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Postby NAB » Wed Jul 21, 2021 8:54 pm

Hi

I'm new to RC tanks but I have built some WW2 models when I was young and even had the patience to paint 100+ 1/72 scale Napoleonic figures to make a battle scene!

I wanted some battle tanks that I could use with my kids and found a 1/16 Abrams in a local model shop.
It was bigger and more expensive than I was thinking but when I saw the quality of the tank for the price I was sold.
Fast forward a month and I now have 3 tanks lol. Abrams, T-90 and my personal favorite a King Tiger henschell turret.

I will probably make posts about each tank in the builds section and keep them updated as a kind of blog.

I'm new to the whole weathering, chipping thing so I've not tried any on the Heng Longs yet but its definitely what I want to do with them. Also I want to get an airbrush to do different camos etc

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Postby NAB » Wed Jul 21, 2021 9:02 pm

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Postby Andy427sc » Wed Jul 21, 2021 10:23 pm

Hi Nab

Newbie also... HL Tiger 1 and an M4A3...

I’ve never done much in the way of detailing and weathering. Not really done anything my apart from basic painting so I look forward to seeing what you achieve and learning from your experience :thumbup:
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Postby Herr Dr. Professor » Thu Jul 22, 2021 4:15 am

Greetings and welcome! You are off to a great start. Of course, the Abrams and/or the T90 vs.the Königstiger won't be a fair match, so you will need, say, Russian T-34/85 or a U.S. Pershing or 5 U.S. Shermans to handle the WWII Germans. Of course, this sort of thing goes on, and on, an on... ;)

Depending on how much battle action goes on and how old your kids are, your HengLong tanks may need some beefing up and repairs. There's lots of information here on RCTW, and all kinds folks eager to answer. My own tanks are mostly "shelf queens" that get an occasional run on the floor, so modifications are minimal. I enjoy the painting and adding crew figures, stowage, and other vintage paraphernalia, from a "Gulaschkanone" I just got, to the ubiquitous cooler full of beer :O on an Abrams.

An airbrush is a good idea when you get to 1/16 scale, although, in violation of all modeling machismo, I still use some spray cans along with a fifty-year-old "single action" airbrush and a newer "double action" one. Start with something you feel comfortable handling, as even a "single action" brush can work well in 1/16 scale. Ask any questions you like.

And if you liked painting 1/72 figures, try a 1/16 figure (beyond the rather ghastly ones that come in the HengLong tanks, although they are good for practicing and you can make 'em look better).

Yeesh, I have gone on a bit: I can type faster than I can think. :haha:
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Postby tankme » Thu Jul 22, 2021 4:50 am

And then there are some of us that like the modification/build process and hate painting figures or anything else. We look down on those people that enjoy painting... :) Just kidding of course, but I do hate the painting part. Even a cheap airbrush can be an asset and do most jobs fairly well in 1/16 scale. To me the compressor for the airbrush is where the investment comes in. The quieter the better as then you can paint when the family goes to bed without bothering them.

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Postby NAB » Thu Jul 22, 2021 9:32 am

Herr Dr. Professor wrote:Greetings and welcome! You are off to a great start. Of course, the Abrams and/or the T90 vs.the Königstiger won't be a fair match, so you will need, say, Russian T-34/85 or a U.S. Pershing or 5 U.S. Shermans to handle the WWII Germans. Of course, this sort of thing goes on, and on, an on... ;)

Depending on how much battle action goes on and how old your kids are, your HengLong tanks may need some beefing up and repairs. There's lots of information here on RCTW, and all kinds folks eager to answer. My own tanks are mostly "shelf queens" that get an occasional run on the floor, so modifications are minimal. I enjoy the painting and adding crew figures, stowage, and other vintage paraphernalia, from a "Gulaschkanone" I just got, to the ubiquitous cooler full of beer :O on an Abrams.

An airbrush is a good idea when you get to 1/16 scale, although, in violation of all modeling machismo, I still use some spray cans along with a fifty-year-old "single action" airbrush and a newer "double action" one. Start with something you feel comfortable handling, as even a "single action" brush can work well in 1/16 scale. Ask any questions you like.

And if you liked painting 1/72 figures, try a 1/16 figure (beyond the rather ghastly ones that come in the HengLong tanks, although they are good for practicing and you can make 'em look better).

Yeesh, I have gone on a bit: I can type faster than I can think. :haha:
On the subject of figures I have actually painted 6 tamiya 1/16 scale WW2 figures when I was younger that I still have. They just need a wash to make them less clean looking.
And yes they are definitely better than the attached Torro figure I spotted in eBay! I think this is criminal based on how expensive the kit is lol

The tanks will be used but not abused so I will be doing practical upgrades and also cosmetic.Image

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Postby NAB » Thu Jul 22, 2021 9:37 am

Oh and yes I have got my eye on a Pershing but also I really want a tiger 1, and a Sherman, and a Challenger 2.... Also I have seen a nice stug and don't forget the Panzer III and panther..... I think I need a torch because I'm well and truly down the rabbit hole lol.

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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Thu Jul 22, 2021 12:37 pm

NAB wrote:Oh and yes I have got my eye on a Pershing

Which one :haha: :haha: :haha:

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Hello and welcome to the forum NAB :wave:
And welcome to the addiction that is RC Tanks.
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Postby Herr Dr. Professor » Thu Jul 22, 2021 3:29 pm

Hmm…. Howsabout pics of your 1/16 aTamiya figures..? (Tamiya didn’t even exist when I was young.)
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Postby NAB » Thu Jul 22, 2021 3:31 pm

Yeah I can do later. I wanted some advice on how to wether them anyway

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Postby NAB » Thu Jul 22, 2021 5:21 pm

Does this forum have a figures section?

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Postby jhamm » Thu Jul 22, 2021 6:39 pm

NAB wrote:Does this forum have a figures section?


Really?
Scroll down and find this:
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Postby NAB » Thu Jul 22, 2021 7:52 pm

jhamm wrote:
NAB wrote:Does this forum have a figures section?


Really?
Scroll down and find this:
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I'm using Tapatalk app and still can't find the scale figure section. Probably going blind!Image

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Postby NAB » Thu Jul 22, 2021 7:58 pm

"Other related hobbies" lol

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Postby NAB » Thu Jul 22, 2021 10:07 pm

Herr Dr. Professor wrote:Hmm…. Howsabout pics of your 1/16 aTamiya figures..? (Tamiya didn’t even exist when I was young.)
I'm having problems taking pictures with the Tapatalk app. It takes the picture but then it's just a black screen
If I take a picture with my camera the forum tells me that the file size is too big
I can use an app to resize the pictures but they come out poor quality like the picture I posted of all 3 tanks.

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Postby Herr Dr. Professor » Fri Jul 23, 2021 3:44 am

I take pictures on my fancy phone or on my SLR camera and download them to a PC where I keep a simple edition of Photoshop for editing and resizing. Big help, hey? Someone here on RCTW may know what to do with the Tapatalk application.
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Postby General Jumbo01 » Fri Jul 23, 2021 9:47 am

Tapatalk resizes your photos automatically as you post them. It's simple and quick but there are some limitations.
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Postby EAO » Fri Jul 23, 2021 3:07 pm

NAB,

Welcome to the "best of the best" as far as Forums go! Nice collection that you have so far! :clap:

Son of a gun-ner wrote:
NAB wrote:Oh and yes I have got my eye on a Pershing

Which one :haha: :haha: :haha:


There's the old Mick that we all know and love! :D :wave:

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Postby Herr Dr. Professor » Sat Jul 24, 2021 3:21 am

Pershing! I just figured it out! Oy! How could I miss that one?? Aaaack!
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Postby NAB » Sat Jul 24, 2021 8:35 am

Herr Dr. Professor wrote:Pershing! I just figured it out! Oy! How could I miss that one?? Aaaack!
Miss what?

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