TAMI-YOSHO BRAWLER

RC Car Action - - READERS RIDES - MIKE MACK­LIN › NEW CAS­TLE, PA

Mike’s “Brawler” (Brat/crawler) is proof that re­source­ful­ness and cre­ativ­ity never go out of style in RC, and that you don’t have to spend a ton of money or a ton of time to pull to­gether an orig­i­nal and fun-to-drive ve­hi­cle. He tells us his pri­mary goal for this project was zero paint­ing, and he ob­tained all the parts from on­line auc­tion sites. It is es­sen­tially a vin­tage Kyosho Dou­ble Dare chas­sis topped by a Tamiya Subaru Brat body. He tossed in a Tac­tic RC servo for steer­ing and cred­its old RC Car Ac­tion ar­ti­cles for teach­ing him how to make his own wiring har­ness to sol­der up a pair of John­son Sil­ver 540 mo­tors to a sin­gle In­tel­lispeed 12T mod­i­fied speed con­trol. He says the retro-feel of run­ning the truck takes him back to his RC roots in the late ‘80s run­ning a Big Brute at a lo­cal track, and now he en­joys shar­ing the RC hobby with his 7- and 9-year-old kids.

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