The 10 Best RC Tanks

Updated January 09, 2018 by Brett Dvoretz

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Channel your inner General George Patton by taking charge of these remote control tanks. These pint-sized, but plucky, tracked vehicles can go charging over all types of terrain, and many can be pitted against other RC models to allow you and a friend to wage epic armored battle, albeit on a small scale. We included options that shoot actual BB rounds and others that "fire" infrared lights. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best rc tank on Amazon.

10. German Leopard II A5

This German Leopard II A5 remote control vehicle is a great choice for the RC enthusiast who prizes deft and responsive controls. It can zip along in forward or reverse, it turns on a dime, and it can even spin at two different speeds.
  • long control range
  • ready to use right out of the box
  • some units overheat
Brand HengLong
Model T63805, 63805, 3809, HL
Weight 4.4 pounds
Rating 3.7 / 5.0

9. Qun Feng Panzers

When you set these Qun Feng Panzers against one another, both you and your foe will be at the controls of a swift and responsive little vehicle that can blast out infrared beams in rapid succession complete with realistic battle noises.
  • powered by aa batteries
  • easy for kids to control
  • tend to break easily
Model pending
Weight 1.7 pounds
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

8. German Tiger I

This German Tiger I has a sturdy main cannon made from actual metal, unlike many of the plastic cannons other units feature. It can fire BBs in rapid succession, though its firing range is only a paltry ten feet or so in most conditions.
  • excellent grip on treads
  • responsive controls
  • short 30-foot sensor range
Brand Amazing Tech Depot
Model pending
Weight 6 pounds
Rating 3.7 / 5.0

7. Liberty Imports Deluxe

These Liberty Imports Deluxe fighting machines each feature both a cannon and machine gun that fire out infrared signals. A series of bulbs on the back of each tank indicates how many hits it has taken, so you will know when the day is won ... or lost.
  • good price for well-made 2-piece set
  • backed by satisfaction guarantee
  • limited sensor range
Brand Liberty Imports
Model pending
Weight 3.9 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

6. Fisca M26

This Fisca M26 Pershing Snow Leopard is modeled after a tank that entered service at the end of World War II and served the United States through the Korean Conflict. Your diminutive M26 will help you conquer the home or office with an impressive top speed of over 8 MPH.
  • effective for use on sand or gravel
  • simulated cannon sounds
  • long charging time
Brand Fisca
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

5. 7Tech RC Stunt Tank

The 7Tech RC Stunt Tank might not appeal to military purists, but it will be a favorite toy of anyone who loves high speed and fancy tricks. This unique vehicle can climb steep grades, flip itself over and over, and even reconfigure the shape and alignment of its tracks.
  • music and flashing lights
  • impressive damage resistance
  • no volume control
Brand 7TECH
Model pending
Weight 1.9 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

4. Amazing Tech Depot

The Amazing Tech Depot Abrams features a handsome camouflage pattern and a main cannon that fires six millimeter Airsoft BB rounds. The vehicle can be loaded with up to fifty BBs at a time, so you'll be ready for extended offensive operations.
  • multiple speed options
  • realistic recoil action
  • figurine mans the machine gun
Brand Amazing Tech Depot
Model pending
Weight 5.1 pounds
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

3. Cheerwing German Tiger

The 1:72 scale model Cheerwing German Tiger might be a fair amount smaller than the 154,000 pound original from WWII, but it also costs a great deal less than that tank, or most other RC models, for that matter. This reliable and enjoyable toy is a great choice for kids.
  • fits in palm of hand
  • charges using remote control pack
  • color patterns vary
Brand Cheerwing
Model pending
Weight 11.2 ounces
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

2. iPlay RC Battling Tanks

With these iPlay RC Battling Tanks, you and a friend can square off to do epic battle using the infrared-laser equipped guns and turret-mounted sensors built into these little war machines. Who will prove his mettle as a latter-day Desert Fox? Only time will tell.
  • rechargeable ni-cad batteries
  • led lights indicate hits during war
  • two wall chargers included
Brand Hq
Model AKA0093
Weight 3.7 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

1. HengLong US M1A2 Abrams

With your 1:16 scale model HengLong US M1A2 Abrams trundling around the yard or living room, no one will doubt who is in charge of the household. Anyone within 75 feet of this battle tank is in range of its main gun, which can elevate 30 degrees and rotate rapidly.
  • climbs 35-degree grades
  • rumbling motor sounds
  • features working lights
Brand HengLong
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

Why Tanks Rule Radio Control

Outside the world of radio control, there aren’t many vehicles that can rival the tank. Whether it’s the durable treads that allow it to effectively tackle an enormous variety of terrain, the practically impenetrable armor covering every surface, or the impressively destructive firepower, a tank is far more than the sum of its parts.

Tanks first made their debut on the stage of the World War I, where allied forced needed a solution to the trench warfare stalemate along the Western front. These machines could cross the kill zone between trenches, protecting the soldiers inside from bullets and shrapnel, while obliterating the layers of barbed wire that littered the fields.

It should come as no surprise, then, that within the RC world, the tank is one of the more robust and capable options in a sea of high-tech vehicles. The radio version might not come with the same degree of armor, and they certainly don’t boast very much firepower by comparison, but their treads perform in much the same way as those of the real thing, allowing you to take an RC tank places no other remote car can go.

The other excellent thing about RC tanks is that the vast majority of them are based on designs for original machines of war. That opens these units up to a healthy demographic of history enthusiasts. These customers can get their hands on faithful reproductions of tanks from the days they were first introduced into warfare through to their high-tech modern counterparts.

Agreed Upon Imagination

When selecting an RC tank, you must ask yourself a question or two about the intended recipient. If that recipient is you, then the answers should be readily available. If not, the process may require additional investigation, though I bet you could surmise the majority of the solutions.

For starters, how old is this tanker? If he or she is just a kid, they likely won’t have as much regard for the nuances and detail of a scale model. They’d be better off with something that has more firepower, or something that can climb more advanced terrain.

By contrast, an older individual — perhaps a collector — wouldn’t be as interested in the tank’s ability to climb walls or put out the neighbor cat’s eye. A scale model with as much intricate detail as possible would rather be the way to go. The same is also true for certain children who have an opportunity to play with their new tank in the presence of such a collector, or alongside a [military veteran] who could shine the light of knowledge and experience on a tank outing.

In either case, there’s an agreement that must take place between the owner and their tank, and especially between the owners of tanks set out to battle one another. Older collectors know they don’t have a functioning tank that’s been hit with a shrinking ray and packaged to sit on a shelf for all time. But they agree to imagine, to use the tank as a kind of conduit to remember or imagine terrifying and exhilarating conflicts.

Younger RC tank owners enter a different kind of pact. Some of the tanks on our list have the ability to fire BBs. In some cases, these BBs can have enough force behind them to do some real damage to humans (or pets), particularly to the eyes. For the most part, however, they fire tiny plastic balls at a reasonably slow rate of flight. In a battle tank scenario, these BBs aren’t going to do too much damage to an opponent’s tank. That’s a good thing for parents’ wallets; if every spent shell also resulted in an exploded RC tank, the bills would rack up fast. This way, the biggest expense will be replacing lost BBs (and maybe replacing a vacuum cleaner that’s been clogged with them).

In order for a battle to prove satisfactory then, children have to enter a kind of pact. It’s rather healthy for them to do this at an early age, as it will increase their level of sportsmanship. When their tank gets hit, the BB will not leave any mark. There’s no explosion, and certainly no paint splatter. It’s up to the kids at play to determine the score, to be honest with one another, and to fight fair.

A Few Words About RC Tank Safety

RC tanks may not pose the same level of threat that a real tank would — especially a real tank under a child’s control. That doesn’t mean that they are entirely safe, however, and in order to protect their operators, anyone within striking distance, and the tanks themselves, it’s important to follow a few safety tips.

For starters, never fire at an unsuspecting target. Very few of the tanks on our list can fire BBs with enough force to cause actual pain on most of the body, but it’s hard to know how the victim will react. The surprise can be enough to knock them off balance or cause them to drop something valuable, breaking either bone or glass in the process. This rule doesn’t just apply to humans, either. Firing on pets or wild animals is downright cruel, and Fido will be far less apt to come to your defense should burglars break in if he’s off licking his wounds somewhere.

Next, in battle tank scenarios, whether you’re shooting at stationary targets or other tanks, always wear protective glasses. One of your parents went out on a limb to get you that tank, so you’d better not prove the other one right by putting your eye out. You’ll both end up in the doghouse with Fido, who isn’t too happy with you to start with since you shot him while he was eating.

Finally, never operate a tank out of your line of sight. It’d be far too easy to drive it where it doesn’t belong. It may become a tripping hazard for unsuspecting pedestrians, or, worse yet, find its way into the road, where either it or a much larger vehicle may end up in an accident. Above all, use common sense, and don’t shoot anyone or anything that doesn’t want to be shot.

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Last updated on January 09, 2018 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as behind the computer screen, Brett can either be found hacking furiously away at the keyboard or perhaps enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He hopes to one day become a modern day renaissance man.

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