Things just got more realistic. Starting with the 1/16 R/C sensation of the Tiger I Early Production, and then with the M4 Sherman 105mm Howitzer, Tamiya continues to develop its 1/16 R/C Tank Series. The third full-option kit to make its appearance is the U.S. Medium Tank M26 Pershing that fought during the end of WWII and throughout the Korean War. Tamiya keeps increasing its knowledge about R/C tanks and improving the realism of their movement and sound to make their appearance even more striking.
Developed as the successor of the M4 Sherman at the end of WWII was a tank that finally promised to hold up against the wrath of the German Tiger I and Panther tanks of the German army. This tank, which was on the forefront of the mechanized combat technology of its time and reigned supreme in the world of armor, was the U.S. Medium Tank M26 Pershing.
The Pershing was first deployed to the European front on February 1945 as part of the effort to invade the German homeland. The M26 Pershing engaged Tiger I and Pz.kpfw. IV tanks during the fight to cross Hohenzollern Bridge over the Rhine. The battle in which the M26 Pershing showed particularly critical influence, was that of the Ludendorf Bridge in Remagen. In this offensive, five supporting M26 Pershing tanks rained shells onto the opposite side of the river bank, paving the way for ground troops who moved in to seize the bridge. The Pershing, of which 200 were used against Germany until its surrender, was also deployed to the front of the war in the Pacific.
M26 Pershing Tanks were immediately deployed when the Korean War began in June 1950. Until July 1953, the M26 fought successfully alongside the M4A3E8 Easy Eight and the M46 Patton with the main forces of United Nations against the rival T34/85 Soviet built tanks of the North Korean and Chinese volunteer armies.
From November 1944 until June 1945, a total of 1190 units were produced. The Pershing was well balanced for defense with its 127mm thick armor and for assault with the sheer firepower of its M3 90mm gun. Equipped with a Ford GAF liquid cooled gasoline engine and torsion bar suspension, this tank exhibited incredible mobility. As such, the M26 served as a model for the designs of the M46, M48, and M60 tanks. It can even be said that the engineering of the M26 served as a foundation for current U.S. tank designs, such as that of the dominant M1 Abrams Tank.
About the engine sound
Recording engine sound The sound of the engine was digitally recorded from a real Ford GAF liquid cooled V8 engine of the M26 Pershing at the Ropkey Armour Museum. All the variation of sound of the real engine but also all the metallic clanking of the track has been thoroughly recorded.
- Overall length: 536mm
- Overall width: 218mm
- Overall height: 197mm
Two-channel or four-channel RC unit is necessary to operate this kit.
7.2V Tamiya Racing Pack (or equivalent) and charger are also required.