A late follow-up to a couple of articles I wrote a long time ago… I finally have a photo showing the R/C stock inside of one of my favourite, lost childhood hobby stores: Yennora Hobbies in Sydney.
Well, that went quick. Or did it? 🤔 Somehow, this website has now clocked 10 years and nearly 1.4m visits. And 2012 feels both a long time ago, and like yesterday…
A recent addition to my collection is an original copy of the much admired, but vanishingly rare Tamiya “First 100 cars” poster. A little item I’ve been searching for, for two decades…
Social media has all but ruined the “open” web I once knew. And that includes the community of R/C fans, who once created an interesting network of websites about vintage R/C cars. The new Netflix documentary, “The Social Dilemma”, is an eye opener about how the Internet has changed in the last 5-10 years. Mostly for the worse.
It’s a curious fact that the tragic COVID-19 pandemic has triggered some tiny silver linings in unexpected areas of business. And one of those might be hobbies – and hobby stores.
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.
An icon of the Golden Era of Tamiya R/C modelling, almost unsurpassed in it’s appeal and popularity to this day.
…and the day they went racing as slow Historics, against a friend’s Brushless Fantastic.
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.
Categorizing “variants” of kit-based vintage R/C cars as “Mk1, Mk2, Mk3”, was never a good idea. So here’s a better suggestion.
Remember when the Australian TV show “Collectors”, had a segment about vintage R/C car collecting? It was pretty great.
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.