RE: 1/16 Hetzer coming soon Blue Star Model
Again, I appreciate the informatiion andaccept the negatives. I have thick skin and had I not been the hobby industry asresinproducer back about 10-15 years ago, I'd probably be eaqually as skeptical as the naysayers here are.
To answer some of the questions, No, I am not a RC tank guy, I have not driven an RC tank. As a veteran, I have driven the real thing being licensed on the Bradley and M-113 tracka fewmore years ago than I care to remember. So, I think I understand the basic mechanical concepts of operation of armored and tracked vehicles. As an Battalion Maintenance Officer in aForward SupportBatalion of a combat division,have seen my share of tanks & tracks,thier running gear and pissed of mechanics. I've pulled packs in the snow and changed tracks in the desert. So I think I know a little bit about tanks.
But this is not about my qualifications, its about getting feedback for a product that I am producing. Yes, I am in America and in the past when I had my other hobby business, I produced all of my own product range as wellas for other companies. I do have equipment and the knowledge to produce complex resin castings. That is not an issue, what I was looking forwas feedback to make what is currently designed as a static model for static model builders into a product that could also be of benefit to the RC community since there appears to be a need that is not being met by existing RC tank manufacturers.
I am not out to design from scratch a RC tank. The real things are bad enough and in miniature its even moreso.I am not Mr Tamiya with the here-to-fore mentioned deep pockets. I am a modeller and an AFV enthusiast who is also an entrepeneur creating a product for the model/hobby community.
Yes, I could go out an purchase a whole slew of RC armor to tear down and backward engineer and probably would if I were going after an RC market. But again, this kit is designed for static modelers with some nice upgrades that they too would appreciate such as metal link to link tracks and an articulating suspension for diorama use.
At this point in my product developement it would allow for possible changes in materials and some slight design mods. Hence the post.
I came to this forum to get a better understanding of the needs of the RC community and their likes and dislikes in a RC tank. Seeking information, seeking advice, seeking to interact with the folks who buy and use these products and see what their thoughts are about what makes a good RC tank. As my post title says, a 1/16th scale Hetzer is coming soon. Not an RC Hetzer coming soon.
I will at this point bow out of this thread as it seems that the consensus isthatpotential conversion of my companies static model would notin all likelihood not be something useful to them.
I wish you all well gentlemen and to the fellow veterans I to thank you for your service to our great country.