Arrma could learn a whole bunch from Tamiya on durability

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Before I get into my opening statement, I enjoy driving my Arrmas. They're exciting and fun to drive, but we all know they have their issues. I got back into the hobby a couple of years ago, and started building Tamiyas because as a kid that's exactly what I did. I own a few Tamiyas, senton mega, kraton, and Typhon 6s.

We've had a lot of rain and mud this winter and it's wreaked havoc on my Arrmas. Today was the first day, I started looking at my Tamiyas and I can only wish my arrmas handled the elements as well as my Tamiyas have. Good example of this is below.

After a year-and-a-half I decided to take apart my kong head 6x6 and see what mother nature has done to her insides. I've always done the basic maintenance on this truck like keeping it clean on the outside and making sure that my suspension was oiled and lubed properly, but that was about it.

I have to say after taking it apart inspecting the transmission and the outdrives, that Arrma could learn a lot about quality transmissions & gears from Tamiya. On many of my Tamiyas I've upgraded the ESCs and gone brushless up to 4S power, and had very little stripping of the stock spurs, input drives, or differentials. Try saying that about the brushed version of the senton mega. Also, Tamiya seems to have very little need for a slipper clutch yet those gears take every beating... every hard reverse...and full throttle acceleration that I and my hobbywing xerun can throw at it. I'd also say my stock bearings in my Tamiyas have very little rust after all this time.

I pulled my motor out, and even though there's no waterproofing gasket there is absolutely no rust on my stock pinion gear. I've brought this thing through water up to the hood and somehow the quality metals used stand up to the elements much better then the high-performance rtrs.

I feel like in the era of 6S and 8s power Tamiya are regarded as toys and not high performance RCs. In my opinion though, these have taken just as much of a beating as my Arrmas, but have proven more durable.

The Konghead will also do about 40mph on stock gearing, so not too bad. Any Tamiya owners have the same experience?
 

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I started with Tamiya 31 years or so ago and yes they make the best building kits.
 

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I agree 100% that the stock brushed Senton Mega is a turd. I don't see how that transfers to the rest of their BLX lineup. I bash all 3 of my 6s rigs in snow and wet weather and I haven't had any issues other than rusty hex heads. My 3s BLX trucks have been fine as well. 🤔
 

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I just don’t run in water or wet conditions in general - not worth the hassle.
I’m starting to be the same way. I like my rigs to be “like-new” clean and lubed while they sit between runs and that takes a while to achieve after a wet and muddy run....especially on multiple RC’s.
 

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I agree 100% that the stock brushed Senton Mega is a turd. I don't see how that transfers to the rest of their BLX lineup. I bash all 3 of my 6s rigs in snow and wet weather and I haven't had any issues other than rusty hex heads. My 3s BLX trucks have been fine as well. 🤔
Not saying the line up is subpar, that being said Screws aren't a problem on the Tamiya either. Also, never snapped an A-arm.

Going back to my old hobby which was being a motorcycle enthusiast, the Arrmas are the Ducati.... Sexy, exciting, faster etc.... Tamiya is Honda. Plain, but you don't need near the maintenance to sustain the performance.
 

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I don't see people getting huge air in a Tamiya or people saying they take the Tamiya to the skate park. I also maybe missing something and not seeing Tamiyas flying thru the air doing stunts. It's a whole other world comparing something you consider yourself seriously bashing vs something you just drive up and down the street or on a empty field.

But yeah if driving back and forth then something breaks or goes wrong (like electrical issue) that's pretty crappy engineering and quality control.
 

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Like I said people think of Tamiyas as toys, but My tt-02b Ms runs on 4s @ 74mph. $300 all in in and that kit has oil-filled shocks and aluminum parts.
 
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