What factors should you consider when choosing your RC tank ?
The first thing you need to do when looking for a remote control tank is to define its use. Are you a model collector? If so, focus your attention on the information on the engine’s details and how authentic the model is to the real thing. On the other hand, if you want to recreate large-scale land battles, pay more attention to the technical data and its robustness, as your tank will need to absorb crashes and falls. Some models generate realistic sounds, fire real missiles, and can perform realistic manoeuvres.
If you want to take your tank into battle, then pay attention to the quality of the materials used, from plastic for the cheapest models to metal for the most expensive. Try not to overlook this factor, especially when it comes to gears and tracks. This will determine the wear-and-tear resistance of your RC tank and, therefore, its lifespan. It is also important to know how easily the tank can climb slopes (30 degrees is fairly good), the elevation and orientation of the main gun (330 degrees for a very good model), as well as its handling ability. The joystick should be user-friendly, allowing you to use all the features with ease, especially for the gun turret! Nothing is better than testing out the tank in real life conditions.
As well as the battery life, scale will also play a major role in your choice. Mostly, you will find 1:8, 1:16 or 1:24 tanks, meaning the model tank is 8 times, 16 times or 24 times smaller than the original model. When it comes to scale, consider the terrain, the distances you plan to travel and the size of the area.
How safe is it to use your remote-controlled tank?
While real-life war is certainly a terrible occurrence, there is no harm in having fun with your RC tank. You will, however, need to take certain precautions to avoid the odd black eye and scratch. Some vehicles can fire pellets that can damage opposing tanks and injure their owners, especially their eyes. Therefore, it is important to agree on a few rules with your opponents before fighting to avoid any nasty surprises. Play fair! Even if a fired plastic ball in most cases is far too slow to destroy a model or cause any real pain, the aim of the game is not to hurt your opponents. When it comes to young children, we would recommend wearing protective glasses to avoid any major incidents and to check the minimum age required to use the tank according to its type. One thing to always bear in mind if you don’t want to lose any bullets is to never shoot a tank beyond your field of vision.
Remember that the above rules also apply to wild or domestic animals and simply, we urge you to use your best judgement and take care when shooting and using these model tanks.