Model: (Click to see more) 56017: King Tiger Production Turret
Status: Runner
Date: 23-Feb-2020
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Though I have a long history of RC flying, RC cars and an RC tank I am pumping my resources into full scale flying (current steed is a Slingsby Firefly)     now and for the foreseeable    future. I built the model initially as an out of the box build to drive around with and for a time I was happy with it, then came a few modifications to improve it both cosmetically (e.g. the opening and closing commanders hatch)    and in its usability    (track tensioners for example), then I stripped and rebuilt it over a period of about a year with lots of upgrades as I wanted to do at the time.

However, Since the rebuild the    model has seen little use    and it is rather a lot to just have as an ornament    (I'd have bought a static kit if this model was to be a showpiece)    I cannot stand to see it gathering dust on a shelf, I'd rather somebody bought it and had fun with it.    

It has been upgraded with the following parts:

ABER Photo etch rear grilles
ABER barrel cleaning rod
ABER tow cables
ABER Muzzle brake
ABER Scale barrel
Schumo turret rollers
Schumo optical fibre
Schumo metal track holders
Schumo metal towing shackles
Schumo improved track idler system
Schumo metal hand hold set
Schumo rear hatch
Schumo tow cable holders
Schumo metal exhaust covers
Schumo periscopes
Schumo rear tow shackle mounts
Full Metal tracks
Drive sprocket support bushings
The spare links on the turret are also metal
The Commanders, hull gunner and drivers hatches open
The power switch has been relocated    to drivers hatch
The switch for the headlight has been relocated    to the hull gunners hatch
The badly painted commander figure which I have and will include    has a Velcro base to allow easy attachment and removal
Real wood jack block with metal strap
Mechanically it is in good order as it has very few   'miles' on it. However it does have a couple of minor faults:

The turret elevation gearbox is 'iffy' possibly due to the extra weight of the brass muzzle brake.
The flash unit also has an intermittent fault.
I will include the battery and charger (shipping restrictions) and the base (weight) it sits on if the buyer collects. It is hard to put a price on if you wanted to build it from scratch with the same mods it would likely    cost over    £1200 (the tracks alone are    £135). There are some bigger pictures in my gallery. The radio is on loan to me and will be removed at point of sale.

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