EST: 2009 by a Group of Modellers Interested in World War History and Dedicated to Radio Controlled Models; specifically Armor Vehicle use, thier history and practical operations.

Detroit Tank Command

Are you tired of seeing your models that can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars, and can take as many hours to build them, only to see them turned into a kit again in 15 seconds?

How about the hundreds of clones of the Electric Off-Road Buggy and its variations?

Did your Submarine refuse to surface? How far did you have to swim after your sub or boat in “green” water?

Are you interested in the History of Warfare; Battles that changed or shaped the way the world is today? Are you looking to build a model of a vehicle that your father, grandfather, or perhaps even you served in and/or operated?


Well then… It’s time for something completely different!

Detroit Tank Command (DTC) is a developing organization for those modelers who are interested in Radio Controlled Model Armor Models; fully tracked, half-tracked, armored cars / APC, radio-control-vehicles or soft-skinned support vehicles.

Purpose: DTC has/is being formed to promote all facets of radio controlled model armor, armor and R/C vehicles with a keen interest in the vehicle's history, modeling technique, mechanical construction and realistic operations and non-damaging battling of these types of models. We only use "Infrared Technology" in the battling of the vehicles that provide a reasonable simulation of battling and damage.  DTC hopes to promote the skills required to design, produce and operate exact, semi and standoff scale military radio-control-vehicles, R/C models with an emphasis on tracked radio-control-models from all time periods in 1/15 – 1/16 R/C scale and operate these radio-control-vehicles in simulated battles using available compatible IR systems in the R/C vehicles, etc .. Other larger scales may also be developed based on the membership request/support.

Activity: Participate with R/C models, radio control model armor, armor and R/C vehicles in fun runs and contest battle scenarios with dioramas indoors and outdoors over rough terrain. Get together with fellow modelers, who like you, want to discuss and exchange ideas to improve skills and create camaraderie in this most interesting facet of the Radio Control Hobby World.

How you can participate: Everyone is welcome to participate or join the DTC club. Whether you are an avid armor, armor modeler or run R/C models for fun, this is an opportunity to connect with fellow R/C modelers to learn building technique, historical significance and watching your R/C vehicles creations run under your control over obstacles or in battle.

All scales are welcome: there are military Radio-Control-vehicles available in several scales. At this time our primary R/C models are 1/15-1/16th scale operational models based on the products offered by Tamiya using the Tamiya Battle System. Heng-Long, and other simular models are welcomed as long as they are close to the scales mentioned and have a compatiable Infrared System with the Tamiya System. Static modelers are encouraged to join but the intent of this group is to promote operational models and modelling. We invite all modelers to join, from beginners to those of you who have your own foundries. Join our Group!

Communications: DTC intends to develop a newsletter to be published on a quarterly basis or as the needs of the membership grows, but we have our DTC Forum, and may determine that use of the Forum will dictate the medium to be used for communications with our membership and guests. DTC will determine if membership dues will be required. The newsletter/forum will feature articles from our membership; on-going construction articles; how-to tips; classified ads, etc. We will develop a listing of sources including an Internet Forum and links to related clubs for information about the hobby as well as how to procure models from abroad. There are several manufactures around the world that provide either complete kits or after-market enhancements for existing kits.

Meetings/Club Events: We will be planning meetings, exhibits, displays, battle days, and fun runs show casing the radio-control-models, tank, R/C tanks, radio-control-vehicles and just about anything related to radio controlled model armor, armor in the Mid-state to Metropolitan Detroit Area of Michigan (i.e. Livonia, Hartland, and Brighton/Howell areas for local meetings/events.) Additionally, we will contact the other clubs in the Midwest area; Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Virginia and even Canada to have meetings and contests, even competing with them in team simulated battles/combat events/competitions. We would like to have at least a monthly meeting to get together and discuss projects and upcoming events. During good weather we would like to meet and "run" events outdoors, and potentially in-doors during the winter months. Locations to be determined and published in the "Events" section of the DTC Forum.

The cost of membership: Owning a model or being an R/C modeler is not a prerequisite of membership in DTC (excluding your purchase of an R/C tank(s) or radio-control-models in 1/15-1/16th R/C scale with the Tamiya Battle System or compatiable battle system) the Yearly Dues are FREE (Membership in DTC is FREE, unless you want to vote in the clubs operation and activities). There is corrently no Dues required or collected with our club. We accept donations, and individual participation at events are subject to any fees being paid by the individual for the event. The club does not "pre-pay" any entry fees to anything for our members. Once we develop the club as an organization; the club membership will determine the dues and timing for meetings, fun runs, joint events, etc. We will publish an on-going list of members of DTC so modelers will know who is active in their respective area when we reach that point in our development. Please tell us what you’re running: Tamiya, scratch built, means of power, etc. Tell us what you're building or want to build, place an advertisement in the free club forum classified section of the forum and network with other builders in your area.

Conditions of membership: None. You may participate at whatever level you wish. Any club is only as good as its membership. Junior membership will be decided by the club; currently children under the age of 14 years old must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian at all times at any club sponsored meetings and/or events where the club name is used. Contribute to our newsletter/forum? We encourage new ideas, events (picture a dozen or more 1/15-1/16th R/C models gathered together!), building techniques, collaborations, etc. The only condition of any sort is that we will not support or condone any model which has been designed or modified to include and/or fire any type of firearm or pyrotechnic materials, BB's or any type pf projectile. This is at best undesirable, and pose a considerable safety and liability concerns for event organizers, promoters, and property owners.

What to expect: DTC is a small informal group of R/C model armor, armor, R/C tanks & radio-control-models enthusiasts. We expect the group to grow as participation increases. Help us build a great club and organization here in theheart of the  “Arsenal of Democracy”!  Join our group, DTC, and participate at the level you are comfortable with, but become a part of a great segment of the Radio Controlled Hobby, join DTC. See the "Contact" section of this web-site or visit our DTC Forum and follow the instructions to join our club and Forum.

Please feel free to give us your "comments or feedback" about the Detroit Tank Command Web-site and Fourm, or any questions you may have. We will try to answer any and all feedback in a prompt and timely matter. Also,  please let us know if you find errors, mistakes or areas that need clarification in our Web-site and Forum.

Detroit Tank Command
Detroit Tank Command is looking forward to meeting you and developing our hobby together.
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