June 10Tamiyablog’s Tamtech Buggies.
As the title implies, this is an entry about Tamiyablog’s own Tamtech buggies, or at least some of them. We have had a few inquiries for entries about the Tamiyablog contributors’ own models, and after entries like the Old-School Landcruiser, Countach LP500R and Budget Blazer, it was about time to give the Tamtechs a little attention. After racing the 1/24 Tamtechs back in the late eighties, I got tired of running small scale models, and after trying the Mini-Z and Tamtech buggies during the recent years, I have pretty much concluded that the fun of running RC-models starts at 1/12 scale for me personally.
I love the Tamtech buggies for their looks though, but as they principally aren’t run, I have limited the modifications to those which have an impact on the look of the models only. Accordingly, there isn’t anything special about any of my Tamtech buggies, but just for the records, this is what make them differ from box stock:
The Frog has all suitable/available original Tamiya hop-up parts except the carbon fibre shock towers, which I think look just plain silly on it.
The Buggy Champ has most available hop-up parts too, including the blue motor heat sink, de-anodized to bare aluminum to slightly resemble the look of the SRB resistor cage. Both Buggy Champ bodies have selfmade decals to mimic the orange/white and blue/white boxart schemes of the original Rough Rider. Also, for a vintage look, the wheel mounting screws have been turned “inside-out” to show the nuts instead of the hex heads.
The Fox and the Hotshot are box stock, except for the Hotshot’s gold wheels and the Fox’s hop-up bumper and nerf bars.
Furthermore, all models have colour coded antenna pipes and the original grey parts partially exchanged with black parts from the GT-01 chassis, again to look closer to their 1/10 scale big brothers. The antenna pipes are a little disturbing in the pictures, but I kept them mounted to stress the caricature look of the models. And yes, the Paris-Dakar Tamtech Porsche “953″ in the background will be presented in a future entry, so keep visiting Tamiyablog!