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  • Renault FT

    Just a teaser for now.

    I'm motorizing and r/c'ing Takom's 1:16 Renault FT. This photo is at the stage where motorizing and r/c'ing is complete. After this, treads come off and detailing, painting and weathering will commence. Given the equipment I've had to work with, It's faster than the real one would be, but hey, it runs!

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    So far I've had mixed results. I use the transmission, main board, radio controller, and sound and lights from Heng Long's 1:30 M4 Sherman as appropriate for my conversions. It's the right size, and my LHS can get them for $50. Unfortunately in this case the mechanism for turret rotation won't fit in the hull, it's too narrow. Making lemonade as the saying goes, this will be a hybrid - part r/c model, part display. The kit comes with a complete interior, crew and engine compartments. I've filled the engine compartment with the motors, main board, speaker and battery. That's all fine. The crew compartment and turret is where the rotation mechanism would have gone, so instead I'll do the crew interior!

  • #2
    Ooooh, nice one. I saw one of those just this week. The real thing, not the model. It's tiny!
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    • #3
      Originally posted by SoCalBobS View Post
      Just a teaser for now.

      I'm motorizing and r/c'ing Takom's 1:16 Renault FT. This photo is at the stage where motorizing and r/c'ing is complete. After this, treads come off and detailing, painting and weathering will commence. Given the equipment I've had to work with, It's faster than the real one would be, but hey, it runs!

      Click image for larger version

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      So far I've had mixed results. I use the transmission, main board, radio controller, and sound and lights from Heng Long's 1:30 M4 Sherman as appropriate for my conversions. It's the right size, and my LHS can get them for $50. Unfortunately in this case the mechanism for turret rotation won't fit in the hull, it's too narrow. Making lemonade as the saying goes, this will be a hybrid - part r/c model, part display. The kit comes with a complete interior, crew and engine compartments. I've filled the engine compartment with the motors, main board, speaker and battery. That's all fine. The crew compartment and turret is where the rotation mechanism would have gone, so instead I'll do the crew interior!

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      • #4
        now that (with a paint job) will be hard to tell from the pix of the real thing. looks real authentic.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by SoCalBobS View Post
          Just a teaser for now.

          I'm motorizing and r/c'ing Takom's 1:16 Renault FT. This photo is at the stage where motorizing and r/c'ing is complete. After this, treads come off and detailing, painting and weathering will commence. Given the equipment I've had to work with, It's faster than the real one would be, but hey, it runs!

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          So far I've had mixed results. I use the transmission, main board, radio controller, and sound and lights from Heng Long's 1:30 M4 Sherman as appropriate for my conversions. It's the right size, and my LHS can get them for $50. Unfortunately in this case the mechanism for turret rotation won't fit in the hull, it's too narrow. Making lemonade as the saying goes, this will be a hybrid - part r/c model, part display. The kit comes with a complete interior, crew and engine compartments. I've filled the engine compartment with the motors, main board, speaker and battery. That's all fine. The crew compartment and turret is where the rotation mechanism would have gone, so instead I'll do the crew interior!
          Bob you are out of control!!!!! Love it.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Rubicon99 View Post

            Bob you are out of control!!!!! Love it.
            Yeah, a lot of pent up building urges. I have a workshop I used to build r/c aircraft when they were balsa which has been unused with the advent of foam planes. All they need is a screwdriver! That and a model building history - one of my first kits in the 1960’s was an Airfix StuG III. Add in iPhone photo and video capability and a full retirement.... = cowabunga!

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            • #7
              Hatches open, hatches closed! Just finished hingeing them. Electronics are partially visible in back. The whole top deck comes off. It’s held on by magnets.

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              • #8
                You're on a roll, yet another static kit RC'd

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                • #9
                  I'm gonna run out of subjects someday. The PzKpfw 1 and Renault have always been favorites of mine, so to animate them is great fun!.

                  Second stage teaser. I'm a novice with an airbrush, as much paint on me as on the kit, so painting the inside white and outside it's base color was stressful. And this was the first time I sprayed it black as a primer. Eek!

                  The tracks have three layers of color on them - Nato Black spray can, AK Track Wash and AK rub-on Iron. Still needs grime and rust, but it's a good start. My wife unprompted said it looked like metal.

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                  • #10
                    In for a penny, in for a pound. The airbrush was already warmed up.

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                    • #11
                      Another mini 1/16 tank. Very nice Bob.
                      I got my rc kit for the Stewart yesterday but have yet to get the tank kit. I have just had too many other expenses lately to buy the kit, or really even the time to build it with all the other tanks I’m working on.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by RichJohnson View Post
                        Another mini 1/16 tank. Very nice Bob.
                        I got my rc kit for the Stewart yesterday but have yet to get the tank kit. I have just had too many other expenses lately to buy the kit, or really even the time to build it with all the other tanks I’m working on.
                        Yeah, time and money are the limiters. I passed on the 35RC kit too for those reasons. Maybe next cycle.

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