- Tamiya and other R/C vehicles (not just for Christmas)
Thanks for all the background help, I’m in the process of picking an RC car for 7 year old daughters Christmas.
Currently thinking that a FTX Surge MT might be the right choice for some mild offroad fun, but wondered if any of you had an opinion on whether a buggy or crawler would have the most attention holding ability.
I guess the faster buggy would be fun, but will need to mark out a track and build a jump or two as I’m not sure I see the appeal if just doing doughnuts around a patch off gravel (unless I get one too).
A crawler would need a bit more skill, and give her the chance to practice but I’m wondering if the slow speed might not be very exciting?
As it’s a bit of an experiment I’m limiting budget to around £100 so no recommending Traxxas Nitro!Posted 2 months agotor5Subscriber
Got my then 6yr old an FTX outlaw last Xmas. We’ve had some fun with it, but probably too big/fast if I’m honest. He’s doing a bit better with it now, but we’ve had a new motor and several suspension parts this year. I’ll let him have the new shell when the crashes become less frequent 😂Posted 2 months ago
be aware of the limitations of it being a ‘scaler’ rather than an out and out crawler.
Ah, now, you see, I really wanted to avoid going down the rabbit hole too far (this is my ‘third age of RC’, and don’t want to get obsessive about it like I did with previous 2 ‘ages’)
But, at about the same price (150quid), is there a better RTR crawler package you would recommend? Ideally I don’t want something too wee, so 1/10th, 1/12th, seems about right.
Happy for input!Posted 1 month agoNorthwindSubscriber
Just to chuck a question in here – do yous experienced folks think the FTX Outback 2 would be a good first crawler?
Yeeeees. But not the best. For one thing, this is essentially the same truck with better tyres and a slightly longer wheelbase (so more body compatibility, and a bit better at steeps)
There’s assorted “outback 3s” like the RGT EX86110, Outback Fury, which are more expensive but also have a bunch of upgrades… All pretty closely related, same factory but different spec. It gets pretty hard to tell which is best tbh, there’s so much choice it’s pretty confusing
This isn’t completely stock- I’d added cheap metal axles and wheels and a lipo battery, but here’s my Rock Cruiser (RGT Bowler). Edinburgh folks’ll probably recognise the trail, andthe precipice it fell off 🙂 Still drove homePosted 1 month ago
I’m on the verge of a personal purchase for Christmas and pondering whether i need Tamiya tools or if the random assortment of cross/flats/allens that i’ve built up over the years suffice? I’ve heard that they’re an unusual shape of crosshead so better to go with Tamiya?
If it has to be Tamiya then there seems to be two kits – does anyone know the difference or make a recommendation? Ta!Posted 1 month ago
You don’t have to have a special screwdriver but it makes things easier as they don’t use a a Phillips or pozidive head. The heads are actually JIS so any JIS driver should work as well as a tamiya branded one. I think you can buy tamiya drivers separately for about £4 each.Posted 1 month agostumpy01Member
Yeah, get a JIS screwdriver. I didn’t bother when I did my Neo Fighter (didn’t actually realise I would need to get a different screwdriver) and some of the screws were a real bugger to get in. I put it down to self-tapping into hard plastic, but when I realised and actually used the correct tool it was loads easier.Posted 1 month agostumpy01Member
Thanks for that, is there a particular size that’s useful? I’ve googled a bit and it seems JIS screwdrivers are quite expensive anyway – any cheap options?
To be honest, I am not sure where mine came from. It might have been ‘borrowed’ from an old workplace. I was trawling through random toolboxes for a better screwdriver, found this particular one & it worked perfectly. It also fits Shimamo mech L-H screws really well.
I’m just guessing, but something like this would probably be right:Posted 1 month ago
I would go for a number 2 and number 1 tamiya Phillips driver, these will be JIS so will fit the screws correctly. The no2 is for 3mm-5mm screws and the no1 is for 2-2.6mm screws. If I was only going to buy one it would be the no2. They should be available for around £4-5 each. Which kit are you going to treat yourself to?Posted 1 month ago
Mogrim- Personally I would go for a scaler if it’s the build that really interests you. You can pick up a cariama sca-1e kit for around £200 but I have heard there are going to be some offers over the next couple of days on their retail site and by email if you sign up.Posted 1 month ago
Ah great choice! I have the Suzuki jimny variant of the MF01X chassis ,i’m Sure you will have great fun building, running and tinkering with it!
I’ve you’ve not already made the purchase you would probably get away with just the no2 as I can only think of 6 smaller screws that hold the diffs together on that chassis. If you have already then it’s always nice to have the right tool for the job!
P.s. don’t forget a bearing set for it, rubber sealed are best if your going to run it in the dirt. Rcbearings are good for these.Posted 1 month ago
Time for a new one – your advice appreciated!
Loving the Lunchbox and the Maverick Scout, both getting plenty of abuse.
The Plasma Edge TT-02B buggy not so much.
I find it’s lack of ground clearance limits it’s use.
Sooo, something a bit different?
Not too pricey and I’d like to build it.
Fancy a Tamiya 2CV Rally purely for the looks….
…. but again, the ground clearance is going to limit use.
Monster Beetles look cool, but they’re a bit fragile and need a lot of looking after.
Wild Willy would be a shoe in, but perhaps a bit too similar to the Lunchbox.
Current contenders are the Blitzer Beetle, King Yellow 6×6 or the GF-01 four wheel drive Toyota…….
Help me out here.
Any more suggestions?
Needs to be;
Not too fragile.
Decent ground clearance.
Under £200 for the kit.
Not a crawler.
All ideas much appreciated!Posted 1 month ago
I would prefer a kit, tbh.
I’ve looked at loads of RTR’s and it’s easy to get carried away.
Considering I have the most fun with the Lunchbox, I’m not convinced I need anything too extreme.
A HoBao buggy is absolutely indestructible, but would be £400 with a battery.
Would I have any more fun than with a much cheaper Tamiya?
I’d like to find out but it’s an big gamble.
The Arrma and Traxxas stuff looks incredible, but again, a bit spendy for something fast and reliable.Posted 1 month ago
They do loads of colour ways.
Cheap but very strong, I have been launching my torment off of all sorts of stuff.Posted 1 month ago
@siwhite I’m not in the UK, so bought it through a local store here in CH. Soz!
It is brushed, but the ESC has a Deans connector and is LiPo ready, so I ordered a whacking big 2S 7000mah battery to avoid faffing about changing batteries too often. Should last for about an hour I reckon.
For my son. Yes. Only for my son.
Ahem.Posted 1 month ago
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