A better way to describe R/C kit variants

On this website (and others), collectors of vintage R/C cars have over the years tried to categorize “variants” of vintage R/C cars as “Mk1, Mk2, Mk3” etc.

This approach has proven popular, and it works OK for vintage RTR (ready-to-run) models. But it’s actually very misleading for kit-based models. So I’m now scrapping it for those, in favour of a simple naming convention of “Early”, “Mid” and “Late”.

Here’s why…

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Vintage R/C cars were once featured on a collectibles TV show

abc-collectors-vintage-rc-car-segment-001Back in 2009, a TV show in Australia featured a segment specifically about collecting vintage Radio Controlled cars. It’s the only time I can recall seeing this niche hobby mentioned on TV. Yet there it was, in between segments about collectors of stereographs and pressed glassware

Since the footage hasn’t surfaced online in all these years, maybe I was the only one who kept it? So here it is…

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The era of the vintage hobby shop find

For many years, I used to go hunting for vintage R/C goodies at old Hobby Shops. Digging for leftover stock, and lost bits of memorabilia – both at stores in Australia, and sometimes overseas.

But as Hobby Shops suffer under the downturn of retail caused by online shopping, many of the oldest (and most interesting) stores have closed for good. So perhaps the time has come to reminisce not just about the R/C cars of the 1980s, but the joy of finding vintage R/C treasures in the years that followed…

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Toyota’s full-size Tamiya Bruiser

In a follow-up to my previous article, it appears Toyota UK have continued their cross-promotion with Tamiya by now creating a full-size Tamiya Toyota 4×4 Pickup Bruiser.

Also, a quick update from me about the future of this website…

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