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10 Awesome Radio Controlled Tanks

Updated on September 16, 2012

RC Tanks - Some shoot Airsoft pellets, emit smoke and have realistic tank sound effects!

I knew there were radio controlled boats, remote control planes, and helicopters, but until today I had no idea there were RC tanks. There are even some that shoot AirSoft BBs, so you can have your radio-controlled tanks go to battle if you wanted to! Some expel smoke and some have tank sound effects.

I thought this was very cool and I am considering getting my sons these for Christmas. The problem is, it will be hard to choose! Prices for RC tanks range from $25 to as high as $300, depending on the options and realism you want the tank to have.

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radio controlled tank that smokes
radio controlled tank that smokes

M41A3 RC Airsoft Army Tank


Walker Bulldog 1/16 Scale

I reallly like how this tank has a lot of detail. It looks like a real tank. This one has an Airsoft gun in it (main cannon) and it can fire pellets up to 50 feet. Turret goes up and down and rotates 320 degrees. If you like an RC tank that makes real smoke, here you go. Enjoy tank noises like starting up, the engine, machine gun and shell firing effects.It has high gripping tracks, which means it can climb steep hills.

Multiple tanks can be operated at once, so this is a good one if you want to have fighting tanks. (3 frequencies, 9 bands-changeable). Go forward, backward, and spin. It's ready to run right out of the box! As of 9/13/2012, it was available for $139.98.

M41A3 RC Airsoft Army Tank Walker Bulldog 1/16 Scale W/Smoke

remote control sherman army tank rc
remote control sherman army tank rc

Sherman Remote Control Army Tank

This radio controlled tank won't be back in stock until January 2013 and the website advises preordering. What is so great about this tank that it's not in stock, I wondered.

Well, just a browse over the product description told me why. This radio control tank can go forward, backward, SPIN, and "Super Spin," whatever that is, but it sounds AWESOME! (I'm starting to think I'm more excited about these than my sons will be!) Up to 3 tanks can play at once without problems.

This one can go 5-10 MPH and can run for 20 minutes at a time. There is an AC Adaptor and it does use a 9 Volt battery but there is a rechargeable battery pack included. The turret can go up, down, and turn 320 degrees. This RC tank has high gripping caterpillar treads.

Sherman Remote Control (RC) M4A3 Army Tank

On sale as of this writing at about $45, if you like it, pre-ordering is recommended. According to the Trend Times website, the online retailer expects the Sherman RC tank to be back in stock in January.

Protective Eyewear

Because many of these RC tanks shoot Airsoft BBs, safety eyewear is a good idea, especially if you are going to have kids in a tank battle! Some of them can even add to the Army realism :)

radio controlled German Panther RC Tank
radio controlled German Panther RC Tank

German Panther RC Tank

Shoots Airsoft pellets, smokes and makes tank sounds

This German Panther RC tank has soft pellets that can shoot up to 80 feet! It has a built in smoke generator. The turret can turn 320 degrees. This tank comes with a rechargeable battery, a charger and a 3 frequency, 9-band transmitter, so other tanks can operate at the same time.

Realistic tank noises include starting up, engine, machine gun and cannonball sound. The site offers a discount if you buy 2-4 of this tank, so if you have plans to battle tanks, that's something to consider. These German Panther style tanks are ready to run right out of the box!

German Panther RC Tank Shoots Airsoft, Pellets, Smokes, & Makes Tank Noises Too

Heng Long German Panther RC Tank w/Sound and Smoke 1:16 Airsoft Battle Tank /w Sound & Smoke RTR

snow leopard tank fires airsoft pellets rc radio control
snow leopard tank fires airsoft pellets rc radio control

Snow Leopard RC (Remote Control) Tank

Fires Airsoft Pellets

Snow Leopard RC (Remote Control) Tank Fires Airsoft Pellets

Heng Long Snow Leopard RC Battle Tank 1:16 Airsoft Battle Tank RTR

RC Tanks on eBay

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RC Tanks under $35

What's the best thing about an RC tank?

It should never get stuck in a tree.

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      Darla Dixon 5 years ago

      @PNWtravels: So right! I say these are for the boys but you know I would really love to play with these remote controlled tanks. Looks like a blast

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      Vicki Green 5 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      I had no idea there were RC tanks. I can think of several adults who I think would enjoy these. If we're lucky the little kid in us never really grows up!