An $800 robot...

Thanks for checking.
We HAD a dozen of them but someone bought them all...I assume they ended up on Ebay.
Walmart will sometimes lower prices just to clear shelf space which is
why I assume the drastic reductions we have seen in the past. The tanks take up alot of shelf space.
FYI...the price reduction does let you know what the real cost of production might be...Walmart still makes profit on the reduced priced item.
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I've been curious about this tank from Gadget Universe, but I've never seen one in person.
http://www.gadgetuniverse.com/cgi-bin/sgin0101.exe?T1=TT+464&FNM%&UID 05080106201810&GEN9=toys
Catalog says "2-1/2 feet!" which puts it on par with the Walmart tank for size, but I would advise caution until someone this side of marketing can give us a real report. Also watch, while listed at $69.50, there's a extra shipping charge of $9.95.
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Randy M. Dumse wrote:

http://www.gadgetuniverse.com/cgi-bin/sgin0101.exe?T1=TT+464&FNM%&UID 05080106201810&GEN9=toys

This sounds about right. It's a 1:12 scale Chinese import that's been around for a couple years (or one like it from similar or same molds). It has a rubbery tread, and it's pretty good, but it will stretch. As long as you don't weigh down the base the stretch shouldn't be too bad in turns. FWIW, if the treads stretch even 5%, which is low for rubber treads, on a 25" or so track distance, that's over an inch of stretch, and that's enough to jump the drive sprocket and idler.
The list on this is $99, and GU has the best price at $69. Everyone else is $10 to $20 more. The $10 shipping isn't all that bad considering the size of the box.
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Curious. The M5 Stuart Tank is about the same size, but is a 1:6 scale. Guess that shows how much bigger the Panzer was, approximately twice as long.

That sounds good to me. I like rubber on a tread. The walmart track has no stiction to it. Looks metal, but I think it is metalized plastic.
When I was a kid, I had a windup bulldozer with rubber tracks, that did an amazing job of climbing. I recall slopes close to 40 degrees. Guess I'll have to order one of these Panzers and fit it with a DDM. Thanks for the tips Gordon.
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Gordon McComb wrote:

(Sorry to post this out of thread order...I lost your reply.)
1/6 scale for the Stuart would be right for a 15 foot tank. The Stuarts were small tanks. The length of the Gadget Universe tank is about 30-odd inches in the box, so it's probably closer to 27 inches or so in actual length (and do they include the barrel length; probably so). For a 1/12 scale model of a Tiger tank, which was about 25 feet long, that's about right.
The Walmart tank is bigger ane bulker, so I'd consider the Gadget Universe offering a "midsize"!
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