F1 legend Rubens Barrichello, Indycar champion Michael Andretti and Touring Car ace Giampiero Simoni all used to mess around with R/C cars too, and here’s the photographic proof!
Get ready for a new series of never-before-seen photographs of racing drivers with R/C cars. All with enormous thanks to “R/C modeler to the stars”, Colin Spinner and his enviable experiences building R/C models for the legends of F1, rally and touring car racing.
The R/C toys of the 1980s are memorable because they were original, fun, and mostly very well made. But are the R/C toys of today so bad?
Well yes, many of them are.
But not all them. So join me as I analyze a tiny sample, then make lots of sweeping generalizations.
Is it just me, or are Lego mini figure faces ridiculous these days? Gone from Lego sets are the normal, happy faces I knew in the 80s. Now it’s all “expressions” – excitement, fear and even anger.
On the positive side, the Lego brand is still very popular. And in fact, Lego still releases many retro-themed sets that suggest a large percentage of their buyers are fans of the 1980s. So let’s look at what Lego is up to…
Remember the days of the local Hobby Shop?
Not only are there far fewer hobby shops around now, but it’s actually quite difficult to find photos of hobby shops from their heyday in the 1980s – or earlier. Nevertheless, here’s a selection that is sure to make you wish you could travel back in time.
This huge, high-rise monster-rig manufactured by Nikko was about the biggest R/C toy I’d seen in the late 1980s. And it became something of an obsession for me one winter when, as a 12 year old, my local Tandy store had one left – heavily discounted in the months after Christmas.
Would I be able to convince my parents to buy it? Or would a spoiled kid I knew from school, snatch it away at the last minute?…