Tamiya 58507 1/10 RC DB02 Leonis, 58512 1/12 RC Volkswagen Type 2 Wheelie & 58517 1/10 RC Super Hotshot Details

Tamiya 58507 1/10 R/C DB02 Leonis

Tamiya is proud to release the 1/10 R/C off-road buggy Leonis on the newly-designed DB02 chassis.

The wellbalanced machine was developed based on input from the TRF team and has an orthodox layout featuring a durable wide bathtub chassis, shaft-driven 4WD setup, and 4-wheel double wishbone suspension. The Leonis features a distinctive body shell which was designed by famous Toyota racing team and tuner, TOM’S.

About the Model

– This is a 1/10 scale R/C assembly kit.

– Polycarbonate body is designed by TOM’S designers.

– Polycarbonate rear wing is also included.

– Shaft-driven 4WD setup with the motor positioned horizontally at the center of the chassis to provide optimum power transmission as well as stability and balance.

– Durable batutub chassis is combined with front & rear upper braces to provide superb chassis rigidity.

– Front & rear compact gearboxes are equipped with ball differentials.

– Proven 4-wheel double wishbone suspension from the DB01 is equipped with CVA shock units.

– Front & rear Dual Block Tires and dish wheels included.

– Compatible with straight-type battery packs such as Item 55111 Tamiya LF3700-6.6V Racing Pack.

– Motor is positioned horizontally at the center of the chassis. Center spur gear is connected with propeller shafts to enable optimized power transmission.

– Polycarbonate body is designed by TOM’S designers.

– 3-piece steering linkage provides precise, sharp steering response. Upper brace provides stiffening against chassis pitch.

– The suspension arms and axles are the same as those used on the DB01. Front and rear gearboxes are equipped with ball differentials.

– Battery pack is positioned at the rear. Combined with center motor position, this layout offers excellent stability during jumps.

58512 1/12 R/C Volkswagen Type 2 (T1) Wheelie

This R/C assembly kit depicts a 1st-generation (T1) variant of the Volkswagen Type 2 van, which was also known as the Volkswagen Bus to many of its legions of fans. Tamiya has reproduced this machine with a comical appearance to result in this fun-filled model. The new WR-02 chassis is equipped with a wheelie bar to enable exciting, wheels in the air driving action.

About the Model

– This is a 1/12 scale R/C assembly kit.

– The distinctive body is reproduced with durable polycarbonate. Injection-molded driver figure is also included.

– WR-02 chassis features heavy-duty monocoque chassis frame equipped with 4-wheel double wishbone suspension, a fully-enclosed gearbox with differential, and a rear-wheel drive.

– Tires/wheels and the gearbox/motor come pre-assembled to enable ease of assembly.

– First batch includes free bonus parts (1150 Ball Bearing x 8pcs.)

58517 1/10 R/C Super Hotshot (2012) (Tentative)

After the re-release of the Hotshot (2007), we have received huge demand for re-release of the Super Shot, which was originally released in 1986. Tamiya has answered these calls and is announcing the comeback of this famous machine, which has been renamed as the Super Hotshot.

About the Model

– This is a 1/10 scale R/C assembly kit.

– The chassis features the same basic layout as the original including the shaft-driven 4WD setup.

– 4-wheel double wishbone suspension is equipped with 4 oil dampers.

– Chassis underguard offers superb chassis protection.

– Spiked tires are mounted on gold-plated wheels.

– Polycarbonate body and rear wing.

– Full ball bearing specification.

– Comes with GT-Tuned Motor (25T).

– Kit will feature newly designed packaging.

– First batch includes free bonus parts (Lightweight White Wheels: Front & Rear x 2pcs. each)! ★Hex wheels hubs such as Item 53569 Clamp Type Aluminum Wheel Hub (6mm Thick) are required to attach these wheels (standard resin hubs can also be used).

11 thoughts on “Tamiya 58507 1/10 RC DB02 Leonis, 58512 1/12 RC Volkswagen Type 2 Wheelie & 58517 1/10 RC Super Hotshot Details

  1. Ken

    I would have liked Tamiya keeping the old name “Supershot” instead of changing it to “Super Hotshot”.

  2. LOUIS XVI ROI DE FRANCE

    Ditto sentiment-the name should have been kept as super shot not super hotshot which is a real mouthful!

    As far as licences go the decals will be altered as it is-making many go for the original decals -expect these to hit £150 on ebay I kid you not!

    As for the box art / manual etc the car looks and sounds better with the original title.

    There have been copyright issues before with other firms, like tokyo marui FN, SIG licences and STEYR.
    Eventually the company bowed to pressure and licenced the products to carry orig trademarks as per original-sure the unit price went up by £20 approx-but the sales went up-clue to Tamiya -people WILL pay for the original name/trademarks. Sponsor decals are incl in rally cars, F1 -they should like they did on off road-put the licence fee upon the price-your market is still there!

    It really is a no -brainer and how a company the size of Tamiya can miss that astounds me.

    Esp given their reputation to pinpoint accuracy and detail to the last.

  3. admin Post author

    Sorry, but what you call no-brainer is in my humble opinion bellybutton-watching at its best.
    Even the original SRB decals don’t hit much more then £50 at the market, so how can someone except that for a so much less popular car…
    The SRB and other re-releases sold in some countries like warm bread despite the altered decals and name (Buggy Champ).
    Most people just want to relive their youth and many won’t even notice the differences (but would notice and maybe reconsider with a £20 higher price), for the rest nitpickers there exist original enough new old stock sheets in collections and markets and in the end a re-release will always be a re-release and NOT an original, even if it had the same parts (which the Super Hotshot won’t have), order number, kitbox, manual and blisters so the “problem” doesn’t really exist.
    What astounds me is how adults can think that the #1 model company in the world that exists now over 50 years and sells yearly millions of kits does all the time wrong decisions and we external and local observers know better and can tell them how to run their business…
    Regards,
    Admin

  4. LOUIS XVI ROI DE FRANCE

    Ahh but Tamiya are exactly that -number one!
    As the global market leader you begin to expect that small details like sponsor licences would be ironed out with a compromise agreement. Not telling, (as not in any position to) Tamiya how to run their affairs but think this one may-perhaps, need a small trip back to the boardroom.

    Like I say other firms got the rights to reproduce the original trades.

    The buggy champ still featured “rough rider” label on the box, and wasn’t a departure, as such from the orig. In fact they have been very accurate thus far.

    Supershot seems to be a bit of a departure from the general flow-here is something to remember though:

    Most prospective buyers will most likely be 30+ in some form of gainful employment, and would be looking at a £380-£440 ish price tag for Supershot. Most starters into the hobby would be into Superfighter or Hornet.

    In other words a much cheaper model-the car will mostly appeal to die hard fans from the first time round who I really think would pay the extra even £50 -rather than go onto Ebay where the last sold decal and wing only sold for £195.

    I agree that in cheaper models its not feasible-Holiday Buggy for example the kit is £80 ish..so getting a £20 increase may be a substansial increase-taking into account the target audience.

    However the 1985 flagship racer model was originally aimed at those who were going to pay considerably more. So taking that into consideration and looking at an approx £400 bill to us today -I am confident that the extra hike of £20-even say £50 is not going to beak the bank-you will have your fan-base there.

  5. admin Post author

    “Like I say other firms got the rights to reproduce the original trades.”

    So does Tamiya where its important and needed, that is with original products, like for example from VW, Toyota or Fiat Group, but on a artificial car they created themselves?

    “The buggy champ still featured “rough rider” label on the box”

    Where?? https://tamiyablog.com/2009/07/tamiya-58441-racing-buggy-buggy-champ-2009-detail-kit-photos/

    “and wasn’t a departure, as such from the orig. In fact they have been very accurate thus far. ”

    Several parts where improved/changed and decals where changed, so the same as with Super Hot Shot.

    “Most prospective buyers will most likely be 30+ in some form of gainful employment, and would be looking at a £380-£440 ish price tag for Supershot. Most starters into the hobby would be into Superfighter or Hornet.”

    I never mentioned beginners, but the same 30+s and I know quite many, who care if a kit costs £200 or £250 (as can been seen in several discussions in vintage forums where the sales have gone significantly down since the GBP fall compared to the YEN in 2007). The rest wouldn’t bother with a repro (which any re-release is) but always get an original.

    “In other words a much cheaper model-the car will mostly appeal to die hard fans from the first time round who I really think would pay the extra even £50 -rather than go onto Ebay where the last sold decal and wing only sold for £195. ”

    You change your original statement now. You said only the decals will reach £150 after the re-release is known and suddenly mix them with prices for a complete body set at a time the re-release wasn’t known to the broad public. And even that isn’t really true, the last complete bodyset went for only £120 (220893451556) and decal set for £60 (180750318282), there is also one right for £74 BIN (320683735389) and it hasn’t even got a single price offer.

    “I agree that in cheaper models its not feasible-Holiday Buggy for example the kit is £80 ish..so getting a £20 increase may be a substansial increase-taking into account the target audience. However the 1985 flagship racer model was originally aimed at those who were going to pay considerably more. So taking that into consideration and looking at an approx £400 bill to us today -I am confident that the extra hike of £20-even say £50 is not going to beak the bank-you will have your fan-base there.”

    Don’t know where you live but personally I wouldn’t pay £400 for a Super Shot when I can get the new Avante for approx. £300 with shipping from Hong Kong or from Germany and a Hot Shot costs approximately £150 total either way, a “£20 or even say £50” difference is quite significant for a car with a relatively historical significance (unlike a SRB, HS or AV).
    Also as said the car will never be an original and 30+ who really care will anyway get the original as putting old decals on the new release (which has different parts, number, kitbox, inside box, manuals etc.) is just a limited way to cheat yourself and still a repro but never an original (which it wouldn’t be even if everything was exactly the same as its produced in 2012 and not in 1987)

    Regards,
    Admin

  6. Mr. Screwloose

    Even if I found the name “Diablo Engineering” to be a bit stupid, these kind of details really don’t bother me; there’s something you shouldn’t forget : the entire industry encounters tremendous difficulties, and Tamiya is not an exception. We can suppose that the re-release policy is a smart way to keep RC cars alive.
    2011 is not 1986 and higher price tags for royalties reasons could be risky.
    About the Leonis (another potential name-related topic..) the fact that it has been designed by Tom’s, reminds me the BigWig (designed by Yura). This bodyshell looks better than most of cabin-forward buggies we’ve seen lately. Just hope that the midship 4WD Tamiya won’t cost more than other brand’s high-end models. (like the Zahhak does for 2WDs)

  7. admin Post author

    @ Mr. Screwloose: Totally agree that possibly the re-releases keep the descending market of RC car kits alive and possible law risks should be avoided at any case.
    Also the Leonis reminds me too of the BigWig that was even featured at its presentation, a modern successor but with great performance too (in opposition to beautiful but heavy and flopping BigWig). I actually am preparing an article about Takuya Yura. Street price of DB02 in Japan will be around 19000 Yen, so around 180€ which is imho quite reasonable considering the currently “expensive” Yen.
    Regards,
    Admin

  8. LOUIS XVI ROI DE FRANCE

    I live in Mayfair, and Kensington-West London. I also live in Buckinghamshire. Where most driving is done-as the cars would cover the 70 ft backgarden in seconds!

    I bought my Hotshot in the eighties at £190 deal price
    I got my Avante 2001 in 1992 at £340 with cpr -rare in uk
    I got my Avante rere in 2011 (with £99.99 decals!) for £620 deal-at a very famous store in London. incl paints.

    Im sorry but unless everyone has been buying Tamiya at knockdown prices -they are dearer than that.

    The Ebay prices are what I have paid or have been beaten on .

    Buggy Champ decals £99.99
    Fox Decals £39.99
    etc etc

    Thank god I bought quite a few spare bodies and decals back in the day. When Supershot arrives I will be stunned if it were cheaper than £400. Maybe we are rip- off- UK after all….

    Is this site not UK-based-sorry I didn’t realise.

  9. admin Post author

    “Im sorry but unless everyone has been buying Tamiya at knockdown prices -they are dearer than that.”

    I personally don’t think that by buying Tamiya at more then double prices I make them dearer, only the wallets of the importer or shop-owner fatter 😉

    “Thank god I bought quite a few spare bodies and decals back in the day. When Supershot arrives I will be stunned if it were cheaper than £400. Maybe we are rip- off- UK after all….”

    Its Japanese street price will be around 22000Yen so around 210€, I expect to pay incl. shipping around 260€, thus £225.

    “Is this site not UK-based-sorry I didn’t realise.”

    This site is international, but no problem at all or need to apologise 🙂

    Regards,
    Admin

  10. LOUIS XVI ROI DE FRANCE

    The uk edition of buggy champ had an orange sticker like the one in the photo and it reads “originally released 1979 Rough Rider 30th anniversary edition”-tamiya

    However i never got a T- shirt with the Rough Rider re-release-nor did i get one with my Avante re-release -despite the said famous store on both occasions actually telling me I was the first person to get this re-re kit from our store-etc etc…oh well
    there you are.

    If you live in UK you pay more and dont even get the T shirt!

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