good things about Dave and his better half - service,well beyond the call of duty.

And the JS-2? WOW! Can't wait to get Christmas out of the way and start playing. This is even heavier than my Torro KV1, a back breaker! Maybe a coat of clear matt? Maybe not. Weathering? It will sit on the coffee table all week to prompt creative thoughts. Maybe a brandy or three will help ImageImage

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Postby forgebear » Sat Dec 22, 2018 2:36 pm

great dont have to many brandys have a good xmas
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Postby Lert » Sat Dec 22, 2018 2:57 pm

tomhugill wrote:A little demo of mine in action

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What electronics / sound are you using in that video?
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Postby tomhugill » Sat Dec 22, 2018 3:15 pm

Lert wrote:
tomhugill wrote:A little demo of mine in action

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What electronics / sound are you using in that video?


The op goes into great deal about them
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Postby Lert » Sat Dec 22, 2018 3:17 pm

tomhugill wrote:The op goes into great deal about them


Right, right. The new Taigen factory electronics, then.

All in all, I want one of these, the whole thing looks amazing.
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Postby General Jumbo01 » Sat Dec 22, 2018 4:15 pm

forgebear wrote:great dont have to many brandys have a good xmas
dave and julie x
Its all your helpful fault that my decs are still sat in the box!!

Dave, that track recoil switch, I've found where it is in the manual but can't see it on the control board. Have they been fitted of do l need better glasses (or less brandy)?

Checking my many 1/72 JS-2, this is l think how the tow cables are positioned using the S hooks in the packImage

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Postby Dusty Steppes » Sat Dec 22, 2018 4:33 pm

The poor tank crew must be suffering from whiplash with that forward hull recoil! Other than that it looks to be a good deal for the money.

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Postby forgebear » Sat Dec 22, 2018 4:37 pm

General Jumbo01 wrote:
forgebear wrote:great dont have to many brandys have a good xmas
dave and julie x
Its all your helpful fault that my decs are still sat in the box!!

Dave, that track recoil switch, I've found where it is in the manual but can't see it on the control board. Have they been fitted of do l need better glasses (or less brandy)?

Checking my many 1/72 JS-2, this is l think how the tow cables are positioned using the S hooks in the packImage

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if you look at the 8 pin lead to the right there is a gap and then 2 more ports just after the 8 pin there is a gap look down there its a small black flick switch
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