Category Archives: Customized Builds

Customised Tamiya Rough Rider inspired by the Funco Buggy

One of our readers, Hector Coronel from the Philippines, sent us some photos of his fantastic customised Tamiya Rough Rider / Buggy Champ which we would like to share with you.
He added 16 new panels, scratchbuilt the engine (no 3D print) and narrowed, lengthened and lowered the RR body shell:

Collaborative Monster Truck Collection Tamiya Karfoot from L’Art de l’Automobile

L’Art de l’Automobile preps for Paris Fashion Week with another limited edition vehicular collection. This time, the French label is partnering with Japanese remote control (RC) toy experts Tamiya for a brief monster truck-inspired T-shirt capsule, complete with a matching toy car.
Each of the three special shirts is emblazoned with co-branding and bespoke “KARFOOT” monster truck imagery, dreamed up exclusively for this release. Long-sleeved and short-sleeved shirts are offered in neutral black and white editions, highlighting the prints on the front and rear of each item. The toy KARFOOT truck was created especially for this collection, a natural follow-up to TAMIYA’s 2018 Hornet collaboration with Supreme. Each item is packed inside a special box to drive home the nostalgic nature of the partnership.
Expect L’Art de l’Automobile to launch the exclusive KARFOOT goods will launch via a temporary PFW pop-up shop, though the remote control car will not be for sale.


DT-03 meets Vaillant

With the Neo Fighter on the DT-03 chassis, Tamiya launched a brilliant entry-level buggy a few years ago. The Kit already includes an electronic speed controller TBLE-02 S, a torque-tuned motor and CVA shock absorbers for a suittable price. Many thousands of children and teenager started their RC hobby with a DT-03 buggy or one of the precursor DT-01 and DT-02. Last but not least, the Tamiya Figther Cup is the world’s largest RC car youth racing series.

We only replaced the plastic bearings with ball bearings in our Neo Fighter and exchanged the torque-tuned motor for a Tamiya Sport Tuned motor (the old black one – 53068). A Blue Bird BMS-617 is used as the steering servo. With this set-up, the Neo-Fighter already achieves astonishing driving performance and can still be easily mastered by an RC beginner.

While thinking about how we want to paint our Neo-Fighter, we looked dreamily into our showcase with the old Tamiya buggies and saw the good old “Nylon Parts Coloring Set” by Tamiya (53130). We knew then: the rims had to turn pink! We quickly came up with the “Black Avante” from Tamiya and it was clear that the body should be painted in a combination of silver (Tamiya PS-12) and gun metal (Tamiya PS-23). Looking for suitable pink decals, we looked through our stock and suddenly held the Vaillant Decal-sheet from the 1/10 Porsche 934 Turbo RSR in our hands. The color of the decorative strips was perfect and could easily be adapted to the Neo-Fighter Body.

We are more than satisfied with the result and are excited to see if you also like our Neo-Fighter.

Customizing Mini 4WD Racers For High Speeds On A Small Scale by Ars Technica

Randy Holt, owner of Hobbytown in Toms River, NJ, takes us inside the world of Mini 4WD Racing – a venerable pastime experiencing a new boom in popularity. Randy breaks down the engineering challenges that Mini 4WD drivers need to overcome, and all the tiny gear and tech they use to make it happen. And to help you get started on your own Mini 4WD obsession, Randy unboxes and explains how to assemble a brand new Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Yaris WRC.
Source: Ars Technica

Off-Road Rig Rework! Tamiya Dynahead 6×6 RC Truck Quick Project Overview & Action by RC Driver

We have built up a lot of crazy projects on the channel and a lot of those projects are major overhauls of the vehicle. But you don’t need to completely redo a vehicle to make it fun. You have to pick and choose what parts are right for your application. Sometimes just simple things can make a big difference. That’s what we did on our Tamiya Dynahead 6×6 we reviewed a while back. We’ve had a few parts lying around the workshop that we thought would be some great additions to this fun off-road rig. So rather than think about it any longer, Greg dropped everything he was doing and swapped out the electronics and some other parts on the Dynhead and the result we think is pretty cool. Take a look at our Project Tamiya Dynahead 6×6 with an all new attitude.
Soure: RC Driver YouTube channel

Modelling Mr. Shunsaku Tamiya and Diego, the famous fan from Argentina

This is a commemorative photo of two people remodeled in the doll remodeling contest. The work was on display at Tamiya Fair and won the bronze award.
Source: Sじろう @ Twitter
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