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Postby Sascha » Sun Aug 18, 2019 3:05 pm

Hello,

I'm absolut new and want start with that facinating hobby. I done some researches by myself on google and in some germany forums. The only suppliers I found is Tamiya. Are there some other suppliers still avilable? Has someone some links for me also for some good Military RC online shops in UK. First project I want start is with an Military truck and trailer for tank with a scale 1/16.

Thank you so much! Kind regards, Sascha

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Postby jarndice » Sun Aug 18, 2019 4:00 pm

There are many Dealers in both Germany and the UK,
Some you should avoid others are very good, Here is a small list,
UK, http://www.forgebeartanks.com
Dave is a member of this forum and is probably the best Dealer in Taigen Tanks and spare parts in the UK his online store is full of spares and upgrades, Recommended.
Germany http://www.rctank.de
Dom is a top Dealer in Taigen Tanks and Spares with an online shop full of well priced products for all things Tank. Recommended.
http://www.axels-modellbau-shop.de/
Axels specialises in Tamiya kits and spares and if he has not got it he will do his best to get it for you, Recommended.
http://www.ludwigs-hobby-seite.de/
If you want to build your own Tank or Truck then Chris (Ludwig) is your man, Some amazing and rare Allied and Axis Armour as well as more modern almost all designed by Chris and a number of Forum members have built Armour from his kits with great results. Chris is a Member of the Forum. Recommended.

I hope this small list is helpful, Taigen as far as I know only sell one Tank Kit (Tiger 1, 3 in 1 kit) everything else they sell is Ready to Run (RTR) But the Taigen dealers I have named do sell that kit,
All Tamiyas Armour comes in a kit they do not make 1/16 Tanks in RTR,It should be remembered that Tamiya Kits are expensive :thumbdown:
Ludwigs Products are only Kits with lots of spares and helpful advise,
Good Luck.

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Postby Ad Lav » Sun Aug 18, 2019 4:45 pm

I highly recommend Axels Modellbau, if you contact them Felix can get any kit for you - trucks/tanks etc.
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Postby Ragnar » Sun Aug 18, 2019 6:52 pm

How about dealers in the U.S ?
Most are familiar with IMEX the U.S Taigen dealer in Florida are there any others ? I’m absolutely flabbergasted at the lack of Armour /Tank stores in such a huge market.Canada? Hmmm!
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Postby Tiger6 » Sun Aug 18, 2019 8:25 pm

You have MatoMart up in Ontario, and a lot of folks go to the AAF museum for Tamiya parts, but after that its slim pickings.

RCCommand went under about 10 years ago, and RCTankWars ended with the passing of its owner in 2012. A lot of the other outlets I had once bought bought tanks from from were "pile 'em high, sell 'em cheap" outfits that just bought a containers worth of all manner of RC toys and flogged them on with no tech support.

Heng Long then started wanting bigger and bigger minimum orders, which also helped shut out the smaller players.

More than anything else, I think the price point of the average tank has reached the level where they won't get bought as a 'disposable' kids toy anymore (I bought some of my first HL tanks brand new for less than 50 bucks, try getting a deal like that these days!), and at the higher end, consumers want trendy toys like drones if they are going to splash out hundreds of dollars.
I've certainly noticed a significant drop in broken tanks being parted out on Ebay, which would support a conclusion that these things are not as popular as they once were.

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Postby Xiaoshan_Sailor » Sun Aug 18, 2019 11:48 pm

Don't disregard Clark's dealers with whats coming later this & next year. His new 1/16 line is thinking outside the box.

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Postby Sascha » Mon Aug 19, 2019 2:36 pm

Hello and thanks for all your replies. Surely first I want inform me which possibilities are available. So also dealers in US or whole over the world are from interest. I done a lot of research yesterday evening. And my first model should be an Truck with a Trailer an moveable loading bay in scale 1:16. After that I want start with my first 1:16 scale tank. I saw there are some WPL models available for that ones you can get some tuning up kits also made in metal for modification. Overpainting is not the problem. Standard painting of those models are worst. ;)

I found the WPL B36 Ural what u can see under following link:

https://www.amazon.de/CUEYU-Elektro-Off-Road-Milit%C3%A4r-Crawler/dp/B07QNFMX5M/ref=asc_df_B07QNFMX5M/?tag=googshopde-21&linkCode=df0&hvadid=356509582715&hvpos=1o3&hvnetw=g&hvrand=10909305160222149408&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9044515&hvtargid=pla-779291206790&psc=1&th=1&psc=1&tag=&ref=&adgrpid=76119332550&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvadid=356509582715&hvpos=1o3&hvnetw=g&hvrand=10909305160222149408&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9044515&hvtargid=pla-779291206790

Trailer which can be modifed and painted:

https://www.bruder.de/germany/sortiment ... 1%5Bp%5D=1

Is here anyone who has modified the loading ramps radio controlled? Is it possible?

But maybe there are some german military trucks avilable somewhere in the world outside. I am open for any proposal and inspiration. ;)

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Postby Sascha » Mon Aug 19, 2019 3:40 pm

I also found that truck, painted in military green should be also a nice gimmik:

https://www.westfalia.de/shops/technik/ ... 2%A0%C2%A0

Does somebody know if you can use a smoke generator for that model?

And I found that trailer:

https://www.voelkner.de/products/239689 ... gKNJ_D_BwE

Is it possible to modify the trailer ramp radio conrolled?

I also found another trailer which is radio controlled:

https://www.voelkner.de/products/107108 ... gLOYvD_BwE

Found also an great Video for modifiying the trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=726vXooaNqk

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Postby General Jumbo01 » Mon Aug 19, 2019 5:08 pm

The Bruder trailer can be purchased without a tractor unit for around £30 on e-bay when available and yes, it is possible to lift/lower both the loading ramps and front legs using servos controlled by your RC.

I have 3, one standard length and one longer, one shorter , the last 2 made from two standard trailers. The are lots of detail track parts available to improve their looks.

There are also many budget trucks from the likes of WPL, HL etc that can be completely stripped and rebuilt using your own custom electronics for drive, steering, sound and lights plus lots of detailing bits or you can use Tamiya and radically customise them to provide 'collection' transporters.

Even RTR tanks can be used as a baseline to build your own model using custom resin or kit components with your own electronics.

So, no excuses! :)ImageImageImageImageImage

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Postby Sascha » Mon Aug 19, 2019 5:13 pm

Haha... Who searches finds...

Radio controlled trailer supports:
https://www.modellbau-berlinski.de/rc-t ... gJd8_D_BwE

Radio controlled ramp modification kit for Goldmann Trailers. Made in Germany :P
https://www.pistenking.com/shop/product ... hofer.html

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Postby jarndice » Mon Aug 19, 2019 5:20 pm

Sascha, Hi, You have listed a 1/16 scale Truck and a 1/14 scale Truck and a 1/14 scale trailer and a 1/20 scale trailer.1/14 scale is the what Tamiya use for their Trucks and Trailers,
They are rc and very well detailed BUT they are expensive,
I suggest you click on Forum and scroll down to RC Cars, Trucks and read what other members have done,
When it comes to 1/16 scale Tank Transporter Trailers most members buy TWO Bruder Trailers and make a working Tank Transporter trailer from them.
The Chinese Trucks are cheap but not very strong. Go to
http://www.banggood.com
For more details on all the 1/16 scale Chinese built trucks.

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Postby Sascha » Mon Aug 19, 2019 6:04 pm

Hey Jumbo. Sounds amazing. You're my man. :P I think I start with the Tamiya Grand Hauler Truck. I will order that model within next days and start with building in the smoke generator and if the model doesent has sound also an sound modul. After that I will paint it. ;) Than we come to the trailer part after that. ;) My question. Is there any cheap radio control panel which one you can recommend me? I need for controlling the truck, smoke generator (if needed and not automatically controlled during gas), electric coupling on the truck and for the trailer supports and ramps.

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Postby Sascha » Mon Aug 19, 2019 6:44 pm

jarndice wrote:
Sascha, Hi, You have listed a 1/16 scale Truck and a 1/14 scale Truck and a 1/14 scale trailer and a 1/20 scale trailer.1/14 scale is the what Tamiya use for their Trucks and Trailers,
They are rc and very well detailed BUT they are expensive,

Is my offer for Tamiya I found not cheap for 329 EUR? other sell them for over 400 EUR.


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Postby General Jumbo01 » Mon Aug 19, 2019 7:17 pm

In general, there are lots of companies that make parts for Tamiya kits and are generally far cheaper. The Tamiya MFU is typically around 350 quid but G.T.Power make them for around 35 quid!! The ramp and leg lifter you showed totals about £250 yet and pair of good micro servos with adjustable linkages cos.ts about £14!!

It's your choice but most model makers prefer to build their own solutions
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Postby Sascha » Mon Aug 19, 2019 9:39 pm

I have found that one:

https://m.banggood.com/Fayee-FY004A-116 ... kid=262914

Is it easy to customize?

And as MFU I think u mean that one:

https://m.banggood.com/de/Flysky-FS-T6- ... gIyNPD_BwE

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Postby jarndice » Tue Aug 20, 2019 12:21 am

Sascha an MFU is a Motherboard/Control Board it is the heart of the Tanks Radio Control and is to be found in the bottom of the Tank in the hull,
What you highlighted was a Radio Transmitter,
RTR (Ready to Run) Tanks come with a Motherboard already fitted but there are some very good after market MFUs for sale such as the IBU 2/3, The CLARK TK 22/40 etc , The Elmod series and a number of others,
They will all need a Radio Transmitter as well as a Radio Receiver to make them work whereas the RTR Tanks come with the Transmitter as part of the package.
Lots of us take out the MFU in the RTR Tanks and fit a replacement like the ones I listed.

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Postby General Jumbo01 » Tue Aug 20, 2019 10:07 am

Multi Functional Unit - receiver/sounds/esc/etc all in one box. Tamiya do the same for their trucks.

Re radio gear, the SkyFly FXi6 or i6x are both very good, configurable 6/10 channel transmitters. They come alone or paired with various receivers. Great value.
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Postby midlife306 » Tue Aug 20, 2019 12:59 pm

Check this out, nice & cheap!!!

jimbo_wa wrote:Been looking at the JJRC Q64 since it came out and have finally ordered it off Amazon, it's the cheapest I've ever seen it - £17.40 + £5 Delivery https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07MT8LXHW/

Once it arrives, (and as long as it's what it says it is!) I'll be attempting to create the MAN HX58 6x6 Unit Support Tanker(UST) to go with my Challenger 2...

Will look at potential upgrades as and when necessary. :haha:



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Postby General Jumbo01 » Tue Aug 20, 2019 1:14 pm

I have one of those and the electronics are better than usual but you'll probably want to upgrade them so you can add sound etc. I seem to recall the steering servo is ok. The good news is that there is plenty of space in the cab for speakers, sound cards and ESC etc. Thats a good price too.
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Postby Sascha » Tue Aug 20, 2019 2:54 pm

Yes. That truck is nice and really cheap. But I can't find any upgrade kits for that truck. For the Ural B36 I can find a lot. But when I add up all kits together I is more expensive as the tamiya truck model (Globe Liner or Grand Hauler). Maybe for beginning and as newbie its better for me to start with that. What is your opinion?
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