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Postby Timbo68 » Mon Feb 03, 2020 11:39 am

I’m a tank newbie, and pleased to find this forum. I’ve done all I can with the building of 1/10 rock crawlers (which have been great fun), and bought my first 1/16 tank at the end of last summer. I’m now hooked!
I started with a Heng Long Tiger 1 ‘Pro’ version (metal wheels/tracks/suspension arms, and steel gears) and I’ve been fettling and adding a modest amount of weathering ever since. I’ve just fitted a Taigen torsion bar lower hull with the HL wheels and track. A pic of progress so far....
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Postby williamthedog » Mon Feb 03, 2020 12:01 pm

Welcome to the forum from another newcomer :thumbup:
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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Mon Feb 03, 2020 12:04 pm

Hello and welcome to the forum Mr Timbo68 :wave:

Looks like you've made a cracking start to the addiction :D
Any ideas of what your next tank will be?
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Postby silversurfer1947 » Mon Feb 03, 2020 1:18 pm

Welcome to the forum. My hobbies have taken me in the other direction. I started with a Tiger tank and acquired many others since. I recently got involved in 1/10 rock crawlers. Different and not quite so addictive!
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Postby Timbo68 » Mon Feb 03, 2020 1:33 pm

Thank you!

I'm thinking about my next tank - how many is too many? I put a stop to rock crawlers, which were also fun to rebuild and modify, as I was running out of space....

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Postby Max-U52 » Mon Feb 03, 2020 3:11 pm

Welcome aboard, Tim, from the Motor City. So where are you? It helps the rest of us to know at least what country you're in. That's a nice looking Tiger you have there, can't wait to see what you build next. Maybe something to go up against her, like a Pershing or Sherman? Not that it would be a long battle against a Sherman! :haha:

We have another rock crawler guy here, Jackalope, who just posted some video of his Chevy going through a stream, going even deeper than the real truck can go! Pretty cool. Your crawler experience might also put you in a position to help some of the rest of us as there a few here that are in the process of RCing Jeeps and Kubelwagens and we're using 1/10 axles and stuff. Wayne discovered a truck that works well for the Jeep, but we're still sorting out the Kubelwagens. The real kubels were just rear wheel drive so the models will be the same. I myself have two kubels and two Jeeps on deck, and I'm waiting for the jewel of the collection, the Dragon Schwimmwagen kit. Got that on ebay and I'm still not sure if it's for real. I've been looking for this kit for five years, so I hope this goes through. If I don't get it by March 11th I can get my money back, but it's the kit I want.

Anyway, you're going to learn a lot here, as we all have and still are, and there are some really first class guys here, without a single real troll.
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Postby Timbo68 » Mon Feb 03, 2020 7:04 pm

Very interesting replies - I can see I'll be learning a lot.

I'm based in the south-west of Ireland - not too many model tank shops here, and probably not that many modellers or forumites either!
I'm trying to start a trend.....

I've done some work with crawler axles - I started with some cheaper FTX stuff, which was OK, but more like 1/12 than 1/10. I've rebuilt the basics with larger gauge bolts etc., but also bought in some axles for retro-fitting. I have a couple of nice tough axle sets from eBay at 1/10 scale.

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Postby Jarlath » Mon Feb 03, 2020 7:22 pm

A Canadian Here. Started in the crawlers and short course trucks myself and migrated to armour. LOL...

Welcome to the forum.
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Postby 43rdRecceReg » Mon Feb 03, 2020 11:27 pm

Welcome, Timbo. We'll expect a fair amount of the gab (in written and pictorial form) from you; if you've ever kissed the Blarney Stone :D :thumbup:
On my Dad's side, I have links to Cork (and have been known to remove quite a few! Corks, that is...), and with Ballyneale in Tipperary. :thumbup:
Since you're already used to the crowded house syndrome with crawlers, you'll need to enlist the attic space and garage too, now (if you have one) for the inevitable armour inundation :D;
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Postby Timbo68 » Mon Feb 03, 2020 11:50 pm

Ah, now, thanks again for the welcomes. I must 'fess up - although I reside in the Emerald Isle, I'm actually a Cornishman by birth...and I haven't yet kissed the Blarney stone, so I only mumble!

My storage problem is not that I have that many pieces of kit, but that I like to keep stuff handy in my workspace for playing with, and what with the R/C boats, crawlers and stuff, my tank area will be strictly limited. I hate putting things in the loft or elswhere, as out of sight is out of mind, and I'll probably never see them again. However, it's early days...!

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Postby Max-U52 » Tue Feb 04, 2020 12:11 am

RC tanks have a tendency to push weaker RC genres aside in their never ending conquest of your living space. Now you can't say you weren't warned. @) :/ :haha:
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Postby Jimster » Tue Feb 04, 2020 12:42 am

Isn’t Cobh located in Cork County. I’m an old Titanic buff.

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Postby Timbo68 » Tue Feb 04, 2020 3:17 pm

Indeed it is. It's on Cork harbour, said by some to be the world's second biggest natural harbour after Sydney. There are a couple of museums, and the old White Star office. Titanic had to moor offshore and use tenders, but now, with extra pontoons, cruise liners can moor up close. It's a popular cruise destination, and the big ships dwarf the town. Too big for my taste....

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Postby General Jumbo01 » Tue Feb 04, 2020 5:08 pm

Hi there. In answer to that oft' asked question, you can never have too many. I have 20+ and another arrived this morning. Work bench? Its become another car park!

Good choice of first tank btw, plenty of mods available.

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