VS TANK REVIEW #1
1/24 RUSSIAN ARMY T-72 M1
VS Tank are the clear leader of the 1/24 RC Tank market
and are widely recognized by the hobby as being an
innovative, quality oriented manufacturer. With this in
mind, RC Tank HQ is proud to have reached an arrangement
with VS Tank to facilitate our coverage of the
development of their rapidly growing line for RC Tank HQ
VS Tank are now at the point where they are regularly
releasing RC Tanks previously never seen in any scale,
so this has not only pleased the existing 1/24 RC fans,
but has also garnered a lot of interest and converts
from 1/16th RC Tankers who now collect both scales.
Received for review:
*VS Tank T-72 M1 - IR Combat version with transmitter.
*Accessory pack - Bags
The T-72 is without doubt a very well detailed,
assembled, glued, painted and weathered, ready to run RC
tank. There were no issues with improperly fitted parts,
excess glue and paint 'accidents' commonly found on some
other brands of RTR tanks so it's instantly a good
display piece especially with the stylish display base
The rubber side skirts with a moulded in 'ripple' effect
are a particularly nice touch.
There were a couple of minor trade-offs that VS Tank had
1. In order to fit the required componentry into this
low profile tank, the battery compartment extends about
10mm below the hull.
2. IR Combat tanks need to have 'hit indicator' lights
somewhere. The light lens extends around the front 180
degrees of the base of the turret, it's visible (if you
know it's there) when on display at eye level.
The IR LED is located inside the barrel. The manually
raisable/depressable IR target is located under a
removable part on the turret.giving this IR system a
minimal cosmetic impact on the tank while you're
battling with it. The IR combat system is designed
primarily for indoor use as the target is not baffled
against ambient outdoor IR light. This means of course
also you don't have an unsightly IR combat 'apple' like
1/16 IR tanks have.
The target itself can be shielded from being hit by
keeping the higher commanders hatch side towards the
enemy, a good VS tank commander will soon learn to make
use of this defensive tactic.
I've spent quite a few hours with my kids playing indoor
VS tank IR combat games, and we all found it a lot of
fun, I'm a long time IR tank combat fan anyway. The
tanks run at an easily controllable speed and the
average living room is big enough to set up a good
IR GAMING PARAMETERS
*After being hit six times, you're 'dead'. The tank will
stay 'dead' and lights will flash until reset.
*A continuous 'bead' of 5 machine gun shots will count
as one hit.
*After being hit a tank has a 6 second 'invulnerable'
* 3 second 'reloading time
*40 shot ammo limit before manual reset is required.
When hit the tank will react with light,sound and
mechanical 'shake' effects and on the 'kill' shot, these
effects are increased accordingly.
The sounds are crisp and clear, no complaints here. As
well as 'incoming' damage sounds there are engine noises
while the tank is in motion as well as main gun and
machine gun sound effects.
As evidenced by the 19 buttons on the remote, this tank
does quite a few things.
* Gun up/down
* Turret Traverse left/right
*Machine gun and main gun firing button.
*Gun tube recoils into mantlet when fired.
*3 forward and 2 reverse speeds
*pivot turning, left and right, at 2 selectable speeds.
*left and right turning selectable for sharp or wide
With it's rubber treads, this tank will go up a 45
degree slope with no problem. The tracks will stay on OK
as long as you don't overdo pivot turning on highly
resistant surfaces like grass. A track misalignment is
easily fixed as the tracks can't come right off due to
the side skirts preventing this.
In order to drive the rubber tracks, the sprocket teeth
are only for cosmetic purposes and the track is driven
by a sectioned slot along the centre of the sprocket
which accepts the track guide horns, the tracks have a
very realistic appearance.
It's a very good runner and driven wisely it will go
just about anywhere!
Each roadwheel is attached by a metal axle to a plastic,
sprung , suspension swing arm.
READY TO RUN
All you need to do when you get this tank out of the box
is to add the included detail parts,this involves a few
drops of super glue and will take you 5 minutes, add 8
AA batts to the tank, 6 for the controller and you're
VALUE FOR MONEY
At a price point of around $110 USD, this tank is easily
worth the money since you're buying a good level of
NEXT IN THIS SERIES
Part 2 of the VS Tank review series is coming soon.
RC TANK HQ will review both the IR Combat and Airsoft
versions of VS Tanks' late production version of the
German Tiger tank.