Tamiya has re-released so many classic cars over the last few years. Being a 2wd buggy fan I got pretty excited when I managed a trade for this NIB Wild One. Close enough in vintage to my very first hobby grade buggy back in 1988 the Futaba FX10, I searched my work shop for a proper PHILIPS HEAD!!! screw driver and got ready to build…
The modern twist on this kit is the included ESC and bearings. I put aside the brushed motor and esc for a brushless setup with lipo.. The old 80’s Tamiya connectors and bullets won’t make the cut. 🙂
Here are goodies I plan to install. An affordable Hobbywing esc, Hobbyking 17.5 brushless motor and a Futaba 3003. I didn’t even spring for the bearing version 🙂
Bumper with arms attached to the chassis. I wont dwell on the obvious but yes its sloppy. And being ABS it will only get worse as it runs.. Front shocks go together easily. Single O-ring setup here so time will tell how long the oil stays in there. The odd shock package bounces when dropped..
Completed shocks ready to bolt on to the chassis
Shocks installed. It should be mentioned here and through out the kit build. The abs plastic can and will strip out. IT iss soft, and as you thread in your screws be careful to go in straight and not over tighten anything. You can see the chassis bend as you tighten things
Roll cage installed. I wanted to paint it black but was worried how it would turn out. Dave J at Great hobbies he told me that I could dye the red plastic black. IT may take 2 cycles, but it will turn black. Ill look to completing the roll cage at a later date.
Thankfully it comes with bearings now! I recall as a kid how we had these cars with plastic bushings. Back then we had no clue how much a set of bearings changed the game. The included bearing kit is actually not a full set. I added some extras to the gear box as not all the sizes where included. As you can see i left a brass bushing in there as I just didn’t have that size.
I sealed up some holes with tape to reduce some mess from entering the chassis. I Used an old servo mount from a crawler as a tray for the ESC and left the receiver flat on the chassis. I used my dremel to carve out a notch for the wires to run thought. At this point i have test fitted the driver and the wires need to be routed low and tight to the chassis for him to mount on flat.
I cant wait to see what this thing does… This motor was pretty fast when i used in in spec SC truck…
Cutting out the lexan was a pain in the rear. 🙂 Each piece requires a full perimeter trimming so its time consuming to get it clean. I am sorry to KT$,Chris and Dave for not calling on you guys to paint this.. I decided to give it a go with some rattle cans. I don’t have the skills or patience for painting so i kept it simple with 3 colors..
Overall this was an enjoyable build. Not the type of car I’m used to building. (you find the latest go fast goodies in this kit) But a fun trip down memory lane. These cars are not for speed or lap records they are affordable shelf queens or back yard bashers. I plan to enjoy this one with the kids.