Frequently Asked Questions 2017-07-15T20:47:18+00:00

Frequently Asked Questions

What experience do I need to build a kit? 2017-11-13T14:29:22+00:00

We recommend that you have some experience of modelling or working with metal to build our kits. Although the parts are manufactured on state of the art CNC machines, the builder can expect to need to fettle some parts – for example, filing, clear holes, deburring, etc.

A comprehensive instruction booklet with drawings and part numbers breaks down the construction into simple stages. We also offer support via email and there is a very resourceful customers forum to provide guidance if you get stuck.

Can the models be left as bare metal? 2017-07-15T20:10:55+00:00

Yes they can. Many customers choose not to paint their kits.

However, some of the parts of the kit are mild steel and would need either oil or lacquer coating to prevent them from rusting. All other parts can be left untreated as bare metal components.

Do you provide ready built models or only kits ? 2017-07-15T20:50:29+00:00

We predominately sell kits for our customers to build themselves.

However, if you would like a ready built kit, let us know and we may either be able to offer a build service or provide details of individuals that can build the kits for you.

Do you have a shop I can visit? 2017-07-15T17:41:04+00:00

Although we do not have a shop, we are happy to receive visitors at our manufacturing site in Hampshire, United Kingdom.

Please let us know in advance if you wish to visit as we may not be able to accommodate your visit otherwise.

What are Armortek and Kompact Kits made out of? 2017-10-22T16:17:37+00:00

Our kits are predominantly made out of metal – with the obvious exception of components like rubber tyres and canvas roofs.

We use mainly aluminium. In general, steel is used for some drive components and thin sheet metal, whilst brass is used for some bushes and decorative components.

Where are the kits produced? 2017-07-15T16:32:06+00:00

Our Armortek and Kompact kits are designed in-house and manufactured at our site in Hampshire in the UK. We have state of the art CNC machines on which we machine the components in our kits.

We source laser cut sheets in the UK, whist molded and cast components are sourced from either the UK or from the Far East.

Do you make kits in any other size scale? 2017-07-15T16:24:16+00:00

We have specialised in 1/6th scale metal models. We currently do not produce any other scales.

What are LIMITED EDITION models ? 2017-07-15T18:07:00+00:00

From time to time we produce special Armortek kits in a limited quantity. The batch size varies depending on the model, but would typically be less that 100 kits.

To reserve one of the Limited Edition models, you would be required to put down a deposit. This deposit ensures that one of the kits is reserved for you subject to our Terms and Conditions.

Historically Limited Edition runs of the same model have been run every 3 to 8 years, with some models having had no re-run to date.

How many parts are there in an Armortek kit? 2017-07-15T20:30:23+00:00

The number of parts per kit will vary by model and it is best to check the product’s page for more details.

However, as an example, the Elefant kit contains:

  • Almost 190 UNIQUE parts (excluding fasteners)
  • Over 1,300 parts (excluding fasteners)
  • Almost 1,500 fasteners

 

How long does it take to build an Armortek kit? 2017-07-15T16:53:11+00:00

That is not an easy question to answer and depends on your modelling experience as well as what you would like your finished model to look like.

It can take anywhere from 3-4 days for an experienced builder to several years to build an Armortek kit.

We have customers who build the kits and keep them in their bare metal finish and we have customers who can spend years researching a certain tank production number and faithfully replicating all the details of that particular tank onto their model. We also have the full spectrum of customers in between.

How much do the Armortek kits weigh? 2017-07-15T16:46:17+00:00

Armortek kits vary in weight and it is best to check the product pages to get an estimate of the weight.

However, a couple of examples:

Elefant (Basic kit with no options added) – approx 90kg

Tiger 131 (All options and batteries included) – approx 130kg

What tools will I need to build a kit? 2017-07-15T16:36:17+00:00

You will need a set of good hand tools. The following list should be regarded as the minimum:

  • Spanners (wrenches) 5.5mm, 7mm, 8mm, 10mm and a mini adjustable.
  • Allen (hex) keys 1.5mm-6mm.
  • Screw drivers small flat blade 3mm and 4mm.
  • Pliers 5” long nose, 5” combination.
  • Small hammer
  • Files selection of needle files and small hand files.

In addition to the above, a selection of larger files and a cordless drill with 3mm, 4mm and 5mm drill bits (for clearing through holes) can be useful to speed things up. You will also need a good sturdy work bench as these kits are heavy once fully assembled.

What is included in the Armortek kits? 2017-07-15T15:55:22+00:00

The kits include all the parts necessary to build the model as illustrated.

This includes:

  • machined, cast, and sheet metal parts
  • Bearings and all fasteners required
  • Comprehensive instruction manual and assembly drawings.

The basic kit provides you with a complete static model.

Option Packs can be added to provide Motion, Sound, Gun Recoil and Smoke.

Not included are adhesives and paints.

What are “Option Packs”? 2017-07-15T20:39:44+00:00

Option packs are optional extras that can be bought and added to the basic Armortek kit.

We currently sell the following option packs:

Motion Pack – enables motion and steering for the vehicle through radio control. In the case of tanks it also allows turret rotation and elevation/ slew of the main gun. The product pages for the relevant motion pack provides more details on what is included.

Sound Pack – enables sounds linked to the motion of the vehicle such as start up and running. Some sound cards also enable crew voices. Motion pack must be purchased in order to use the sound pack.

Recoil Pack – in the case of tanks, it allows for the recoil of the main gun via radio control. The sound of firing is also triggered. Sound pack must be purchased in order to use recoil.

Smoke Pack – allows for a smoke effect to be created on starting and driving the vehicle. Motion pack must be purchased in order to use the Smoke Pack.

What tools will I need to build a kit? 2017-07-15T16:36:17+00:00

You will need a set of good hand tools. The following list should be regarded as the minimum:

  • Spanners (wrenches) 5.5mm, 7mm, 8mm, 10mm and a mini adjustable.
  • Allen (hex) keys 1.5mm-6mm.
  • Screw drivers small flat blade 3mm and 4mm.
  • Pliers 5” long nose, 5” combination.
  • Small hammer
  • Files selection of needle files and small hand files.

In addition to the above, a selection of larger files and a cordless drill with 3mm, 4mm and 5mm drill bits (for clearing through holes) can be useful to speed things up. You will also need a good sturdy work bench as these kits are heavy once fully assembled.

What is included in the Kompact Kits? 2017-07-15T15:56:04+00:00

The kits include all the parts necessary to build the model as illustrated.

This includes:

  • machined, cast, and sheet metal parts
  • Bearings and all fasteners required
  • Comprehensive instruction manual and assembly drawings.

The basic kit provides you with a complete static model.

Not included are adhesives and paints.

Are there Option Packs for Kompact Kits? 2017-07-15T20:18:38+00:00

No.

There are currently no option packs available for Kompact Kits.

What are “Option Packs”? 2017-07-15T20:39:44+00:00

Option packs are optional extras that can be bought and added to the basic Armortek kit.

We currently sell the following option packs:

Motion Pack – enables motion and steering for the vehicle through radio control. In the case of tanks it also allows turret rotation and elevation/ slew of the main gun. The product pages for the relevant motion pack provides more details on what is included.

Sound Pack – enables sounds linked to the motion of the vehicle such as start up and running. Some sound cards also enable crew voices. Motion pack must be purchased in order to use the sound pack.

Recoil Pack – in the case of tanks, it allows for the recoil of the main gun via radio control. The sound of firing is also triggered. Sound pack must be purchased in order to use recoil.

Smoke Pack – allows for a smoke effect to be created on starting and driving the vehicle. Motion pack must be purchased in order to use the Smoke Pack.

Are there Option Packs for Kompact Kits? 2017-07-15T20:18:38+00:00

No.

There are currently no option packs available for Kompact Kits.

Do you supply an internal combustion engine? 2017-07-15T15:45:54+00:00

We currently do not supply an internal combustion engine.

During the early development of our models several internal combustion engine drive options were tried. However, it quickly became clear that this system was noisy, messy, mechanically complicated and difficult to control. As a result we do not offer this option.

Can I add my own motors and electrics? 2017-07-15T15:44:02+00:00

Yes.

The idea behind offering the basic kit and then the option packs is to allow individual builders to engineer their own alternatives.

However, we will not be able to offer support to builders who choose to install their own motors and electrical parts.

Can I order spare parts ? 2017-08-13T23:18:25+00:00

Yes you can.

We carry spare parts of most models. Please contact us with details of the exact model that you have (type and year) and the part number(s) that you require.

 

How can I order a kit? 2017-07-15T17:38:21+00:00

You can either place an order via our website or send us an email at sales@armortek.co.uk.

What payment methods do you accept? 2017-07-15T18:14:15+00:00

We accept all major Credit and Debit Cards (except American Express).

We also accept payment by Bank Transfer and by cheque. Payments must be in British Pounds and cheques must be drawn on a UK bank.

Credit Card and Debit Card payment are handled securely online through SagePay. We do not hold your Credit or Debit card details.

Can I pay in installments? 2017-07-15T20:36:31+00:00

Due to the administrative costs of managing payments in installments we do not generally allow payments in installments. However we are flexible and willing to discuss alternate arrangements.

Please note that under no circumstances will products be shipped until the full payment has been received.

Why do I need to pay a deposit on a Limited Edition model? 2017-07-15T20:28:09+00:00

Limited Edition models are produced in batches of limited quantity. When they are sold out, no more are available until the model is re-run. Historically a Limited Edition model has been re-run every 3 to 8 years, with some models having no re-run to date.

Therefore to reserve one of these Limited Edition models, we ask for a deposit from our customers and operate on a first come first served basis.

Can I order a model that is not listed on your site? 2017-07-15T17:54:49+00:00

At any one time we only have a small range of kits for sale. If a model is not listed on our site, the chances are it is not available for sale.

Due to the economics of production, a one-off model would cost many times the cost of a standard model.

Can I pick up the kit and save on postage and packaging? 2017-07-15T20:35:37+00:00

Collected models have to be picked and packed just the same as models that are being sent by carrier. Those collecting also receive personal time and attention from us here at Armortek, all of which frequently results in a higher overall cost than for normally dispatched models. Therefore we have to make the normal P&P charge for collected models.