RC Tanks I built and battles they were in
RC tanks made as kits or ready to run by several manufactures including Tamiya, Taigen, Henglong and Mato. Some
come with Airsoft guns some come with Infrared, but all of them get convered to use the Tamiya Infrared system using
either Tamiya brand or other compatible after market manufactured electronics boards that all accept the Tamiya IR reciever
that plugs into the top of the tank.
My tanks are mostly custom
built by me using kits and ready to run RC tanks that I chop up and modify and buy aftermarket urethane castings of the hulls
and turrets and main guns etc to make accurate scale model tanks.
M4A1 (75) Large Hatch "California Girl" Dec 1944 production- Completed
This Sherman came as a M4a3 105 howitzer, Heng Long ready to run airsoft tank.
I changed the hull to a cast hull to make it an M4A1, rebuilt the turret, removed the airsoft gun and put a scale 75mm gun
and a servo to recoil the barrel when it fires. It has a Battle Armor BARC4 electronic system and a 6 channel radio with tamiya
compatible IR battle system.
Video of operation before completion.
Forum thread of custom building this tank model.
M4A3E8 (76) HVSS "Katy Cat" August 1944 production - Work in progress
This is a Tamiya kit of a M4105 Howitzer that I got back in 1999 or so and I bought a T23 76mm turret from
Nick Aguilar and a replacement rear deck for an E8 from ebay. I completey rebuilt the rear hull to change it from an M4 to
an MA3 which is much more slanted in the rear and has a differnt engine grill cover in the back. I used Tamiya Pershing electronics
for the correct Ford GAA V8 engine sound as opposed to the Tamya Sherman M4 sound which is a radial engine. Also I used
a barrel recoil unit from a tamiya tiger.
Video of first operation
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M3 Lee Meduim Tank 1942 "Rebel" - Work in progress
This is a urethane M3 hull kit that sits on a Henglong Airsoft sherman lower.
Lots of modification is required to the sherman hull to accurately fit the M3 onto the sherman hull. It also requres
different gear boxes from a Taigen Panzer 3. I modified the plastic chevron tracks to put plastic pads on to represent
the early rubber pad tracks. I have not started to engineer the turret rotation or the main gun traverse or elevation
Video of first operation testing new tracks
Forum thread of custom build process
M4A3 105 HVSS Howitzer Tamiya kit- Completed
This is a stock Tamiya RC kit of the M4 105mm howitzer sherman. Its pretty much
built right out of the box and then the Infrared bulb and reciever base installed. Runs great. Best Sherman out there out
of the box for RC combat.
Other projects in the works, M4A3E2 Jumbo Assult Sherman, M4A3 (75) Small hatch Sherman, M4A3(76)W Sherman, M3(75) AT Half Track
Pics from battles and events
Pictures credit LA Tank Facebook, Ethan Dunsford (Desert Armor Korp facebook) and myself.