Eat. Sleep. RC. January 2016 Tamiya Giveaway Car Update – CFX Paintworks Paint Job

Eat. Sleep. RC. January 2016 Tamiya Giveaway Car Update - CFX Paintworks Paint Job

I had a tough time figuring out which body to mount on the Tamiya TT-02, but a tougher time figuring out how I wanted it painted. I decided to contact my LONG-time friend and painter extraordinaire Charlie Barnes from CFX Paintworks.

Charlie and I have known each other for what seems like forever, and I’ve been a big fan of his paint work since he was a starting out. He’s come a long way from the typical flames and bubbles to some pretty amazing work replicating skulls, snakes and even human faces. He also works from drawings and photographs, turning a clear Lexan body into a scale reproduction of Nascar, VTA and anime. Looking at his work, it seems like there’s nothing he can’t do!

His efforts also extend past RC paint, working with 1:1 drift and grip guys doing full scale wraps on race cars. I’ve seen his work setup – 2 or 3 computers, rolls of vinyl everywhere and a massive cutter that spits out everything from shapes to name stickers. There’s also that gargantuan rack of paints, masks and airbrushes; this guy has it all!

When I brought the Tamiya body to him, I told him I wanted to use black, blue and silver – the design is up to him. As you can see, he didn’t disappoint, squirting out a killer scheme that even included a few skulls!

So, I’m sure you want to know how it looks mounted on the TT-02, right? Well, I guess you’ll have to wait until next week to see, but let me tell you it looks bad ass! Stay tuned for a final upcoming video where we reveal the TT-02 in its entirety!

If you haven’t signed up for a chance to win this car, head over to and fill out the form.

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About Tony Phalen

Tony Phalen
As an avid RC enthusiast, Tony has been building, bashing and racing RC Cars for over 25 years. He has raced everything from 1:18th scale trucks to 1:5 scale motorcycles and everything in-between. He’s also worked on both sides of the industry fence; working at and with many major manufacturers (as well as being a sponsored driver) to working for a high-profile industry magazine. During this time he has learned many tricks, tips and techniques and has transferred that knowledge to CompetitionX – the most informative RC website on the internet!
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