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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A lot of Toyworld businesses are still going strong, but many of the stores in Sydney suburbs and towns have closed up over the years. Including where I grew up.