SURF'S UP FOR THIS TAMIYA VW

RC Car Action - - READERS RIDES - JIM & MINDI HARRIS › SAN­FORD, FL

We’ve said it be­fore and we’ll say it again: you don’t nec­es­sar­ily have to re-de­sign your rig from the ground up to make it into Read­ers’ Rides. We love get­ting those com­plex cus­tom projects, but we also ap­pre­ci­ate some­one who can make sub­tle, taste­ful up­grades to an al­ready great model. And if they can show­case those tweaks in the right set­ting in some beau­ti­fully com­posed photos—like Jim and Mindi Harris did with their Tamiya VW Bus (of­fi­cially a Type 2 T1)—we’re happy to show them off here. Me­chan­i­cally the changes are mi­nor: a swap to Traxxas ra­dio gear and steer­ing servo, and they re­placed all the bush­ings with bear­ings. For paint they chose Tamiya blue and topped the roof panel with flat clear to look like can­vas. The made a tray out of balsa to cover up the elec­tron­ics and dec­o­rated it with ‘60s-style art­work, and had a scale cus­tom li­cense plate made up at SRDLV.COM. The crown­ing touch, how­ever, is the scale surf board they made up for the beach photo shoot.

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