ON THE BENCH
I’ve built a lot of Tamiya kits and I really enjoy doing it but the CC-02 build left me a little frustrated at times. The CC-02 is a little more involved than other kits that I’ve built and I found myself removing parts to reinstall them correctly. In the end, I just wasn’t paying attention to the manual and how the parts are installed. When I made my way to the body, I figured it would take a long time to get it painted and detailed and I’m ok with that but Tamiya saved the day and made that process much easier. The masks they include cover the windows and light areas and the detailing around the windows and so on are done with well done decals. I trimmed and mounted the body, applied the supplied masks, painted the body and injection molded parts and after applying stickers, I was done and the body looks great.
The ring and pinion in the axle housing feature stout Mod 1 gears. The entire drivetrain is supported by plastic and bronze bushings but I replaced them with Tamiya bearings as I made my way through the build. Inside the transmission you’ll find a metal .6 mod top gear, injection molded 2-piece step gear in the middle and a .8 mod injection molded gear on the output shaft. Tamiya gives you the option of using a standard gear ratio or you can swap gears for a lower gear ratio. Plastic ladder frame chassis Scale axle housing
The chassis is made from several pieces that are bolted together to form a sturdy backbone. The frame rails are molded plastic pieces with anodized aluminum C-channel caps on the ends.
The bevel gear differentials can be built as functional units or plastic inserts can be used to lock them for maximum grip on the trail.