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Hello Vintage R/C enthusiasts!

My name is Luke. Thought I’d make an introduction thread since I didn’t see one in the main section. I’m originally from Sydney but recently moved to London and after my first year and (my first long, dark) winter endured, the sun is out and therefore so is my Hornet!

I bought my NIB vintage Tamiya Hornet after visiting this website nearly six years ago – I built it and in one fell swoop increased the value of vintage Hornets worldwide!! It is now my runner–I use a vintage Futaba Attack FP-T2 which I got from Yahoo Japan around the same time. I’ve added some vintage ball bearings for extra speed, but am now on the lookout for a vintage blue motor.

I’ve since bought a mint NIB Grasshopper that my son will inherit.

Looking forward to the discussion thread.



P.S. Rob please move this thread if you see fit.

Great idea Luke, thanks for starting this thread - it totally can stay where it is for now 🙂  Loved your other story also, really fantastic.

And as this is not obvious across most of the website, yes everyone - my name is Rob. And I'm somewhat into vintage R/C also 😛

That vintage "Blue motor" you mentioned - I'm guessing that's the Black motor? e.g. Tamiya/Mabuchi Black Motor Sprint, or Black Motor Endurance.

That vintage "Blue motor" you mentioned - I'm guessing that's the Black motor? e.g. Tamiya/Mabuchi Black Motor Sprint, or Black Motor Endurance.

Yes, Black Sprint and Black Endurance. Not sure why I wrote blue!

And yes I hoped it would be ok to use your real name!

Glad you're back in action, I always look forward to your articles!

Keep up the good work. 🙂


Hi all. I am the newbie on the site. Whilst I know heaps about that other icon of the 80's the Sony Walkman I don't have much knowledge of RC models. In fact my experience is restricted to the original Taiyo Jet Hopper which I have recently found in the bottom garage thanks to the COVID-19 lockdown I have been sorting through. As I picked it up I noticed flat spots in the tyers and thought how about that. Just like the old Merc SLC 450 that sat there awaiting restoration for so long the tyers had flat spots in them. So I thought simple fix here but alas that is not the case. One of the rear tyers fell to pieces but undeterred I reached for the tube of American rubber glue and patched it  back together. Cosmetically it's not great but the car ran and everything works as it should. Amazing the fun I had with this buggy tearing around the school basketball court with my kids chasing after it and jumping over it as it raced up towards them. They're both 30 somethings now but both remember those days fondly.

I would love to get some new tyers for it but having checked heaps of model shops there is nothing with OD 60mm and ID 25mm. Hoping for some guidance here from fellow members. Could even trade a Walkman for a set of the correct size boots.



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I am Raul from Spain and I am a fan of classic RC cars (toy and hobby grade).
I am not a collector but I have about 40 RC cars from the 80s and early 90s of the brands Nikko, Taiyo, Tyco or Tamiya, Kyosho, Marui, ..
By my job as an electronics engineer I have enough knowledge to repair them.

Welcome Briand, and Raul 🙂  Nice to see some posts appearing here.

Apologies for not updating the website more often lately - but I did post on the weekend, at long last.

@briand - tyres are super hard to find for the Jet Hopper. They were sold as spares, and I have a few left in my stash, but have to keep them for my own occasional restorations. They do come up now and then, but it might be quicker to find another old Hopper with serviceable tyres.

@korreka - cool to hear that you have the skills to restore the cars, as the old circuit boards always bamboozle me. But I can restore just about everything else about the. Also - having a collection of about 40 cars does make you a collector I think 😉 Nice work getting so many together.

I've been meaning for ages to write an article about the Taiyo Jet Racer 4WD or the Taiyo Jet Fighter... these are long overdue, for some coverage on the website.


This is Vik from the Verona, NJ US.  I have always been a fan of Tamiyas.  My first car was a Blackfoot back in the late 80s given to me by a friend.   I started restoring RCs a few years ago upon finding the above BF in my parent's garage.    While I used to run mine all the time, now I just like restoring them and looking at them on the shelf.   Below is a list of what I've built recently.  Many of these were built during lock down.  I love this hobby and am hoping its continues on for a long time:

Blackfoot (rebuilt with re-re parts)

Vintage Hotshot (MK2).  this was inspired by the first article I ever read on this site.

Vintage Boomerang

Vintage Frog with new body/decals

Vintage Wild Willy

Super Hotshot

Hot Shot II (built with found parts, though missing the elusive D-parts)

Grasshopper (re-re bought for my son a few years ago)


Vintage Fox with new body and wheels

I also have a few recent Traxxas cars that my kids and I run (can't ruin these resto's)

Looking forward to reading stories and articles.



Welcome Vik! It's an awesome collection you have there... and I'm a lot like you, the restoring and shelving is as much (or more) fun than the driving/racing 😀