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.
Perhaps there’s endless demand for vintage & retro R/C
What if the Internet is causing the demand for retro and vintage items of all kinds (including vintage R/C cars), to remain strong indefinitely?
“The Frog”, by Tamiya (1983)
An icon of the Golden Era of Tamiya R/C modelling, almost unsurpassed in it’s appeal and popularity to this day.
A tale of two buggies…
…and the day they went racing as slow Historics, against a friend’s Brushless Fantastic.
Identifying vintage Tamiya R/C spare parts
If you’re looking to restore a vintage Tamiya, here are some tips to help with identifying Tamiya’s original spare parts on eBay or elsewhere.
A better way to describe R/C kit variants
Categorizing “variants” of kit-based vintage R/C cars as “Mk1, Mk2, Mk3”, was never a good idea. So here’s a better suggestion.
Vintage R/C cars were once featured on a collectibles TV show
Remember when the Australian TV show “Collectors”, had a segment about vintage R/C car collecting? It was pretty great.
The era of the vintage hobby shop find
There aren’t many old hobby shops around anymore. And visiting those stores used to be fun, especially if you were lucky enough to find old stock.
Toyota’s full-size Tamiya Bruiser
A real car based on a Tamiya R/C car, would once have been unthinkable. Now, it’s a mainstream publicity stunt for Toyota.
Tamiya collaborates with Toyota for the Hilux
To promote the new Toyota Hilux, Toyota UK have recently released a series of short videos featuring one of Tamiya’s famous R/C hiluxes – the
Tandy/Radio Shack Red Arrow Buggy (1988)
With R/C still at peak popularity in 1988, Tandy/Radio Shack filled their stores with a range of off-road vehicles, and one of the very best was the Red Arrow Buggy.
How to avoid two common eBay scams
When collecting valuable items, there are always dodgy sellers you need to avoid. Some eBay sellers use tricks like shill-bidding and short-selling to make bigger
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