If you’ve been following our youTube updates, you will be well aware that our Tamiya TT-01 project has been making steady progress over the last few weeks. Now it’s time write our initial thoughts down and review our Tamiya TT-01E Subaru Impreza kit.
The majority of RC addicts will be familiar with the TT-01 chassis, it’s usually the first real ‘brand’ touring car RC that anyone has.. Now if your not familiar with Tamiya kits, let’s first of all say that the manual/instructions are some of the best around. There’s also a slight nostalgic reaction when I open up a Tamiya box and flick through the manual seeing that same little guy, telling me to do figure of eight’s.
TT-01’s are one of the best beginner kit touring cars available, easy to follow instructions, with simple build steps mean anyone can learn how to build this chassis from the get-go. Our TT-01 is the ‘E” variant which includes a few choice upgrades of the standard TT-01 chassis. We’ll detail these a bit later on. Our kit came with a fantastically detailed Subaru Impreza lexan body shell which also included light buckets and a LED lighting kit. Apart from that, you’ll find the usual Tamiya ESC and the infamous 540 stock silver can motor in the box.
The TT-01E has a few choice upgrades as we previously alluded to, these are made from a much higher quality plastic, and do help in reducing this chassis’s known steering sloppy-ness, however this area still needs improving, as there’s play in every direction and this in turn can make the car drift of course slightly when your trying to go straight.
The kit as expected, went together really easily, and the build-up is good fun and doesn’t take long. If you like building static models and are thinking of getting into RC, this kit would be ideal.
The Bad Bits
Now if you’ve built a few Tamiya kits in the past before, you know what we’re going to moan about first. The lack of metal bearings is criminal! We hate the fact that Tamiya still includes these darn plastic bushings. Come on Tamiya, we want bearings as stock!
The kit also includes another massive irritation, Tamiya’s finest friction dampers. These were old school 10 years ago. We would love to see Tamiya include their fantastic Mini CVA Dampers as standard for all TT-01 kits, not just the Drift variants, this upgrade makes the chassis far more predictable in the corners.
We’ve got lots planned for our TT-01 Impreza, the upgrading started during the build, where we swapped out the plastic bushings for full ball bearings. The plan is to build up our TT-01E with upgrades the chassis needs to carve corners as good as it can, no heavy aluminium here!
In the search for the best handling TT-01 possible, we’ve got a long list of upgrades planned. These includes, tyre foams, aluminium oil filled dampers, adjustable suspension arms and steering turnbuckles and a couple of choice driveline upgrades, to handle brushless power!
Watch this space.