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Comical Fun Goes 4WD – Building the Tamiya Comical Avante GF-01CB

 

The team behind TamiyaBlog loves the Tamiya Comical and Fun models. It is not a secret. And secretly, we have been hoping for a 4WD comical buggy based on GF-01 for a long time. When the Comical Avante was actually presented at the Nuremberg Toy Fair 2020, we could hardly believe that Tamiya really did it.

The Avante, a Tamiya design icon of the 1980s, as a comical model. Can it go well?

In short, yes !

The original Avante has such an elegant, slim and technical design that I could hardly imagine how even a comical body could fit on the current and relatively wide GF-01 chassis.

Tamiya mastered it with flying colors. For the wanted comical look, the body was of course compressed as usual. Nevertheless, the body adapts wonderfully to the chassis, like the body of the original Avante. The already well known beautiful driver figure from pdc designworks, which is already included with the kit, fits so perfectly under the pilot’s cockpit, and literally cries out to start driving right away. Exhaust pipes now come in a carbon look and underline the professional Hi-Tech look of the Avante. But let’s take a look at the technical side.

It is very interesting to see how Tamiya adapted the well-known GF-01 chassis to the comical buggy set up. The main frame, which also serves as the gearbox, has been provided with additional fastening points on the rear for the new body bracket. The wishbones were of course adopted from the WR-02CB Comical models. A new slim bumper rounds off the concept harmoniously. A number of headlights can also be mounted on this bumper. But we decided against it. For a clean look. Oh, i almost forgot. Tamiya donated new tires to the Comical Avante. And how we love this design. Let´s hope for more models using this type of tire.

As with the Comical Grasshopper, we also donated a few sensible Tamiya Hop Ups to the new Avante. Starting with the complete ball bearing set, via the Sport Tuned motor, in combination with a 20 tooth motor pinion. Although the Tamiya Comical models are all already equipped with CVA oil shock absorbers, the Avante is no exception, we have again installed the great GF-01 aluminum damper set. It just looks fantastic and it works that way. GF-01 steering arm and Tamiya Hi Torque Servo Saver with aluminum servo horn make steering much more precise. Incidentally, we highly recommend installing the 50808 TG10 wheel axles, also recommended by Tamiya in a supplementary sheet. These cause a widening of the track. The thicker hex adapters, which are required for this are already included with the kit. As a result, the Comical Avante does not tip over so quickly and simply looks even better. The optional Wheelie Roller Set in blue rounds the thing off perfectly to the rear. This time, we did the original paintscheme, because the body comes already pre-painted with this kit. But you have to cut it out. And application of the stickers is needed too. The original color scheme can only be called truly brilliant. For those who want to create their own color scheme, there will be an unpainted/clear bodyset available soon.

But no more words now. Enjoy the Comical Avante !

With our Set Up, it´s a blast to drive. And with any doubt, it´s the best performing Tamiya Wheelie/Fun car, we have driven so far.

 

Parent and child programming book featuring Tamiya educational kits released


Parents and children can learn by playing, easy programming education item introduction
Introducing “programming education” as a learning method for children towards the future by joining the curriculum of elementary schools since 2020. For fans who are interested in learning and education using machines and computers, we introduce robot toys, educational toys, and learning materials that “learn the power of thinking while experiencing play for hands” to learn the basics of programming. .. Many tips and tricks for assembling Tamiya’s craft series are also posted. Please take a look!
⇒ Click here for details (Yaesu Publishing HP)

Some of Tamiya’s related products introduced in this book

Related information
⇒ Special page “Must be a compulsory elementary school from 2020! What is “programming thinking”? ]
⇒ Tamiya Craft Series
⇒ Tamiya Robot School

The Grasshopper II (2017) – Successor of an icon


While waiting for the release of the 47438 Tamiya Super Storm Dragon, based on the classic Tamiya Hornet chassis, another too long ongoing project was waiting to be finished.

The Grasshopper II. Back in the days, the Grasshopper II was not really my cup of tea. But today i see it from another point of view. Especially the “Super G” version, which was available on some markets is a really cool car.  So, the plan was to re-create that version. The “Super G” came with a 540er motor instead of the stock 380 motor. Friction shocks were also changed to the cool C.V.A. ones. Yellow Fox/Wild One style wheels and Avante/Supershot Spike tires for the rear and Super Hornet style front pin spike tires. The tires, shocks, and motor (we used a 540 Black Sport Tuned) weren´t really a problem. But the yellow wheels aren´t impossible to find nowadays. So we made our own using the classic Tamiya Nylon Parts Coloring Set No. 53130. The wheels came out very well. Tamiya TS-76 Mica Silver was used for the body, to give the buggy a more professional look. With the modern ESC, Sport Tuned motor, and digital servo, the “Super G” is a really good performer for such an basic entry level car.

Enjoy !

Tamiya Midnight Pumpkin JetRacer AI autonomous driving project

Source and more (in Japanese language)

Assembling the Tamiya Mini 4WD MA Chassis video



~ Preparation before assembly ~
00:00 Removing parts
00:51 Check parts
01:21 Read the note
01:35 Put the parts in the box
02:25 See instructions
02:40 What you need for assembly
03:10 How to use nipper
04:06 How to use the driver
04:34 How to find parts to use

~ Mini 4WD assembly started! ~
05:58 [1] Assembling the body
07:12 [2] Paste body sticker
07:50 [3] Chassis assembly (roller & skid)
10:15 [4] Assembly of the chassis (tires and wheels)
13:10 [5] Installing the battery bracket (front side)
14:27 [6] Mounting of switch bracket (rear side)
15:55 [7] Installation of pinion gear
16:46 [8] Motor mounting
18:23 [9] Installation of counter gear
19:51 [10] Installing the battery
20:50 [11] Mounting the body

Midship layout (MS chassis) with a motor mounted in the center of the car body, (AR chassis) designed with consideration for airflow (aero) while running, this is a summary of each characteristic in one chassis MA chassis. (MA is an abbreviation for MidshipAERO). The integrated monocoque structure further enhances ease of assembly and maintenance, making it a chassis that can be enjoyed by both beginners and experienced racers.
Mini 4WD MA chassis machine lineup

Tamiya RC LIVE video stream – Live delivery of the latest information on Tamiya RC cars!


From the new RC product information of April, the setting method that beginner must see,
Practical when participating in races such as the Tamiya Grand Prix
Useful information, even advice
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New product information for Tamiya RC Spring

Tamiya RC car setting information (for beginners)

Tamiya Grand Prix capture course