Detailing the Hooben T-55 R/C 1/16 scale

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Few years ago I got a 1/16 Hooben T-55 kit, the full kit which included all the electronics (DMD and MFU). Much has been said about the Hooben T-55, and probably all the negative comments and claims are true. Here I’m showing what I have done, basically on the plastic which I think is the worst and probably the more difficult to work with. This is not a formal article but a lot of pictures that I have collected during the build and I thought it was worth it to show them.


The gearboxes as well as most of the RC related parts were copied from Tamiya’s, so with some work you could replace the gearboxes with Tamiya ones.
The plastic is an enlarged copy of the Tamiya T-55, which is good but lacks of lot of details which are absolutely necessaries in this scale.

To improve the model I have used; wire cooper and brass, plastic tubes, cables and wires of different sizes. Many pictures have arrows to highlight details added with brass like if they were photo etched parts but made in scratch.
This short article aims to show details and encourage modeller to detail their Hobben if still didn’t have built and I guess there are many out there unassembled.


The painting began with primer and then Dark green from Tamiya. The panels were lightened using the same paint with some light grey. Several washes were given using Raw Umber and other ochre colors. The pigment were placed to represent the powdering.

 All the handles around the turret were replaced with brass wire
 The pipeline for the electric cables were made of plastic tube  The springs for the front mudguards were added
 The fuel pipeline and hoses were represented with wire and plastic  Self-made PE were used
 I used dark green which was cleared up later during the weathering  A template was used for the tank number
 All the wiring for the convoy lights was added

T-55 vs. M26 Pershing, note the size and color

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