Tamiya kits go together rather easily and the Mountain Rider is no exception. I do however have a few suggestions to pass on.
-Make sure you get all the glues (CA, silicone, model cement) and paints ahead of time. Run through the instructions before hand and use a highlighter to mark any gluing or paint steps to help you plan your build.
-When you get to the transmission step, familiarize yourself with all of its steps and take the build slowly. It took me two tries to get it right… I admit it.
-Make sure you get the pinion angle correct on for the axles. Tighten the U-bolts well and don’t carry the model by the axles, they still can shift and mess up the pinion angle you worked so hard to get right.
When you finish your Toyota Mountain Rider build, you’re left with a very impressive recreation of an amazing model from the past. The build is fun, but be aware its time consuming and painting can be a challenge but that’s the fun in modeling. I’m eager to take this truck out for a drive, yes I’m going to drive it and get that old school driving experience. Make sure to check out RC Driver Magazine for the full review.