I purchased a Tamiya XB Levant a few years ago and not long after put it into storage while I moved towns/jobs, this week I finally found it again and decided to give it a run. The Levant is part of Tamiya’s Expert Built Series of Ready To Race models, as opposed to the ‘build yourself’ kits which are the norm for Tamiya, the advantage of the XB series stuff is that you can start using the model straight away, but this does come with a few drawbacks.
The first this is that you do not get the enjoyment of putting the kits together, and in the process of doing so get to see how everything goes together and how it all works, this is especially handy if you need to repair or replace something later on down the track. The second downside, one that has reared its ugly head for me already, is that because you did not put it together yourself you cannot be sure that everything was put together as well as you would like it to be. I will come back to this later but first lets get one with a review of the kit.