I liked to tease the club when Tamiya released its 1/48 Scale version....
I snapped one up right away!
This story goes back about ten years when I assisted a club mate with his desire to make an M1A2 from the Old Hobby Engine toy Abrams and the innards from a Tamiya Leo2.
That tank still exists and has traded hands a few times. Now it is under the command of our host Craig Thompson.
I acquired a Heng Long BB shooter at one point with the intention of upgrading it. Found a set of metal wheels and sprockets for it too.
When Tamiya released their Abrams, one of the first Static model variants made it to Andy's hobby headquarters and onto YouTube. I brought by the Hobby engine conversion and HL by for comparison.
Really nice details.
Gun tube is metal and really nice.
A club membered offered me cash for the HL so out the door it went!
One of the club members brought their second hand Abrams by for a run.
It wasn't even XMAS...
Then through the power of some one else's need to divest a Abrams... I received a started one that had been parted out a bit.
Into the breach I go!
A new Tamiya kit is always a RC tanking Oh La La moment!
Thanks for not making us pay for a hop up this time!
First process in a Tamiya modern is the gearbox. The powerful 540 gear actually provides the movement while the side 380 unit produces excess power to steer.
You really need to follow the illustrations and lube the thing to excess.
Despite best efforts, I had much grandame and when I opened up the case I found this...
Vinyl gears sheared teeth.
I had these from a previous Leopard 2A6 exchange.
DKLM RC replacement metal gears.