Category Archives: Customized Builds

The Hotshot 4WD makes a new appearance – In a comical way – Building the Tamiya 58685 Comical Hotshot GF-01CB

After we were so enthusiastic about the first Tamiya 4WD comical model, the “Comical Avante GF-01CB”, it was almost natural to take a closer look at the new “Comical Hotshot”. For us, the “Comical Avante” is one of the most beautiful models in the Comical series, along with the “Comical Grasshopper”. The original Hotshot, the first Tamiya 4WD buggy ever, is of course more than predestined as a template for the “Comical Series”. Especially due to the narrow and flat design of the original classic buggy. As with the Avante, we also customized and tuned the Hotshot a bit, according to our ideas. We stayed original with the body, as it is pre-painted red in the kit, as was previously the case with the Avante. But an unpainted body set is now available from Tamiya, and comes with No. 51657.With this, you can also create your own paint scheme.

Normally we use the excellent Tamiya GF-01 54670 dampers for these fun models. But they are blue anodized, and not really a good match. And in my opinion, the original red CVA dampers are optically not that perfect. That’s why I chose the virtually identical Tamiya 54541 CC-01 Hop Up damper set this time. The golden aluminum shock caps make them a perfect match for the bright red of the Hotshot. I´m still not totally happy with the colour of the standard wheels. But that´s complaining on a very high level. A gold plated wheel would be perfect here.

Unfortunately there is no driver figure included with the “Comical Hotshot” kit. Under the relatively narrow Hotshot body there is actually very little space for it. In a supplement, Tamiya explains how you can at least accommodate the head of the beautiful 54864 driver figure which was created by “pdc designworks”. With the help of a Lexan bracket. Of course we followed this suggestion, and with it there comes a lot more “life” into our little racer. Oh, and one more thing we left out on “Comical Avante”. LED lights on the front of the bumper and on the body. And of course also red taillights. Looks great, and so realistic.

Otherwise, we have relied on the tried and tested parts that we have already used in our „Comical Avante. A complete list can be found at the end of this report. As expected, the little red racer drives just wonderfully. And with a little practice, all kinds of stunts and tricks are no problem. There is hardly a Tamiya RC model that is more fun.
We are already looking forward to the next comical model. Our team would love to see a “Comical Subaru Brat”. Let´s go Tamiya. Make it happen!

This is a list of genuine Tamiya Hop Up parts, we´ve used on this car:
54924 GF-01 Ball Bearing Set
50808 TG10 Long Wheel Axle
53509 Hard Flourine Coated 0.6 Aluminum Pinion (20T/F201)
54541 CC-01 Aluminum Oil Damper 4PCS
53974 TRF 501 Front Spring Set
54588 GF-01 Aluminum Steering Arm
54586 Lightweight Gear Shaft 5x50mm For GF-01 WR-02 WT-01
51000 Servo Saver Hi Torque Type (Black)
54473 Aluminum Wheelie Roller Set for WR-02 WR-02G
54587 Aluminum Servo Stay WR-02/GF-01

How to make your own polycarbonate body video – example Tamiya Comical Celica GF-01CB

I tried to make it like a factory tour how the comical Celica body made by Otsukai Chaly was made.
This time, the VR character (self-made avatar) Suzu-chan explains.
Large Celica is vacuum formed by making a wooden pattern from 3D CAD.
It is a full scratch build body (self-made body).
Dedicated mirrors, grilles and hubcaps are made of elaborate chemical wood.
Source: おつかいchaly

A clever scheme built in time lapse – Tamiya Lancia Stratos Dragon

Click on the link to watch the build video in YouTube.

This is a time lapse build of a custom Tamiya Super Storm Dragon adapted into a Lancia Stratos Rally buggy concept. At the end of the video I show the complete results. Of the Tamiya Grasshopper chassis, the Super Storm Dragon (SSD) body in it’s box art form is my least favorite—but I’m sure it’s relevant and admirable to fans of the ‘80s Japanese manga/anime RC series where the Storm Dragon originated from. I also feel the body is too long for the chassis but perhaps that was the intent. It’s probably supposed to represent a slender mythological Eastern Asian dragon but all I can see is Falkor from the Neverending Story. However, I do like the greenhouse (windshield). Whenever I see it one thing comes to mind—the Lancia Stratos HF from the 1970s.

I wonder if the illustrators of the SSD got inspiration from the Stratos, if they did I wouldn’t be surprised. The Italian Stratos came out in the ‘70s and was purely developed and designed for the World Rally Championship. Designed at Bertone by Marcello Gandini (he also did the Lamborghini Miura and Countach, Ferrari Dino 308 GT4, and De Tomaso Pantera to name a few). Timeline wise, the SSD came out in the early ‘80s and that Stratos’ greenhouse was already an iconic thing. I always thought if an SSD fell on my lap I would frankenstein it into a buggy version of the Stratos. And so over a year ago I came across an SSD on sale for about $86 USD and I couldn’t pass it up.

I didn’t want to slap stickers and call it a day. I wanted to at least have a little effort in translating it. The SSD body was trimmed and shortened (the Stratos has a relatively short body/wheelbase). I wanted to stay within the rally Stratos color palette and that also meant a careful selection of the parts and electronics color.

Since I don’t have any off-road track in my area I knew this would run on tarmac or very abrasive surfaces. I installed a Tamiya Super Stock RZ (on-road 23T, 27k RPM) and at least had to upgrade the stock rear dampers with big bore ones (plus 500 damper oil and hard springs) and compress the front springs for a stiffer ride. The rear suspension axle mount was replaced with an aluminum one that can accommodate the beefier dampers. In addition, a longer 8mm T4 Works rear billet aluminum hanger was added with a makeshift mount/brace to lock the rear suspension in place—just like the Grasshopper’s. I feel the Grasshopper performs better on flat surfaces vs the Hornet due to the rear suspension design—the SSD has the Hornet’s. The front arms and suspension brace were upgraded to aluminum, the servo saver/steering rod was replaced with T4works aluminum servo saver and steel turnbuckles. Of course the plastic bushings were all replaced with metal ball bearings. The result is very apparent when running it. It’s quite stable, runs straight and fast, and the suspension just right (not as bouncy). A few caveats: because the front suspension is set very low and the aluminum arms/knuckles are not adjustable, it has more negative camber than I would like. That would probably be an area I would fine tune in the future. The aluminum arms creates some rattling noise as it doesn’t have a snug fit. I think adding rubber sleeves on the connection points to the chassis might solve it. To further improve handling, I need to replace the tires (didn’t have the right ones when I did a test run). And for the first time I tried a Dynamite ESC and I think it’s a tad glitchy. With some more fine tuning work, this setup can be quite a serious basher.

All this work and parts are not to just add bling. I genuinely wanted to find out what the potential of this iconic beginner chassis is. Ironically, I think it’s not worth it if you just want a simple basher (at least on tarmac/flat surfaces). If you’re going to “casually” run this on flat hard surfaces, I wouldn’t bother with this Hornet/Storm Dragon chassis. I highly recommend going a step down and getting a Grasshopper instead. I’ve built a Grasshopper for someone and tried a variety of motors in it (380, Sport Tuned 380, 540 silver can, and Torque Tuned 540) and once we got to the Torque Tuned motor, it was lively, fun, just right, and relatively precise. In fact, I love how the Torque Tuned Grasshopper drives that I can’t wait to drive it again. However, this Stratos Dragon evolution definitely has more potential.

Tamiya Super Stock RZ Motor
KO Propo KR-212FHG receiver
Dynamite DYNS2210 ESC
AGFRC B44LS low profile servo
Metal ball bearings
Robinson Racing steel pinion gear
T4 Works: aluminum servo saver, steel turnbuckles, aluminum motor mount, 8mm billet aluminum hanger, aluminum wheel star disk
YR Big Bore rear dampers
Generic rear aluminum suspension mount
Avante front bumper
M&M rear bumper
Associated rear wheels
Schumacher rear tires
You-G Japan front tires
Tamiya Black DT02 front and rear wheels
Tamiya DT02 front tires
Tamiya Dual Block rear tires
Tamiya rear hex adapter
GPM alloy parts (front arms and brace)
Custom decals

Source: Mechanic After Hours

Modified trucks based on the Tamiya 1/14 RC trucks driving huge distances in convoys

One of our readers kindly sent us photos and details about their hobby project based on Tamiya 1/14 RC trucks which we gladly publicise here:

I am happy I can show you our project. We did start Trucking 3-4 years ago, mainly we use them just as support vehicle for our tank battle days, recovery or just as spare part supply trucks in the fields. Surely sounds strange but our playground is always relatively far away from the parking place so the trucks help us. Than a cheap truck brand showed up and I wanted to test it what is possible with it and start a walk but mostly it did break down after 4km. After a wile some of our tank battle friends showed up to and the first Konvoi was made about 10km.

Some of us got heavy problems with the feets so we did break of after 60km. That was a pain, but we also had a lot of failures, but now we are 300% better than last year so I think it could be successfull in 5 weeks.
Here you can find our website and most of our trucks listed or here in Facebook If you have questions or want to hear more stories of our trails let me knew. Our drives are normally: 10km for technical measurements, 30 and 40 km for conditional training and long term tests. So it becomes a join between marathon sports and modelling lol but that’s whats make it so impressive and challenging for us. I can tell everyone, just to try it. Surely old guys trailing with little truck looks funny, but all kids love us and most of the people we meet on the trails.

Tamiya RC Advice Vol.12 – Introducing how to install the LED light (1)

Dressing up the machine is also a big attraction of the hobby RC car. This time, I will explain how to install the LED light, which is easy to install and improves the feeling of the actual vehicle.
Products introduced in the video
58692 1/10 RC Mercedes-Benz Unimog 406 (CC-02 chassis)
53909 Tamiya LED Light Unit (TLU-01)
54693 Double-sided tape (20mm x 2m)
54351 Aluminum glass mesh tape
54600 Tamiya LED Light (φ5 Halogen White)

Tamiya RC Live – Sanotake’s setting nationwide & introduction of optional parts that can be used with TA08 PRO and Tamiya RC high-tech course

This time, Paisen’s setting course was revised …
Paisen’s settings are unified nationwide! !! !!
The first guest to commemorate! !! !!
It was Mr. Sanotake ~
Thank you ☆ ★

We inform you about the optional parts information that can be used for TA08 PRO. Recommended parts information for Tamiya Maezumi Select!
・ In the popular Tamiya RC high-tech course, we will tell you how to make and adjust ball diffs.

Tamiya Satoshi Maezumi, Riku Sunahara, Akihiro Ohata, Takayuki Kono

Tamiya RC Live – Introduction of the 59th Shizuoka Hobby Show and Tamiya RC History

・ Introducing the work of “#Tamiya RC Photocon” held as a posting project on Twitter. From over 450 posts, we will look at cool driving scenes, life with RC, interesting images, etc. with everyone with comments. Of course, the announcement of excellent works!
・ Introduction of Tamiya RC History ➉. At the time of release, the “Hot Shot” that was the target of junior drivers’ longing will appear!

・ Introducing the “59th Shizuoka Hobby Show” held at Twin Messe Shizuoka on May 13th and 14th!
・ Introduction of Tamiya RC History ⑪. “FOX”, which is said to be the 2WD version mechanism of hot shots, will also appear !!

Tamiya Mini 4WD First Try Parts Set Pamphlet Introduction

Ideal for modifying machines! “First try parts set”
I want to make Mini 4WD faster, but I don’t know which parts to attach! For such a beginner racer, let’s use the “First Try Parts Set”! Introducing “Pamphlet” according to the chassis as PDF data.

You can download the PDF data of the “Pamphlet” from here (click the image!)

VZ Chassis First Try Parts Set Pamphlet

FM-A Chassis First Try Parts Set Pamphlet

MA Chassis First Try Parts Set Pamphlet

AR Chassis First Try Parts Set Pamphlet

Mini 4WD Lineup Catalog (October 2020 version)

Mini 4WD Upgrade Parts Catalog (October version)

Related Links
⇒ Mini 4WD upgrade parts matching list
⇒ Download Mini 4WD pamphlets (PDF)
⇒ I want to run Mini 4WD → Mini 4WD station shop list