Sunday, April 19, 2015

Kumamon WR02G #58601

Just finished another one in the Tamiya “Fun Chassis” class. I love these cars. Riding this one is Kumamon, which according to “the internet” is described as: “This half-deranged, drug addicted, potentially violent bear is also irresistibly adorable.” I'm not sure where this phrase originated, but I have seen it copy pasted a lot. The last part is correct, the first three seem... incorrect... My Japanese friends are confused by this description as well.

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I received this kit back in December as a Christmas present from a very good friend in Japan. It was a total surprise, just showed up on my door step one day… “Hmm… I didn’t order anything that big from Japan…” Smile
The build was delayed (since the TRF419 arrived shortly after) and then it was converted into a trailer for the WR02 Type 2 Volkswagen Girl Scout Cookie Delivery system.
As with other WR02 kits, the gearbox is already assembled. Since these kits are so cheap, I’m assuming all plastic bearings in there. The dampers are no-oil friction dampers. Body is easy to cut and just calls for black paint, not too many stickers to apply either. The front wheels are smaller than regular WR02 wheels and the rears are of the larger, spiked variety. If you plan on swapping around wheels, these wheels are all hex hubs all around. The WR02 wheelie bus wheels are 2 hex hubs and 2 round hubs. I found out this the hard way and had two place two orders for white Type 2 wheelie bus wheels when converting it to a trailer.

The kit comes with a 18T pinion, I replaced it with a 20T pinion, it has no problem pulling wheelies with the reduced torque. I'm also using 84367 Aluminum Wheelie Roller Set, which is sold as red, but the rubber part that goes around the red aluminum is very pink.

Now I just want to take all my big wheel cars to the track and race them! Smile I have two lunch boxes, a vw type 2, kumamon and the bullhead. Oh and the new WR02C will probably be acquired in a month or two as well.

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