The Tamiya book ‘Master Modeler’ now retails for between $100 and $300 in fine condition. And since books easily age in poor conditions, it’s worth considering how you store your books.
Unusual Tamiya R/C souvenirs
Tamiya are well known for their R/C kits and models, but they’ve also released a vast range of interesting R/C souvenirs and accessories over the years. Here are a few unusual things I’ve been lucky enough to find.
Lost Hobby Shops: Yennora Hobbies – Part 3
A late follow-up to a couple of articles I wrote a long time ago… I finally have a photo showing the R/C stock inside of one of my favourite, lost childhood hobby stores: Yennora Hobbies in Sydney.
10 years of R/C Toy Memories…
Well, that went quick. Or did it? 🤔 Somehow, this website has now clocked 10 years and nearly 1.4m visits. And 2012 feels both a long time ago, and like yesterday…
Taiyo Racing Pick-Up 4WD (1988)
Released in 1988 and based on a series of real desert racing trucks, this beautiful ready-to-run Nissan Pick-Up R/C model was made by Taiyo of Japan. It is arguably one of the most eye-catching R/C models in Taiyo’s history.
Collecting, and the ones that got away…
Being a collector means riding a roller coaster of exciting highs and tragic lows. Some YouTube stars now make collectibles come to them – for free! While others (like me) still trudge across the barren wastelands of Fantasia (eBay) like Atreyu on a hero’s quest…
The Tamiya “First 100 cars” poster
A recent addition to my collection is an original copy of the much admired, but vanishingly rare Tamiya “First 100 cars” poster. A little item I’ve been searching for, for two decades…
Tandy/Radio Shack Turbo Racer 27 (1988)
Essentially a Porsche 959 Paris-Dakar Rally Winner, the Tandy/Radio Shack Turbo Racer 27 (by Atcomi) was an oddity in the 80s – a ready-to-run R/C sports car model, designed to go off-road.
Why I reject social media
Social media has all but ruined the “open” web I once knew. And that includes the community of R/C fans, who once created an interesting network of websites about vintage R/C cars. The new Netflix documentary, “The Social Dilemma”, is an eye opener about how the Internet has changed in the last 5-10 years. Mostly for the worse.
Italian collectibles show features vintage R/C cars
Back in 2017, an Italian TV show called I Fatti Vostri featured a segment about collecting that featured vintage R/C cars. Watch the video.
Gama/Matsushiro Land Rover (1982)
This R/C Land Rover from Japanese ready-to-run masters Matsushiro, was an astounding R/C toy for 1982. And it was based on a real Land Rover used by a famous Italian adventurer in 1969.
Lockdown… but an upturn for hobbies?
It’s a curious fact that the tragic COVID-19 pandemic has triggered some tiny silver linings in unexpected areas of business. And one of those might be hobbies – and hobby stores.
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