Tamiya 1/8 RC Dancing Rider (T3-01 Chassis) Review

Review by Adrian Apodaca, RealRCReviews Owner

Equipment Used:

- Stock body and motor

- T-Pro standard metal gear servo

- Spektrum DX4S w/ 2ch receiver

- Gens Ace 2s1300mah Lipo

- Dynamite Brushed ESC (DYNS2210)


- So unique!!!

- Great Tamiya quality

- An absolute hoot to drive

- Great looking!

- Very stable for a trike

- Wallet friendly

- A total head-turner!

- Comes with everything, except radio, esc and paints


- Manual had some confusing parts


After building, driving and reviewing Tamiya's Euro-truck, I couldn't wait to get my hands on another kit. I had kept looking for something to review, but it seemed that most of their offerings had been covered already a million times. When I first saw the post for the Dancing Rider Trike, I knew it was an absolute must-have. I did some investigating and found out Horizon Hobby was going to get them first, so I placed my order there. I did some research online and found out which battery would fit and placed the order for that also. Now all I had to do was wait! BTW, this written review will be slightly short as I spent a decent amount talking about the Dancing Rider in my review video (below).


Unboxing and Build:

My kit arrived well packaged as usual from Horizon Hobby. At first sight, everything seemed packed and labeled well also. I dug through my drawer of parts and found an esc I had taken out of a brushed car when I upgraded it to brushless and got my build underway. If you are used to Tamiya, I'm sure you could hammer out the build (minus painting) in a couple of hours. I found a few parts kind of confusing so my build took longer. I also wasn't sure about a few things so I consulted with the fellas in the Dancing Rider group on Facebook. You can probably find a cheaper esc than what I used, but make sure it is something low-profile so that it fits under the body. Also, try to use a small receiver.


Weather has been crap lately, so the slow build process didn't really bother me, plus I had to wait for a decent enough day to paint outside. Speaking of which, unlike the Euro-truck, the Dancing Rider body is REALLY easy to cut out. The lexan is thin and cuts easily. I still don't trust myself with the score technique, so I used lexan scissors. For the body I used Duratrax black paint backed with metallic silver. The driver was painted using Tamiya brush-on paints. As you can see, I didn't use all of the decals, mostly because I don't like over-advertising and second because you have to cut each one out yourself.



First watch the video below, at least the driving parts. Okay, now that you're back, how silly is that!?! When I say silly, I mean that in the most positive way I can. Even though the trike is not a high-performance, speedy, bashy vehicle, it is an absolute hoot to drive. My son was discouraged when I told him it was not a super-fast vehicle like some of my others. Once he took it for a spin, he looked at me with a giant smile and said, "this little guy is actually really fun!"  I fully agree with him! I know the video doesn't capture fully just how fun it is, but I assure you, it is a total crack-up. It's times like this that I wish I had more friends that were into RC, because a trike race with these little guys would be a blast. One thing I am planning on doing in the future is FPV with the trike. It seems like a perfect stable platform for it, and the canopy will protect the camera equipment.


Oh and one more thing, don't be scared of making a turn at full throttle. With the trike, the faster you are going into a turn, the larger your turn radius will be. If you take your turn really slow, you can literally turn on a dime.



Hmmm, what else can I say other than we love this thing! If you are looking for your next speed racer, or basher, this is not the product for you. This model is for those of you who like unique new vehicles, who like building kits, and those of you that appreciate a vehicle for it's design and it's purpose. There is nothing wrong with the trike. It does what it is supposed to do and it replicates the full scale vehicle it is modeled after. Tamiya really created a hit with the Dancing Rider. I really hope a ton of my readers will buy themselves one of these, I promise you, you'll love it! I am looking forward to my next Tamiya build!


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