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?…
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.