How Long Does It Take to Build a Tamiya RC Car?

If you’re looking to get into the world of remote-controlled cars, building a Tamiya RC car is a great place to start. With a variety of kits and accessories available, you can build an RC car tailored to your specific needs.

Before you dive in and start building, you should know that it typically takes anywhere from 8-15 hours to build a Tamiya RC car from scratch. This time frame can vary depending on the model of car you choose and the complexity of its components. Even though it may seem like a long time, keep in mind that this is an estimate for first-time builders and that as you become more experienced, the assembly process will take less time.

When building your Tamiya RC car, it’s important to read through the instructions carefully and make sure all parts are accounted for before beginning assembly.

It’s also important to note that each car requires its own set of tools and supplies. Common tools include screwdrivers, hobby knife, pliers, soldering iron, drill and sandpaper.

The first step in assembling your Tamiya RC car is attaching the body panels to the chassis frame. This can easily be done by aligning the body panels with mounting holes in the frame and securing them with screws or clips provided with the kit. After attaching the body panels, you’ll then move on to assembling other components such as motor mounts, drivetrain components, wheels and electronics.

Once all components have been assembled correctly according to instructions, it’s time to test out your RC car! Make sure all connections are secure and free from debris before powering up your car and heading out for a test drive.


Building a Tamiya RC Car can take anywhere from 8-15 hours depending on complexity but with careful planning and following instructions closely it is totally achievable! With patience comes great reward – so happy building!

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Stephen Dunn