I would love to buy two of each and earlier this year I bought some extra kits for the kids to try but they found them a bit too complicated. Well, perhaps not complicated but they took way too long time to complete - and their only influence was their dad who spent hours upon hours just sanding the damn road wheels!?!?
It'll come with time I think because they're still only 11 and 13 years old - but when I found a place that was dumping all of their "Lego" tanks (the brand was COBI) for next to nothing, I bought almost 30 tanks for us to build together and even the 13 year old - who according to himself is "too old for LEGO" - was building LEGO like never before!!!
I payed less than $200 for all that LEGO so it was a fantastic deal, and we're now building a huge diorama together - and I think in time they both will have another go at scale modelling for sure.
The COBI tanks and airplanes are actually really well made and they were a joy to build because they were way more complicated than the usual LEGO kits. Perfect for both kids and dads to build because honestly, you're never too old for LEGO!
For tracks I bought Friulmodel ATL-16 since this was going to be a special build with all the bells and whistles, and it was a gamble since I've never used them before, but they are now assembled and looking fantastic.
I've obviously yet to mount them on a tank but they have a really realistic sag due to the weight - but they were a bit on the expensive side when you factor in shipping...
If I could I would put working tracks on all of my scale models because of several reasons, but some of the rigid "link by link" plastic tracks are looking as good. Just way more work making them look good and zero chance of changing them, or the look, afterwards.
I also want to build a bigger tank in the future. 1/16 at least - and I was really keen on the new Tamiya Jagdpanther they just released!!! Sadly when I had a look at the kit I was disappointed because it's just a gutted R/C kit - and there's not a whole lot to build apart from the suspension. The rest are just ready ready made pieces, but the end results are fantastic. Too much money though for just sitting on a shelf... or is it?
I do prefer to build the whole kit and not just screw three large pieces together and call it "done".
There are some bigger kits but I've got more than a few tanks waiting to be built so perhaps next year?
Larger scale should mean even more higher quality and detail?
Anyhow, many thanks for your kind words Kerry! I hope you do get your own Takom King Tiger soon and then know what you're doing for quite a few weeks ahead
Cheers and take care!
09. August 2017 at 00:55:31