Tamiya TXT-1 Build Pictures

Tamiya TXT-1
One of the more visually stunning RC trucks to ever come out of the Tamiya factory has to be the TXT-1 monster truck. From afar it looks basically like a Tamiya Clod Buster with an aftermarket chassis, but up close it's a different story completely. Unlike the Clod, with its dual axle mounted motors, the Tamiya TXT-1 features dual motors that are mounted up in the chassis. Power runs from the transmission, through driveshafts, and out to the axles, just like a full size monster truck. Even better, the TXT-1 features a beautifully machined aluminum chassis, a four link suspension, sway bars and a set of chrome wheels. In reality, the only thing the TXT-1 and Clod Buster have in common are those giant chevron tires. I've been wanting to build one of these awesome trucks since I first laid my eyes on one and I have finally gotten that chance. Follow along as I document the build of the Tamiya TXT-1 with over 90 pictures!
As we've come to expect from every Tamiya product, the TXT-1 comes packed in a beautifully designed box.
Tamiya TXT-1 box art

Your first view when you open the TXT-1's box is of that beautiful aluminum chassis. Also notice that the tires come pre-mounted.
Tamiya TXT-1 box contents

Tamiya didn't stop on the outside of the box, the artwork continues inside too.
Tamiya TXT-1 box art and aluminum chassis

A really nice surprise you'll find in the TXT-1's box is that it comes with two bodies. You heard right, the TXT-1 comes with two bodies. One is pre-painted just like the box art, while the second is clear so you can style your TXT1 however you'd like. More manufacturers should do this.
Tamiya TXT-1 pre-painted body

Here is another picture of the TXT-1 pre-painted body
Tamiya TXT-1 pre-painted body lightning paint job

And a shot of the clear version as well
Tamiya TXT-1 clear body included

Here is another photo of the Tamiya TXT-1's aluminum frame rail. From the factory the TXT-1 chassis has a brushed look to it but it wouldn't take much work to polish them to a mirror shine. Tamiya offers an optional blue anodized lightweight version of this chassis too.
Tamiya TXT-1 aluminum chassis

The Tamiya TXT-1 includes two 540 silver can style motors and a mechanical speed control.
Tamiya TXT-1 motors and esc

As always, Tamiya makes an owners manual that is second to none
Tamiya TXT-1 owners manual
Tamiya TXT-1 owners manual

Check out those sweet TXT-1 decals. Oddly enough there are no headlight/taillight decals for the second body.
Tamiya TXT-1 decal sheet

Another picture of the Tamiya TXT1's decal sheet
Tamiya TXT-1 decals

The TXT-1 includes chrome wheels with a giant set of tires. While the tires are the same as the ones that come with the Clod Buster, the wheels have a different mounting pattern. You can still mount these wheels on a Clod, or vice versa, as long as you use the right wheel hubs.
Tamiya TXT-1 wheels and tires
Tamiya TXT-1 tires
Tamiya TXT-1 chrome wheels

With dual motors, a chassis mounted transmission and two axles, is it any wonder why the TXT-1 comes with so many gears?
Tamiya TXT-1 gears

Here is a shot of just a small fraction of the parts that make up the TXT-1
Tamiya TXT-1 battery tray parts

The TXT-1 comes equipped with four coil over oil filled shock absorbers
Tamiya TXT-1 shock parts

Here is a pic of the transmission case
Tamiya TXT-1 transmission case

The TXT-1's battery hold down proudly advertises the Tamiya brand. Tamiya makes a blue anodized aluminum version of this too.
Tamiya TXT-1 battery hold down strap

This is a TXT-1 wheel hub. If you're familiar with Clod Busters you might be able to see why Clod wheels won't work with these hubs, the holes are too big. The good news is, both Clod and TXT hubs use the same brass hex so you can use either truck's hubs.
Tamiya TXT-1 wheel hubs

Here is a shot of the TXT1's beefy axle cases still on the parts tree
Tamiya TXT-1 axle housing

The transmission starts going together...
Tamiya TXT-1 motors
Tamiya TXT-1 transmission
Tamiya TXT-1 transmission gears

...and gets mounted in the chassis
Tamiya TXT-1 chassis assembly
Tamiya TXT-1 transmission in chassis
Tamiya TXT-1 heatsink
Tamiya TXT-1 rc monster truck chassis

Here is a picture of the right angle ring and pinion part of the TXT-1 axle gears. The gear on the upper right meshes with the differential gear on the other side.
Tamiya TXT-1 diff gears
Tamiya TXT-1 ring and pinion
Tamiya TXT-1 differential
Tamiya TXT-1 diff housing

And just like that we've got two Tamiya TXT-1 axles assembled and ready to go in the truck
Tamiya TXT-1 axles
Tamiya TXT-1 axle
Tamiya TXT-1 axles
Tamiya TXT-1 front and rear axles

The TXT-1 oil filled shock absorbers went together quickly and easily but I really think a set of aluminum shock bodies would have upped the quality of this kit by a mile.
Tamiya TXT-1 shocks

Axles and shocks mounted to the chassis, Check out that sexy four link setup
Tamiya TXT-1 assembled chassis
Tamiya TXT-1 monster truck chassis
Tamiya TXT-1
Tamiya TXT-1

Detail shot of the TXT-1 aluminum chassis...
Tamiya TXT-1 chassis chamfer

...and its sway bars. My only gripe about the entire truck is what you see here. Why oh why did Tamiya disgrace this beautiful truck with those cheap zip ties holding the sway bars in place? There had to be a better way.
Tamiya TXT-1 sway bars

Check out those cantilevered shocks
Tamiya TXT-1 cantilever shocks
Tamiya TXT-1 shock cantilevers

Another shot of the TXT-1 four link suspension
Tamiya TXT-1 4 links

Our TXT-1 is using just one steering servo up front, but Tamiya includes everything you need to mount a second servo out back to give your TXT-1 four wheel steering
Tamiya TXT-1 steering servo

The Tamiya TXT-1 battery tray
Tamiya TXT-1 battery tray

Here is the Tamiya TXT-1 chassis completely assembled
Tamiya TXT-1 build pictures
Tamiya TXT-1 monster truck build
Tamiya TXT-1 build

And here she is all assembled with the pre-painted body, but what to do with that clear body? What to do, what to do?
Tamiya TXT-1 project
Tamiya TXT-1 rc monster truck
Tamiya TXT-1 rc monster truck build
Tamiya TXT-1

How about an American flag paint scheme! For this paint job, we masked off an American flag design with some tears around it. Using our Iwata Revolution airbrush, we laid down multiple coats of red, white, blue and black Parma polycarbonate paint.
Tamiya TXT-1 custom paint job

More pics of our Tamiya TXT-1 with its custom paint job
Tamiya TXT-1 american flag paint job
Tamiya TXT-1 custom paint
Tamiya TXT-1 rc monster truck paint job
Tamiya TXT-1 painted grill and headlights
Tamiya TXT-1 paint
Tamiya TXT-1 custom paint

Time to play!!!
Tamiya TXT-1 jump

One of the things we found really funky about the TXT-1 is that, thanks to its chassis mounted motors, it tends to pull the left front wheel up when you slam on the throttle. I think the shocks and sway bars will need some tweaking to fix this "problem".
Tamiya TXT-1 lifting wheel
Tamiya TXT-1 chassis flex

Tamiya TXT-1 action shot!
Tamiya TXT-1 kicker jump
Tamiya TXT-1 ramp jump
Tamiya TXT-1 action pictures
Tamiya TXT-1 huge wheelie

The TXT-1 isn't a rock crawler but that sure didn't stop it from going where it wanted
Tamiya TXT-1 rock crawling

A few more! Thanks for following along!
Tamiya TXT-1 wheelie
Tamiya TXT-1 flip
Tamiya TXT-1 build pictures
Tamiya TXT-1 rc monster truck
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