SOLD: Tamiya Hornet Jun Watanabe

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Letting this spare model go from my vintage R/C collection…

Tamiya Hornet Jun Watanabe
SOLD: AU$300 on 7th January 2017
Scale: 1/10
Type: Kit
Year of release: 2012
Batteries Required: 1 x 7.2volt battery pack (Car). 8 x AA (Transmitter – sold separately)

Any vintage R/C model I sell has been personally checked and assessed.
About this example…

✔ New in box
✔ 100% complete.
✔ Nothing missing.
✔ Nothing broken.
✔ Box excellent – mint or near mint.

Conclusion: This Tamiya Hornet Jun Watanabe kit is excellent and complete. Whilst not strictly vintage, this was an unusual special edition of the Tamiya Hornet released in 2012 in a limited run, featuring design input from the Japanese designer Jun Watanabe – resulting in a truly out-there Hornet concept, with many parts molded in unique colours. The kit actually includes both white and black wheels, and both pink and black tyres, so that you can choose the colour combination you want. The body comes clear and unpainted, with decals to replicate the wild design depicted on the box art. All parts have been checked and confirmed personally by an experienced collector – it is 100% original. Brand new condition. Priced according to rarity, condition, demand, and past examples I have sold.

Note: As with all Tamiya kits, a Transmitter must be purchased separately to build this model. An Electronic Speed Controller must also be purchased separately for this kit, because the Jun Watanabe Hornet special edition did not come with any type of speed controller (mechanical or electronic).

Please see the photos to understand the condition. Feel free to contact me to find out more.


Along with the Frog and the Grasshopper, the Hornet was one of Tamiya’s real breakthrough kit buggies back in 1984, and went on to become one of the highest selling R/C kits in history. It’s elegant physique, high speed and aggressive name combined together well, and it belongs to that early era of Tamiya when each car had a distinct character and colour theme and Tamiya wasn’t simply pumping out mindless repeats or rehashing past successes. Each model was unique – and if you owned a Frog, a Hotshot and a Hornet, you had three models which could not be more different, offering a fascinating comparison when running and racing them. Today, The Hornet is unquestionably one of their cornerstone models – a fast and versatile buggy that was also tough, relatively light, realistic in appearance, and a lot of fun to drive. In the mid-2000s, the Hornet was remade and relaunched by Tamiya with a number of changes. In 2012, Tamiya released the Jun Watanabe special edition of the kit, a unique kit in Tamiya R/C history for it’s collaboration with a famous designer.

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