RC Tractors

How to convert die cast models into radio controlled models

About RC Tractors

RC Tractors is a website dedicated to the conversion of diecast farm and construction models into functioning radio controlled models. This site will provide you with both a place to find the information you need to create homemade rc farm machinery and also a place for you to share your experiences. Whether you simply want to take an exsisting rc car, gut it and use the parts to make your tractor move or you want to add lights, functioning three point link, anything you can think of really you'll be able to find your answer here.

One of the mains reasons you may wish to make your own rc model is simply because the vehicle you want is not available as a ready made rc model or the detail is not up to the standard you want. One possible way you could do your modifications is to buy the model you want as a SIKU diecast model, then buy an exsisting SIKU Control 32 tractor which is around the dimensions of the model you want, remove the parts and try to fit them into your model. It may not be that simple and will probably take a bit of work to get perfect but if you persevere it'll be worth it in the end.

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Looking to buy RC Tractors or the components to build your own RC Tractor?

If you are looking for an RC Tractor and don't want to build it then you should try the Siku Control 32 range of models. I have gathered together some RC farm and construction vehicles which are available on Amazon.co.uk in the RC Tractors store. You will find RC tractors, RC lorries and RC excavators all available through Amazon.

I buy a lot of the parts I use to build my RC tractors from eBay, you'll find links to useful eBay items in the RC Tractors store. Most of the electronic items like the Arduino modules or the N20 motors are available very cheaply from eBay provided you don't mind waiting a few weeks for the shipping.

I get asked if I can build models for people once or twice a week but unfortunately I don't have the time to make radio controlled tractors for people. I work on the models at the weekends and struggle to get enough done to make the short videos for the RC Tractor Guy Youtube Channel. If you are looking for a radio controlled tractor and don't want to make it yourself I suggest you go with the SIKU Control 32 range of tractors. The SIKU RC tractors have great control and SIKU regularly release new models so you are more likely to get new implements like trailers or ploughs to use with your model than if you go with other brands.

Current Model Conversions

Vehicle Description
Manufacturer
 Comments
Build Cost
Youtube Videos
SIKU
The Scania R620 static model is already designed for radio control as it is the same model used in the SIKU Control 32 version which makes the build easier.
SIKU
 This was my second model and first really succesful conversion. It still needs a little modernising though.
€ 85.00
SIKU
This is the first model I created and has had many changes from it's initial design and will likely have a few more.
€ 77.00
SIKU
This is the best model for a beginner because you don't need to worry about squeezing everything into this model, it's huge.
SIKU
The motors in this model were tricky at first but I found some N20 gear motors which were up to the task and easy on power.
ROS
Lifting the boom is the main challenge in this model as it is very heavy.
Komatsu PC400LC
Joal
This is a large excavaor which so suffersfrom the same problems as the Hitachi 210 but some N20 gear motors should solve the problem.
SIKU
This was my first time using screw mechanisms and it turned out very well, plenty of power.
€ 33.60
Britains
A simple model, with just one servo to steer the mower conditioner.
NC Slurry Tanker
Britains
This is another tricky one requiring a motor to spray the water and a battery to power it.
Ford 7810
Universal Hobbies
This is a tiny model, not sure how to approach this one yet.
Marston 12 Tonne Grain Trailer
Britains
The model I made from a DVD disk tray. Stil wasn't bad for a first attempt.
Liebherr A 900 C Litronic
 Revell
A common conversion on youtube, the light weight plastic construction makes this a good choice for conversion.

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