› Tamiya Volk­swa­gen Rally Beetle MF-01X

Su­per-scale, easy to build, and fun to drive, Tamiya’s Beetle is a vin­tage blast

RC Car Action - - CONTENTS - By Peter Vieira

Lots of brands are div­ing into scale RC these days, but no brand has done it bet­ter, or as long, as Tamiya. The Ja­panese gi­ant built its rep on premium plas­tic static mod­els, and Tamiya’s first-ever RC car in 1976 was a hard-body Porsche 934 that shares its body with a static model. From there, the scale hits kept com­ing, with top­ics rang­ing from 4X4s, like the Blaz­ing Blazer and leg­endary Bruiser, to a fleet of F1 mod­els and too many tour­ing cars in road-go­ing and race va­ri­eties to list. One of the lat­est su­per-real Tamiya rides is the Rally Beetle, which as you can see is a per­fect em­bod­i­ment of ’60s-era rally rac­ing. Not that you need to be fa­mil­iar with that scene to ap­pre­ci­ate this car—who doesn’t love a Beetle? Un­der the un­mis­tak­able body is Tamiya’s MF-01X chas­sis, which de­liv­ers a rear-mo­tor lay­out (per­fect for a Beetle) and 4WD (to­tally “wrong” for re­al­ism, but it makes the car a lot eas­ier and more fun to drive). And it’s a kit, a nice bonus for us wrench spin­ners in an RTR world.

Spring Sus­pen­sion

Tamiya keeps it sim­ple in the sus­pen­sion depart­ment with all-plas­tic “shocks” that are re­ally just spring hold­ers. There’s no damp­ing other than the fric­tion be­tween the slid­ing plas­tic parts, but since the Beetle only needs a few mil­lime­ters of sus­pen­sion, it’s not a big miss. The sus­pen­sion can be as­sem­bled in “high” and “low” con­fig­u­ra­tions de­pend­ing on the body style you’re us­ing (the Beetle gets the “high” setup), and you can ad­just steer­ing toe and rear cam­ber via threaded link­ages.

The Beetle is a clear-body kit; paint pro Leroy Cluff cre­ated this beau­ti­ful patina look.

Above: Those look like oil-filled shocks, but they’re re­ally just spring hold­ers. Left: Tall stand­offs raise the rear cam­ber links over the chas­sis.

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