Gear differentials with
Chevron Treads X 6
The stars of the Konghead
show are the truck’s six gleaming
chrome rims, which each wear a set
of “All Traction Utility” chevron tires. If the
combo looks familiar, that’s because the same
setup is under Tamiya’s Wild Willy 2000. The firm tires
support themselves without inserts, and while the manual
does not say you shouldn’t glue the tires to the rims, it
doesn’t call for you to glue them. And you don’t have to, at
least with the stock motor.
Gears! Gears! Gears!
“Built like a wristwatch” is usually a reference to precision, and
the Konghead is indeed precisely constructed, but it’s also
literally loaded with gears like a timepiece. There are 12 gears in
all ( 27 if you count gears inside the differentials), and in typical
Tamiya fashion, they fit perfectly and mesh with buttery
smoothness. And the gears are wide, too—I’m sure they
can handle a lot more power than the included stock
motor puts out.
If you like gears, you’ll love the Konghead.
We usually think of the
transmission as a part that goes on the
chassis, but in the case of the Konghead, the
transmission is the chassis—and vice versa.
The narrow chassis is split lengthwise to capture the
gears that fill it from bumper to bumper, and mounts
are molded into the halves to hold the suspension arms
and camber links. The parts are injection-molded art,
and stiff as a brick once assembled.