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Equipped with that polycarbonate body, tough bathtub type chassis, and big flexible front bumper, the car is as tough as they say. I wasn’t sure I even had the old one still but found it and am going to get that working as well. Broadly, you might refer to these buggies as “character cars” due to the fact they came in eye-catching shapes, colours, and with quirky decals and unusual names. This was the genius of Tamiya’s design work during the “character car” era. This just added to the car’s character and even little things – like the positioning of the bonnet number “7″ off a bit to one side – are just little touches to add a bit more individuality. Among them, the Hornet was the 45th model to be released. Due to it’s extreme maneuverability and high speed we have named this powerful buggy the “HORNET”. First released on the 9th of October, 1984, I suspect it went on to become Tamiya’s biggest selling R/C car ever – although I have no specific proof. Condition: New product. HC-0005127 £ 6.26. This perfect scale replica of the famous off-road Mercedes Unimog 4WD truck is one of the nicest looking ready-to-run R/C models produced in the 80s. $214.54. Perhaps it was the fact that my parents could never really afford to buy a Tamiya during the 1980s, but for whatever reason I developed something of a reverence for the Hornet – and indeed all Tamiyas. Categories: Electric Off Road, Tamiya, Tamiya Kits, Tamiya Kits. Good times. R/C Toy Memories is a 100% free, independent and ad-free website. Details . A caricature style Hornet in pre-built form. The Grasshopper was released a few months earlier and I will discuss it in detail another time. Very Rare Gold wheels, I havn't seen gold original wheels on a grasshoper before. Countless afternoons after school were spent running that car around makeshift dirt tracks near my house, usually only for 10-15 minutes at a time though as that’s all a typical 1200mAH Ni-Cd battery would last for in those days! Also without the re-re’s I wouldn’t have been able to restore my monster beetle et al…….. It will be a lot easier getting the old Hornet going now that interest and parts have become more available do to the rereleases. Other than the Hornet and Monster Beetle, I still have a Porsche 959, Lunchbox and believe it or not, I have a Toyota Bruiser that still runs. These are attached to the lexan body, and may be lost due to rough driving. ________________________Article written by TB member Hibernaculum and originally published at www.rctoymemories.com, About  -  Contact details  -  User agreement - Cookie policyCopyright © TamiyaBase.com 2017Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement. Price comparison (0) Price excl. The Hornet's place in Tamiya history is established by the fact that Tamiya sold a zillion of these things. Yes it’s still possible to hunt down original unbuilt kits from the 1980s. The original body got pretty beat up so I added the Stinger body which looked pretty cool too. I still have it, and it has had an absolute caning; along with my FRP chassis TA-02, I now have kids of my own, and my eldest just got a Mad Bull. But moving on now… let’s look at Tamiya model number #58045, The Hornet. Thanks Chris! Condition is "Used". like you the hornet was the first RC car I ever heard about and holds some fond childhood memories. This is because it has become cheaper to manufacture toys as time as passed, and Tamiya has also cut costs by no longer manufacturing many … To me though, there’s actually another golden era withinthat first 100, and it consists mainly of a group of early off-road buggies that were actually inspired by animal concepts and symbolism (plus a few buggies either side of this period). I also lusted after the hornet but never had the money to buy one. They have the black (not white) plastic wheel bearings at the wheels, which were only found in earlier Hornet kits. Tamiya has never released any sales figures. Yes it would introduce Pink Floyd to new listeners, and I understand the re-release Tamiyas offer a cheap, brand-new thrill for those looking for an out-of-the-box kit experience. I finally found the correct Radio Shack Wild Horse transmitter on …, I have been looking for an original Tamiya HotShot so as to compar …, “A detailed guide to vintage vs remake Tamiya R/C kits”, Yes (Front independent with coil springs, rear rolling rigid axle with oil dampers). Want to Compare Your Willy? Or how about the action figure community, where the complete original series of “12 back” Star Wars figures is worth upwards of $30,000? I have a very roughed-up original and just bought a rerelease yesterday. Expensive though they may be, they do exist, and it’s amazing they’ve survived unbuilt over the decades, hidden in attics and the back-rooms of hobby shops around the world…. There was even a sense of violence about it at first – the car seemed tough enough to take the abuse, but the sheer power of it seemed to encourage the other kids to push it to ever higher limits – a sharper ramp, a bigger run-up, and so on. It was a picture of the Hornet jumping through the air, dirt flying behind it. The only thing I really wanted to replace but can’t seem to find is the Parma Ford Coupe body from the 80s. Euro RC FI. Many collectors of Tamiya cars consider the first 100 Tamiya models to be a kind of “golden era” as these were the cars released at the height of the R/C craze in the 1980s, and are now the most collectible. You really got all the info and even the commercial in it. I remember drooling over the Hornet as a kid, but it was really the Hotshot that I wanted. hornet I still have that old Hornet to this day. 3.8 out of 5 stars 15. lol cheap that way some of the parts tress are the same Please be kind and simply mention www.rctoymemories.com when sharing. but still good to have the rerelease car to get the parts out to fix the vintage But also note the angular profile, suspension arms, bumper bar, side nerf bars and so on…all are slender and black, similar to a set of black legs supporting a body. Greedy parts sellers are charging extortionate amounts for essentially bits of plastic, I say long live Tamiya and any re-re that comes out!, it’s all good baby! Quantity: Add to Cart. For many, these are no issue. These days I’m seeing a lot of used, classic Tamiyas on eBay, in good condition with original boxes and transmitters, selling for less than the cost of many re-release kits. And yet despite these aesthetic considerations the car is still 100% functional and uncompromising as an R/C model. I remember the old nichrome charge leads; hooking them up to his mum’s old Corolla, and then forgetting about them. 8,20 € Paiement en 3X sans frais disponible. it wasn't until two years ago I got my hands on a re release hornet, i spotted it on the website of my local hobby store and went their directly from work and brought it with out even thinking about it. The Hornet Junior (Japanese: ホーネットJr., Hōnetto Junia) is a Racing Mini 4WD car released by Tamiya on May 15, 1986. More. If you ever hear anyone complain that their Hornet broke or that this car was inherently weak, remember that there are fools in the world who will drive their R/C vehicles off the rooves of houses, or set them on fire. If buying a used example, ask about the history of the model and whether it is 100% original or the remake, or a mix of the two. In the late 1980s I was given my first ever Tamiya – a Hornet of course – by my sister’s fiance, and it was in pretty poor shape at the time. HC-0115065 £ 2.68. Used product. Porsche 959 Not in mint condition. Handling is another matter though, and the car has a tendency to swing it’s tail about and can be a bit of a handful on a loose surface. That was in 1993. I must have poured over that catalogue a million times growing up, and here’s the classic product photo of the Hornet as Tamiya intended it to be…. And while any old print memorabilia related to Toyworld is now extremely hard to find, after some years of searching I did manage to find this great colour Toyworld print advertisement from 1985 – here, showing a Hornet package, complete with the classic Acoms Techniplus radio, plus Tamiya battery and charger…. Handling is another matter though, and the car has a tendency to swing it’s tail about and can be a bit of a handful on a loose surface. Among them, the Hornet was the 45th model to … $11.50 $ 11. Add to Cart. Great deals on Tamiya Grasshopper In Hobby Rc Wheels, Tires, Rims & Hubs. Overall length: 400mm; Overall width: 230mm; Overall height: 150mm; Weight: 874g; Solid bathtub frame with side bumpers; High performance Type 540 motor Keen eyes have uncovered many small things over the years. My guess is that the servo horn is not aligned correctly on the servo. My best mate had a Hornet and another friend had a Hot Shot. Fast & Free shipping on many items! Broadly, you might refer to these buggies as “character cars” due to the fact they came in eye-catching shapes, colours, and with quirky decals and unusual names. grasshopper Product. $929.00 Add to Cart. yes I like the Tamiya original kits more so then the rerelease ones shipping cost. Many collectors of Tamiya cars consider the first 100 Tamiya models to be a “golden era” as these were the cars released at the height of the R/C craze in the 1980s, and are now the most collectible. Original, unbuilt kits are more likely to be somewhere in the range of $350 – $450. 100% of the re-releases include changes like: fake decal brands (real-world company logos are gone), ESC instead of MSC, and (usually) one or more of the following: minor changes to body, chassis, or gearbox. Feel free to look around, participate in the forums, or leave a comment beneath any article if you have a memory to share. I have never seen one in a store or in person other than mine in person even back in the day but it seems to have been relatively successful. I particularly love the wheels and tyres on this car, which are shared between it and several other Tamiya buggies. It was on the April 1087 issue of RC Car Action magazine painted like the ZZ-Top car. 4.8 out of 5 stars 13. all vintage Tamiya It’s a 1/10 scale 2WD utilising a bathtub chassis, to which everything else connects. The Grasshopper/Hornet chassis platform with a gearbbox at the back and rigid rear-axle suspension was also such an economical, robust basis for a 2WD R/C buggy that it ended up being copied over the years by dozens of other R/C car makers (both hobby and toy-grade – the Tyco Turbo Hopper is just one example), and in fact the same basic philosophy can still be seen in many R/C toys you can purchase today. The Grasshopper was released a few months earlier and I will discuss it in detail another time. I’m actually happy if they’ve introduced new people to the magic of those old designs, as I do agree that they’re more fun than a lot of modern R/C stuff. Jadlam Racing GB. Cardboard kit divider carries illustrations of late-1980s models. But I think you’re being a bit harsh on re-re cars? I remember the protective balloon for the speed control was a really neat feature and also remembered it being FAST. FREE Shipping by Amazon. Good point there about the mechanical speed controllers. I used to race at the local roller skating rink and build cars for my friends for a small fee… lol. I find that when you burn out the speed controller you don’t need to buy another one you just clean the copper on the 3 step speed controller then it will work again or replace the resistor Buggies that run absolutely perfectly can often be a bit boring. In Stock. Tamiya RC US M551 Sheridan Full Option RC Tank Kit Limited Edition TAM56043. (Almost none of the re-released kits come like this). I think I’ll try and get that going too. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. The friends in question were fairly well known people in the town where I lived, so there were quite a lot of people at this party – maybe 50 or so. And many collectors today remember seeing them playing in stores, in their youth. Quick view Compare Add to My Wish List. Sometimes things are overpriced out there. Under normal use, the Hornet would last a lifetime. But it became the vehicle that opened up my world to Tamiya R/C cars. Tamiya Paire de Jantes Av Hornet 0555066 - RC TEAM. But also note the angular profile, suspension arms, bumper bar, side nerf bars and so on…all are slender and black, similar to a set of black legs supporting a body. I think I was about 8 or 9 years old and my family had been invited to some kind of dinner party at a friend’s house. It all comes together as one perfect package that somehow was incredibly enticing to children and adults around the world. Note the blister packaging – a lot of collectors love the way original Tamiya kits were presented, with big dividers covered in pictures of other cars (you could only dream of owning them all! At the time, my only R/C experiences had been Tandy/Radio Shack type models that would trundle around nice enough, but seeing this thing called a “Hornet” introduced me to a new level of excitement. Surely there’s more satisfaction in owning a true original from the 1980s, than a reissue. View in shop. When I was about 11 or so, I had the fortune of getting my hands on my first Tamiya catalogue – a glossy, printed gallery of incredible plastic and R/C models that included a page featuring the Hornet. For those wanting to remember a bit of their youth, it's likely that it's the Hornet they remember. And combine that with the fact that it was available for 8 years from 1984-1992, and there’s no doubt it had an incredible sales run. super hornet The original model however, is generally much more valuable than the remake. It’s something they carried across several beautiful buggies. The example cars featured in every official photo appear to be “early vintage” Hornets (which makes perfect sense of course, being promotional photos). The car was being launched off a ramp near the back verandah, at full speed, and landing a couple of metres away, at which point it would either flip over or continue to blast dust and dirt as it regained it’s foothold. after running both cars one after the other I still prefer the original car Hey dude thanks for a ton of useful tips on the hornet. Undo the screw holding the white servo horn. It’s a 1/10 scale 2WD utilising a bathtub chassis, to which everything else connects. I haven’t mentioned the Tamiya Grasshopper yet, but the Hornet is essentially the Grasshopper’s faster brother. And we Tamiya fans can’t really complain, you know 🙂 Collectors of first-edition books are paying tens of thousands to own the original editions of books like Harry Potter. Many collectors of Tamiya cars consider the first 100 Tamiya models to be a kind of “golden era” as these were the cars released at the height of the R/C craze in the 1980s, and are now the most collectible. As for those bodies, I think I remember them. Obviously there’s the black body covered in striking yellow-orange-red decals. all the body sets and original speed controllers for them all Another casualty of rough driving. Tamiya P Parts For 58071. The remake Hornet, in pre-built form. It's free, and simply lets you comment in the forum or beneath articles. (Or if I build an original kit to completion!). $1,383.00 Add to Cart. They seem to have satisfied enough fans to cause the price of original examples to fall a bit, making it more affordable to restore a true original – which is great. Im thinking about buying one and you gave all that i need. The metal molds were produced from plans which had the concept of being "easy to understand and build, even for beginners". Dad had to get a new one too, and I picked up an M05 Mini Cooper. In my view, the quintessential Tamiya model and a true icon of the R/C hobby. I actually don’t have a built Hornet worthy of display just yet, so this article will feature images of one of my new-in-box original kits…, Because, speaking of the fun of hunting down original parts, it’s still possible to hunt down original unbuilt kits as well. when you see all the original wires and the 3 step speed controllers that’s what makes the vintage Rc car great the old style not the esc that’s for new models cars on off/road like brushless motor cars also has brake Make sure the transmitter steering is centred (including the steering trim lever). Tamiya Hornet Chassis. All orignal parts from the 1980's apart from a relacement on/off switch. Tamiya 1/10 Hornet 2WD Electric Off Road RC Buggy Kit . Expand your options of fun home activities with the largest online selection at eBay.com. 4.5 out of 5 stars 115 ratings. However it is a significant improvement over the original. It’s something they carried across several beautiful buggies. Tamiya The Hornet - Rakennussarja. It was a fairly lightweight buggy for it’s time too, and the gearbox transfers the motor power quite efficiently so that it’s main strength is straight-line speed. And the fact they are so fat – particularly at the rear – is all part of that 70s/early 80s-philosophy where a lot of cars in various motorsport around the world (even Formula 1) were thought to perform better if they had massive, fat rear tyres. Stock. And besides, there’s a lot to be said for the fun and the challenge of hunting down true original parts and restoring an old Hornet to “as it was back in the day” condition – and it doesn’t always cost as much as you’d think. So it’s impact on the toy market has been massive. Original, unbuilt kits are the most highly sought-after of course, and are harder to track down. the original car flat out in reverse then left then up again will make like a Knight Rider effect It’s no wonder Tamiya’s R/C model sales took off in the early 1980s. A product of 1985 thinking. Yes, the re-releases have certainly stirred the market up, and many are happy to have the 80% similar version. Here in Australia, we have a chain of small toy stores called Toyworld. You would have to ask yourself how badly you want something that looks only 50% like a Sand Rover for $150 or so, when an original, used Sand Rover made in 1982 might be found for $300. I remember falling in love with it the first time I saw an advertisement in a magazine. Some years ago I obtained what I think was the most complete collection of these videos that have been available, and from the source I divided them into clips of the individual models. 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