IMG_2959Racer is currently building our Tamiya Monster Beetle 2015 ahead of a full thrash test review in the Christmas edition of Racer (January 2016) which is on sale on 3 December 2015. We thought that coinciding with the public release of the update Monster Beetle, we would put pictures and captions online…
Keep checking back on this page to see how we get on!



This close-up photo shows that this is the new for 2015 model, and that this is an officially licensed product by VW.


Lift the lid to be greeted by the wheels, tyres, body and sprues.


Just some of the parts including the screw bags laid on top of the instruction manual.



The main chassis is starting to come together and this requires some of the electronics to be installed during the build.



Along with the Tamiya speed control included in he kit, we fitted a Carson servo and matching 2.4GHz receiver.



The switch sits on a dedicated plate on the left-side of the chassis and above the battery holder. This is easily accessed and hopefully won’t get knocked!



Front shock tower and body mount moulding in place.



A black cover sits over the steering servo and speed control.



The inside of the gearbox showing how the gears are lubed and the bronze bushing on the shaft.

The metal motor mounting plate is bolted into position.



Here you can see how the bumper bolts to the rear of the gearbox.



The metal rear driveshafts feature a short shaft and long axle.


IMG_2974A protective rubber boot covers the universal joint and the driveshaft end.
IMG_2980The shock design relies on friction to dampen the action of the return spring.
IMG_2982Friction front shocks fitted to the chassis.
IMG_2983Rear shocks in place.
IMG_2984Distinctive gold coloured wheels.
IMG_2985The hard body comes supplied in red.

You will have to wait until our magazine review comes out on 3 December to see what final scheme we came up with…


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3 Responses to Tamiya Monster Beetle 2015 Build Photos

  1. jan says:

    The switch is on the left side of the chassis and sits in front of the battery… of course looking from front its easy to mix that up.

  2. Rich Tysoe says:

    The shocks aren’t friction, they’re still supposed to be oil-filled (as the MB always was). They just don’t come in the kit with the option to fit the different pistons any more – the metal combined pistons and rods you get in the kit have oval heads to allow a gap for oil to pass it. I’d rather have had the option for full old-school CVA assembly (fiddly E-clips and all) but for ease of build I can see why they’ve done it.

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