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Tamiya Bruiser

If you are not a newcomer to RC cars, you should have heard the name of Tamiya who has been famous for 40 years in the RC market. One of its famous off-roaders is Bruiser which was first available in 1985. What special about this car is that has a realistic 3-speed transmission, with a solid axle leaf spring suspension.  In the mind of many RC hobbyists, Tamiya Bruiser is the best RC crawler/RC off-road truck.

For these features, it has been the dream for every RC car hobbyist for the last few decades. However, only a few of us can afford this truck as it has been a very expensive item. Currently, it is selling at about $600 on Amazon.com

 

HG P407, Bruiser Clone, was

released in China

HG P407, a Bruiser Clone was finally released in China recently.   In this post, we will review this truck to see if is the best RC crawler/RC truck.

I could not resist buying it once it became available in Taobao.com. As lucky as I was, I found a seller who is willing to sell the truck to me at RMB $1300. When I unboxed it, it really did not let me down. After receiving it, the wiper was cut off due to those careless carriers. Fortunately, the shell is good looking and still in place, but it is a bit thin. Whether it is durable will depends on how  I drive it.

Buying Advices After Reviewing this Truck

  • If you are planning to buy this truck and want to change its color, you are recommended to start with the one in white.  It is more difficult to change any color on a black surface.  Moreover, you do not even need to paint its taillights as they have been done.
  • The transmission is not very smooth, and the shifting is very awkward and frustrating. After I opened the gearbox, I found out that there was no oil in the transmission, the axle, and the shock absorption.  Now, I have learned I need to add oil to every new RTR RC car I buy in the future.  If you are just an RC beginner, you should think it over if you have the ability to open the gearbox to add oil.  I talked with one of the sales in a Hong Kong RC shop, and according to him, this truck is not suitable for RC beginners as there are a lot of parts you need to unscrew and take apart to open the gearbox.
  • It is recommended that you still buy a special tool for the model. The original factory tool is too easy to strip the screws. It may be the reason for as it is the first batch of vehicles produced. I hope that the manufacturer can improve the materials used in the process.
  • I hope in the near future, the manufacturer can introduce more accessories and option parts to improve the performance of this truck. (This has been done)
  • In the Tamiya’s Bruiser, there are two plastic gears in the gearbox so it is easy for them to get damaged. However, on the P407, steel gears are used. As a result, the gear system is durable.
  • While HG p407 has a 3-speed transmission, do not expect that it can crawl well.  It is not as powerful as the regular crawlers such as the ones produced by Axial.  However, if you want a model that is as realistic as a real truck, get it.

Conclusion

Overall I love the truck P407 for its price and the potential for improvement. It is a 4×4 truck with a 3-speed transmission.  I believe that this truck will become popular as there is a huge demand for this type of truck.

In the second production run, HG has finally decided to produce the kit version for this Bruiser Clone.  Then, while hobbyists do not need to build the gearbox, they can somewhat build the truck from scratch.  As a result, oil can be easily added to the gearbox and better quality screws can be used. It is a piece of good news for us.

At this point, there are many option parts available for improving your truck.  If some problems found, you can easily buy an improved part to replace the original one.  You can search for the parts of this truck on Ebay.com.

Thanks for reading my review of HG P407.

Carlos Santos


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