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Tamiya 1/35 Ultra Realistic Small Scale Tank Kits

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Among the huge selection of RC products that Tamiya offers there is a special line of amazing looking military tanks. As one would expect with Tamiya, these tanks have an incredibly accurate appearance right down to the smallest detail thus making them look like the real McCoy. There are three different scales within this line of RC tanks including 1/16, 1/25 and 1/35. The Tamiya 1/35 ultra realistic small scale tank kits are what we are focusing on in this article.

Tamiya 1/35 Ultra Realistic Small Scale Tank Kits

Tamiya got its start with producing static model kits back in 1948 and became masters at recreating super accurate representations of the real thing. Still today, they are among the best plastic model producers in the world and are very well known for their high-quality radio control vehicles. The 1/35 Tamiya tanks we are concentrating on here are based on static plastic models to which Tamiya added radio control equipment for basic moving operation.

Over the years there have been a variety of Tamiya 1/35-scale tank kits released and being highlighted here are the eight tanks that are currently available through the Tamiya USA website. Tamiya 1/35 Ultra Realistic Small Scale Tank KitsEssentially, the specific tank that Tamiya modeled in kit form does not change, yet gets an updated re-issue with a modern control unit set and transmitter plus other improvements like assembly type tracks.

In regards to the M4A3 Sherman US Medium Tank and the JGSDF Type 10, you will see there are two versions of each tank. One comes furnished with the Tamiya Battle System and one does not. Common among all of the tanks being featured is their full range of radio control motion.

Meaning they can travel forward and reverse, turn left and right, perform sharp turns and pivoting. Along with that, each tank gives the operator control of turret rotation and the ability to raise and lower the main gun except for the WWI British Tank MK.IV Male due to its much older non-turret tank design.

Tamiya 1/35 Ultra Realistic Small Scale Tank Kits
TAMIYA WWI BRITISH TANK MK.IV MALE—#48214

 

TAMIYA BATTLE SYSTEM SERIES TANKS

Out of the eight Tamiya 1/35 ultra realistic small scale tanks shown here, three are setup with a very cool Battle System feature including the Panther Type G Late Version, the M4A3 Sherman US Medium Tank and the JGSDF Type 10. These tanks are part of the Battle System Series where they are outfitted with Tamiya’s unique infrared light system to allow the tank to have battles with two or more tanks that are also equipped with the system. When in operation, the battle system emits an infrared light whenever the main gun is fired. Then on the opposing tank which is fit with a light sensor unit to receive the ‘hit’ and then the MC-06 Control Unit will produce corresponding actions such as damage and engine trouble sounds, speed reduction as well as having the main gun lower when the tank is “knocked out”. Model movement are impaired to the amount of ‘damage’ your tanks takes. Also, each of these Battle System Series tanks have a LED indicator that flashers or changes color to show tank’s status during a battle to indicate various levels of battle damage.

The tank-to-tank battles are just one part of this significant Battle System feature. Since the system requires an onboard speaker to produce the battle sound effects, Tamiya wisely incorporated other realistic sounds into the unit. Depending on the action of the tank, the speaker will create engine sounds, main gun firing sound, damage sounds and explosions. In addition, inside of the main gun is a LED light to replicate a muzzle flash when the gun is fired while at the same time the hull recoils for added realism.

GERMAN PANZERKAMPFWAGEN IV—#48206

REAL TANK OVERVIEW

Referred to as the German War-Horse and also known as the Panzer, the German Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf. J was the final variant of this WWII main tank. It came out in 1944 and gained better defensive capabilities with a simplified design. It was equipped with a hatch for throwing grenades at approaching infantry and the turret was now surrounded by an armored skirt or schurzen.

FEATURES OF RC VERSION

  • Length: 200mm
  • Width: 81mm
  • Transmitter: ACTCOM 4-channel w/ six changeable FM27MHZ frequency crystals
  • Control Unit: MC-04
  • Motors: Two pre-assembled gearboxes with Type 130 motors provide the drive and a pre-assembled turret rotation unit with two Type 130 motor rotates the turret and moves main gun
  • Batteries: Requires 4 AAA for tank & one 9V for transmitter
  • Special feature: Easy to use button type transmitter

GERMAN PANTHER TYPE G LATE VERSION—#48209

REAL TANK OVERVIEW

The German Panther Type G Late Version served as Germany’s main battle tank from March 1944 through until the end of the war. It featured excellent defensive abilities like sloped armor plates so that it could not be easily defeated by Russian T-34 medium tanks. A 700ps Maybach HL230P30 4-stroke V12 gasoline engine which gave it a top speed of 55km/h.

FEATURES OF RC VERSION

  • Length: 275mm
  • Width: 94mm
  • Transmitter: ACTCOM 2.4GHz
  • Control Unit: MC-06
  • Motors: Two pre-assembled gearboxes with Type 130 motors provide the drive and a pre-assembled turret rotation unit with two Type 130 motor rotates the turret and moves main gun
  • Batteries: Requires 4 AAA for tank & one 9V for transmitter
  • Special feature: Equipped with Battle System

M4A3 SHERMAN US MEDIUM TANK—#48212 AND M4A3 SHERMAN US MEDIUM TANK—#48217

REAL TANK OVERVIEW

The Sherman US medium tank became one of the keys to the Allied triumph in WWII. There were nearly 50,000 units produced and the M4A3 version depicted here was fitted with a 75mm main gun. It was powered by the Ford GAA gasoline 450hp V8 engine that allowed improved maintenance and torque at lower speeds. Sherman’s are recognizable by the commander’s cupola, loader’s hatch and single-piece frontal armor. They actively served in both the European and Pacific theaters.

FEATURES OF RC VERSION #48212

  • Length: 172mm
  • Width: 76mm
  • Height: 87mm
  • Transmitter: ACTCOM 2.4GHz
  • Control Unit: MC-06
  • Motors: Two pre-assembled gearboxes with Type 130 motors provide the drive and a pre-assembled turret rotation unit with two Type 130 motor rotates the turret and moves main gun
  • Batteries: Requires 4 AAA for tank & one 9V for transmitter
  • Special feature: Equipped with Battle System

FEATURES OF RC VERSION #48217

  • Length: 172mm
  • Width: 76mm
  • Height: 87mm
  • Transmitter: TTU-10
  • Control Unit: MC-07
  • Motors: Two pre-assembled gearboxes with Type 130 motors provide the drive and a pre-assembled turret rotation unit with two Type 130 motor rotates the turret and moves main gun
  • Batteries: Requires 4 AAA for tank & 4 AAA for transmitter
  • Special feature 1: Transmitter button to select one of four model speeds
  • Special feature 2: Assembly type tracks featuring snap-together links that realistically depict ‘sag’ and ensure stable movement even at lower speeds

JGSDF TYPE 10—#48213 AND JGSDF TYPE 10 TANK—#48215

REAL TANK OVERVIEW

JGSDF (Japan Ground Self Defense Force) Type 10 tank is the current main tank in Japan, officially commissioned in 2010. A highly effective modular armor and 120mm smoothbore gun give this tank excellent balance of defensive and offensive capabilities. The standout out feature of the Type 10 is its C4I function (command, control, communications, computers and intelligence) that enable the coordination among tanks as well as other assets.

FEATURES OF RC VERSION #48213

  • Length: 273mm
  • Width: 95mm
  • Transmitter: ACTCOM 2.4GHz
  • Control Unit: MC-06
  • Motors: Two pre-assembled gearboxes with Type 130 motors provide the drive and a pre-assembled turret rotation unit with two Type 130 motor rotates the turret and moves main gun
  • Batteries: Requires 4 AAA for tank & one 9V for transmitter
  • Special feature: Equipped with Battle System

FEATURES OF RC VERSION #48215

  • Length: 273mm
  • Width: 95mm
  • Transmitter: TTU-10
  • Control Unit: MC-07
  • Motors: Two pre-assembled gearboxes with Type 130 motors provide the drive and a pre-assembled turret rotation unit with two Type 130 motor rotates the turret and moves main gun
  • Batteries: Requires 4 AAA for tank & 4 AAA for transmitter
  • Special feature: Transmitter button to select one of four model speeds

WWI BRITISH TANK MK.IV MALE—#48214

Tamiya 1/35 Ultra Realistic Small Scale Tank Kits REAL TANK OVERVIEW

As the only WWI tank in the group, the WWI British Tank MK.IV Male with its early and very unique tank design makes it stand out from the rest. It is credited as the first major forerunner to modern-day tank designs. Seeing action in 1917, the “Male” variant was given additional machine guns and large 6-pouder guns to successfully tackle enemy lines.

FEATURES OF RC VERSION

  • Length: 230mm
  • Width: 143mm
  • Transmitter: TTU-10
  • Control Unit: MC-07
  • Motors: Two pre-assembled gearboxes with Type 130 motors provide the drive
  • Batteries: Requires 4 AAA for tank & 4 AAA for transmitter
  • Special feature: Transmitter button to select one of four model speeds

RUSSIAN MEDIUM TANK T-34-85—#48216

REAL TANK OVERVIEW

During WWII, the German Tiger and Panther were the dominate armor and Russia needed an answer to fend off this foe. The Russian Medium Tank T-34-85 was the answer. It was manufactured from 1944 to 1946 and was given a powerful 85mm gun and featured heavy sloped armor with a large-sized cast turret. Inside the hull of this lightweight tank was a 500ps V12 liquid-cooled diesel engine that have it great mobility.

FEATURES OF RC VERSION

  • Length: 238mm
  • Width: 88mm
  • Height: 78mm
  • Transmitter: TTU-10
  • Control Unit: MC-07
  • Motors: Two pre-assembled gearboxes with Type 130 motors provide the drive and a pre-assembled turret rotation unit with two Type 130 motor rotates the turret and moves main gun
  • Batteries: Requires 4 AAA for tank & 4 AAA for transmitter
  • Special feature 1: Transmitter button to select one of four model speeds
  • Special feature 2: Assembly type tracks featuring snap-together links that realistically depict ‘sag’ and ensure stable movement even at lower speeds

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