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Looking for a kit... do they still do that?

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Old 10-04-2019, 09:18 PM
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I have fond memories of building a Tamiya Wild One as a kid, and would like to find a similar challenge for my 7 year old.

Since I remember that car struggled in grass (not that I didnít run that thing everywhere and beat the turds out if it, lol) Iím thinking a 1/12 or 1/10 scale 4WD model might be better.

Does anyone know of a lower price kit like that? If such a beast doesnít exist, what about a $100-$200 RTR thatís made of actual parts? (So I can tear it down and make crappy instructions, :-)
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Old 10-05-2019, 04:43 PM
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I had a long write up, but lost it. Anyway, the only true kits out there, besides Tamiya, are primarily "race" oriented with a monster truck, or crawler here and there. If you are not wanting to spend a few hundred dollars on a kit, then options are slim. The EXC Amp can be had as a Build-To-Drive type kit, but doesn't let you choose what electronics you want. They did not used to be, but the ECX line is now available in hobby stores only...dumb IMO.
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Iím fine with a Tamiya kit.... after a few searches, holy crap they do still make kits.

They even re-released some classics. I like that.

Iím eyeballing the TT-02B series now.... kit based, 4wd and seems pretty popular so parts should be out there. $120-ish for the kit, radios are cheap now and still need a whole battery setup. I think they are all the same except body styles?

Thats ballpark of what I want.
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I bet you are not looking for a Traxxas but they do have the Stampede 4x4 in kit form now.

https://www.amazon.com/Traxxas-67010...19351995&psc=1
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Yes, Tamiya still makes kits, but some of the prices on them are outta whack for what you get IMO. I started out with The Frog when they first came out. I think I paid around $80 for The Frog. If you plug that figure into an inflation calc, you get $197.54...that's seems outrageous to me now.

Over the years, I've come to appreciate what goes into a fully fledged racing platform...even when just bashing. Sometimes it's hard for a person to go backwards in technology once they have a taste of newer stuff that's available.

Sure, an all plastic Tamiya kit can fill a void. I was in the mood for a 1/10 4wd buggy once more (my last one was an Optima, and the re-release is overpriced). It's funny you mentioned the TT-02B chassis. That was my choice as well when I started searching for a fun running Tamiya. I had a Neo Scorcher (metallic pink) in one of my wish lists. The price was right ($115-ish), and while waiting for them to be released, my backyard track conditions changed. I've given up on buggies, at the moment, solely because of ground clearance limitations.
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Originally Posted by zedorda View Post
I bet you are not looking for a Traxxas but they do have the Stampede 4x4 in kit form now.

https://www.amazon.com/Traxxas-67010...19351995&psc=1
I am still not happy with Traxxas with what they did and all their shenanigans in the hobby. Probably why I purposely overlook anything they put out. That being said, nobody new to the hobby, or someone coming back into the hobby...they will not know why Traxxas leaves a bitter taste with a large number of folk.

RCU is all but dead. I don't know why I even type stuff up.

Even though I hold a grudge, I can't help but applaud the Stampede 4x4 being offered as a kit to the off-road crowd. I'm not a monster truck fan, nor do I know what the current sales numbers are at for each company. The Rustler has been a number one seller for many years...that's where I would have started with kit offerings. Hopefully, the trend will grow, and other "basher" brands (Arrma, I'm looking at you) will join in for a possible kit revival.

Anyone that is looking for a kit, I urge you to take the time to express your thoughts. Write a letter, email, tweet, get on facebook, and tell your favorite RC manufacturer that you would really like to see a selection of kits offered.
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