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So Willy has a new ride.
Must admit I thought this was a bit of a gimmick when it was first announced. In fact I still think it's gimmicky, but in a positive way - an iconic bit of Tamiya history in a fresh, fun package.
But gimmick or not, I bought one and I'm glad I did. Tamiya seem to have put quite a lot of effort and development into the 'WR-02CB' chassis, lots of new parts to spruce up the good old WR-02. Apart from the obvious body, wheels and tyres, there's new suspension arms, side rails/nerf bars and revised main chassis parts.
Despite all the new bits it's still as straight forward to build as any WR-02 - and it was nice to see actual shocks included in the kit instead of the usual pogo-sticks! I fitted a few basic hop-ups too; ball-races, steel pinion, chassis brace and alloy wheelie bar wheels. The kit TBLE02 ESC was swapped for a waterproof Quicrun 1060.
I went with box-art for the body because, well, I like it. The window masks and decals aren't pre-cut but I just took my time and enjoyed it. I wasn't really impressed with the decals/box art for the driver so I made some decals to match the car. I wanted at least a basic interior so I cut a piece of plasticard to size, added a few decals and a couple of the always-vital NOS bottles, and now it has a basic interior.
The kit includes fittings to add LEDs, but not the actual LEDs or light unit so I bought and fitted a cheap light set. The lights look cool (IMHO) so it's worth it.
With the body finished, driver and interior fitted and lights working it was looking really smart, a proper little head-turner - so of course it needed a turning (driver's) head! There isn't a lot of room inside the shell, especially with the interior in place, but it all just about fits!
I'm pleased with it (and my daughter is itching to drive it!), hope you like it too.
If you liked those pictures, you should see these...
Wild Willy^s Mild Mini