The Tamiya 1/24 Metal Dump Truck GF-01 4WD Limited Edition Monster Truck Kit is a must have for any heavy equipment enthusiast! Dump trucks earn their living in some of the toughest workplaces around: construction sites, mines and quarries to name but a few. This R/C model assembly kit has a unique and exciting color scheme: rather than the yellow typical of such construction vehicles, it is black with numerous chrome-plated parts and spiked monster truck tires to provide a menacing look. The cab and rear bed are molded in black, and metallic stickers are provided to depict logos and markings including stud and chain motifs, to give the model some real attitude. Chassis monocoque, front bumper, rear support bar with roller and wheels are all chrome-plated.
This gear-driven 4WD chassis is based around a lightweight and tough monocoque frame, with power provided by the centrally-positioned motor. It utilizes a 'square' setup with similar tread and wheelbase lengths. Sealed gearbox is integrated into the frame and protects from dust and debris, while the built-in front and rear differential gears provide smooth cornering. This is reinforced by 4-wheel double wishbone suspension and friction dampers plus a 2-piece tie rod steering setup with the servo on the left for excellent response. Furthermore, it has chrome-plated wheels to match the chassis, fitted with big 115mm diameter soft compound lug pattern spike tires, plus a rear support bar with roller to prevent the model from flipping.
- Monocoque Frame
- Gear-Driven 4WD
- 3-Bevel Type Differentials
- 2-Piece Steering Tie-Rod
- Front & Rear Double Wishbone Suspension
- Gear Ratio = 18.03:1
- Type 540 Motor
- Electronic Speed Controller (Included)
Tread (Front & Rear): 200mm
Tire Width/Diameter: 68mm/115mm
Make sure you glue your tires (otherwise it struggles to do wheelies after a few weeks). Friction shocks do the job, but eventually you'll buy the better aluminium ones. I've put in a Traxxas XL5 ESC, Titan 12T brushed motor (and it flies!) and radio gear, and a waterproof servo, otherwise the only modification I made was to put a waterproof receiver box (from a Bandit?) to protect the receiver from dirt and dust. I did these modifications/upgrades to my Tamiya G6-01 Konghead, too.
Breakages? Outdrive cup, dog-bone driveshaft. Same breakages on my Tamiya G6-01 Konghead, too.
5 stars - just a fantastic, enjoyable truck. Plus, it's a remote-control dump-truck... why are you reading this, just buy it already!