Posted on February 28th, 2014 at 1:58 PM by dunebuggy

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The CC-01/XC is still one of the most popular Tamiya chassis of all time due to it´s very scale look. A lot of different body types were released since. The latest car is the beautiful Toyota FJ Cruiser. But due to it´s age, the chassis has some downsides. We happily noticed the release of the CC-01 Extension Link last year and a nice CC-01 Aluminum damper set. The new extension link kit helps to give the rear axle of the CC-01 a lot more travel while climbing over obstacles. We´ve installed the kit to our trusty tamiyablog Mercedes Unimog and tested it on rough terrain. The extension links itself are made of high quality black anodized aluminum with integrated ball bearings. Too make it short, it works so much better than the standard setup. The car benefits a lot. But see yourself. The tamiyablog team hope for more CC-01 Hop Ups in the future. Maybe a ballraced steering kit to reduce the play in the steering linkage ?

Posted on August 12th, 2012 at 10:46 PM by dunebuggy

Here it is, the next beautiful addition to the growing line of  Tamiya Wheelie cars. The new Suzuki Jimny (SJ30). After the fantastic Volkswagen Type2 bus the next release based on the WR-02 chassis.

I´ve always loved those little Suzuki Jeeps, and I´m a big fan of the WR-02 , so this Tamiya release was a must have for me. The build was easy. I did the usual changes on the car like full ball bearings, 20 tooth pinion, the new Tamiya 54394 WR-02 Assembly Universal Shaft Set (we hope for more new WR-02 Hop Ups !)  and CVA Shocks.  Something really new on one of my WR-02´s is a mild sensored brushless setup which should be equal to the Tamiya Sport Tuned motor.  We will see how it works on the first run. I love the cute look of the little Suzuki body sitting on the short WR-02 chassis.  The team of tamiyablog would like to thank the Tamiya Company for another funny little car with another wonderful classic boxart picture after the Volkswagen Type2.  GO GO WHEELIE !!!!!

 

 

Posted on February 25th, 2012 at 9:14 PM by dunebuggy

Here it is, the newest addition to Tamiyas range of fun and stunt cars after the Mitsubishi Montero.  A true classic, the Volkswagen Type 2, also simply called the T1.

The team of Tamiyablog was very happy when Tamiya announced that car in 2011. Wild Willy was waiting too long for a new vehicle. And i knew, i had to have this kit, as soon as possible.

It´s  very nice to see the VW body sitting on the famous WR-02 chassis. A chassis i really like. The Wild Willy 2 is still one of my favourite runners.

It can be a great performer with some slightly modifications like oilfilled shocks, ball bearings and a 20T pinion.

Tamiya did a fantastic job on the lexan body. Masking the body and doing the two tone paintjob takes a while, but in the end you will be rewarded with one of the coolest looking Lexan bodies Tamiya ever made.

I chose a nice metallic orange for my T1 which i think suits the old VW very well.  The Wild Willy driver figure is well known from one of Willys old cars, the superb “Willies Wheeler”.

All in all i would like to thank the Tamiya Company for still producing such nice and funny cars like the VW Bus. The world of RC Cars is actual dominated from mostly boring and bad looking products which are mainly speed and bashing oriented. Tamiya is nearly the only  manufacturer who breaks this rule.  I would also like to mention the beautiful box  art picture of the VW kit. One of the very best ones Tamiya ever did. I really like to see  such a piece of handmade art in our computer dominated world.

Go for the Type2, it will take a smile on your face.  On the shelf and on the track !

Posted on February 3rd, 2012 at 10:08 AM by admin

The team of tamiyablog.com had the chance to the see and drive the new Bruiser re-release at the Nuremberg Toy Fair 2012. Our first observation was that the new gearbox drives similarly quiet as the old one and shifts gears very smoothly. Also although not many changes have been made at the steering (at a first glance we only noticed new steering knuckles) it seems to respond better and turn quite sharper which is probably also because of the differentials. Another observation was that it doesn’t have front free drive wheel hubs any more (as they aren’t really needed with a diff) and so climbing in reverse is significantly improved. The tires of the 2 running prototypes seemed also a bit softer then the old ones and the tires of the demonstration chassis were significantly softer. The new gearbox is shorter and elastically mount only in the rear (front mount is stiff) and it has 2 lugs which aren’t used, so maybe Tamiya has more future plans for it? Also in the end there is a rod which at first glance has no function but possibly is for easier servo rod alignment. The differentials have a screw and thread on the upper side which is probably for locking them. From what we understood from a Japanese employee the box won’t have blisters and that there won’t be a Multi Function Controller for it, the runners in the fair had just both TLU-01 and TLU-02 light units. The decal sheet has 4 blue squares to possibly cover the side bar screws, weird it didn’t have 6 or 8 for all the screws. All in all we were extremely satisfied by this unexpected re-release and the amount of important but well hidden improvements.

More photos of the fair can be seen here.

Posted on December 2nd, 2011 at 7:14 PM by dunebuggy

Here it is, the Tamiya Sand Rover 2011.  A car, or I better call it a dune buggy (because it is the real dune buggy!) Tamiya fans waited so long for. After the Holiday Buggy 2010, Tamiya does the next step and releases one of the most popular Tamiya off road cars ever on the famous and solid DT-02 Chassis.

As mentioned before, the  modified Sand Rover body sits  now on the modern DT-02 chassis which is well known from the Tamiya Desert Gator ,  Sand Viper ,  Neo Falcon and of course the Holiday Buggy 2010. The car is meant as a real beginners car.  So it comes with a classic RS380S Motor as standard which is perfect to do the first steps into this wonderful hobby.  But you can easily change that to a 540 sized motor.  Our car is equipped with full ball bearings – Tamiya CVA oil filled shocks – high torque servo saver – Desert Gator wheels and front tires and Tamiya pin spike tires on the rear for that extra piece of traction on the track. Also a mild brushless system is used which is comparable to a 27 turn brushed motor but much more efficient.

For the body we chose a warm Tamiya TS-34 Camel Yellow, a colour I love, because it transforms the Sand Rover directly back into the 70’s.

When the weather gets better, we will see how the new Sand Rover can perform. :-)

Enjoy!!

 

 

 

 

Posted on September 5th, 2011 at 12:40 PM by admin

Update 14.11.2011: Competition results posted

Update 1.11.2011: Competition is closed now, results will be posted on 14th November.

Exactly 5 years and 299 posts ago this blog was started by a small group of Tamiya fans to gather interesting information about our favourite company in one place, but we never thought it would be such a success with over one million page views in this time. Therefore we would like to thank you for your continuous and growing support, Tamiya INC. for keeping up releasing an enormous amount of superb new models and thus keeping us busy building and reporting about them as well as all other sites who sent or allowed us to use their material. In the past years we have received several offers to get sponsors and add advertisements, but we declined and decided to pay all the running costs ourselves to guarantee being as neutral and objective as possible. Something we hope you appreciate.

 

For the celebration of the 5 first years, we decided to give a new Sand Rover kit (also paid by ourselves) as the original version was released almost exactly 30 years ago (22nd August 1981) and also 5 years after Tamiya’s first RC-car and also because of being kit number 58500. To participate, please send only one of your own made Tamiya related photos or drawings (maximum size 300 kilobytes) together with your full name, age and country to the address shown in the below picture until the 31st October 2011. The team of tamiyablog will choose and present the entries they liked the most on 14th November 2011 and one of them will win the 58500 Sand Rover kit. The kit will be shipped to the winner’s address from Japan or Hong Kong at tamiyablog’s cost, but the receiver may have to pay for customs or taxes depending on his/her country’s import laws.

 

We are looking forward to your continuous support also during the next 5 years!

The team of tamiyablog.com

Posted on August 30th, 2011 at 11:06 PM by dunebuggy

The new Tamiya Mazda Savanna RX-7 (SA22) body for the Rear Wheel Drive M-06L  has now been out for a little while.

But to our surprise, we have seen very little feedback for this nice new body, especially on the big Tamiya Fan and Club sites, where not a single example of the new old RX-7 could be found.

The team of  Tamiyablog likes the first generation RX-7 a lot, so this body was the first choice for my M-06 Pro chassis kit which was waiting to be built for too long now.

Tamiya recommends the classic black Minilite style wheels for the RX-7 which  I think don’t suit the car so well.  So we chose the Tamiya wheels which were known from the Tamiya Honda S800 kit.

Combined with the black anodized wheel nuts to imitate the fullsize car’s black hubs, they give the car a very authentic look.

The body is painted in a classic light green metallic which was seen very often on the original Mazda RX-7 in the late 1970’s.

It’s good to have another long wheelbase body for the M-06 chassis in addition to the Tamiya classic Volkswagen Beetle.

Thank you very much for your interest and…

Enjoy Rotary Power!

 

Posted on August 12th, 2011 at 11:03 AM by dunebuggy

As the Tamiya Fast Attack Vehicle 2011 kit has been out for a while now and to honour the historical importance of this 1980´s icon, the team of Tamiyablog decided to give the FAV a short review of the 2011 release kit.

I personally have to say that i never owned a Fast Attack Vehicle back in the so called “good old days”.  So this was a special moment, and the build of the car a great experience.

Tamiya did some small changes to the car as on most re-release versions of old classics.  When you open the kit box, you see no blister packs like on the classic FAV kit.  The whole rollcage is molded in black now, which i think the car benefits from. It´s now  easier  to build “civilian” versions of the buggy and the black cage looks good in every way. The E-Parts are changed to Wild One specification, which mainly means gearbox and front trailing arms. Drive shafts and wheel axles are the same dogbone style type as used on the Tamiya Frog and Subaru Brat re-releases before.

Something really new are the decals on this FAV 2011 kit.

Now everyone can do  a nice camouflage paint scheme, even without owning an airbrush.

The included stickers give a very authentic look. The semigloss surface of the decals fits perfectly to the TS46 Light Sand colour, that Tamiya recommends for the FAV.

If you cut out the stickers nicely, without leaving too much clear, you won’t be disappointed with the result.

Our car is equipped with full ball bearings. (8 pieces of the standard Tamiya 1150 bearings are included as a bonus in the kits of the international first batch version). If you want a full set of bearings for your car, you will need additional two 1150 and three 850 bearings.

Furthermore we switched the rear standard friction dampers to custom made black anodized  oil dampers of the Tamiya Frog and Subaru Brat re-releases which helps the buggy a lot to perform better.

And the “old” Tamiya Black Sport Tuned motor powers the FAV to attack a little bit faster. It even looks good.

All in all, the team of Tamiyablog is very happy with this new Tamiya classic re-release. It brings this wonderful vintage buggy to a new life. Now everyone can own one again.

Stay tuned for more “variations” of the Tamiya FAV 2011 here on Tamiyablog.

Thanks for watching !

 

Posted on February 25th, 2011 at 1:51 PM by dunebuggy

Rally Up a M-chassis car. This was only a dream many years before.  But sometimes dreams come true, and now you can build your own Mini Rally Car from a kit. Two types, the Suzuki Swift Super 1600 and Alpine A110 are available at the moment. The Alpine also as an XB-Version.

To give the chassis more ride height, Tamiya uses new designed F-Parts for the M-05Ra.  It´s a big advantage that you can build the chassis also with the standard M-05 ride height.  So it´s no problem to use your M-05Ra machine also for normal M-Chassis  street racing without using extra parts. Different attaching points on the C-Hubs are making this possible. Our car is equipped with some of the most popular Hop-Ups used in the M-Chassis scene, like full ball bearings, universal shafts, oil filled shocks and a ball diff. I used the new M-05 Ball Diff in combination with the new M-05Ra reinforced Differential joint set. Although i´ve heard about some durability problems with the new M-05 ball diff.  But, time will tell. Another tip, if you want to use oil filled shocks on your M-05Ra,  the 54000 M-Chassis damper set isn´t recommended here. These are fantastic dampers, but they are too short for the M-05 Ra Rally Setup. They are only useable with the normal M-05 ride height. Standard sized touring car shocks are ideal  for this car, like the  Tamiya black Super Mini C.V.A. shocks or the classic Tamiya 53155 Aluminum damper set. If you use the super Mini C.V.A. Shocks you have to take note that the shock pistons are long enough, because on some cars, Tamiya uses shorter pistons for the Super Mini C.V.A. Shocks. Furthermore we used a Tamiya High Tourque servo saver + a strong metal geared digital servo in combination with the good and well priced 3Racing carbon steering set.  Gives a much more precicse steering mechanism.

Ok, that was on the technical side.  Now some words about the body.  As seen on the Tamiya M-05 Abarth 500 body before, Tamiya made some small but nice changes to the Suzuki Swift body parts.  You can now use LED´s on the front and back of the car. This adds a much more realistic look. As a regular reader you may know, we always like to use alternate paintschemes on our bodies. A normal and understated “Skyblue” was used for the little Suzuki. But looks great, using the Tamiya mascot sticker set.

Thank you very much for reading.

Enjoy M-05Ra !

Posted on March 2nd, 2010 at 9:34 PM by admin

First, I feel the need to write a “disclaimer”, before somebody gets the impression that I dislike the SRB’s or Tamiya in general. I’ve been in love with the SRB since getting my first Sand Scorcher right after it was first released, have continuously been into SRB’s since then and have actively collected SRB’s by buying back from customers when regular parts supply started to get scarce in the late eighties. So I have quite a few and have of course bought the re-releases and I’m very happy that Tamiya has revived them. Still, I think it’s appropriate to present a few views that may not suit the euphoria associated with these models, and then end this text with the enthusiasm and hopes for the future that the SRB surely deserves after all! I know the text is pretty long, but it’s still a very “light” and quite superficial look at a long piece of Tamiya history. I have refrained from posting any pictures as other sites dedicated to Tamiya and RC are currently flooded with SRB-pictures anyway.

At the time the SRB was first released, there were no similar electric-powered off-road vehicles in the market. As I was just a kid at the time, I don’t have a complete overview, but considering that Kyosho just had the Peanut series and Rally-Sports series and Tamiya until then just the Cheetah/XR311, the SRB surely revolutionized the way people were thinking about EP buggies. Until the Kyosho Scorpion and AYK 566B were released, Tamiya had this new niche market practically completely on their own without any serious competition. Bolink tried to get a piece of this increasing market with the Digger 10. It was basically a 1/10 pan car with foam “off-road” tires, a pan car rear axle “hinged” in the middle with a universal joint to create some rear suspension and topped with a lexan body copy of the Rough Rider body, and that was about it.

As revolutionary as the SRB was, it had an innovative concept for its time, but technically, it wasn’t really well tested. Even back then, most (if not all) weaknesses were very clear to those who were actually running and racing these models, and it’s easily understandable why aftermarket companies like RCH, CRP, Kimbrough, MIP, JG and others could grow so rapidly and successfully.

Of course, though some companies offered components to improve the handling, durability improvements were most important and the main focus for those of us who ran or raced the SRB. Just to mention a few things that were considered weak points also back then.

1. Front suspension pins. Bent very easily and damaging the suspension arms when being bent.

2. Servo saver. The lack of a bearing made for high friction after some use, and servos at that time were generally not strong enough to overcome this high friction. Also, running the radio gear off 4 cells (especially when using dry batteries), the available steering torque was really inadequate for the rather poor steering mechanism.

3. Steering rods. Being 2mm and basically the same design as used on Tamiya’s 1/12 pan cars, they were much too weak for the 2+ kg SRB and in off-road conditions.

4. White “teardrop” ballraces in the front suspension. Very quick wear, especially if greased like recommended in the manual.

5. Nylon middle gear in the gearbox. Rotating at relatively high speed between a brass gear of the same dimension and a bigger nylon gear, wear was excessive.

6. Radiobox. Heavy and brittle and not really waterproof. Today’s hype of the “great waterproof” SRB is not justified at all, and mostly claimed by people who don’t have any actual experience with the SRB. Also, flex in the chassis plate and the loose wellnut in the rear hole, often caused the radiobox to get damaged even if not subject to a direct impact. Because of the brittle material, very small forces were adequate to damage the box.

7. Motor cover. Being the same brittle material as the radiobox, it would easily crack and disintegrate. Not a big issue for most who ran the SRB, but still annoying.

8. Rear cage. Unlike Kyosho, who chose a tough and flexible material for the Scorpion’s rear cage, Tamiya opted for a better looking, but much more brittle material.

9. Front bumper. Heavy and weak. Also, being quite expensive as a spare part, the tendency to break after just a few impacts was very annoying.

10. Dampers. Leaking badly even when new and being much too small for such a heavy model, the model was underdamped even with new and properly working (hypothetically) dampers.

11. Universal joints. Being of brass, wear was quick and excessive

12. Rear axles. Both the final gear axle and the wheel axles themselves would bend quite easily, and the weak universal joints allowed for a lot of slop and bending, which made the situation even worse as the “interaction” of bent axles and sloppy universal joints accelerated the wear and deformation of both.

The listed weaknesses and many more actual weaknesses were addressed by many aftermarket companies, sometimes well, sometimes less well. Also, a lot of money was made on aftermarket parts that weren’t of any actual benefit at all, but that’s the same for any model today too! Anyway, as much as I love the SRB and as nice as it is to look at and run, they were underdeveloped and inadequately tested by Tamiya before release. Many enthusiasts have a very romantic view of the SRB today, but fact is that Tamiya didn’t do their homework fully and properly, not just in hindsight. When you look at how much better the Kyosho Scorpion (and partially also the AYK 566B) were when released just a year or two later, although they had their share of weaknesses too, Tamiya’s excellent scale model skills, but also moderate RC-car technical skills, become evident.

As for using diecast parts, the typical understanding of metal being better than plastic doesn’t really apply. Of course, plastic material technology has improved a lot the last 30 years, but nylon was available back then too, and I guess that Tamiya could have made most of the diecast components of nylon instead, creating a more durable and lighter model. However, maybe nylon was more expensive than diecast parts, or maybe metal was considered superior to plastic by most customers, just like today? The use of diecast parts on early models make them easier to restore to a good finish today than modern models with plastic parts, so from a collector’s point of view, the use of diecast parts is now rightly celebrated. Also, the use of diecast parts on the Kyosho Circuit 20 series of GP buggies (and other manufacturers of GP buggies too), might have influenced Tamiya to use diecast too.

So, apart from fantastic bodies, relatively authentic suspension, a great scale look and founding a new niche of RC-cars, from a technical point of view, the SRB’s weren’t even great for their time and companies like Kyosho, with a lot more experience and knowledge about chassis design, quickly proved with the completely superior Scorpion that it would have been possible for Tamiya to make the SRB a lot lighter, more durable and better handling even without sacrificing looks. In other words, the SRB wasn’t THAT great, not even back then.

Currently, the interest in putting differentials into the SRB has caused some persons and even Tamiya themselves to offer ball differentials. But why? Tamiya could have included a diff with the SRB from the very beginning, but chose not to. Maybe to some degree for technical and cost reasons, but probably mostly because a differential wouldn’t offer any advantage for the average owner. The SRB was intended for loose surfaces and sand and even most GP-buggies didn’t have differentials at that time, and for today’s typical fun use, I can’t really understand why anybody would spend money on a differential for their SRB. I generally love improvements and hop-ups myself, but why spend money on something that actually is a drawback for the use where the SRB is the most fun?

Sure, when buggy racing got organized, Kyosho and others rightly started to offer differentials as an option. So, when the Super Champ was released and was intended for organized racing, the competitors already had differentials available, and the rear-heavy Super Champ made a differential even more necessary when running on a track. As such, I think it was a mistake not to develop a differential for the Super Champ or even the SRB after customers started to use them for organized racing.

In the early ‘80’s, I ran SRB’s with aftermarket differentials in organized racing myself, and still own some CRP differentials, but currently have none of them installed in my SRB’s as it doesn’t have any sensible purpose anymore.

By the way, when talking about the Super Champ, back when it was released (and even today), I couldn’t understand why Tamiya didn’t include any of the improvements on the other SRB’s. The better servo saver, tempered steel front suspension pins, better steering rods, brass middle gear and steel universal joints could all have been incorporated in the Rough Rider, Sand Scorcher and Ford Ranger without hurting scale looks and probably also at a very moderate extra cost. These improvements would have made the models a lot more durable and enjoyable. Difficult to understand, especially when considering that the other SRB’s were offered for several years after the release of the Super Champ.

Of course, in 1983 (when the Super Champ was released), Tamiya already had plans for the future and knew that the remaining life of the SRB was limited. For the fun market (not organized racing), the market dropped massively after the Scorpion was released and even more so after Tamiya released the much cheaper, quicker and more durable ORV (Brat, 037, Frog). By the end of 1984, only people with a special interest in scale models (almost nobody back then), would buy an SRB when they could have an ORV, Scorpion or other models at much lower cost and with a lot less trouble. As I was working in the business, I closely observed how the interest in the SRB dropped quickly, and in Norway where I lived at the time, the remaining stock of SRB’s was so unsalable that they were offered for about EUR40,- in the end, at roughly ¼ of original suggested retail price. Even at this price, it was hard to sell them.

As for the racing market, the SRB boomed and dominated the buggy class from the very start and until 1983, much with the help of the aftermarket business. The AYK 566B was a hot contender, but the aftermarket for it was always moderate and quite a lot of manufacturing defect issues (especially gearbox) ensured that it never really got well into organized racing. With the release of the Scorpion, the SRB got very hot competition. Being much lighter, better balanced, generally more durable and much better handling, the SRB would have been without a chance in racing if there hadn’t existed so many aftermarket parts for it. At the 1983 World Championship (ROAR, not IFMAR official world championship) in Anaheim California a heavily modified Scorpion won and more than any other single event marked that the days of the SRB were over as a competition model, even when massively upgraded with aftermarket parts. But then again, the Scorpion won against Associated RC10 prototypes with a very small margin, and it was evident that realistic scale buggies were about to leave the arena for the benefit of purposebuilt racers. With the release of the RC10, the SRB was finally “dead” as a model for organized racing, and at about the same time (early 1985), 4WD models would occasionally start to win races. Kyosho Progress and Hotshot being examples, and by 1986 replaced by the Optima and Supershot/Boomerang. Still, even with 4WD entering the scene and the superior Scorpion, it was the RC10 that really “killed” the SRB as a competition model, whereas cheaper alternatives (mostly from Tamiya) made customers loose interest in it as “fun” model. As such, the SRB’s lifespan in the market was limited to 4-5 years! Almost hard to believe now, considering its current popularity!

Talking about popularity, some of the aftermarket companies that offered parts for the SRB back in the old days have indicated that they will offer parts for the re-release SRB’s too, but so far, little is available, mostly limited to old stock of parts that didn’t sell well even back in the old days. I realise that there might be a small market for some aftermarket parts, but as soon as enthusiasts that have little experience running the original SRB’s realise that practically any hop-up for improving handling will be in vain, I fell confident that the remaining market will virtually be for “scale” details and durability improvements only. Making a profit on SRB parts to improve handling and performance will be a lot harder today than back in the early days. So what will sell well? Obviously, I don’t have a crystal ball, so I can just make some more or less qualified guesses:

1. Aluminium wheels seem to sell quite well already, and are offered by quite many sources, although a comparison of quality of several of them shows that sources from Far East offer the best and most consistent quality, combined with lower prices!

2. Reproduction stickers of the original SRB-stickers are of course popular as replacements for the “generic” stickers included with the re-release SRB’s and will probably remain popular for years to come. Also here I have compared the quality from several sources and quality is mostly disappointing, also from the sources that are often considered to be the best for reproduction stickers. If time allows, I will write an article for Tamiyablog soon, presenting the SRB reproduction with the by far best quality so far.

3. Bodies. To my knowledge, there currently doesn’t exist a single aftermarket body with acceptable quality. The lexan- and ABS-bodies offered for the SRB from several sources are so inferior to the original bodies that they aren’t suitable for anything but hard thrashing, but that’s not what the SRB is about, is it? ;-) I however hope that some of the Japanese manufacturers, which probably are the only ones capable of making bodies that could be real alternatives to the original bodies, may consider the market large enough to have a go.

4. Boxart style front bumper, rear cage and nerf bars are to some extent already available, and one of the best companies is about to release their versions. Personally I look very much forward to that and feel confident that they will remain good sellers for years, keeping in mind that the overall market is pretty small.

Some also offer chassis plates for the SRB, but I have yet to see a design that is significantly better than the original chassis plates.

5. For durability and precision, just like for the original SRB, I think there is a pretty good market for improvement parts for the steering mechanism. A pretty good cure that still looks pretty “scale” is using the steering linkage and servo saver from the Super Champ (like I do on all my SRB runners), but considering that these parts aren’t easy to find anymore, I would love to see somebody address this major weak point of the SRB.

6. So what about gear cover, motor cover and even radiobox? Well, especially the radiobox, even with all its flaws, is one of the things that has made the SRB so loved, and with the improvement of plastic technology and re-relase parts being easily available, I hardly think there is any market for an alternative box or radiotray. As for gear cover and motor cover, the diecast gearbox of the SRB, though somewhat better cast on the releases, still looks pretty rough and crude by modern standards, so in my humble opinion, machined aluminium covers look a bit out of place. Also, the original gear cover was never really a problem unless the screws were tightened too hard, so what remains for me is the wish that somebody will offer a stronger motor plastic motor cover. That said, I’m pretty happy with the availability and price level of the motor cover for the rerelease anyway!

7. With the availability of “small scale” dampers, I can hardly imagine that aftermarket dampers specifically for the SRB will sell well, and generally I think most will keep the suspension pretty original as it’s part of the charm of the model. I would love to see somebody offer tempered steel pins for the front suspension though and was in fact surprised when the Buggy Champ was released with “soft” pins, as bent suspension pins and the resulting crooked front suspension wasn’t at all considered “charming” back in the old days and hardly is even now!

8. Well, what do you think? Dummy parts to improve the scale looks maybe? Dummy airfilters? Dummy boxer engines? Scale looking floorpans? Sound modules? Light kits? Some of these items exist already, but the combination of excessive prices and mostly inferior quality surely makes for an opportunity of those quality-oriented enough and with a healthy understanding of the balance of demand and offer, to take a large portion of this market. Your ideas and views are very welcome and though we’re in no position to make any promises, we have already presented our ideas to one of the most serious manufacturers of aftermarket parts, and would be happy to forward your ideas as well.

Any way we turn it, we’re in for a lot of fun in the coming years! With the re-releases, dreams have again come true for many of us, but never being really saturated, at Tamiyablog we’re excited to see what Tamiya have up their sleeve next. A brand new scale buggy? Holiday Buggy or Sand Rover re-release? Keep dreaming, and at least some of the dreams will come true!