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Tamiya Baldre DB01

tamiya db01 baldre

Summary

  • Model #:58404
  • Gallery: View
  • Released: 2008
  • Prebuilt: No
  • Category: Buggies
  • Chassis: DB-01
  • Scale: 1/10
  • Use: Offroad
  • Style: 4WD buggy
  • Config: MA
  • Driveline: Belt
  • Body: Polycarbonate
  • Finished body: No
  • Susp. front: Wishbone & link
  • Susp. rear: Wishbone & link

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JANG's Impressions

The DB01 left a sudden, large impression at my local track when Tamiya team driver Ling-Kang Tong proved it extremely capable against a healthy field of the top-level racing buggies of its day. With a funky body, low price, and actual word for a name, it appeared to be marketed towards bashers and inexperienced, just-for-fun racers, just like the contemporary DF03. However, in reality this one was massively plastic-infused & reduced price descendant of a true racing chassis, the 501X.

The strong points of the Baldre/Durga DB01 are many. Ball bearings are used everywhere except the steering bellcranks. The twin-belt drivetrain is closed from every angle to reduce dust incursion and subsequent maintenance. Camber link length and wheelbase are adjustable. Ball diffs are supplied front & rear. The oil-filled shocks have appropriate lengths and a decent range of mounting options. The car even uses fully standard-sized racing wheels. The Baldre body is lightweight and designed with some purpose, optional cutouts on the left side that can help cool the motor. The wing can be trimmed to various heights to tune rear downforce.

Ironically, though not surprisingly, low cost always comes at a cost. All of the movable joints on this car have a lot more play than any self-respecting racer would be willing accept. Each wheel can freely move at least 2mm vertically and longitudinally. There's at least 1 degree of play in camber, and a bit more in steering. While the front roll center is adjustable, the rear is not. The diffs have metal outdrives, but plastic side plates, and the diff rings are known to slip. Perhaps most critical of all, the kit includes no slipper clutch.

Through it all, with at least the addition of a slipper and running modest motors, the DB01 was a decent club-level racing car, many levels above any of Tamiya's lower-end 4WD buggies.

Build

Unfortunately I did not have the pleasure of building this particular kit -- I purchased it premade.