What Are RC Tanks?
Military enthusiasts with an affinity for remote-controlled devices can merge their passion into a pastime that includes RC tanks. These devices are generally models inspired by the actuals tanks originally used by the Armed Forces. As with any remote-controlled vehicle, the tanks are manipulated by a transmitter which varies in complexity, dictated by the sophistication of the tank model. RC tank models vary in size, ability, and mobility. Depending on the age, skill level, and objective of the user, there are multiple options to choose from. Here are some basic features to take into consideration when looking for a remote-controlled tank.
Traditional vs. Futuristic
This element of selection is reasonably straightforward. Differentiating between a traditional RC tank and a futuristic one is based on outward appearances. A traditional RC tank will display the realistic qualities associated with an actual tank. It’s typically a scale model of a military tank, even with the option to shoot BB’s or simulate attack sounds, that moves using a continuous track system similar to military tanks. A futuristic RC tank bears little to no resemblance to a military tank, but falls into the same RC category because it uses a similar motion system, usually track-driven. The futuristic-looking tanks will often have a much simpler navigation system and the ability to move faster than their traditional counterparts. Like the trend with other popular remote-controlled devices, these tanks also come equipped with cameras.
Design vs. Functionality
When shopping for an RC tank, some questions need to be addressed upfront. Will the tank have the ability to shoot BB’s? Or, is it a simple miniature tank that only navigates through different obstacles preferable? Performance may not always be the RC tank owner’s top priority. The importance of having the device appear as realistic as possible might trump all other criteria. These gadgets can easily become collector items that are rarely used, if ever. An RC tank driver ideally wants the best of both worlds, refusing to sacrifice design elements while searching for the ability to navigate any terrain smoothly with a tank that delivers a battle experience. With the prevalence of clubs gathering multiple RC tanks together in mock battles, functionality and design have converged for the serious hobbyist.
Evaluating design and functional capabilities should help prepare the buyer for the cost of the RC tank. Simulated battle scenes that go beyond explosion sound effects require a functioning turret for BB’s and a smoke tank. Now, maintaining and operating the RC tank has gone beyond rechargeable batteries to include BB’s and smoke oil. Also, to navigate through mud or rocky areas, the buyer will have to forego lighter tanks in favor of more sturdy, performance-driven models. The price of an RC tank already falls within a broad range based on varying size, design, ability, and durability. Accessorizing can easily add to the functionality, so it’s important to understand what’s included in each model.
It’s always advisable for beginners just starting out with remote-controlled vehicles to stick to the basics. Smaller devices generally cost less and offer a fairly comprehensive introduction to RC tanks. The user can practice the fundamentals of maneuvering and other skills, without the added pressures of damaging the vehicle or even losing interest after investing in an RC tank. Once the device is mastered, then the operator is in a better position to decide what advanced model to buy next.
Kits vs. Fully Assembled Tanks
The responsibility rests upon the buyer to decide how engaged he or she wants to be when setting up the RC tank. For example, many tanks are models that require assembly, while there’s always the option to purchase the RC tank ready to use right out of the box. Building a model tank is a commitment, but the finished product is often very rewarding. The more complex tanks tend to be models that require the user to build them. Less elaborate RC tanks that are more toy-like in nature will typically not involve assembly.
Another avenue includes homemade RC tanks. When done correctly, this is often the best value. Similar to building a computer, an operator can choose the specs to build a unique RC tank. Specific parts and designs are selected for assembly to suit the builder. This is a more challenging opportunity for those who have experience with RC tanks and engineering. These RC tank builders are enjoying the peak level of their pastime.