Project Tamiya Lunchbox–Part 1: The Introduction

A Tamiya Lunchbox?! Sure, the most famous van in RC is undeniably cool, but you’re probably thinking, “What an odd choice for a project.” But, there is method to my madness. You see, in my humble opinion, far too many project vehicles–done by what I’ll call the RC media–represent an ability to spend lots of money far, far more than they really display an ability to use some creativity.

This is why I picked the Lunchbox. You can’t just bolt on every option part available and call it a project–there are no option parts available.

To trick this truck out, I’m going to have to get creative. Actually, we’re going to have to get creative. That’s right. This is going to be a group effort. I’m calling on you, fellow truckers. I want your input. What direction should we take this thing? What color? Keep it black or try something different? How about tires, rims, etc? Get creative. That’s the point.

In addition to getting creative, we’re going to have to get a little dirty because this project is going to require some fab work. Remember, you can’t just go out and buy it with this truck. If you want it, you’re to have to build it. Up first will be a new front bumper. Something a little less cow catcher maybe.

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  1. well my first thought that popped into my head was a 70’s style funkadelic paint scheme!! maybe the scooby doo mystery van!! as for the rest,, lets leave it up to the readers!!

    1. The Scooby-Doo Mystery Machine and the A-Team van all come to mind, but I think something original is needed–even though both are iconic blasts from the past. Plus, the Mystery Machine just doesn’t give out the right RC Truck Stop vibe. B.A. Baracus’ van certainly is more in tune, but we’ve all seen many a Lunchbox done up this way.

  2. I’m thinking maybe some white clod wheels? Keep the black body, deff. some white rims though. Maybe use Alum C channel for a new meaner front/rear bumper. maybe lose the chrome side rails, and put in some nerf bars?

  3. Personally, I would go with a custom rctruckstop.com theme to celebrate the new site, and the first project of the site. As for the purpose of the truck, what about a puller!!! the front bumper could be a bit radical and stick out with some weights on it or something just like the real ones.

  4. Hey Matt, like the new project idea. How about removing the big tire look and going for something a little more scale…like a 4×4 fedex van style. Or something with the rc4wd predator tracks system!

  5. if you are thinking puller you definitively need to touch base with the NRCTPA.org for sure… they are the authority when it comes to pullers and the lunchbox is considered the go-to truck for box stock puller. contact Joe from them and he will point you in the right direction… I made one of these up for my daughter and the front bumper just needs to go…

    Go bodacious and go Zombie Apocalypse up in here!

  6. I like the rctruckstop.com theme idea. I’m a big fan of military theme rc too. Something that looks as if it the grim reaper drives it might be cool, all flat black with black rims a front bumper with fangs…maybe an old school ambulance theme with lots of lights…just a couple ideas come to mind.

  7. Yeah! Or even a off-road Rescue van with tons of strobe lights, red and blue beacons, and maybe even a siren!

  8. The ambulance idea is pretty cool actually. you could go with the ambulance from cannonball run! it was pretty sweet!!

    1. I thought about it, Andy. Believe me, I thought about it. That would be cool and I may do that someday, but I want to keep the stock chassis and build off of it. I want to show some simple home-fabricated parts and showcase some DIY creativity.

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