Well, I've seen the entire manual and my opinion is that Tamiya lost another occasion with this rerelease of the Super Astute.
Except for the TTC, I see always the same issues.
Tamiya modified the only part that didn't really needed to be modified, the slippery clutch.
I run the Super Astute for a while and the only problem with the TTC were the lack of pinion gears and the difficulties to the fine set up the clutch but anyway the part was good enough.
At the end the weak points of the model remains the same.
Who needs a 6 mm embossed rear plate if the A1 part still continue to break?
Other weak points?
- Rear arms mounts
- Rear Hubs.
- Rear shock tower.
- Front bulkhead.
- Flexible single sheet FRP chassis plate. No upperplate.
- 6 mm ball joint replaced with smaller ones.
- No adjustable turnbuckles.
- No CVDs.
Another issue: 730 brass bearings all around. Weight on suspension in abundance.
The gear differential works good.
Would I buy anyway this model if I would have the money and if I wouldn't have a Vintage Super Astute new in box?
Yes, for sure, cause a Super Astute is always a Super Astute.
I hope that Tamiya, or some thirty part brands, will release some hop up for this car.