Originally Posted by cheehtae
TB03 all the way. Not knocking the tc4 they are really nice too, but its a old design. And with it being a FT its brittle...if you plan on bashing you will break a suspension arm. Another thing is that you will eat spur gears up playing with it on a sandy road because its exposed on the tc4.
TB03 will come with a new body, You can choose the body style you want, all the bodies are ultra realistic, awesome sticker sheets if you are into that, very realistic rims and tires that you can use for display or to get you on the road faster, completely enclosed spur gear, a better suspension design, a silver can motor, even if its not a super fast motor its awesome for having fun and very durable.
So 170.00 gets you all this. Then if you wanted to get springs for it for some tuning they are not expensive http://http://www.speedtechrc.com/st...id=619&id=7710
14.99 for the same exact springs a lot of people use on full blown TRF race cars.
As far as the servo goes, you really just need a inexpensive one if you are just playing around...futaba 3001 i believe is the #number for there basic servo.... can be purchased at hobby shops for like 11.00.
Keeping it cheap, you probably have a brushed speed controller laying around that you could use for the time being. If thats not your plan then you would need a brushless system to use no matter what chassis you bought.
Parts support for Tamiya is not a problem. Every hobby shop in America primarily deals with the two largest suppliers in the country for a lot of the stuff they carry. They both stock Tamiya parts, so you can get your local shop to order things you may need no problem in case you don't like to order on the net.
Final thing I'll say about it is that the TB03 is a kit. I think its wise to build the car yourself so that if you ever have the need to replace something, you'll know how to do it. That and maybe its just me, but there is a lot of gratification in building a kit yourself and seeing the finished product drive for the first time