PROS AND CONS OF
SOME POPULAR RC MODELS
Tamiya wild Dagger, Tamiya Juggernaut 2 (Jug) , Tamiya Clod Buster (Clod),
Tamiya Hummer (Hummer), Traxxas Stampede (Pede), HPI RS4 MT (RS4 MT),
etc are some pf the popular Rc models. These models are fine-tuned and
tested for general use or backyard bashing.
Tamiya Wild Dagger (WD) is unstoppable on most any terrain. It is durable,
lightweight, has decent speed with stock motors and gearing - about
15 mph and is very fast with modified motors. Its dual motors provide
a lot of torque and independent suspension. It jumps well and climbs
hills very well as its gears are very robust. The model is reasonably
priced with a tough Lexan truck body and requires zero maintenance.
Moreover the model is fairly easy to assemble and also contains outstanding
Nevertheless, its simple steering servo setup results in some "bump-steer",
although generally steering is good. Its stock dampers need to be replaced
with oil-filled shocks and all parts are not stocked by all hobby stores.
Its location of motors makes water running not really an option. It
contains plastic bushings with limited pinion choices, but stock gearing
will appeal to most users
Tamiya Juggernaut 2 (Jug) is also 4x4 which is unstoppable on most any
terrain. Its large size is impressive and gives a very realistic looking
as it has a lot of scale appeal. Its motors are mounted up high so running
in water is an option. Its dual motors provide a lot of torque and the
model is great for off road use and attracts a lot of attention. Its
chassis and drive train are very durable. It offers wide selection of
pinion choices for a monster truck and also a wide selection of motors
can be installed. Its chrome wheels are outstanding looking and the
model contains outstanding assembly instructions. It is designed for
torque and pulling and is a very popular truck so parts are usually
easy to obtain.
However, it is very costly to purchase and the truck is slow with the
stock 540 motors. Its stock dampers need to be replaced with oil-filled
shocks. It also rolls over easily when turning at high speeds, especially
on pavement. It does not have independent suspension and also does not
climb hills well because of a high center of gravity. It usually rolls
over. The biggest problem with it is that it is a challenge to build
for some people. Even after everything its body is easily destroyed.
Its center spur/pinions gear mesh somewhat tricky to set just right.
Also, its transmission is somewhat noisy
Tamiya Clod Buster (Clod) is also has same features as Tamiya Juggernaut
2. It also has many after market upgrades for monster truck racing.
But it is costly to upgrade for monster truck racing. It also has similar
shortcomings as Tamiya Juggernaut 2. Moreover its chassis easily breaks
when jumping and the model offeres limited pinion choices. Its top is
somewhat heavy and is also not very realistic looking in comparison
to the Juggernaut.
Tamiya Hummer (Hummer) is 1/12 scale and is not exactly a monster truck
but is fairly popularin this category. It looks cool with body very
realistic. It has oil shocks and independent suspension. It also has
decent speed with the stock motors and outstanding assembly instructions.
But the model rolls over easily when turning at speeds because of the
high center of gravity the heavy body creates. It has limited ground
clearance and plastic bushings
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