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neilesmith 01-29-2019 08:02 AM

Tamiya M1A2 Abrams Tank
 
A couple of years ago I posted my build of the Tamiya Type 10. I said at the time that I would never buy another Tamiya model. Well I lied and have just completed the M1A2. Like the type 10 we got off to a bad start with a missing part but I was able to resolve from my spares bin thank goodness. This was intended as a piece of occupational therapy for the winter so I held off starting until 1st January but it has not taken as long as I expected and is now completed. I will take pictures and video if there is any interest and, like the type 10, now it is finished I am looking to sell it on.https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.rcu...63ba6cd6da.jpg

Pcomm1.v2 01-29-2019 12:12 PM

Congrats on your build! Looking forward to your photo posts. Your past Type 10 build was pretty helpful to my build, knew what not to do!

John

tch2000 01-30-2019 08:40 AM

Wanna see pics.

neilesmith 02-01-2019 03:44 AM

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neilesmith 02-01-2019 03:55 AM

Sorry for the delay, health issues are dogging me again. Also my inexperience on posting in forums is evident as the photos do not seem to have uploaded in the order that I expected. My spraying was made very difficult by the weather conditions here at the time & I thought I could get away with touching in by brush. Tamiya had other ideas as the light sand colour is only available in this country as a spray. I have a pot on order from Italy but who knows when it will arrive. I still have to take more pictures and video so bear with me. For those of you looking for pitfalls to avoid and problems to resolve, GOOD NEWS this model assembled absolutely trouble free just follow the instructions and there you are.

heavyaslead 02-01-2019 04:11 AM

That tube coming from the speaker box, is that the bass port?

neilesmith 02-01-2019 05:27 AM

No I don't think so, it just directs the sound to the appropriate area for engine noise.

MAUS45 02-01-2019 04:10 PM

Nice build Neilse!!!! Hope you feel better soon!!!

neilesmith 02-02-2019 02:27 AM


Originally Posted by MAUS45 (Post 12499235)
Nice build Neilse!!!! Hope you feel better soon!!!

Thank you. Sadly the health issues are never going to get any better, ran out of options last year just making the best of my last months.

heavyaslead 02-04-2019 04:09 AM

You mentioned the Type 10 and M1A2 that you built.

Can you offer some advice/comments on how the two modern kits compare?

I only have the Leo2A6 as my reference builds of Tamyia modern tanks.

neilesmith 02-04-2019 06:13 AM


Originally Posted by heavyaslead (Post 12499905)
You mentioned the Type 10 and M1A2 that you built.

Can you offer some advice/comments on how the two modern kits compare?

I only have the Leo2A6 as my reference builds of Tamyia modern tanks.

I found the Type 10 a bit disappointing as features which were obviously designed into it had been omitted in production, presumably to reduce costs, although the price to the consumer did not seem to reflect this. Having said that it made a fine model with no significant snags.
The M1A2 is not cheap but impressed me. Of all the Tamiya r/c models I have built this was the finest, almost too easy to assemble when you are looking for a challenge!

tch2000 03-10-2019 12:53 AM

Any updates?

neilesmith 03-10-2019 01:53 AM

Video of the completed model here:
Have now sold it and moved on to a truck to keep me occupied.

Cruiser133 03-12-2019 10:03 AM


Originally Posted by neilesmith (Post 12499336)
Thank you. Sadly the health issues are never going to get any better, ran out of options last year just making the best of my last months.

Sorry to read this. I hope your family finds solace in the fact that your health issues did not rob you the opportunity to enjoy your hobby in the final months of your life.

RichJohnson 03-12-2019 10:24 AM

My sentiments as well.. Enjoy the time you have left. If your not having fun your doing something wrong. Get yor family to drive your tanks and battle with you and maybe you can instill some interest in the younger ones.

tch2000 03-12-2019 10:22 PM


Originally Posted by neilesmith (Post 12509077)
Video of the completed model here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84Tw9bfFY50&t=504s
Have now sold it and moved on to a truck to keep me occupied.

awesome. My prayers out to you and your family.

tch2000 03-12-2019 10:24 PM

What kind of truck you are building ?

neilesmith 03-14-2019 03:47 AM

Thanks for the kind words people. Just back from the hospital where they confirmed that there is nothing more that can be done so I'd better crack on with the Tamiya Mercedes-Benz AROCS 3348 6X4 Tipper truck. This is the most complicated Tamiya R/C model I have tackled yet with the tipping mechanism and mfcu and yet there is still room for improvement so my soldering iron & drill have found themselves in demand.

tch2000 03-14-2019 10:44 PM


Originally Posted by neilesmith (Post 12510236)
Thanks for the kind words people. Just back from the hospital where they confirmed that there is nothing more that can be done so I'd better crack on with the Tamiya Mercedes-Benz AROCS 3348 6X4 Tipper truck. This is the most complicated Tamiya R/C model I have tackled yet with the tipping mechanism and mfcu and yet there is still room for improvement so my soldering iron & drill have found themselves in demand.

my prayers are with you. Iím so sorry to hear the news. Please stay busy with that awesome truck. Maybe I can see progress pics. 👍🏽

Cruiser133 03-15-2019 07:34 AM


Originally Posted by tch2000 (Post 12510477)

my prayers are with you. Iím so sorry to hear the news. Please stay busy with that awesome truck. Maybe I can see progress pics. 👍🏽

News like this certainly makes you reflect on what is important in life....

tch2000 03-15-2019 07:06 PM


Originally Posted by Cruiser133 (Post 12510561)
News like this certainly makes you reflect on what is important in life....

so true. 😔

neilesmith 03-16-2019 10:24 AM

It's nearly there, fully functional, paintwork looking better than I expected (hate painting especially at this time of year when it is so difficult to get the temperature in the workshop right), just a few details to add and the fiddly labels to cut out. Why the tanks have decals and the trucks sticky labels only Tamiya can answer. Will post pics and a YouTube video soon.

Cruiser133 03-18-2019 05:55 AM


Originally Posted by neilesmith (Post 12510841)
It's nearly there, fully functional, paintwork looking better than I expected (hate painting especially at this time of year when it is so difficult to get the temperature in the workshop right), just a few details to add and the fiddly labels to cut out. Why the tanks have decals and the trucks sticky labels only Tamiya can answer. Will post pics and a YouTube video soon.

Every Tamiya 1/10 and 1/12 buggy I have ever built, and I have built many, have had the "sticky labels" for some reason. Some kits like the Hornet were a pain in the rear to get those stripes lined up properly. Especially those hold over kits from the 80's. :)

tch2000 03-18-2019 09:56 PM


Originally Posted by neilesmith (Post 12510841)
It's nearly there, fully functional, paintwork looking better than I expected (hate painting especially at this time of year when it is so difficult to get the temperature in the workshop right), just a few details to add and the fiddly labels to cut out. Why the tanks have decals and the trucks sticky labels only Tamiya can answer. Will post pics and a YouTube video soon.

canít wait.

neilesmith 03-19-2019 06:24 AM

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Here are some stills, will get video sorted soon.


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