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Tamiya has reinvented the RC Tank with a surprise release of an M551 Sheridan with full options including new electronics and reinvented gearboxes. The details are for a Vietnam "2 box" variant but that never stopped us! First on the field was Aimee's MERDC "red Desert" Variant mostly bone stock with custom paint.

The DAK CO was more than impressed and through some clever horse trading managed to acquire a totally new in box FO Sheridan that will not be in Vietnam Livery but definitely a DAK worthy scheme!

M551A1 SHERIDAN                                                AIRBORNE! (AMORED CAV / OPFOR TOO!)

This story begins with the quest for modern armor in 1/16 and vehicles we haven't seen too many of. Tamiya's Sheridan and the 3d Printed Scorpions have been nice editions to the pack.
This story begins with the quest for modern armor in 1/16 and vehicles we haven't seen too many of. Tamiya's Sheridan and the 3d Printed Scorpions have been nice editions to the pack.
Other efforts with modified 1/18 21st Century toys vehicles have allowed some additions to the pack. It allowed NATO subjects to be added including my late 70's M113A1 with MASSTER scheme.
Other efforts with modified 1/18 21st Century toys vehicles have allowed some additions to the pack. It allowed NATO subjects to be added including my late 70's M113A1 with MASSTER scheme.
The 3d Printed Emerson turret allowed an M901 effort.
The 3d Printed Emerson turret allowed an M901 effort.
Which has been fun bit lacks automotively....
Which has been fun bit lacks automotively....
Tamiya has given us a new platform to move that needle on the NATO front. The Sheridan is quick and agile and punches above its weight!
Tamiya has given us a new platform to move that needle on the NATO front. The Sheridan is quick and agile and punches above its weight!
Well thought out and with new electronics, we welcome it to the field!
Well thought out and with new electronics, we welcome it to the field!
Not perfect as the small rocks that haunt our field still break the best of tracks!
Not perfect as the small rocks that haunt our field still break the best of tracks!
The next chapter is the DAK COs version of a vehicle that was acquired through the inner working that make up a veteran club.
The next chapter is the DAK COs version of a vehicle that was acquired through the inner working that make up a veteran club.
Full details are classified but our SoCal based logistics officer was involved!
Full details are classified but our SoCal based logistics officer was involved!
Still in the Tamiya shipping box!
Still in the Tamiya shipping box!
This is the first totally new in Box kit I have acquired with the intention to build since since I bought a Sherman with winnings from a gambling weekend in 2007. All my other projects have been trades, used projects, flips, parts kits, or rescues.
This is the first totally new in Box kit I have acquired with the intention to build since since I bought a Sherman with winnings from a gambling weekend in 2007. All my other projects have been trades, used projects, flips, parts kits, or rescues.
Oohhhhh!
Oohhhhh!
Cannot wait to start. Unfortunately the start of this project has been delayed by the hottest summer on record in AZ. Even my swamp cooled shop is too hot!
Cannot wait to start. Unfortunately the start of this project has been delayed by the hottest summer on record in AZ. Even my swamp cooled shop is too hot!
Following the advice of some contemporaries, I have purchased addition sprees for the cupola as to attempt to build a Battle System friendly version....
Following the advice of some contemporaries, I have purchased addition sprees for the cupola as to attempt to build a Battle System friendly version....
I will share my finished project when I figure it out!
I will share my finished project when I figure it out!
Battle system found locally off eBay!
Battle system found locally off eBay!
I bought this to put in my Abrams but I will break it in on the Sheridan.
I bought this to put in my Abrams but I will break it in on the Sheridan.
To the races!
To the races!
Love the first steps into a new kit.
Love the first steps into a new kit.
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Suspension, day 1
Suspension, day 1
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Intern works on the wire bundle.
Intern works on the wire bundle.
Complaint number 1 Drivers hatch is a movable part but what Tamiya provided don't seem to do the trick. I added a previously removed boss from a Heng Long hull and Voila...
Complaint number 1 Drivers hatch is a movable part but what Tamiya provided don't seem to do the trick. I added a previously removed boss from a Heng Long hull and Voila...
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A semblance of a tank!
A semblance of a tank!
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Time to add the apple mount.
Time to add the apple mount.
Cupola is a great candidate for the IR receivers and LEDS to be inside the glass!
Cupola is a great candidate for the IR receivers and LEDS to be inside the glass!
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Got some micro mesh to cover engine grills.
Got some micro mesh to cover engine grills.
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Assembled the .50 cal and test fitted the cupola mount.
Assembled the .50 cal and test fitted the cupola mount.
DAK Intern driving the tank around some sand castles she made and POP!
DAK Intern driving the tank around some sand castles she made and POP!
Track split right among the mold seam. This is exactly like the original King Tiger track.
Track split right among the mold seam. This is exactly like the original King Tiger track.

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