Cars - Radio Control
Featuring the Fiat Abarth 1000 TCR – M05 chassis, radio controlled
Tamiya 1/10 scale
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Building scale models doesn’t always mean to build static reproductions based on plastic or resin kits. Thus there are modelers who using raw materials, make models from scratch, without a commercial kit, others build models from paper, wood, etc or radio controlled ones…For many years, at the same time of building static models, I’ve been a big fan of radio control; in this way, I built ships, cars, aircraft and of course, I made them operate in the different scenarios they were created for. The aim of this article is to serve as an introduction to the scale RC cars focusing on my latter project, a Fiat Abarth 1000 built from the 1/10 Tamiya kit.
RC and scale cars
I’ll not expand on speaking about RC cars, just I’ll mention that there are two basic types Nitro and electric powered kits that are completely ready to run and in the last years have been gaining more followers due to their higher power and battery durability, and to the new engines technologies. Nowadays we can find electric motors offering the same benefits than nitro engines.
In static modeling there are several scales , the most popular are 1/8 and 1/10 scale. I always prefer the last one since there are more kits available and you can display or keep them in a smaller place. RC cars are bigger.
Some examples of 1/10 RC cars four wheels drive.
4WD versus 2WD
As in reality you can find 2 WD and 4 WD cars. These last ones are gaining popularity in the newer cars and trucks.
The next thing to consider is if you want to race your RC car, off-road (dirt or other types of terrain) or on-road (on paved surface)
Tamiya manufactured two kits with the same body, one in 1995 and a new release with a new chassis generation which I mention here.
RC Fiat Abarth 1000 TCR - M02 M-Chassis #58158
RC Fiat Abarth 1000 TCR - M05 Berlina Corse #58465
Some words about the build
This article doesn’t aim at being a step by step guide to building a RC Car, simply you have to be skillful with nuts and bolts and follow the instructions, if your object is not to compete, that will be enough to make your car run and have fun. In my case, I focus on building the car to match the aspect and scale of the real thing, adding details to the body (obsession as any static modeler)
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