Tamiya Lunch Box Review, Part 2
Assembling the Tamiya Lunch Box was a lot of fun! My only complaint was that the experience was too short. Instructions were clear, parts were few, and assembly went smoothly. You might like to read Part 1 of the review.
The gearbox went together quickly, though that's definitely the most involved part of the build process. Since the Lunch Box and Grasshopper share the same gearbox, I was already very familiar with its assembly. In fact, I believe I could have put it together completely from memory if I tried!
The rest of the chassis--just the steering and suspension, really--also went together easily. The hardest part always seems to be trying to grease up all the little pieces. With grease-covered fingers, they all slip away easily!
Once the chassis was assembled I bolted the wheels on and finished the radio installation and took it for a quick test drive. After a few adjustments to the steering rods, I had the Lunch Box tracking in a straight line and turning well. And just as advertised, pulling hard on the throttle always pops a wheelie!
The only assembly left is the body. I'm painting it yellow so it will look just like Vanessa's Lunch Box. Several coats of gloss yellow have already been applied. After a few days "cure" time I'll apply the stickers, then finish it with a few coats of clear to help protect it.
Part 2.5 shows the finished body. Part 3 will cover handling, performance, and other fun!