Most vintage Tamiya fans will be familiar with the early promotional clips they made for each car, that were often aired on TV sets in hobby stores and were narrated by an American.
But even I was surprised to re-discover these two old Australian TV commercials from the 1980s.
With a blazing top speed of 31km/h, Taiyo’s twin-motor Lamborghini Countach LP500S of 1987 wasn’t the first R/C model of this iconic supercar. But it was certainly one of the best looking.
Blessed with proportions that seemed to do justice to the wild and angular full-sized vehicle, and with performance to match, this was a ready-to-run R/C car from the late 1980s that was capable of surprising the kid next door with his Tamiya.
Remember the days of the local Hobby Shop?
Not only are there far fewer hobby shops around now, but it’s actually quite difficult to find photos of hobby shops from their heyday in the 1980s – or earlier. Nevertheless, here’s a selection that is sure to make you wish you could travel back in time.
The 1980s wasn’t just an era of R/C cars, but an era of cool (and expensive) new R/C toys of all kinds. And one of the most alluring was the notion of having your own personal robot assistant to run around the house, ferrying drinks, impressing your friends and confusing your pets.
Did you have a Robie Junior?