Dash have introduced the new R-Tune V3 modified brushless motor. The next generation of the R-Tune features a high airflow aluminium can with arrow-shaped cut-outs for improved cooing efficiency, a lower weight and minimized power fading during a run even in high ambient temperatures. In addition the can also features a special slot to meet the homologation requirements of IFMAR, ROAR and EFRA. The V3 motor will feature the same 2019 Reedy Race winning stator for a much lower internal resistance, an increase in torque and overall performance. The motor also features a balanced 12.3mm rotor to ensure a smooth power delivery with optional rotors being available to fine-tune the characteristics of the motor. The V3 will hit stores in 4.5T and 5.0T winding variants.
Fun! Isn’t that what this hobby is all about? That one little adjective is what most-likely pulled you into this awesome hobby. For some of us, we get caught up in the competition side of RC and we tend to lose sight of why we wanted our very first RC car to begin with. The super-fun Tamiya Comical Buggies are just the thing to rekindle that feeling in those enthusiasts that are taking RC too seriously and they are a great option for someone just starting out in RC.
Tamiya set out to make fun-to-look-at and fun-to-drive cars when they came up with the Comical buggy concept. Here we are going to talk about the three 2WD Tamiya Comical buggies that are based on the WR-02CB chassis: the Comical Hornet, Comical Grasshopper and Comical Frog. We are leaving out the newly released Tamiya Comical Avante because it is 4WD and based on a different chassis (GF-01CB).
Each of these Comical buggies are re-imagined versions of the iconic Hornet, Grasshopper and Frog buggies that were originally released back in the 1980’s. Many of us RC enthusiast got started in this hobby with one of these vehicles and the sight of these new versions triggers nostalgic memories. The re-imagined bodies mimic the original bodies with similar stickers and paint schemes. Mounted along either side of the cockpit are flags and inside sits a newly designed driver figure. All this is mated to a dedicated variant of the WR-02 chassis named WR-02CB (CB for Comical Buggy).
The super-fun Tamiya Comical buggies all come as a kit which requires assembly. Tamiya helps the process by having the transmission already assembled for you with the motor installed onto the gearbox. There is only a slight difference between the buggies with colors and the body itself. The center section of the WR-02CB chassis has a monocoque design with the battery mounted up top which allows the buggies to easily perform a wheelie. Access to the battery compartment is through the rear of the chassis where the faux dual exhaust pipes are attached.
INCLUDED DRIVER FIGURES
The Comical Hornet and Comical Frog are each equipped with a newly designed driver figure and have just the right look to compliment the overall comical appearance of the buggies. (Curiously, the Comical Grasshopper uses an older style driver figure.) The new driver figures give you the option of building them in different variations and detail like with or without the visor or chin guard and even different stickers for the eyes. Molded hands to grip a steering wheel are included with the driver.
ADDING OPTIONAL LEDS
There are numerous option parts for the Tamiya Comical Buggies like the Tamiya TLU-01 LED Light Unit. You can add one of these to any of the Comical Buggies since each is equipped with front headlight cases and rear light buckets mounted on the back of the chassis.
TAMIYA COMICAL BUGGY SPECS
Length: 14.0 in. (356mm)
Width: 9.6 in. (244mm)
Height: 7.7 in. (195mm)
Wheelbase: 6.7 in. (170mm)
Weight: 6.8 lb. (3.1kg)
Internal Gear Ratio: 18.3:1
Chassis: Plastic monocoque frame
Drivetrain: Pre-assembled 2WD gear transmission, rear wheel drive
Differential: Bevel gear
Bearings: Metal and plastic bushings
Suspension: 4-wheel double wishbone
Shocks: Oil-filled CVA Mini shocks
Motor: 540-brushed type
Speed control: Tamiya TBLE-02S
Wheels: 2-piece ABS plastic wheels with colored center
Tires: Bubble tires, rib pattern fronts and round block pattern rears
Body: Polycarbonate with customizable driver figure
NEEDED TO COMPLETE
- 2-channel radio system
- Steering servo
- 7.2-volt battery pack and charger
- Paint for Polycarbonate
- Paint for ABS plastic
For more information about Tamiya products, visit: TAMIYA
The first of it’s kind; A never-before-seen excursion for RC Enthusiasts, Scaled Up: Moab Edition, and it was a raving success! I was among 16 enthusiasts who came together from all over the county to join Troy & Casey Loftus from ScalerFab on an all-inclusive getaway exploring Moab’s most iconic trails from behind the wheel of a real offroad Jeep!
The event kicked off with a welcome reception for all of the guests, which included sandwiches and snacks, beverages, and of course…swag bags! We were surprised with some fabulous items from the amazing sponsors including our Scaled Up event T-shirts expertly printed by Fuelish Outfitters, Black Forest Gear Hoodies, TeraFlex Suspensions hats, Bartact keychains, Team KNK hardware packs, Pro-Line Racing Scale Accessories, Cbercfab link tabs, #FYTWwear multitools, and of course, a full set of ScalerFab Trail Armor! We got to know each other and enjoyed a pretty laid back evening before returning to our rooms to prepare our RCs for the days ahead.
After breakfast bright and early the next morning, the Scaled Up Events partners at Twisted Jeeps gave us the rundown on the Jeeps. We all picked our trusty steed for the day and caravanned over to the first trail, the scenic Fins ‘N Things. After riding on the south loop, we then went straight over to Hell’s Revenge and started our tour on the slick rock. Note- the rock was actually very grippy, unlike the name would imply. We all even got a chance to put it in neutral and let loose on the rollercoaster, though come to think of it, some might have opted for a more reserved decent.
Our lunch break for the day included catered and personalized bag lunches along with a combination of RCing at The Overlook and riding down and up Hell’s Gate, a staple obstacle on the trail not normally accessible to those in rental Jeeps. In Guide KL’s capable hands, everyone who wanted to got a chance to ride-along for the adrenaline-pumping steep descents and inclines.
After lunch, we were lead to a preset RC course, sponsored by RC4WD, which provided a challenging fun run for us and our RC rigs. Once we had had our fill, we proceeded to another obstacle not for the faint of heart, The Car Wash. TheCar Wash, for those who are not aware, is a deep gaping hole at the top of one of the overlooks. By the time you reach the apex of the preceding hill and level out, you’re practically already going into the carwash, so really we all just had to commit. With the help of our awesome guides at Twisted Jeeps, everyone got through safely and had a blast (there were only a few passengers who did anything but look!).
Finally, we headed towards Dragon’s Tail where we were greeted by a rather discomforting sight- a wrecked truck that had rolled down the very same obstacle we were approaching just a day earlier. Needless to say, we were extra careful down that incline!
Once at the bottom, we enjoyed an ice cream on the trails, thanks to the Black Forest Gear fridge/freezer Troy & Casey had in the jeep! It kept the treats nice and frozen despite the trek through the desert. Ice cream dessert in the desert = yum!
To end our trek through Hell’s Revenge, we crossed through a beautiful pathway they called “Hell’s Kitchen” and got back out on to the slick rock where we climbed to a popular resting place to look at dinosaur tracks. After taking in the moment and envisioning what the horizon would have looked like back in prehistoric times, dinosaurs roaming in the distance, we all piled back in the jeeps for the final trip back to town.
Once we got our “ground legs” back, we all met up for a nice BBQ dinner, sponsored by the great people at TeraFlex Suspensions. After dinner, everyone was pretty much wiped, so it was back to the suites for hot tubbing and to charge batteries and prepare for another day of adventure!
Saturday morning, we enjoyed breakfast at the hotel and hopped right back into the jeeps to head to the Poison Spider Trail. It being the 2nd day, all us drivers were even more empowered behind the wheel as we climbed our way up the switch backs, over the stairs, and to the waterfall (a cascading rock obstacle). At the wedgie, a v-notch section of the trail, Troy released the drone and got some good overhead views of all the drivers making their way up. (well, until he went crashing into a tree…all was ok- he had extra props).
From there, we continued down the Poison Spider fork to our end point for the day, the arch. Here, we all enjoyed top-of-the-world views of Moab and surrounding Canyon lands while eating our delicious catered bag lunches.
After lunch, the TeraFlex Suspensions-sponsored RC course cones were set and we got to explore through the sandy brush forest to a hidden cave, or continue up the rock face to the top overlook/arch. Out of 16 people, only one was brave enough to climb down and across the arch, risking a 7-800 foot cliff on the side (Way to go Kimi!).
Once everyone had had their fun with the RC rigs, it was time to start the trip back out, which meant going down many of the obstacles we had climbed previously. Let me tell you! Going down is totally different than going up! Yes, you can actually see what’s in front of you (vs sky when climbing up), but then you also have to watch while you slip and slide your way down, holding on for dear life. Luckily, we had the expert guides from Twisted Jeeps to lead us down the right path!
When we got back in town, we had a few minutes to freshen up before the big Celebration Dinner at Moab Brewery, a local favorite with a full menu of delicious options! About 20 New York Strip Steaks and Prime Ribs later, we went back to the shop for dessert and door prizes! When I say door prizes, you don’t realize just how much product everyone of us 16 attendees stood to win! We each won a prize bag full of goodies from Bartact, Pro-Line Racing, Jax RC Recycle and Repair, Teraflex and some ToyZuki’s Fabrication gift certs mixed in. Once everyone received a prize bag, Troy & Casey put all the names back in for the big ticket prizes, a fully upgrade RTR Axial Racing SCX10 II CRC Jeep with Flysky radio, Scale Milestar Tires Patagonia Tires by RC4WD, a full set of #ScalerFab Trail armor, and 2 RC4WD Gelandes to name a few! They also had some trail gear from Teraflex and a Black Forest Gear Fridge/Freezer! The biggest prize of all was a full set of (5) Milestar Tires, up to 37″. What is awesome moreover about this prize, is the winner was Sean Larmond, the first person to jump on board with the event as an attendee AND a sponsor (Jax RC Recycle and Repair, LLC)! Sean was also gifted the event banner- he supported ScalerFab with this venture instantly, so they presented him with the banner as a thank you for believing in this crazy adventure!
Overall, I couldn’t be more overwhelmed with the pure magnitude of awesomeness that was the event. If ScalerFab had a goal to show RC enthusiasts the excitement and exhilaration of getting behind the wheel and off-roading in one of the most iconic locations in the world without having to worry about the details, then it was mission accomplished! They absolutely knocked it out of the park! They took care of absolutely EVERYTHING and their dedication to the success of the truly one-of-a-kind experience showed in every second of the day. I will be stalking their website for any slight hint of a future Scaled Up Event.
No one will ever be able to host an event as epic as that one time 16 folks traveled from all over the country to experience an event like no other, one that combined our love for RC with the thrill of real offroading in Moab!
Scaled Up – Moab Edition #missionaccomplished
Stay tuned for the full-length documentary film on WORC – World Of Radio Control on Amazon Prime TV- Now!
Thanks, again to all of the insanely generous Sponsors:
Black Forest Gear by Webasto
Team KNK Hardware
Jax RC Recycle and Repair
CBE RC Fab
…and of course, to ScalerFab and Twisted Jeeps for this EPIC adventure!
Words By Matt Brauer
Photos By Jason Memmer