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58672 Tamiya 1/14 Monster Beetle Trail (GF-01TR) Pics and info

Tamiya is back with another retro inspired remake. This time they have taken the classic Monster beetle and mounted it onto a variant o...


Tamiya is back with another retro inspired remake. This time they have taken the classic Monster beetle and mounted it onto a variant of the excellent GF-01 chassis.

The Monster Beetle Trail (MBT) has a smaller version of the classic shell (Previously used on the Quickdrive model) and mounts it on the GF-01TR chassis. We all know the GF-01 as the ultimate Tamiya stunt chassis (The Heavy Dump truck is a firm favourite see the review here). 


The TR suffix has come around as Tamiya has added portal axles. These were first seen on the Dynahead 6x6. These axles provide gear reduction, along with also lifting the chassis higher to ensure it is more capable of traversing rough terrain.

This gear-driven 4WD chassis is based around a lightweight and tough monocoque frame, with power provided by the centrally-positioned motor. Reduction gears on each axle slow drive shaft rotation for immense traction, great ground clearance, and the ability to take on tough off-road terrain. The gearbox is sealed to protect from dust and debris, and integrated into the frame; built-in differential gears provide superb traction and durability with the use of included diff putty. 4-wheel double wishbone suspension utilizes friction dampers, while a 2-piece tie rod steering setup with the servo on the left gives excellent response. Yellow wheels are fitted with 115mm diameter hybrid pin spike/lug pattern tires for superior cushioning and grip. The chassis utilizes a ‘square’setup with similar tread and wheelbase lengths.
  • This is a 1/14 scale R/C model assembly kit. Length: 333mm, width: 270mm. Wheelbase: 274mm.
  • The detailed body is moulded in red resin. It depicts a customized Beetle with gaping fenders, triple auxiliary lights and a shortened rear end.
  • Metal-plated parts for headlights, auxiliary lights and engine make for a superbly realistic look.
  • The model is based upon the tough, reduction gear-fitted GF-01TR variant chassis, for an accomplished off road ride.
  • 37.35:1 gear ratio (with the kit standard 18T pinion gear) gives great drive. The model is also compatible with 20T pinion gears (for a 33.61:1 gear ratio).
  • Yellow wheels are joined by 115mm diameter hybrid pin spike/lug pattern tires for superior cushioning and grip

I think it looks great, and along with the Lunchbox Mini and the M08 it looks like we have some exciting new chassis ready to drop soon.
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