How much do they cost?
A simple question, but the answer isn’t.
Depending on how you go about it a large or big scale tank can cost a few hundred or many thousands of dollars?
We are developing/growing the club based on the Tamiya 1/15-1/16th scale vehicles with the Tamiya or compatible Battle System/Unit. This combination is the basic unit we are suggesting in 1/15-1/16th model for a few hundred dollars new or possibly much less if you find a used one.
Depending on the age of the kit and the features of the model will determine the price of the used equipment. Most of the new 1/15 – 1/16th "Full Option" scale models start around $600 for the basic kit (based on E-bay), then with the addition of a 4-6 channel radio system, Tamiya or compatible Battle System/Unit, main power batteries, and a charger, the estimated intial investment could be upwards of $1000 to $2000 depending on what new Tamiya or other model you chose to build and run. Of course the option to purchase used equipment could impact the investment requirements, and the number of tanks you want to own and operate.
These costs are about the same cost and possibly less than a small plane, off-road buggy, or race boat. These are only estimates of potential costs and are not met to be used as actual costs, only a idea/guide. The cost falls off drastically if you make all of your own components or have some of the required pieces such as the radio and batteries from a previous project or two. It is our hope in DTC to help you enjoy the R/C Hobby once yu have purchased the model of your dreams. We have a considerable amount of information on our Web-site and Forum to assist you in building your model once you made the purchase.
Like the cost, complexity depends on what you want and what you can afford with the intial purchase. In some cases you can add functionalitiy after the model is built, but again this is on a case by case type of judgement. Power/motive systems can be a simple electric gear head motors directly powering the drive sprockets. Or as one fellow in Switzerland did: a glow engine powered hydro drive systems with liquid cooling and on-board charging. Wow, this is really a great example of possibiities, but along with complexity come additional concerns too. NOTE: we are an electric vehicle club and currently do not wish to support other types of drive systems. Most electric motor powered tanks are less complicated than other types of power systems. The complexity is not limited to the power/transmission. Turret/main gun elevation control (live guns firing any type of pyro-technique, exploding rounds, BB or pellets, are not encouraged or allowed at our club events,) and other operational equipment/features adds to the spice of the model. The average tank model being mechanically miles more complex than the average R/C helicopter or car, but not quite as involved as a live steam engine locomotive. The level of machine tool competence a live steam enthusiast generally posses would be put to good use on an advanced larger tank project.
The normal, 1/15-1/16th scale (Tamiya), currently preferred by the club, can be purchased through your local hobby shop, though sometimes requiring a special order; or through mail order and internet shops. Some of the modern armor vehilces and equipment are in slightly different scales, so pease ask if you have any questions about comatibility and operations at club events.The larger models, 1/12 to 1/6 are usually made by small manufacturers, some here in the US the others are overseas. However there are some people here in the states that are manufacturing larger tanks as well. Join the club and we’ll discover these manufacturers together. We encourage and promote the use of our local Hobby Shops/Stores to provide our needs whenever possible. Please support them in your modelling adventures. If you need suggestions on local source please contact us.
Do I have to attend "X" amount of business meetings before becoming a member?
Short answer: No.
Long answer: While we encourage you to attend meetings, they're not mandatory. There are a lot of decisions that get made during our monthly gatherings, and this is the primary venue for keeping up with what is going on with the club. In addition we have our club forum and encourage the use of the forum for information and communication regarding club events, questions, and operation. We will try to provide you with a response within 72 hours. This duration of time is based on our availbility and the potential to have to research your questions before providing a response.
Most of the necessary club information will be/is published in the forum, but there is no substitute for "face-time." This is especially important during the non-battling times of year where you get the opportunity to connect with fellow R/C modelers to learn building techniques, see the projects that other modelers are working on, and find out what plans are coming for the battlefield or locations to support battlefields. It’s also a great way to voice your concerns and to make recommendations. We welcome constructive critisism and will respond as necessary.
You can contact: James Jackson
Or any or the individuals listed on the "Join" page.
There are currently no fees or membership dues required. This may change in the future, but at this time membership is FREE. We do require that every member download, read, and sign the DTC Constitution. If you have any questions please constact us.
However, participation in our club battles, and club sponsored events do have fees associated with them. These fees are used to maintina the club equipment, cover any rental costs incured, and enable the club to purchase items for use on the battlefields. Event fees must be paid at the event.
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