First tank Taigen 76mm Sherman...mods underway.

This section is for builds that are not strictly Tamiya or Heng Long. For instance, replacing the electronics from a WSN or Matorro, or even a scratch-build.

Postby Max-U52 » Fri Feb 14, 2020 1:56 am

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Max-U52 wrote:I sometimes build my own smoke units, using a 10 ohm 1 watt wire wound resistor and I use nothing but Mega Steam and I've never had any problems so far. I tried straight baby oil, and that works pretty good, but not near as well as the mega Steam.


Thanks for info. Will purchase some mega steam. What media do you use for wick?


It's a Kevlar cord that I fray and re-wrap around the resistor. You can also re-use the cord from the stock smokers. it works well.
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Postby Jimmer » Fri Feb 14, 2020 8:56 pm

Hi did the sound card plug straight into the v3 board

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Postby bradw6ea » Sun Feb 16, 2020 3:44 pm

Yes it does. Look up electronics section on Taigens website. Links to schematics on v3 board page :thumbup:

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Postby bradw6ea » Sun Feb 16, 2020 4:12 pm

Next update and newest mod: With the research I’ve been looking up, one item on tanks of that era I’ve seen is they had a spot lamp on turret. Well, I went ahead and made one. Has yellow led that illuminates whenever turret is activated. Vertical support not really exact looking at all, but think insulated led leads through turret fit the lamp support job pretty well.
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I made a demo video showing light function. Gotta find out why led brightness is less than should be in ccw rotation only. Here’s link...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yu2hH-5BOV8
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Postby Jimmer » Sun Feb 16, 2020 10:19 pm

Loving he look of this Sherman,IF you dont mind me asking where did you get it from .

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Postby bradw6ea » Tue Feb 18, 2020 11:09 pm

From Erik at Taigen/Imex out of Florida.

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Postby Jimster » Wed Feb 19, 2020 12:27 am

Erik is awesome and will always make it right. Just had to throw a good word in for him and Imex.
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Postby bradw6ea » Thu Feb 20, 2020 3:45 am

Wondering what folks here think of my first attempt experimenting at building Sherman 76mm scale ammo.. Used a 77gn 223 bullet for tip....22 empty case for base and a straw from one of my grandson’s juice boxes (lol) to lengthen to approx scale. Please comment folks....I’m just curious being a noob. Thanks.
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Postby Jimster » Thu Feb 20, 2020 4:43 am

Great use of components and very crafty! I think you’ve made some fine accessories. I’ll have to go in my basement and look around my reloading bench.
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Postby Model Builder 4 » Thu Feb 20, 2020 9:05 am

That's a nice addition and well made :clap: I'm not sure they would store an ammo crate on the engine deck though ( boom ) :haha: we all do it mind, loading up our tanks with fuel cans etc, Sherman's are known for not exactly needing a lot of help to ignite :D you've done a cracking job on it though :thumbup:

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Postby bradw6ea » Sat Apr 11, 2020 8:16 pm

Hello all. Been awhile since I’ve updated. I have good news and bad news. Bad news is taigen v3 board failed. Appears there was some smoke vapor blow-by which sent it straight onto board through attached cooling fan. Attempted to remove from board using some isopropyl. Hadn’t quite evaporated and a resistor(s) blew next to smoker port when energized...fudge, I just screwed that up. :-<

Good news is that because of this I’m upgrading to Clark TK60 rather than spend $ to replace V3 board...wanted to upgrade this way but just had not expected it to be this soon. Have had my eyes locked to manufacture’s website studying documentation and schematics along with forum and you tube. Working with Maxmekker here on forum for board who is just a world of knowledge. Found Flysky FS-I6S / FS-IA6B txrx combo and will use S-bus. Also have a GI Smokers Lady Jaye on the way. Not all parts here, so doing a tear down more familiarization and clean-up before big install.

As a shout out, would like to hear from anyone here who has done a Clark TK unit upgrade to a Taigen Metal Sherman replacing their newest V3 electronics. Looks like tank built 2018ish from dates seen on pcb’s. I have a good grasp on hook up, but unsure how much rewiring might need to occur, especially in the turret.

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Postby Max-U52 » Sat Apr 11, 2020 11:33 pm

I might be able to help, depending on how similar the tk60 is to the tk20, and if your tank is airsoft or IR. When I put the TK20 in the Taigen 75mm Sherman I came up with a method where you only cut and solder one wire to take care of the turret (on airsoft), but you lose the turret MG (the bow MG still works fine). I did a video on it back then, I can look if you want to check it out.
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Postby Max-U52 » Sat Apr 11, 2020 11:47 pm

This might be of help. The turret trick is about 4:20, but there's other stuff you might find useful.

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Postby bradw6ea » Sun Apr 12, 2020 8:14 pm

Max-U52 wrote:I might be able to help, depending on how similar the tk60 is to the tk20, and if your tank is airsoft or IR. When I put the TK20 in the Taigen 75mm Sherman I came up with a method where you only cut and solder one wire to take care of the turret (on airsoft), but you lose the turret MG (the bow MG still works fine). I did a video on it back then, I can look if you want to check it out.


This is great info. Also watched vid and found a world of inspiration in your other posted vids, too. I’m starting to think that there should be a minimum amount of rewiring or adjustments to upper hull, turret pin/plug alignment...if hardly at all. Many thanks :thumbup:

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Postby bradw6ea » Mon Apr 13, 2020 12:29 am

Just finished relocating volume switch to top of engine deck for way more ease of operation. New solder connections and a bit of hot glue. Have about 1-2mm clearance between turret motor and board. Add stowage for further concealment :thumbup:

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