Tamiya M1A2 1/16 RC

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Postby tankmaniac » Tue Mar 13, 2018 12:47 am

Hello everyone. I used to build 1/35 model tanks as a teenager and always wanted a large scale RC version of a Tamiya tank. Well, as as kid I didn’t have the funds to buy one and Tamiya never made an Abrams in 16th scale. Fast forward 30years, and finally they released one. I bought it with the intention to make this one as realistic looking as I could. I want it to look realistic from like 3-4ft. away, so I will not be changing every handle for a wire bent one. I upgraded the barrel elevation servo for the fastest, highest resolution savox I could find, reinforced the turret with carbon fiber struts and the inside of the lower hull deck with aluminum braces, sleeved the barrel to eliminate all slop and also replaced the elevation units “j” bent wire with something with less slop. Now there is no “wiggle” of the barrel whatsoever and the response time of the barrel stabilizer is super smooth and realistic looking. As far as the outside goes, there are a bunch of scratch built items to give it a more realistic look. Stowage items are a combination of a lot of different brands and I still will do all periscopes and optics with a self adhesive film to give it that color changing look. Also on order are some all metal tracks with rubber pads on both sides.
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Postby BarryC » Tue Mar 13, 2018 1:24 am

I like it! :thumbup: :thumbup:

Your weathering looks awesome. :clap:

I have one and would love to pick your brain on the improvements you've made to the electronics/operations and the structural reinforcements you've added.

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Postby 43rdRecceReg » Tue Mar 13, 2018 1:45 am

Some exquisite details there, lending the Abrams a credible appearance. :thumbup:
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Postby tankmaniac » Tue Mar 13, 2018 1:48 am

BarryC wrote:I like it! :thumbup: :thumbup:

Your weathering looks awesome. :clap:

I have one and would love to pick your brain on the improvements you've made to the electronics/operations and the structural reinforcements you've added.

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Thank you Barry.
Once I get ready to install my new tracks, I will take pictures of the inside and add a video as well.




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Postby tankmaniac » Tue Mar 13, 2018 3:05 am

43rdRecceReg wrote:Some exquisite details there, lending the Abrams a credible appearance. :thumbup:


Thank you. After reading Barry’s built thread, I know it’s impossible to reach his level of realism. I just reworked those things I think Tamiya should have not missed to begin with. I hope as 16th scale gains in popularity, more photo etch, figurines, stowage etc. will be available soon.


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Postby HERMAN BIX » Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:47 am

You mentioned in your opening message that you wanted it to look ok from 3-4 feet................well I can give you the news, it looks outstanding from more than 11,000 kilometers away :O

Extraordinary work and accessory detail.
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Postby BarryC » Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:43 am

Tankmaniac,

Speaking of PE where did you get the small chain you used on the fuel caps, MG mount pins and rear side shirt pins?

Your build has all the essentials making it one of the best on the site IMO. :thumbup: :thumbup:

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Postby Ad Lav » Tue Mar 13, 2018 12:44 pm

Stunning build. Well done.

I’ve just started to up my game in the detail front on my last few builds.
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Postby tankmaniac » Tue Mar 13, 2018 2:02 pm

BarryC wrote:Tankmaniac,

Speaking of PE where did you get the small chain you used on the fuel caps, MG mount pins and rear side shirt pins?

Your build has all the essentials making it one of the best on the site IMO. :thumbup: :thumbup:

Barry


Thank you, sir.
The chains are made by Aber. They’re generic photoetched chains. When I ordered them it was a shot in the dark, because there was no hint as far as the size goes. I will post a picture of the actual package tonight when I get home from work today.


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Postby tankmaniac » Tue Mar 13, 2018 2:05 pm

HERMAN BIX wrote:You mentioned in your opening message that you wanted it to look ok from 3-4 feet................well I can give you the news, it looks outstanding from more than 11,000 kilometers away :O

Extraordinary work and accessory detail.


Lol thank you.


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Postby tankmaniac » Tue Mar 13, 2018 2:12 pm

Ad Lav wrote:Stunning build. Well done.

I’ve just started to up my game in the detail front on my last few builds.


Thank you sir.
I have seen some of your tanks and simply do not understand how you can deal with fabricating all those tiny details. The photo etched parts on my 50 cal. took forever and I gave up on the ammo belt. Replaced it with a resin one and used some of the individual rounds as spent casings.


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Postby 43rdRecceReg » Tue Mar 13, 2018 2:15 pm

Those chipped edges are incredibly well done and, more to the point not overdone. A few members go for more extreme weathering. Yours is entirely subtle and believable.. :)
One question, have you ever used these bespoke products from Tamiya, and if so, how do you rate them? What do you use for the chipped edges? Sorry, that's two questions.. :/
http://www.tamiya.com/english/products/ ... /index.htm
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Postby BarryC » Tue Mar 13, 2018 2:18 pm

tankmaniac wrote:
BarryC wrote:Tankmaniac,

Speaking of PE where did you get the small chain you used on the fuel caps, MG mount pins and rear side shirt pins?

Your build has all the essentials making it one of the best on the site IMO. :thumbup: :thumbup:

Barry


Thank you, sir.
The chains are made by Aber. They’re generic photoetched chains. When I ordered them it was a shot in the dark, because there was no hint as far as the size goes. I will post a picture of the actual package tonight when I get home from work today.


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Thank you!

I thought they were, I found them while looking over their set for the Tamiya Tiger I but could not find them listed seprately. They are exactly the style chain needed in several loacations.

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Postby tankmaniac » Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:16 pm

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tankmaniac wrote:
BarryC wrote:Tankmaniac,

Speaking of PE where did you get the small chain you used on the fuel caps, MG mount pins and rear side shirt pins?

Your build has all the essentials making it one of the best on the site IMO. :thumbup: :thumbup:

Barry


Thank you, sir.
The chains are made by Aber. They’re generic photoetched chains. When I ordered them it was a shot in the dark, because there was no hint as far as the size goes. I will post a picture of the actual package tonight when I get home from work today.


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Thank you!

I thought they were, I found them while looking over their set for the Tamiya Tiger I but could not find them listed seprately. They are exactly the style chain needed in several loacations.

TIA,
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I was wrong. They’re made by Resicast, not Aber.
Here’s a picture of all of the info you need:
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Postby tankmaniac » Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:39 pm

43rdRecceReg wrote:Those chipped edges are incredibly well done and, more to the point not overdone. A few members go for more extreme weathering. Yours is entirely subtle and believable.. :)
One question, have you ever used these bespoke products from Tamiya, and if so, how do you rate them? What do you use for the chipped edges? Sorry, that's two questions.. :/
http://www.tamiya.com/english/products/ ... /index.htm

Thanks for the Compliments.
Those Tamiya products is what I actually used. The only thing I did not like about them is that they’re a bit too diluted for my taste. They tend to bleed out too much, so I added Model Masters enamel (Flat Burnt Umber) to the dark brown panel line accent and flat black enamel to the black accent. Now they “puddle” more. I do not moisten the surface either. I sealed the base coat with Tamiya Flat clear out of their rattle can, add the panel wash, and clean lines up using a flat tipped brush with some Humbrol enamel thinner.
For the chipping I used two custom mixed colors after I drybrushed the entire tank. A “warm” steel color, followed by some “warm” reddish brown. By “Warm” I mean the hue of the color. I took a pic of them in their jars if that helps.
I didn’t use a foam for the application and no lighter base coat before hand either as I didn’t want to make the chipped areas to appears bubbly, flaky or aged. I wanted to give this tank the “End of the war, over cars, through buildings and sandstorms” etc. kind of abraded and scratched appearance if that makes sense.
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Postby tankmaniac » Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:00 pm

BarryC wrote:I like it! :thumbup: :thumbup:

Your weathering looks awesome. :clap:

I have one and would love to pick your brain on the improvements you've made to the electronics/operations and the structural reinforcements you've added.

Barry

Here are few pics from the inside of the turret. Not pretty, but functional. Those carbon fiber pieces are cheap, light, incredibly stiff, and secured with Epoxy. Before the reinforcement the whole turret would flex if you held the barrel and moved it side to side. Now it doesn’t. The servo horn replaced the flimsy servo saver. This servo doesn’t need it anyways. Horn can’t be too long otherwise it’ll interfere with the gun stabilizer. Same goes for a motor upgrade to speed up the turret traverse. I wanted it to turn faster, but it just made the turret spin in circles like crazy when barrel stabilizer was activated. ImageImageImage


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Postby BarryC » Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:04 pm

Thanks Tankmaniac,

I found a an eBay listing here in the states and scoped up both he had listed. :thumbup:

Resicast does not list them on their web site, maybe discontinued? :(

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Postby BarryC » Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:09 pm

Thanks for the insight into the "upgrades".

May I ask what part of the world you are in?

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Postby tankmaniac » Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:56 pm

BarryC wrote:Thanks for the insight into the "upgrades".

May I ask what part of the world you are in?

Barry


You’re very welcome!
I’m just around the corner from where you live. Augusta, GA. USA.



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Postby tankmaniac » Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:59 pm

BarryC wrote:Thanks Tankmaniac,

I found a an eBay listing here in the states and scoped up both he had listed. :thumbup:

Resicast does not list them on their web site, maybe discontinued? :(

Barry


I bought mine on ebay as well. Didn’t do much research on them, was more like:”Eh, let’s go buy them to check how big they are”.


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