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Moe the Great09 Oct 2014 8:56 a.m. PST

I am looking for cheap 15mm Sci-Fi tanks, APC's Etc. Basically quantity over quality. Suggestions..?



Darkest Star Games Sponsoring Member of TMP09 Oct 2014 9:15 a.m. PST

tracked? hover? Grav?

Take a look at Micropanzer and Combat Wombat, they are pretty inexpensive.

Moe the Great09 Oct 2014 9:17 a.m. PST

Tracked I think. I had forgotten about MP. CW is a great suggestion, he is always helpful and coming up with fun things..

Other suggestions?

John Leahy Sponsoring Member of TMP09 Oct 2014 9:24 a.m. PST

Matchbox cars and the occasional Hot Wheels.

Logain09 Oct 2014 9:55 a.m. PST

Proxie Models makes a sci-fi plastic tank in 15mm.

Rebel Minis also has some inexpensive vehicles.

cloudcaptain09 Oct 2014 10:22 a.m. PST

Matchbox has several pieces out now as mentioned. Even air support in the Skybusters line.

Personal logo javelin98 Supporting Member of TMP09 Oct 2014 10:54 a.m. PST

Proxie Models and Combat Wombat are probably your best bets. There are also some Robogear vehicles on eBay that are roughly 15mm-ish.

For a near-future feel, check out Irish Serb's Panhard VBLs:


infojunky09 Oct 2014 3:27 p.m. PST

A bunch of scrap Styrene and some glue?

Or at least that is my source of cheep vehicles, alongside cheep plastic models.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian09 Oct 2014 4:58 p.m. PST

Have you looked at paper models?

Moe the Great09 Oct 2014 5:35 p.m. PST

Ed, who makes paper scifi?

corporalpat10 Oct 2014 12:08 a.m. PST

Here are some nice ones for a start:

chironex10 Oct 2014 3:25 a.m. PST

Genet have some:
Only the trucks in a later archive actually came in a 15mm version, but the 28mm vehicles can be shrunk. Granted, this will of course make them more infuriating to build…

zrunelord10 Oct 2014 9:20 a.m. PST

Thanks all for the great links.
Lets face it due to limitation of funds most can't buy all the models they wish they could.
But you can make them yourself,it will be fun, perhaps not easy but you will have unique vehicles.

See my posts here

Enjoy & may you be inspired

Personal logo javelin98 Supporting Member of TMP10 Oct 2014 9:33 a.m. PST

Nice work, zrunelord!

Cergorach11 Oct 2014 5:48 a.m. PST

How cheap is cheap? I got 6x 1/100 Gundam Hover Trucks for $40 USD from a guy from this same board. Great quality, great looking models.

You just might want to walk into your local toy stores, dolar stores, and discount stores with a 15mm model and start browsing the cheap toys section…

freecloud11 Oct 2014 12:42 p.m. PST

I got some Plastic Soldier WW2 tanks and converted them into hovertanks, they are about 1/2 the cost of most Sci Fi stuff. I bought turrets from the Sci Fi manufacturers though, upped them to c 2/3 the cost. does take more time modelling though.

Another option is to cast your own from resin.

BlackWidowPilot Fezian12 Oct 2014 10:55 a.m. PST


there's the sold school solution to sci fi vehicles, you make your own from whatever plastic containers, bits, etc. you can get your hands on:


And again:


And yet again:


No school like the Old School…evil grin

Hope this helps!evil grin

Leland R. Erickson
Metal Express

John Treadaway12 Oct 2014 12:39 p.m. PST

I love it all, Leland, but the technicals for Slammers the most (what a suprise!)

My matchbox vehicles from the pound shop usually get used only as civilians vehicles link

Oh, and they're a pound!

John T

BlackWidowPilot Fezian12 Oct 2014 5:04 p.m. PST


glad you like 'em, and next time you're here, we'll have to load you down with a thorough supply… evil grin

Further, I am going to send those pix we talked about a bit later after She Who Must Be Obeyed gets off my freakin' computer after their weekly Skype chat… evil grin

Leland R. Erickson
Metal Express

Moe the Great13 Oct 2014 7:00 a.m. PST

Leland, zrunelord,

You have both sparked my fire for some good old kit bashing. I have a box of hotwheels and matchbox that I never use in most of my modern 15mm games. I know i have plenty of card, tubes and other bits.

I have also tried some card vehicles over the weekend, and I am impressed by the quality.

I think with all the info everyone has provided I will be able to find what I need.

Thanks all!!


zrunelord13 Oct 2014 12:34 p.m. PST

Thanks Javelin 98 glad you like them and you're more than welcome Moe , looks like you been inspired then got the bug :):):)

Do post pics when you've got some.


Moe the Great13 Oct 2014 7:10 p.m. PST

I sure will..

BlackWidowPilot Fezian14 Oct 2014 1:09 p.m. PST

You'd better! Sharin' is carin'!evil grin

Leland R. Erickson
Metal Express

Moe the Great14 Oct 2014 1:48 p.m. PST

LOL… You betcha!!! Because I care..

zrunelord15 Oct 2014 4:29 a.m. PST

Indeed it is Black Widow , I guess we all do Moe ….
that's what I love about this 15mm horde / gang / family / tribe …. hmmmm… what would be the best description ?

I prefer Tribe myself.:):):)

And as always,may you be inspired …


TK 42116 Oct 2014 6:01 a.m. PST

BlackWidowPilot (aka "junk meister") I admire your inventiveness and resourcefulness.

BlackWidowPilot Fezian16 Oct 2014 11:15 a.m. PST

what would be the best description ?

Lunatic asylum?*evl grin*

Leland R. Erickson
Metal Express

BlackWidowPilot Fezian16 Oct 2014 11:16 a.m. PST

TK 421,

thank you, kind cloned sir! I *am* incorrigible….evil grin

Leland R. Erickson
Metal Express

Weasel16 Oct 2014 4:15 p.m. PST

For scifi, never underestimate things in different scales either. 10mm tanks could be remote controlled robot units. If you are up to some conversion and paint work, the Old Glory 15mm modern vehicles are cheap and could be kitbashed nicely too.

GypsyComet16 Oct 2014 8:30 p.m. PST

"Matchbox cars and the occasional Hot Wheels."

Great for filling the streets with cover that isn't a building, and for a number of Near Future forces (My MIBs use the Matchbox "Desert Thunder V16", for example), but much thinner on the ground for serious business.

Moe the Great17 Oct 2014 11:58 a.m. PST

So many cheap vehicles out there, I have found some Russian ZOD(?) tanks that I have had hidden away (read Lost in a box).

The extra weapons are great for some conversions.

I have been really excited about working on some vehicles, hopefully by Sunday I will have some WIP pictures.

I would like to see other peoples conversions/creations.


cool2frog12 Jan 2024 4:46 p.m. PST

Y'all know any solutions to get some tracked futuristic mbt's? I know this is an older page, but maybe someone is still checking it? I'm thinking of 15mm scale mbt's that are perhaps near future, maybe a bit boxy/blocky/slab-like, like maybe something that looks sort of like a futuristic version of a cross between a leopard 2a4 and a type 90? I know khurasan made one in 28mm scale and previewed one in 15mm, but they never seemed to have actually made it in 15mm. The other style I'd like to find is hopefully a semi futuristic version of an Abrams that I'd like to find, like if they made an M1A5 Abrams or something like that!

ROUWetPatchBehindTheSofa19 Jan 2024 1:19 p.m. PST

Brigade have this, not exactly super cheap, but fits the brief.

There are various M1 Abrams-type and indeed similar more modern slab sided-type tank toys out there but tend towards 1:72 or even larger. Quality can also be very sketchy. I've seen some people do some interesting things with Flames of War modern kits. The Team Yankee starter isn't badly priced and even if you couldn't use the other sprues you can probably sell on eBay and recoup a fair percentage of the starter's price.

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