One of the most appealing parts of any model R/C car, are the tyres. And vintage R/C cars have some pretty interesting and unusual ones.
Let’s look at a selection of classic 1980s R/C tyres, back when the hobby was still young and free and the cars were designed to look realistic, fun and exciting.
Did you know that the original Taiyo Jet Hopper was different to later Jet Hoppers and also different to the Tyco/Taiyo Turbo Hopper?
There were several changes to this buggy over the years. So I thought it would be worthwhile to show what an original Taiyo Jet Hopper Mk1 looks like – and to talk a little bit about how the model changed during its production run.
This early, high quality R/C Chevy Blazer 4WD was a big hit in countries like the USA and the UK, and many remember it as their first R/C car. Some are willing to pay top dollar just to get their hands on one today, and with good reason – the Shinsei Mountain Man was one of the most beautiful and rugged R/C 4×4 toys of the 1980s.
Manufactured by Nikko, this perfect scale replica of the famous off-road Mercedes Unimog 4WD truck is one of the nicest looking R/C models ever produced. Today it is highly sought-after by Paris-Dakar fans, Unimog fans and scale R/C fans.