Page 1 of 2

TamiyaTony's Monster Beetle (2015 re release) Thread

Posted: Sat Dec 23, 2017 9:50 am
by TamiyaTony
Hi all. So I know I haven't been around much, (life gets in the way) but here I am back in the hobby and with something other than a Clod Buster. :shock: :lol: But have no fear, it's still Tamiya. ORV fans know immediately what the Monster Beetle is. If we take a trip in the way back time machine to the mid Eighties, you would find me in the market for a new RC truck. If you were a fan of monster trucks and RC, your choices were limited. There wasn't much in the market for dedicated monsters. There were trucks based on pan car chassis, a few smaller scale kits like the Lunch Box and Midnight Pumpkin, and some obscure ones like the Big Grizzly and Royal Crusher, and let's not forget the Big Bear. At this time, I was really wanting the Pumpkin. I saved all the money I could and was ready to pull the trigger. So the day came when my dad and I went to the hobby shop to get the truck. I looked around with my RCCA classifieds intent on getting the MP, when my dad spotted something completely new and bigger. Suffice it to say, when we left the store I was a proud owner of a Tamiya Blackfoot. My pop even helped me out on the price difference 'cause he knew that the BF was the better choice. Not that the Pumpkin is a slouch by any means. My purchase consisted of the kit, a Protech 702 charger, and a 6 cell Gonzo battery pack. I had a transmitter and receiver already. Fast forward a couple years to when I made a new friend in junior high. We both shared common interests, RC being one of them. So one day I brought over my Blackfoot to show off, and then he brings out his Monster Beetle. I'm like, wtf?! This kid's got the mother of orv's! The red body, gold wheels, and those beautiful CVA shocks. If memory serves, he even had a Thorp differential. Awestruck isn't a good enough term. Well, time flies by but the memories remain. So now that Tamiya has been re releasing its old school inventory, I picked up a Beetle and this is her story....




I'll post the build pics and continue on with upgrades/changes along the way.



Oh, the sight of a NIB model. :P

Image



Look at it, look at it.....

Image



The backbone of the Beetle. Notice I am adding aluminum option parts.

Image



Yeah baby. No fooling around here.

Image



The single most important upgrade you can bestow upon your orv: An MIP ball differential.

Image



Added more option parts.

Image



And the awesome yellow CVA shocks. :)

Image



Insane amount of speed and torque.

Image



A wicked new OFNA red HD servo saver.

Image



Traded out the 540 motor and kit esc, replaced them with a Traxxas 12T 550 and XL5 esc.

Image



Another angle and a shot of the alloy pinion cover.

Image



Aluminum body supports. This rig is rock solid.

Image



Started out with Proline Badlands 2.2's on gold anodized aluminum rims and alloy knock offs.

Image



Looking tidy.

Image



Image



Aluminum chassis skid plate. Battery door must be removed for this.

Image



Bolts right to the gearbox.

Image



JG Mfg front tower brace.

Image



Image



So I went ahead and bought a white Sand Scorcher body off fleabay to use as an everyday basher body. I ordered some custom decals from the UK 'cause I liked the color combo.

Image



After a few runs, I was made blatantly aware that the tires were way too soft and the alloy rims wouldn't hold them without glue. Since the wheels are more for show and I already put a couple nicks on them, they were replaced with the kit wheels and tires. Sooooo much better.

Image



After about a week or so, I got tired of the white and removed the decals (they were kinda crappy to begin with - quality wise), primed it up and repainted the body and finished her off with the kit decals and three coats of clear coat. Oh, and the B-pillar, door handles and side trim are blessed with bare metal foil. About the paint scheme, I found an image online of a Beetle someone owned back in the day and fell in love with it. So I copied it. :wink:

Image



Look carefully and you can see the rare JG mfg front bumper. I also added some light pods behind it since the Sand Scorcher body doesn't support the MB's baja lights on the nose cone.

Image



Image



Image



Ooh yeah, 7 cells baby! Not going LiPo on this bug. The 12T motor and 7 cell pack is stupid fast already. It would be uncontrollable with a brushless LiPo setup.

Image




Since these photos were taken, I got a few more add-ons and some more things coming. I'll post more pics as my Monster Beetle progresses. Hope you enjoy this build.
:P

Re: TamiyaTony's Monster Beetle (2015 re release) Thread

Posted: Mon Dec 25, 2017 7:28 pm
by TamiyaTony
Installation of lights.

Image



Dark outside? No problem.

Image



Image



Twiningmike HD steering rod kit.

Image



Image



Ultra rare NOS You-G aluminum dampers.

Image



Image



Image



Image




:P

Re: TamiyaTony's Monster Beetle (2015 re release) Thread

Posted: Thu Dec 28, 2017 3:18 am
by vwjuice
Where did you get all the alloy parts?

Your MB looks amazing.

Re: TamiyaTony's Monster Beetle (2015 re release) Thread

Posted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 7:40 am
by TamiyaTony
vwjuice wrote:
Thu Dec 28, 2017 3:18 am
Where did you get all the alloy parts?

Your MB looks amazing.
Thanks Juice. The aluminum parts are found on ebay stores. They're not cheap, but they offer strength and bling factor. Here's some links to a couple different choices:

http://stores.ebay.com/cooper813store/

http://stores.ebay.com/rcgoshop/

And if you're into modding your orv to ultimate status, try AmPro Engineering. They 3D print really cool parts and you can choose different colors.

https://www.shapeways.com/shops/ampro?s ... V+Cars&s=0

And most importantly, MIP Online for the Super Ball Diff:

http://www.miponline.com/store/mip16210.html


I got some more stuff coming, and I'm gonna post some pics soon. Cheers.

:P

Re: TamiyaTony's Monster Beetle (2015 re release) Thread

Posted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 3:45 am
by vwjuice
I’ve seen the ampro stuff. He makes some really nice looking items.

I’ve seen metal parts before years ago on eBay but thought they were gone. Lol

Re: TamiyaTony's Monster Beetle (2015 re release) Thread

Posted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 8:43 am
by TamiyaTony
vwjuice wrote:
Sat Dec 30, 2017 3:45 am
I’ve seen metal parts before years ago on eBay but thought they were gone. Lol
Apparently, there was a guy who produced a ton of orv aluminum parts under the company name .50 Caliber. He then sold all the files and rights off on eBay. It would appear that the parts being sold now are based off of his work. The only thing I have not seen yet is the aluminum rear trailing arms. Those look killer, but are pretty much non existent.

Re: TamiyaTony's Monster Beetle (2015 re release) Thread

Posted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 5:43 pm
by vwjuice
I remember the .50 caliber stuff. Those were awesome piece. There was another company producing them. I want to say it was crp, but I’m not sure.

Re: TamiyaTony's Monster Beetle (2015 re release) Thread

Posted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 6:15 am
by ratzo
Looks great!
All those aluminium parts would go fantastic with my Sassy Chassis.

Re: TamiyaTony's Monster Beetle (2015 re release) Thread

Posted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 12:12 am
by Sixtys Guy
That is a very cool Beetle!

Re: TamiyaTony's Monster Beetle (2015 re release) Thread

Posted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 8:24 am
by TamiyaTony
ratzo wrote:
Sun Dec 31, 2017 6:15 am
Looks great!
All those aluminium parts would go fantastic with my Sassy Chassis.
Yes,....yes they would. :shock: :P

Re: TamiyaTony's Monster Beetle (2015 re release) Thread

Posted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 8:24 am
by TamiyaTony
Sixtys Guy wrote:
Mon Jan 01, 2018 12:12 am
That is a very cool Beetle!
Thank you very much!

Re: TamiyaTony's Monster Beetle (2015 re release) Thread

Posted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 8:44 am
by TamiyaTony
Update:

Rear dually kit.


Image


Image


Image


:P

Re: TamiyaTony's Monster Beetle (2015 re release) Thread

Posted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 10:14 pm
by vwjuice
Haha. I remember when dual wheels were the big thing. They looked so cool.

Re: TamiyaTony's Monster Beetle (2015 re release) Thread

Posted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 1:55 am
by ratzo
I am really going to have to get my BlackFoot back together. I have Blu-Line rims to put Clod tires on it.

Re: TamiyaTony's Monster Beetle (2015 re release) Thread

Posted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 8:14 am
by TamiyaTony
vwjuice wrote:
Tue Jan 02, 2018 10:14 pm
Haha. I remember when dual wheels were the big thing. They looked so cool.
Dually's make everything look better lol