Tamiya broke out of the World War II era and offers it’s first modern day scale R/C full option tank.
The box is BIG, packaged with Tamiya’s typical attention to detail. All items are neatly arranged and packaged.
The first step is to assemble the complex gearbox. This is a departure from the other Tamiya R/C tank kits where the gearbox is pre-assembled. The Leopard gearbox uses three differentials and is driven by two motors. One motor drives the tank forward and backward, the other supplies input to the gearbox to make the tank turn left or right. This is how the real tank works.
Nice etched detail parts. On the right, the scale smoke grenade launchers pieces. There are about two dozen of these that get attached to the outside of the turret. The parts are tiny and can be a little frustrating to work with, especially attaching the ends of the tiny cap retention chain to an ordinary paper staple and inserted in the assembly (assembled grenade launcher on the left in the photo).
Originally posted 2008-08-01 10:44:13.
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