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Tamiya CC02 Mercedes G500 Remote Control Truck

Scale Off-Roading During COVID-19.

Several of us here at the Four Wheeler Network eat, breathe, and sleep our off-road obsession all day every day—even during a national emergency. Still, we like to do other things, such as spending time in the shop working on our 4x4s, going camping with our 4x4s, and planning long trips with our 4x4s. When we aren't doing those things, it's important to remember to work in the minimum of self-care. Maybe we are just one-trick-ponies, but we'd like to think we are more complex than that. But the truth is, another great past time—in our opinion—is messing with scaled down Remote Controlled (RC) versions of awesome 4x4s, and that is exactly the topic of discussion of this article. After all they are tiny replicas of full-size 4x4 muses. Working on them is much like working on the real thing, albeit a bit less messy, and fine tuning what they do is applicable to fine tuning the full size version. For example, the physics of how the suspension works follows the same rules, albeit on a different scale, as your 1:1 4x4. Installing a locker follows a similar pattern as in the 1:1 world. And it's a great way to learn about how 4x4s work for you and family.

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Scale Off-Roading

Still, if you roll your RC crawler over there's no need to stop the fun; simply use your size 10.5 boot to right the rig and keep on crawling. Also, chances are your garden, back porch, local park, rock wall, and the like can become all new and exciting off-road venues while social distancing or self-isolating during the COVID19 outbreak. Did we mention that you can upgrade these things with all kinds of factory supplied accessories and aftermarket accessories, as well as making custom parts for them?

Tamiya Remote Control History

Tamiya is a Japanese company that has been on the cutting edge of "hobby grade" remote control cars since 1976, when they released their first RC kit. Before that, they were in the lumber industry and made precision wooden models since 1947. That's quite a history, and while their products have had varying success, the details on the bodies are second to none, and the kits are always fun to build. They have tons of scale RCs available and even their web site is fun to browse at tamiyausa.com .

 

Tamiya RC 4x4s

Tamiya has always had a focus on enjoyable builds and highly detailed bodies. Tamiya has produced many cool and detailed scale off-road 4x4 RCs with highlights being the collectable and highly detailed Bruiser Toyota truck, the toy like Blackfoot and Monster Beetle, the Sand Scorcher, a detailed Baja Bug, the TLT-1, a mini monster truck that provided the parts for some of the first real home-built Scale RC crawlers, CR-01, a scale rock crawler, and the CC-01, an IFS Scale 4x4 truck chassis.

Their latest addition to the scale 4x4 world is the CC-02, a solid front axle'd and updated version of the CC-O1. The CC-02 has been updated with functional feedback from CC-01, CR-01, TLT-1 and more. If you can't tell, we've been obsessed with RC and Tamiya since we were kids, so when this new Scale 4x4 was announced we knew we had to have one. Here are some details on our build along with some upgrades we added. We'll follow this up with info on how the thing has held up and with articles on how to make custom parts for your scale 4x4.

 

Tamiya 1/10 Mercedes G 500 CC-02

This is the new CC-02 Mercedes G 500 from Tamiya. It comes with an electric 540 motor, and in the US Tamiya also supplies a TBLE-02S Sensored speed control, and a Tamiya TLU-01 accessory light unit. The speed control will work with the included brushed motor, but can also support brushless motors.

You will need:
-A surface transmitter, and receiver
-Steering servo (we recommend a high torque servo)
-Battery and battery charger

Hop up options from Tamiya that we chose to include in the build:
-2 sets Item# 54598 Rock Block Tires (Soft/2pcs)
-2 sets Item# 54112 CR-01 Carbon Steel Propeller Shaft (85mm)
-Item# 53569 RC Clamp Type Alum Wheel Hub 6mm
-Item# 54910 Cc-02 Full Bearing Set
-Item# 54945 CC-02 Low Friction 6mm Ball Collars
-Item# 51388RC Body Set Ford Bronco
-Item# 9335205 RC Wheel Bag: 58154

Tamiya Paint:
-Item# 86054 Ps-54 Cobalt Green
-Item# 86001 Ps-1 White

Patina'd Early Bronco By Cory Johnson/Rusty Brushes

Here is a gallery of our build and some hints of what's to come with this quick mini project vehicle including a patina'd Tamiya Early Bronco shell painted by our Friend Cory Johnson AKA Rusty Brushes. Also know we locked both front and rear axles with the parts supplied in the kit and built the transmission with the lowest gearing possible. You can adjust the gearing for crawling or speed by switching two of the drive gears in the transmission.

Next time With Our Tamiya Scale Crawler

The chassis is built, but it still needs wiring and the electronics mounted so that will have to wait until next time. We also plan on shortening up the wheelbase a touch so the Bronco body and bigger, softer crawler tires can be put on the rig. From there, we plan on driving the thing a few times to see what fails, and what accessories would help. We're betting some metal rock sliders and bumpers will help protect the body, and an aluminum skid plate would help the chassis get a bit farther down the hiking trail.