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Finding Tamiya Parts in Seattle

After a few nice runs at the outdoor RC track in SeaTac, my spur and pinion gears started to shriek, necessitating immediate replacement. Once I arrived home, I called around to see if any shops carry my parts. Unfortunately, I found that the majority don’t. Fantasy World Hobbies in Tacoma, HobbyTown USA in Tukwila and Remote Control Hobbies in Covington do not keep any Tamiya parts in stock. Luckily, I can find the items I need at Galaxy Hobby in Lynnwood and from few key online retailers.

Galaxy Hobby

Galaxy Hobby has a small a selection of Tamiya parts in the aisle and behind the counter. The parts I noticed are generally for the TT-01, TT-02 and XV-01. I was able to find my spur and pinion gears there for immediate purchase. Unfortunately, this shop did not have the hop up parts I was searching for (XV-01 slipper clutch and universal drive shafts).

Online Retailers

Amazon

Although Amazon carries Tamiya parts, most of the suppliers are based in Japan. As a result, you may be waiting for months for your part to arrive. If you can wait, however, the price is often quite a bit lower here. I went ahead and purchased the slipper clutch through this site for $36 total with free shipping, rather than over $50 from other retailers. Since I’m not in a hurry and wanted to save a bit of money on the purchase, this deal worked best for me.

Tower Hobbies

For reasonable prices and quick shipping times, I head over to Tower Hobbies for my Tamiya parts. This site lists most of the stock and upgrade components for my cars. Small parts under $5 ship for free, while larger parts orders are given the $1.99 shipping rate. You can expedite shipping for $4.99 total. There are even one and two day shipping options available for quite a bit more.

Tamiya

You can buy your parts directly from Tamiya, but the listed price sits firmly at retail. You cannot apply discounts on your parts, but you can rest assured you are receiving official factory replacement or upgrade components. Shipping costs vary from region to region and order to order. If your order totals more than $50, however, the parts ship free. I often use this site to confirm part numbers or learn about hop up components I didn’t know even existed.

If you know of any good place to find Tamiya parts, please share them here.

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4 Awesome Seattle RC Tracks

At first, open fields and empty parking lots give you plenty of room to play with your RC cars. Eventually, you will yearn for a challenging track that allows you to practice maneuvering around tight corners, going over jumps and blasting down the straights. Luckily, if you are in the Seattle area, there are several indoor and outdoor tracks to enjoy. You will have to try out each one to see which suits your vehicle type and driving style.

South SeaTac Outdoor Track

The off-road track in south SeaTac gives you a chance to race your buggy, rally car or truck on a well-designed dirt track. Several jumps allow for plenty of practice using throttle and braking controls to perfect your takeoffs and landings. A series of tight corners and a crossover section also provide a nice technical challenge to help you hone your driving skills. A covered, raised platform allows all racers to have an unimpeded view of the entire track. Plans are in the works to eventually construct an on-road course adjacent to the dirt track.

Kong RC Drift Track

A brand new indoor drift track, Kong RC Drift, opened on June 2nd in Lynnwood. The cordoned off track features an ultra smooth driving surface that helps you work on your drift angles. You can just drop in anytime from 2pm to 10pm on Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 8pm on Sunday to simply practice alone or with friends. The drift track shares space with the hobby store for instant access to replacement parts as needed. The shop also sells a wide range of hobby RCs, including all of the greatest drift cars available today.

Fantasy World Racing

Fantasy World Hobbies in Tacoma offers access to an outdoor on-road track for RC cars, trucks and buggies. You can come down on any clear Sunday throughout the race season, which runs from May to August, to participate. Each week, race organizers set up the track from scratch using PVC pipe barriers. You can show up early in the morning, at about 9am, to help build the track and sneak in a few practice laps. To participate in each car class, you will need to pay the $15 per person, or $25 per family.

Hangar 30

Seattle RC Racers club rents out Hangar 30 at Magnuson Park during their normal competition season. The group meets in the hangar each Wednesday night from September through April. Starting at 5pm, the group works together to build the track. Afterward, racers are allowed to complete a few practice runs. The actual competition tends to begin a couple hours after that. To participate, you do need to maintain ROAR membership and pay $15 per person, or $25 for families, for each vehicle class you run. While practicing and competing, you can stand on the raised platform for a clear view of the track space.

Makes sure to visit each track on this list to improve your driving skills, experience fun competitions and meet new friends.

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