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Old 02-28-2023, 04:00 AM
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I would be very interested in starting a remote control tank club in Eastern PA, New Jersey and Delaware. I have organizational experience with WW II reenacting, model building etc. Basically I am a life long hobbyist since I was about 8, in 1972.

I only discovered the Hobby of Remote Control Tanks eight months ago. With six tanks and counting I am loving it. I cannot locate a tank club near me just North of Philadelphia in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. There used to be a B.A.D.A.S.S. tank club in Bucks County but I can find no trace of it today.

1) Is anyone interested in establishing a new Club in the Philadelphia/New Jersey area?
2) Does anyone have knowledge of what happened to the BADASS club.
3) Is Danville, Virginia the only option on the East Coast? It is about 6-8 hours away from me.

Recently retired, I have the time and energy to make this happen.

Any response or input

would be most appreciated.

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Old 05-08-2023, 08:23 AM
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Hello Unteroffizor Braun,

There were several RC tank groups in PA and New Jersey but by the time I got into the hobby around 2018 they were all completely gone. The only clubs I can find are in Florida the South or the midwest west and Texas. The North-East Coast does not seem to have anything related to RC tanks most people here do the rock crawlers, airplanes, or earth movers. The RC tanks and clubs seem to have mostly disappeared by 2018 when I visited several RC stores and looked around and around couldn't find anything, I wish knew why, I guess people just lost interest or moved on. Too bad your post has been ignored wish I saw this earlier.

I've seen a little bit of interest but the biggest problem is that people just dont know whats available and where to buy RC tanks and there needs to be a more established RC tank group. These days there are more options available and new brands like TongDe or slightly older brands like Henglong and Torro that are filling the middle tier of the market with affordable but realistic RC tanks around the 120-200 dollar range and can be easily upgraded and customized. Compared to the older crazy expensive Tamiya stuff the newer RC tanks from China have really lowered the entry cost to RC tanks and I hope that gets more people interested in the hobby whether they are interested in WW2, Cold war, or modern era tanks their are more variety of options for people with different sized budgets. None of us have Tamyia because those tanks are too expensive.

Every January there is an event in Lebanon PA called Cabin Fever - Model Engineering Expo and they have a huge area for RC. Its mostly RC construction trucks and tractor trailers which are really cool but some friends and I have been bringing 1/16 scale tanks to the event for the last few years and if we can get enough people to have a more organized group we can have an established battlefield at the event. I've also tried recently to get an RC tank battle field at the WW2 Weekend event at the Mid Atlantic Air Museum in Reading PA but unfortunately got no interest and those who had interest were living in florida and didn't want to drive all the way to PA.

Several friends and I want to starting an RC tank group called the "Tri-State Armored Division" based in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Southern New Jersey. If you are interested in helping us I've sent you an DM.

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In the Southwest United States, there are not just a few active tank clubs that hold public R/C tank battles regularly, but many. We have more clubs per square mile and more battles per year than anywhere else in the world.

My club is L.A. Tank, and we put on monthly battles the second Saturday of each month at the American Tank Museum in South El Monte CA. It is an urban battlefield. Lots of point blank engagements that negate most sit and snipe strategies. Work as a team, or else. LA Tank club has average attendance of 25 tankers (with tanks) every month. We've been in the monthly RC tank battle business for over 10 years.

Next up would be the Desert Armor Korps in Phoenix Arizona. They hold about 6 battles per year (every year since 2006) and are famous for a mixed range battlefield (balance of long engagement ranges vs. shorter ones). More important is their legendary real desert battlefield that can be more dangerous to a tank than the enemy tanks at times. Drive first, fight second or your tank will soon be disabled by the field.

Next would be the Irvine RC Tank Club in Irvine, CA. The newest club, but holding several battles per year, and they have robust attendance at their tank battles and they battle in the park. Very family friendly!

Next is the San Diego RC Tank Battles Club in San Diego, CA which specializes in innovative rules of engagement and open country (on their vast beach side battlefield (100 yards x 100 yards minimum)) tactics. Simply a huge battlefield. To survive long, you will need a competitive tank that can achieve consistent IR hits on targets at 50 yards and beyond.

Next is Texas Armor Association. Located in Texas, they've been around for many years and hold several tank battles per year.

Las on the list is a tank club that has been around for many years, but is currently reconstituting. Front Range Armor Group (F.R.A.G.) is in the Denver, CO area, and when active hosts several battles per year. Of particular note, FRAG has the MOST lifelike battlefield props anywhere. Battling there is like stepping back in time to 1943.

Special mention goes to the San Francisco tankers of the Bay Area Tankers club (BAT)(now closed) . For those who don't know, BAT helped start the 1/16 RC Tank battling hobby when, Mr. Tamiya visited their club to observe one of their tank meets, and BAT members convinced Tamiya to build the first 1/16 scale IR battle system in back in the 1990's.

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Old 05-09-2023, 10:36 AM
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I would be very interested in helping to create a RC Tank Club in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and/or DE. Thank you for the private response. I am much encouraged and looking forward to further developments. Thanks Again.

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Thank you for the info on the tank clubs Jeff489. Sounds like there are some very strong ones but notice how none of them are in the North East of the United States? None...
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The NE USA could use a new RC battle club. If you haven't already, I suggest you make a road trip to Danville, VA and see how RC battling fits with you before starting a club. You might learn lots about running a club and maybe meet some tankers who will support your new club.

Best tips based on my experience are:

1. Develop a plan to get and keep a core group of tankers. A "core" is probably 6 tankers at every battle. 2 v. 2 gets old quick. Random encounters on a tank battle emerge at 3 v. 3 and just get better up to about 7 v. 7.
2. Remember that each battle should be fun, and should deliver something a tanker cannot get in their own backyard. Make it a party. Give tankers a reason to leave their house and come out to play with strangers.
3. Weather will be an issue if battlefield is not indoors. If you hold battles outdoors, be flexible and creative.
4. Find a niche, and own it. Figure out what makes your club and battlefield unique when compared to others, and develop it further.
5. Consider what the focus of the club will be. Some are competitive and have lots of rules, some are for fun (think...excuse to hang out with tank buddies and drink beer), some are developmental, and cater to tank newbs, and some focus on tank building (everyone looks at what everyone built).
6. Don't forget to make sure you have fun at every battle.

Best of luck!

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