Q. What is the difference between Kits and RTR?
A. Kits are just that, something you have to assemble. RTR (Ready-To-Run) are factory built vehicles that are ready to go out of the box. Most race worth Radio Control vehicles are produced as kits, this allows the racer to build and setup the vehicle per there needs.
Q. Why do I need ball bearings?
A. For years the R/C industry supplied bushings (metal or plastic) with their vehicles. With today's technology in engine and motors, bushings will not hold up to the power and friction. Ball bearings will give your vehicle better run times and decrease maintenance, over time. It is still important to maintain the bearings and check them before any race or use.
Q. What kind of Paint do I use?
A. Tamiya has formulated it's PS Sprays specifically for lexan/polycarbonate bodies. With proper use, they will give you not only the best looking bodies on the track, but stand up to the rigors of racing.
Q. Do these go in reverse?
A. Electric vehicles can go in reverse if equipped with s ESC (Electronic Speed Control) that has reverse. TRF Nitro vehicles are not equipped with revere. It's pretty standard that reverse is not allowed on a race track. There would be nothing worse that someone ahead of you getting stuck and hitting reverse to get out if it only to find you flying around the corner at top speed and you both colliding in motion.
Q. Where can I buy these vehicles?
A. Your local hobby shop is your first source for Tamiya products, not only will they have the products, but the experts to help you in your time of need. There are also many online retailers as well as Tamiyausa.com that are open 24/7.
Q. I don' race is a TRF vehicle still a good choice?
A. Of course these kits are great performers on and off the track. TRF vehicles are made with the best materials not only for the demands of racing, but also last up to your average R/C user.