This is one post I will comment on here because they happen to be my " favorite tank". There are not that many people you will find here that have and post on these tanks.Most of these model toy tanks of all scales were built to apeal to kids as toys to play with and thats who most of them are sold to.If you look at the ammount of people you will find on any of the forums it is not hard to figure out if they were the only one's buying these tanks it would not be much of an industry,a few hundred tank sales would not set the world on fire.
How many millions upon millions of people in this world ??? How many countrys in this world and how many members do you see on forums from those countrys.??? Most of the people who post on these forums are into tanks as a hobby and don't represent who these tanks are actually sold to if you look at the over-all sales of these toys.Most of the members here are adults,not kids.
My guess is these tanks were made to apeal to kids,but there was problems that didn't have much thought when they were being produced.They are big,and they are heavy.Not a good combination for kids.The small scale tanks can be run around in most houses and appartments,that is not the case for a 1/6 scale tank they are just to big.There were only a few different models to chose from in this scale.These tanks are heavy and much to big for most kids to handle,and if you pick one up and drop it (well they are not made to drop-and they will not take the abuse most kids will dish out to them-not for long anyway) But one of the biggest factors is just the fact they are big and take up a lot of room that most people just don't have.I still have 4 of these big 1/6 scale tanks,i had more.Taking up space will be shown in the pictures below.
Just my guess and opinion for what it worth.