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Old 09-29-2008, 08:56 PM
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I just wanted to thank Bill for getting it out too me so fast. What a neat little tank. I was quite supprised at the detail and how much assembly was need too complete it. it was like building a model kit with all the detail parts that go on it. I really like this tank and i havent even run it yey. I dont even care if it runs i'll just convert it to upgraded HL parts. LOL. I think i'll do it in a winter white wash scheme. I'm most interested in the Eastern front battles anyway. there were the biggest tank battles in history on that front. Leaves many possibilities. Great job Bill. Glad you decided to carry these cool tanks.
Old 09-29-2008, 11:10 PM
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Default RE: My new T34/85

Gotta agree, they are a nice tank and a good runner even though the control isn't proportional.
The tracks on mine were so tight they restricted the suspension travel.
If yours are the same you might want to ask Bill if he can get you some extra links.
Old 09-30-2008, 03:45 AM
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Hmmm...

Anyone got a list of the T34 parts sellers, both stock and update? No need to list the body conversion parts list at this point, not interested in an SU quite yet. Just idler and suspension arm replacement, main gun barrel, with perhaps some of the detailng parts and a commander fig (can think of the obvious guy Imperial Modellbau via his US distributors)

May also want to talk to a retailer to obtain a scavenged chassis (intact runner chassis/gearboxes w/o electronics/body) for a special project.

Anyone got a list handy?

Old 09-30-2008, 06:45 AM
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When these first came out, I modified one of them with the Tamiya M4 electronics and it ultimately became my favorite battle tank. A few mods here and there and retaining the stock gears it is a fast and maneuverable tank. A little on the light side as far as weight, but the turret rotation is something Tamiya could learn a few things from. It was a little noisy at first, but if you take the pinion gear out and sand the mold lines smooth the noise disappears.

This winter after purchasing my first airbrush it'll get a new paint job as it was rushed to the front lines right after refurbishing and went into action with the stock WSN appearance.

You will love this tank.

Old 09-30-2008, 06:57 AM
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Default RE: My new T34/85

The only mods for suspension and gearboxes i now of are modellino metal arms another option is to fill the cavities in the arms with milliput gives a bit more strength
a metal replacement gearset (which IMHO isnt worth the money) I put in the Low profile stug boxes and the turret rotation from a H/Long tank (loads quieter) and a quick mod to the front swing arm with a brace fitted to stop the sideways travel
all can be found in my T34 build if interested


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Old 09-30-2008, 08:35 AM
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I installed Daryl Turners Aluminum Suspension Arms and metal bearings in the road wheels for my T34/85 modification. I also installed a pair of 280 Speed Motors to bring the speed back up after replacing it with the 7.2 voltage and placed a .032 X 4 X 10 Aluminum Sheet on the bottom of the lower hull to strengthen it along with sleeving the front idler wheel with brass.

A little bit of work turned out a very sweet tank.
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I installed Daryl Turners Aluminum Suspension Arms and metal bearings in the road wheels for my T34/85 modification. I also installed a pair of 280 Speed Motors to bring the speed back up after replacing it with the 7.2 voltage and placed a .032 X 4 X 10 Aluminum Sheet on the bottom of the lower hull to strengthen it along with sleeving the front idler wheel with brass.

A little bit of work turned out a very sweet tank.

Panther F,

Post some pictures of the mods if you have them, I might want to do the same in the future!

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Old 09-30-2008, 08:07 PM
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you can actually adjust the rear idler wheel by unscrewing it and twisting the exel.
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you can actually adjust the rear idler wheel by unscrewing it and twisting the exel.
It is adjustable but it's in the front.
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Panther F:

How much does Daryl's Suspension Arm set cost, and is it DIY? I was sure someone did an idler mod too... but mebbe the memory is fuzzy due to the Fentanyl.

I think mine ~tried~ to show up today, but the stupid Canadian Posties forgot I had mail forwarding from my old address on Willow, and tried to deliver it there. Guess I'll get a parcel note to collect it at the mall PO in a few days.

Agreed, I remember the Idler adjust in the one I had a buncha yyears back (it went to JC in Mtl) and it was in the front.

Will conbsider the metal StuG gearboxes if I take a dislike to the stock ones, and better 280's, and the HL swapout option (heck, if I'm gonna do the gearboxes and traverse, might do almost all of it, eh?

And yea, Modellino is another I remember for the detailing, but I remember writing to him about his MG3 mount for the Leo on eBay, and he never replied despite 3 attempts.

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Who are Imperial's US distributors?
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Hi philipat wasnt bill (RCCOMMAND) looking at being a dealer for them ??
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Since there seems to be so much renewed interest in this tank would someone be willing to do a whole upgrade process post on it? i would really like to see some of the mods and espescially the 7.2 voltage convertion. I hate AA batteries.LOL like i said this was always one of my favoriet tanks. Infact it was the first tank model I ever built when i was a kid.
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It's basically replacing one set of electronics with another while re-using the stock turret rotation and elevation units. You go many directions with the drive train and suspension.

Old 10-01-2008, 07:47 PM
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Thanks PF. I guess i'll have to dig through some of the older posts to see if i can find some stuff on this tank.
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Default RE: My new T34/85

If you need any help, myself and about a dozen or so tankers right here are more than willing to help out, so just ask away.

I "built" mine in 2005 and it took a couple of weekends so there wasn't too much to take pictures of. I pretty much summarized all I did to a stock WSN T-34 above in the earlier post. Like I said, you can go crazy with it or do the bare minimum.
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Wackywheelz has a good guide to help you through the electonics!

http://members.iinet.net.au/~wackywheelz/t34/


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Thanks PF. I guess i'll have to dig through some of the older posts to see if i can find some stuff on this tank.
Here is one I did, used all HL for the running and tank sound but kept the recoil, barrel flash and sound main gun sound stock, runs great and has metal tracks and gears.

http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/m_62...key_wsn/tm.htm


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Sweet, Now where getting somewhere. Thanks guys. Now I want 2 more dammit. Oh crap here we go again.
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Oh, how about a complete parts list for an HL conversion. i dont think i'm gonna bother with a smoker for now. Will the Stug low pro gearboxes fit?
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Don't know about the Stug gear box, there are a couple of older builds using the stock HL gear boxes, I replaced the stock plastic gears with metal and they still are working fine, I used the HL 13 board and RX, added a fan and the smoker, drilled out the MG barrel and added the red LED with a fiber optic strand in the MG barrel. I also cut out the battery box and added a heavier plate to the bottom of the hull. That's about it, Wacky has a great wire and placement diagram, wish it was here when I did mine http://members.iinet.net.au/~wackywheelz/t34/

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Does Wacky have his own web site? I keep hearing refferences too it but never saw it posted?
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Does Wacky have his own web site? I keep hearing refferences too it but never saw it posted?
Not sure if this is his forum but it is the place to find him. http://www.hobbyhavoc.com/forum/index.php

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how about using the new RX-18s? so you could still have the recoil. since i snagged one of them old republic T34s i will look to this for reference
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Oh, how about a complete parts list for an HL conversion. i dont think i'm gonna bother with a smoker for now. Will the Stug low pro gearboxes fit?

Check here i fitted the newish asiatam/tamtoys low profile boxes http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/m_68...tm.htm#6854686

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