Toys for the Big Boys: Choosing the Perfect Tamiya Model


Toys for the Big Boys: Choosing the Perfect Tamiya Model Posted on February 15, 2013

If you were born in the 80s you might be familiar with those awesome radio controlled cars. If you miss playing with those then don’t fret! You can still enjoy them today because a Japanese company that makes RC toys and scale models still make those RC cars we loved when we were still kids. These toys are not only for RC hobbyists, even kids of this generation will enjoy playing with them and will make them realize that there is actually more to life than PSP vita or Xbox 360.

Ok so you want to get your hands on a radio controlled car but you just don’t know where to start? No problem! There are tons of reviews and information available on the internet. However, I took the liberty of making things much easier for you. To help you with your first purchase I have compiled some of the best Tamiya models for beginners, this list will help you decide what model is best for you.

Mini Cooper

The Mini Cooper, remember that old green car that Mr. Bean drives? It may be small in size but it packs a mean punch! When it comes to power and speed this baby can be at par with some of the best models out there. This particular model made the ladies swoon back in the 60s. It’s small but it is tough, thanks to its high end M-03 chassis. The Mini Cooper is also popular in world rally championships and has been the choice of many professional racers. The double wishbone suspension helps the car maintain stability while driving.

TT-01 Drifter

This particular model is recommended for beginners. It is considered as one of the best entry level drifting machine and each unit is reasonably priced around $90 to $130. The stock chassis is perfect for drifting and a few tweaks can considerably make it run even smoother, however as you upgrade the parts you will need to shell out more cash.

Subaru Impreza

Tamiya’s “jack of all trades”, the Subaru Impreza WRC Monte Carlo is perfect for racing and drifting. With a TT-01D chassis it makes drifting seem like a walk in the park. A professional racer knows that turning on corners can make a car lose momentum but drifting solves that problem by helping the driver maintain optimum speed thus providing total control not only to the car but for the driver as well. Manufactured to be lightweight and durable, the Subaru Impreza is totally engineered for perfection.

Nitro Crusher

Tamiya Inc. is a very well established company. They are known for producing quality remote controlled toys and scaled models. As a company of high standards they know that there are no room for errors. And this dedication to quality has been proven with their robust model, the Nitro crusher. This bad boy is powered by an FS-15S engine with a slide carburetor. The Nitro crusher is a monster truck that you can effortlessly drive on different types of terrains. Thanks to the extra-large wheels you will be able to dominate rocky, sandy and even muddy conditions!

Kids and adults love to tinker with random gadgets. And poring over radio controlled toys to no end isn’t surprising even for a 30-year old. Tamiya allows us to experiment with various mechanical engineering concepts while giving us the time to enjoy playing with our new toy for countless hours.


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