TA-01 Turning Yellow


So I have for quite some time now been getting yellow parts to build a Yellow TA-01 chassis.  I will start this project this weekend so more pictures will follow soon. I will not do many mods on this build, i think.

Stay tuned


Let’s get this thread started. Here is the car, chassis and parts I’m going to use. 

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Allready there is allot of yellow parts on the chassis but there could be even more 

OK, so considering the body on this car it should have been orange, but I had no luck in finding all the orange parts needed so then yellow it is. 

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So far so good. Next thing will be to give it a good wash before I start putting it together again.


Went through my parts box and found some parts I think will be nice to have on this car.


The thing I find boring with restorations is cleaning parts, especially if they are not that dirty. That’s why it has taken some time to get progress in this project, that said I have now washed the parts.

Ok, I did wash some parts that I didn’t need to, but then again, then they are clean if I’m gonna use em on a later point. The orange chassis tub I know for sure will be used in future project.


Started to assemble the gearboxes and suspension. I noticed that there is some cracks in the plastic, but I used Gorilla glue, so hopefully that will help.


Today I managed to mount both gearboxes to the chassis tub.

First I had to mount the motor, and I choosed to mount a Dyna Tech motor and use a alu motor mount. My intention was to run this car, therefore the alu mount, but now I’m thinking this will be yet another shelf queen. And since it’s gonna be a shelf queen I might just as well use the yellow motor mount, to make the chassis more complete.

There is still some assembly to do on the front gearbox, but I can’t do that before I have dyed some of the parts. Having yellow cva’s on this chassis will not look good at all, so I will dye em black. I will also try to dye the front knuckles black since they are blue, but I don’t think they will take the dye.

Since I’m not gonna be mounting the on of switch where it’s supposed to be I added a CF plate as cover.

Got the steering mounted. Actually I forgot to mount it at first

Looking real good

Since I was a little bit unsure if I had assambled the rear lower arms correct to make the chassis fit the body. I just had to put some wheels on and see if it would fit. I decided to use the wheels and tires I bought for my TA-02 jägermaister Porsche since them look so much better than the originals.

I think the wheels looks spot on


The front knuckles I have is blue and I wanted to get black ones. Not knowing exactly which ones to get I asked on Tamiyaclub. I got to main answers both being correct. If I wanted to replace the knuckles I have I should get the TA03 ones. But since I’m using the TA01 arms I needed to use the TA01 knuckles. So here is the problem. I wanted to use the axle and the other parts I got, so therefor I was sure that I had to get the TA03 knuckles. But I got it pointed out to me that the TA01 arms are shorter than the arms that was on the car from before. That i was not aware of. then it becomes much clearer to me that i need to get the TA01 knuckles to get the wheels and tires enough out to the wheels arches.

I dyed the yellow cva dampers do match the black and (neon) yellow look of the chassis better.

I have bought me the all the equipment I need to dye stuff without having to do so on the kitchen, risking the get dye on the kitchen counter top is not a thing i want to do.

Very pleased with the end result, the dampers parts took the dye nicely

I wish all tamiya parts would take dye it would have been so much fun.. Or at least Tamiya could have released all the parts in white hop-up parts, so we could have dyed them as we please.

Next thing up will be to sort out the front suspension and drive train.

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