Tamiya Gepard Display Model RC Conversion

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Postby MichaelC » Tue Dec 08, 2020 8:26 pm

Well finally calling this done. Longer than my usual build. Can't even remember when I started but I think it was after the 1st lockdown here in Toronto, Canada. Anyway, got this display model off eBay for a reasonable price last year, then headed over to AFV website for the RC parts but they are not shipping then because of COVID, but Dom at rctank.de comes thru again, got it for me from them and shipped over. Order the gearbox, turret mechanical mount, front radar rotation unit and resin replacement. Turns out that the gearbox and motors is just an upgraded Heng Long set with the right mounting plate and shafts (I was hoping OEM Tamiya), and the resin front radar replacement is like in another scale, so ended up DIY the front radar from the kit but RC it, same as the rear radar. Also hook up the twin cannon with LEDs. I think total was about $1000 CDN. Not bad for a Tamiya, and definitely not bad for a Gepard which is rare as hell.

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Postby PainlessWolf » Tue Dec 08, 2020 9:07 pm

Good afternoon!
I used to have one of these back when a cable was needed to control everything. Let's see a video of all the neat functions going! ( a walk down memory lane for me )
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Postby MichaelC » Tue Dec 08, 2020 9:14 pm

Painless there is a youtube link on my original post with all the turret function going !
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Postby PainlessWolf » Wed Dec 09, 2020 12:42 am

Michael!
Thank you, Doc! ;o)
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Postby Hywel » Tue Jan 05, 2021 5:14 am

Great build!

Thanks very much for posting!

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Postby Hywel » Tue Jan 05, 2021 5:24 am

Hi im building my Gepard now, looks like you used the AFV parts? The rear radar doesn’t seem available on their site anymore - are there any dealers out there? Any pics of the inside of the tank as their site doesn’t have much in the way of instructions or guides.

Thanks very much!

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Postby silversurfer1947 » Tue Jan 05, 2021 11:29 am

Hywel wrote:Great build!

Thanks very much for posting!

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Always nice to see a new member. Perhaps you would like to visit the "Introduce yourself" thread as per the invitation in your welcome message. We love to help and to do so, it helps if we know a little about your tanks and where you are in the world.
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Postby MichaelC » Tue Jan 05, 2021 10:46 pm

Hywel wrote:Hi im building my Gepard now, looks like you used the AFV parts? The rear radar doesn’t seem available on their site anymore - are there any dealers out there? Any pics of the inside of the tank as their site doesn’t have much in the way of instructions or guides.

Thanks very much!

- Hywel


Hywel,

I did use AFV parts. I purchased the front radar, the front radar rotation unit as well as the turret frame for the elevation of the twin cannons. I didn't end up using the front radar at all as it seems to be too big (I guess it was actually the A2 model) and ended up DIY the stock one to be RC control (rotation and elevation). The rear radar that AFV carry doesn't seem to be any different than the stock one, and it didn't look like it has provision for RC so I didn't get it. I DIY it as well with a 360 degree nano servo.

I will be upgrading it to the A2 version (minus the front radar which I think is too big) with more parts from AFV, so when I when I put it on the work bench again I will try to get some inside picture but it will be difficult to see. I would suggest that you get the internal turret frame and the front radar rotation unit as they are the most difficult part to DIY I think.

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Postby Hywel » Wed Jan 06, 2021 3:29 am

MichaelC wrote:
Hywel wrote:Hi im building my Gepard now, looks like you used the AFV parts? The rear radar doesn’t seem available on their site anymore - are there any dealers out there? Any pics of the inside of the tank as their site doesn’t have much in the way of instructions or guides.

Thanks very much!

- Hywel


Hywel,

I did use AFV parts. I purchased the front radar, the front radar rotation unit as well as the turret frame for the elevation of the twin cannons. I didn't end up using the front radar at all as it seems to be too big (I guess it was actually the A2 model) and ended up DIY the stock one to be RC control (rotation and elevation). The rear radar that AFV carry doesn't seem to be any different than the stock one, and it didn't look like it has provision for RC so I didn't get it. I DIY it as well with a 360 degree nano servo.

I will be upgrading it to the A2 version (minus the front radar which I think is too big) with more parts from AFV, so when I when I put it on the work bench again I will try to get some inside picture but it will be difficult to see. I would suggest that you get the internal turret frame and the front radar rotation unit as they are the most difficult part to DIY I think.

MichaelC.


That’s super helpfiul, thank you. Your build has inspired me to get moving on this! I was planning on the internal frame parts for sure, plus some of the additional resin bits too maybe. I’ll post progress pics!

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Postby Hywel » Wed Jan 06, 2021 3:30 am

silversurfer1947 wrote:
Hywel wrote:Great build!

Thanks very much for posting!

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Always nice to see a new member. Perhaps you would like to visit the "Introduce yourself" thread as per the invitation in your welcome message. We love to help and to do so, it helps if we know a little about your tanks and where you are in the world.


Will do! Cheers!

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Postby dgsselkirk » Wed Jan 06, 2021 6:50 am

Beautiful job Michael...
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Postby dutchy » Sat Jan 09, 2021 6:31 pm

for gun elevation you can use a 180 degree servo.
also for elevating the rear radar.
making the front radar move you can do with a servo too.
way cheaper than the afv parts.

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