HOOBEN Ukrainian BTR-4 IFV

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Postby lmcq11 » Tue May 17, 2022 12:18 pm

If you have seen the Azov videos, one of the star of the Mariupol siege is the Ukrainian built BTR-4 with its 30mm autocannon and ability to take on Russian T-72s and BMPs.

I am glad to see an 8x8 IFV offering and i assume its mechanical parts could be reused for many different vehicles; LAV, Boxer...

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Postby Kaczor » Tue May 17, 2022 1:23 pm

At first I thought the price was high, but it was about that for Puma. The Polish KTO Rosomak comes to mind, but I would like to have an original vehicle from my brave neighbors in my collection :)
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Postby lmcq11 » Tue May 17, 2022 1:37 pm

Kaczor wrote:At first I thought the price was high, but it was about that for Puma. The Polish KTO Rosomak comes to mind, but I would like to have an original vehicle from my brave neighbors in my collection


Agree, Having scratch build plastic Ludwig 6x6 TPZ-1 and a 8x8 GTK Boxer myself with various mechanical components on the market, the Hooben metal BTR-4 looks like a real bargain with all the features advertised. The optional amphibious kit and water pump jets are also interesting, new stuff i haven't seen before.

RC 8x8 and 6x6 wheeled vehicles are a lot easier to operate in the backyard than tracked tanks, and they do not ravage the wife's garden. No wonder armies around the world are switching to wheeled vehicles.
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Postby tankme » Tue May 17, 2022 9:07 pm

Looks interesting because it says metal chassis and metal hull. I don't think the price is outrageous as it is actually less expensive than the MGS gun system I pre-ordered from RC Tank Legion. The problem I always see with Hooben is replacement parts and "optional" parts. The optional parts never seem to make it to market.

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Postby B_Man » Wed May 18, 2022 8:32 am

An interesting subject but I have some serious trust issues with Hooben and their ability to deliver on promises. Not releasing any prototype photos or videos three months out from launch doesn't fill me with confidence either.
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Postby Jarlath » Wed May 18, 2022 12:41 pm

B_Man wrote:An interesting subject but I have some serious trust issues with Hooben and their ability to deliver on promises. Not releasing any prototype photos or videos three months out from launch doesn't fill me with confidence either.


Every other time they "pre-release" images of their products, it shows the serious design flaws (the horrific idler mounting, suspension, and the overuse of resin/3D printed parts for nearly everything...)

I remember their 1/10 scale Hetzer and the videos by Hooben showed it running... With the track not on the idler properly on ONE side... FFS...

I have very little faith in Hooben...
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Postby tankme » Wed May 18, 2022 8:14 pm

I feel the same way with Hooben. It always seems like a crap shoot ordering one. A four month pre-order time is a long time to pay and wait. I will see if they release anymore pics of the BTR before even considering one. I only pre-ordered the MGS because they had vids and detailed pics of the running gear. Additionally Stanlley was facilitating the pre-order and I have ordered from him before.

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Postby Xiaoshan_Sailor » Thu May 19, 2022 8:48 am

They're also offering a 1/10 version at 3x the price: ¥8,100 vs ¥2,780. Translation states it comes with a "gold metal chassis" so perhaps that explains it. :crazy:

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Postby Xiaoshan_Sailor » Mon May 23, 2022 8:06 am

Hooben just announced their first Russian forces starting with a BMP-2.

Have yet to hear about any Jack In the Box tanks. :haha:
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Postby tankme » Tue May 24, 2022 1:44 am

I'm really getting frustrated now. Why did it have to be Hooben releasing cool vehicles and not a reputable company? :)

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Postby Xiaoshan_Sailor » Tue May 24, 2022 9:31 am

tankme wrote:I'm really getting frustrated now. Why did it have to be Hooben releasing cool vehicles and not a reputable company? :)


Thats always been their MO. :haha:

That said, I am waiting to see their new Mark IV kit. Its supposed to be "all metal" so will be holding my breath until I can pick it up & check one for myself. I've learned long ago not to handover any cash until I see with my own eyes. Much easier for me given we are in the same city.

Here's the english advert for details. Supposedly "metal" just like the Mark IV so wonder what really comes in the box.

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Postby Shagnifico » Tue May 24, 2022 10:27 am

I’m surprised nobody here has said a peep about the OKMO M2A3 Bradley

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Postby Kaczor » Tue May 24, 2022 10:44 am

Someone did this a month ago ;)
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Postby STHV » Tue May 24, 2022 1:55 pm

Blatant cash grab over an active war...

I knew Hooben was bad but yikes
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Postby Kaczor » Tue May 24, 2022 5:37 pm

And they will probably release them when the war is over.
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Postby tankme » Wed May 25, 2022 12:02 am

Shagnifico wrote:I’m surprised nobody here has said a peep about the OKMO M2A3 Bradley


I like the DKLM RC subject matter of the M113 and now the Bradley. I just want to see the reports of some users before I would even think about building one. They are pretty expensive and after adding shipping to the US...more so. Bugs me that the M113 doesn't have the right tracks on it. I think I'd be more apt to buy the V100 they showed with the M113. I'm so torn because there are so many new IFV and AFVs coming. I wish I had the money to buy them all and the patience to wait for them... :)

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Postby Shagnifico » Wed May 25, 2022 3:30 am

Oh my bad Kaczor. I figured there would be a lot of discussion about the bradley here as I figured just about everyone would want one. I've never had an entire 3d printed tank, I've had 3d printed parts. From what I've seen of the 3d printed kits, they look like they will require hours and hours of sanding.

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Postby Xiaoshan_Sailor » Wed May 25, 2022 4:16 am

STHV wrote:Blatant cash grab over an active war...

I knew Hooben was bad but yikes


It is what it is so I don't blame them for that since other manufacturers here are doing same but he's the first out the gate. That said, at least their owner is rooting for the good guys unlike many Chinese I know who follow state propaganda.
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