Originally Posted by Izuael
Thanks alot, especially EVORACER. My tag is wrong actually so i apoologize for that. Im actually in the air force and stationed in Japan right now. I know it sounds a little crazy but there are roughly 2 hobby shops near me and they both sell second hand parts, mainly for kyosho. Also their selection is pretty weak and all in japanese haha. The nearest "quality" hobby shop appears to be Tam Tam and that about 2 hrs away in down town tokyo. There are a few others on base that race on road electric and they are all DIE HARD team associated TC6 advocates. I like the look of the TC4 RTR on A-main hobbies but kind of wanted to "be different" and try the TA05... i dont know though..the main difference i can see is that the TC4 is 4WD shaft driven while the TA05 is belt...but there are probably other HUGE differences that me being a NOOB doesnt see...
Well, you're in the Air Force so that gives you instant points !!
The AE cars will always be considered top notch. Like all high end cars, they have features and quirks that work for some but not for others.
The TA05 is a great chassis but not really meant to be on the level of the TC6. Depends a bit on what type of racing you guys are doing. 25.5, 21.5 or 17.5 non boosted would make things more about driving and less about electronics or motor. In that scenario, the TA05 would be competitive with the TC6. Until I fell for Schumacher cars, My first love was Tamiya and I'll always consider them top notch. Great quality and the manuals are the best. I mean ...we are talking about multiple world championships here !! Hard to ignore.
The TC4 isn't bad. On par with TA05 but remember it's a RTR. You'll most likely have to upgrade a few parts. The RTR electronics are almost useless. Primarily meant for playing around. If you do any kind of organized class racing you'll have to change electronics. It is a great car to start the learning process with though.
Shaft vs. Belt is an old argument. They're both great....just different. Shaft cars are pretty darned smooth . My old Tamiya Evo 4 was one of my favorites.I think the Evo 5 is just as good. Both discontinued now.
Personal suggestion given your location.....go with Tamiya TA05 or TA05v2. Get the R version as it's better equipped. Order parts from whatever shop can ship to you best. Can't go wrong with Tamiya parts availability.