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Postby Mishka » Wed Dec 05, 2018 6:31 pm

Hello from London!.

Was into the RC tank stuff many many years ago.......10-12, had a (still do somewhere) Heng Long Tiger with the original El-Mod physics setup in it.

Looking to get back into this mostly as a modelling thing but also because RC toys are always fun, also quite into photography and motorbike stuff.

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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Wed Dec 05, 2018 6:53 pm

Hello and welcome to the forum Mishka :wave:

I too love bikes (Although in my past now) and photography, although not the type of models I can post here ;)

I hope you get plenty of inspiration from our forum for future builds.

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Postby Wardog » Wed Dec 05, 2018 6:56 pm

Hello mishka
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Postby General Jumbo01 » Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:16 pm

Hi Mishka, as an ex-Londoner you have my sympathies! No, it's a great place. Any tank groups locally?
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Postby Mishka » Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:21 pm

General Jumbo01 wrote:Hi Mishka, as an ex-Londoner you have my sympathies! No, it's a great place. Any tank groups locally?
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Not a clue to be honest re local groups, just remember this place from years and years ago n saw you had the truck section which I will be hanging around a fair bit, Intend to make an 8x8 vehicle (not a tatra....not at first anyway) which will be something as far as I know different and unusual, still forming the plans in my head.

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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:28 pm

I've been forming the plans in my head to convert this to 8x8

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Postby Mishka » Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:33 pm

Son of a gun-ner wrote:I've been forming the plans in my head to convert this to 8x8

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is that one of the Bruder ones? saw some posts mentioning them, are they roughly 1:16 then?

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Postby Ad Lav » Wed Dec 05, 2018 8:01 pm

Welcome along!

Bruder are 1/16 I think. Tamiya do 1/14 which is comparable.

We run a tank club/meeting in Tunbridge Wells every few months and the next one due in January.
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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Wed Dec 05, 2018 8:25 pm

Yes, it is a Bruder, but I don't think you can obtain the 8 wheel ones anymore, or that length of trailer.
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Postby Mishka » Wed Dec 05, 2018 8:29 pm

Ad Lav wrote:Welcome along!

Bruder are 1/16 I think. Tamiya do 1/14 which is comparable.

We run a tank club/meeting in Tunbridge Wells every few months and the next one due in January.


Will have to let you know how I feel closer to time :) am not hugely well atm

Son of a gun-ner wrote:Yes, it is a Bruder, but I don't think you can obtain the 8 wheel ones anymore, or that length of trailer.


An interesting, getting one for a trailer to modify the hell out of could be interesting though especially if making a Tatra 8x8 as they would haul tanks about

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Postby 43rdRecceReg » Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:00 pm

Welcome back into the addicted fold, Mishka (... a relapse? :lolno:). Hope you feel better soon.
A tank build, whether static or RC, is always a good distraction, I find, unless it has left the financial coffers completely empty... :haha:
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Postby General Jumbo01 » Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:27 pm

As I've posted elsewhere, the Bruder low loaders are easily modified. The 3 axle model is occasionally available on EBay and with some cutting n shutting plus some strengthening you can get a 2 and a 4 axle example from a pair of 3 axle examples.

You can automate both the legs and the ramps with servos. You can also change the wheels but the supplied ones look and work well with just some light weathering.

Good luck with a modern 8x8 tractor unit. I saw a great non-military example the Tamiya Truck guys were running at the Shoeburyness exhibition a couple of weeks ago.Image

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Postby Mishka » Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:38 pm

I have a feeling "one" of those Bruder's will end up added to the collection soon, currently got two WPL B36's on the way (one kit, one RTR) for me to start modding and the second......until i need bits from it a bit of a toy :D

End model I have wont be something that would a trailer (historically anyway) so guess that means I just HAVE to make 2 8x8's.......that is how it works right?

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Postby General Jumbo01 » Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:46 pm

Unfortunately the WPL/etc model trucks are 1/16 scale and far too 'flimsy' to pull a tank on a low loader so you'll need to think Tamiya for a tractor unit. Lesu make 8x8 chassis rails and extra powered front axles to help you. Take a look on the Scale Trucks retail site, Orpington based but not a shop :(
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Postby Mishka » Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:52 pm

General Jumbo01 wrote:Unfortunately the WPL/etc model trucks are 1/16 scale and far too 'flimsy' to pull a tank on a low loader so you'll need to think Tamiya for a tractor unit. Lesu make 8x8 chassis rails and extra powered front axles to help you. Take a look on the Scale Trucks retail site, Orpington based but not a shop :(


Any idea what to search for to find them? googling wasnt finding results and yea the WPL as stock seem a bit weak though that is expected for £40 but with upgraded electronics, stronger motor, the 2 speed gearbox it might not annihilate itself/

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Postby General Jumbo01 » Thu Dec 06, 2018 2:02 pm

I have done all of those mods and more and they are much improved for it as a stand alone small army truck but they are not fit to haul a heavy low loader and a super heavy tank. I can't think of any budget solution - Tamiya have a monopoly on the heavy truck market.

I guess the one alternative is to scratch build your own. It still won't be cheap but you can more than halve the cost by using little known Chinese manufactured items direct from retailers like Banggood.com (others exist). At least there'll be no import duty to pay if all components are sourced separately.

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