Fed Ex dropped off the crate today.
Opening the crate the tank was very well packed. not a single paint scratch
The tank itself is nicely shaped and looks to be in scale.
Here is the tank besides a JD M4A3 Sherman tank
The tank's top hull is mounted to the lower hull with three brass bolts. Two of These bolts are located on the front transmission strip, and the other is mounted on the rear deck.
On the inside reveals a very simple bare bones RC model. The tank does come with main drive, turret rotation and gun elevation. To make the tank fully run you will need to supply a 12 volt battery, two speed controllers, two servos and the radio. The rest of the tank appears to be pulg and play.
The tank is constructed out of GRP fiberglass, and is quite light but appears to be sturdy. Molded into the tank's lower hull is two aluminum L brackets, these L brackets give the lower hull much more rigidity and is the spot where the boggies are mounted to.
The tank's gear box is all made out of steel construction with a plastic dust guard mounted to the top.
The gear box's gears are all steel and the tank is powered by two large high performance motors. The gear axels are mounted to the gear box via ball bearings. Overall the gear box looks well made. When I tested the motors by placing their leads to a battery the motors roared to life, with the combination of the tank's light weight and powerful motors this tank can become a rocket ship.
To adjust the track tension the whole gearbox can be moved forward and backward (Like on an old Tamiya motorized 1/35th scale tank).
The track can also be adjusted from the rear idler mounts by tightening a bolt.
Because the tank's gearbox can be adjusted there is a gap cut into the tank's side hull,
The tank's running gear is quite nicely made.
The sprockets and suspension components are constructed out of alluminum.
The track is awesome. All aluminum construction, with lock washers locking the links together. They are the strongest point on the model. The tracks quality are almost similar to the tracks on the Armortek M4 Sherman.
The tank's wheels and suspension is also metal. The road wheels are rubber rimmed. and the suspension is functional with two coil springs.
The tank's rear idler wheel is also constructed out of metal and is also rubber rimmed. (On the real M4 the rear idler wheels are not rubber rimmed and are all steel)
The tank also comes with a bag of accessories. These include a length of spare metal track, tools, 50.cal, and some other accessories. These parts are similar in quality to the resin parts that were included with the old Viper kits. One advantage that this tank has is that the positions for the tools and accessories are not pre drilled into the model like on the viper. This will make construction much easier.
All of the hatches are functional, the early copula rotates, and the front hatches open properly.
The kit details are very basic, they are also reminiscing of the Viper. The whole tank is like a large Heng Long RC tank where the details are supplied, but better details can be found or fabricated, but more info on these will come in the rebuild post .
Kit supplied antenna base
Overall I'm very happy with the tank and with the tank's quality and price. I can't wait to dig in to this one .
I will be ordering the rest of the tanks electronics and once I have the tank up and running I will post a video and compare the tank to an Armortek M4A3.
The models can be found in stock at http://www.bigtanks.de