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1:16 RADIO CONTROLLED TANKS

1:16 radio controlled tank 2009- Yep, that's 1:16, not 1:6... and I've completely gotten over the Cohoon Tiger fiasco of a decade ago!

The initial articles cover 4 months' of quick learning about the hobby, with info from many different sources; I did try to give specific credit where due, but the brain sometimes smooshes stuff together-- so excuuuuuuuse me!

Hopefully, this documentation of my journey from "newbie" to one of those dreaded "Tamiya snobs" has some useful info for folks interested in the hobby.

2013- Revisiting the hobby, four years later. The landscape has changed, but not much: Some players have departed and some new ones have popped up with new products and innovations, but overall there hasn't been much growth in the hobby. It remains a niche interest in the world of RC.

From what I see, the biggest change has been that it's harder to find parts from USA-based online retailers, so that means ordering from eBay/internationally, from Canada, Asia, Europe and Australia. That means higher costs in postage and taxes. That also means that it takes longer to get stuff. (Despite its proximity, shipping from Canada is both expensive and not particularly swift.)

This revisitation brings some new projects and some updates to old projects. As usual, space limits the accumulation of new stuff, but the nature of the hobby lends itself to revisiting old stuff. Projects aren't ever finished, just suspended until the next visitation.


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