tanks come packed very well. Everything was
secured and none of the parts were bouncing
around in the box. The tank itself was so well
secured in the box that un-securing it was the
longest part of the assembly.
everything has been removed from the box there really
isn't much left to do but add 6 AA batteries to the
transmitter, 8 AA batteries to the tank and inserting
the antenna into the tank. If you want a little more
realism you could also add the tank commander figure
to the tank turret.
I had both tanks assembled I wanted to test
out the infrared battle system so I set up both
tanks across the table from each other and tried
firing one tank at the other. Well nothing happened
so I tried repositioning them and still nothing.
So I looked back through the manual and found
a section that I overlooked that mentions about
taking a protective cover off an infrared sensor.
This brings me to the one compliant I have with
the included manual.
Most of the
instructions covered in the manual are general instructions
and cover all the tanks in all the series. They use
graphic icons to point out instructions that are for
a specific series which works well but I had a problem
with finding the infrared receiver on the Tiger tank.
In the manual they used the M1A2 Abrams tank to show
were the protective cap is and how to remove it to expose
the infrared receiver. Well this didn't help me
find it on the Tiger because the cap is actually a sensor
pod that is on the Abrams and stands out but the Tiger
has nothing like this. The Tiger has 2 hatches but one
is for the placing the tank commander into and the other
one opens but there wasn't a receiver in it. Well not
to drag this on any longer I contacted their technical
support about this and they reassured me that there
was a receiver on the turret of the Tiger tank but
tell me exactly where it was I re-looked over the turret.
The only spot that the receiver could be was under this
little round vent on the turret. I had tried pulling
on it when I first found in the manual that there was
a receiver to expose but it felt pretty solid and I
didn't want to start breaking off piece of the tank
to try to find this. This time I took a small screw
driver and wedged it under the vent and popped it off
and there was the receiver. Just a word of warning here
be really gentle and slow when you do this. I broke
2 of the little legs on the first tank I did this on.
Get one side started a little and then go to the other
side; this will keep you from bending off a couple of
Now that I found the infrared receiver I had no problem
with testing the battle system on both tanks. It also
turns out that you can use the one hatch as a storage
spot for the receiver cap. This way you don't lose it.
new transmitter is similar to a game controller you
would find on an Xbox or PS game console. You have all
the tank's directional controls on the top face of the
transmitter and all the guns controls down the front
of the transmitter. This controller takes some time
to get use to using but is 100 times better than the
old pistol transmitter.
controls are grouped by functionality. On the top left
side you have the 3 forward and 2 reverse controls nicely
dividing up a circle. This makes it real easy to switch
between the controls without having to move your thumb
too far. The controls on the top right control the tank's
direction and are grouped into 2 groups of controls.
The top group controls the turning of the tank while
it's moving forward or in reverse and you have 2 speeds
that you can either turn left with or right with. These
controls won't do anything if the tank isn't moving.
The bottom group controls rotating the tank while it's
stationary. Again you have two speeds to rotate the
tank to the left or right.
controls that are down the front of the transmitter
starts with the upper 2 right and left buttons
fire the cannon and machine gun respectfully.
The middle 2 buttons move the cannon muzzle
up and down. The bottom 2 right and left buttons
move the turret to the right and left.
with this new controller you really have more
control over the tank than you had with the
pistol grip controller. This was a very nice