Tamiya Hotshot: Vintage vs Remake

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This page explains the list of the differences between the original vintage Tamiya R/C model kit called “Hotshot” (model #58047) from 1985, and the newer Tamiya R/C model kit called “Hotshot” (model #58391) from 2007.

This page is still under construction, and was last updated: 13rd September 2016

Original Vintage Model Remake Model
Model Name Model No. Year of Release Model Name Model No. Year of Release
“Hotshot” 58047 1985 “Hotshot” 58391 2007
Original Box tamiya-hotshot-box-reissue
Original box has original artwork with genuine sponsor logos, and other original text and graphics.
Remake Box tamiya-hotshot-box-vintage
Remake box has new artwork with fake sponsor logos, and other text and graphic changes.
Original Box Internals tamiya-hotshot-box-internals-vintage
Original box internals include two large blister pack displays and boxes.
Remake Box Internals tamiya-hotshot-box-internals-reissue
Remake box internals contain a plain box of parts and other differences.
Original Manual tamiya-hotshot-manual-vintage
Original manual contains instructions specific to original kit.
Remake Manual tamiya-hotshot-manual-reissue
Remake manual is completely different and contains instructions specific to remake kit.
Original Decals tamiya-hotshot-decals-vintage
Original decals contain real sponsor logos.
Remake Decals tamiya-hotshot-decals-reissue
Remake decals are completely different and contain fake sponsor logos, and other different decals.
Original Body tamiya-hotshot-body-vintage
Original body has the nose area pre-cut, and holes pre-cut for the body pin and the antenna on either side. Original wing has holes pre-cut for screws and wing pins. There is no embossed writing anywhere on the body or wing and there is no overspray film. The wing may have a protective storage sheet over it (it is not overspray film).
Remake Body tamiya-hotshot-body-reissue-1tamiya-hotshot-body-reissue-2
[1] Remake body has “58047”, “07” and “© 1985 TAMIYA” embossed on it. [2] It does not have hole pre-cut at nose area. [3] It does not have holes pre-cut for the body pin and the antenna on either side. [4] The rear wing has “58047” and “© 1985 TAMIYA” embossed on it. [5] It does not have holes pre-cut for screws and wing pins (the holes are different). Both body and wing also have thin overspray film over the entire lexan, which must be peeled off.
Original Kit Motor tamiya-hotshot-motor-vintage
Motor provided in the original kit is the Mabuchi RS-540S. It has a pronounced black plastic end, and red and black wires.
Remake Kit Motor tamiya-hotshot-motor-reissue
Motor provided in the remake kit is the Mabuchi RS-540SH. It has a recessed metal end, green and yellow wires, and a sticker on the can which says “Mabuchi RS-540SH”.

This page is still under construction.

Original Motor tamiya-frog-motor-vintage
Original motor has a pronounced black plastic end, and is a Mabuchi RS-540 type. Reissue Motor tamiya-frog-motor-reissue
Reissue motor is different, and most noticeably has a recessed plastic end. Original Mechanical Speed Controller tamiya-frog-msc-vintage
Original speed controller is a mechanical contact point set with ceramic resistors, elements of which are visible on the exterior of the vehicle. Reissue Mechanical Speed Controller not-included
Mechanical speed controller and related resistors, wiring and components are not included. Reissue instead comes with an electronic unit, no elements of which are visible on the exterior of the vehicle. Original Drive Gear tamiya-frog-drive-gear-vintage
Original drive gear is made of brass. Reissue Drive Gear tamiya-frog-drive-gear-reissue
Reissue drive gear is made of aluminium. Original Plastic Gears tamiya-frog-plastic-gears-vintage
Original plastic gears are made of Delrin and are slightly yellow in colour. Reissue Plastic Gears tamiya-frog-plastic-gears-reissue
Reissue plastic gears are made of a different plastic compound and are more white in colour. Original Pressed Parts Bag tamiya-frog-pressed-part-bag-vintage
Original pressed parts bag contains many metal parts. The fibreglass plate is pale green in colour and made of fibreglass. Reissue Pressed Parts Bag tamiya-frog-pressed-part-bag-reissue
Reissue pressed parts bag does not contain certain metal items: Switch Stay, Rear Arm Stopper x 2, Resistor Plate, Resistor Stay. Reissue fibreglass plate is called “reinforcing plate” and is black and not made of fibreglass. Original ‘A’ Parts tamiya-frog-a-parts-vintage
Original ‘A’ Parts sprues have “RCC SUBARU BRAT”, “1983” and “MADE IN JAPAN” embossed on them. Reissue ‘A’ Parts tamiya-frog-a-parts-reissuetamiya-frog-a-parts-reissue-2tamiya-frog-a-parts-reissue-3
[1] Reissue chassis halves have inverted length of the shock mounts (one side’s mounts are longer than the other, but it’s the opposite way around compared to the vintage ones. [2] Sprues have “© 1983 TAMIYA”, “58038”, “09833009-D4”, “>ABS<” embossed on them. [3] Reissue part A1 has different hole position. [4] Reissue part A4 is different shape. There are also two embossed circular date stamps on the inner side of one chassis half. Original ‘B’ Parts tamiya-frog-b-parts-vintage
Original ‘B’ Parts sprue has “RCC SUBARU BRAT” and “MADE IN JAPAN” embossed on it. Reissue ‘B’ Parts tamiya-frog-b-parts-reissue
Reissue ‘B’ Parts are made of a more glossy plastic. Sprue has different embossed writing on it. Several parts such as plastic bearings and optional servo horns are not included. Original ‘C’ Parts tamiya-frog-c-parts-vintage
Original ‘C’ parts sprues have “RCC SUBARU BRAT” and “MADE IN JAPAN” embossed on them. Reissue ‘C’ Parts tamiya-frog-c-parts-reissue
Reissue ‘C’ parts is made of a more glossy black plastic which is also less flexible than the original. Sprue layout has changed. [1] Some unused parts are omitted entirely. [2] Some new parts added. Original ‘H’ Parts tamiya-frog-h-parts-vintage
Original ‘H’ Parts sprues have “RCC SUBARU BRAT” and “MADE IN JAPAN” embossed on them. Reissue ‘H’ Parts tamiya-frog-h-parts-reissue
Reissue ‘H’ parts is made of a more glossy black plastic. Sprue has embossed circular date stamps and material stamp “>PA<” on the sprue tab, which is also longer. Original ‘F’ Parts and ‘R’ Parts tamiya-frog-f-r-parts-vintage
Original ‘F’ and ‘R’ Parts sprues have “1/10 RC VW BUGGY” and “MADE IN JAPAN” embossed on them. Parts are a slightly off-white colour. Reissue ‘F’ Parts and ‘R’ Parts tamiya-frog-f-r-parts-reissue
Reissue ‘F’ and ‘R’ Parts are made of a more glossy plastic which is also bright white. Sprues have different embossed writing on them and are a different shape. Original Front Bumper tamiya-frog-front-bumper-vintage
Original front bumper has “RCC QUATTRO RALLY” and “MADE IN JAPAN” embossed on it. Reissue Front Bumper tamiya-frog-front-bumper-reissue
Reissue front bumper is made of a darker, more glossy black plastic. [1] It has “© 1983 TAMIYA”. [2] There are two embossed circular date symbols. [3] Embossed numbers “58036/0983045”. [4] An embossed material code “>PA<“. [5] Sprue does not have cut-off tabs. [6] Central support bar is wider (although some of the later original bumpers also had this wider part). Original Screw Bag ‘A’ tamiya-frog-screw-bag-a-vintage
Original pieces are gold in colour. Separate washers are included. Reissue Screw Bag ‘A’ tamiya-frog-screw-bag-a-reissue
Different header card. Reissue pieces are silver or black in colour. Washers are molded as part of screws. Original Screw Bag ‘B’ tamiya-frog-screw-bag-b-vintage
Original pieces are gold or silver in colour. Reissue Screw Bag ‘B’ tamiya-frog-screw-bag-b-reissue
Different header card. Reissue pieces are silver or black in colour. Original Screw Bag ‘C’ tamiya-frog-screw-bag-c-vintage
Original pieces are gold or silver in colour. Reissue Screw Bag ‘C’ tamiya-frog-screw-bag-c-reissue
Different header card. Reissue pieces are silver or black in colour. Original Screw Bag ‘D’ tamiya-frog-screw-bag-d-vintage
Original pieces are gold, silver or black in colour. Reissue Screw Bag ‘D’ tamiya-frog-screw-bag-d-reissue
Different header card. Reissue pieces are silver in colour. Original Tyres tamiya-frog-tyres-vintage
Original tyres are made of an earlier tyre compound. They are commonly sold in vintage coloured boxes with the wheels. But vintage examples (without wheels) may also be found in plain, clear cellophane packets as taken from vintage kits. Reissue Tyres tamiya-frog-tyres-reissue
Reissue tyres may appear more shiny, and are made of a newer tyre compound that smells and feels different. They are commonly sold loose or in modern packets without the wheels. Original Tool Bag tamiya-frog-tool-bag-vintage
Original tool bag consists of: 13 Nylon Bands, 2 Bead Bands, 3 Rubber Bags, rubber Switch Cover, rubber Joint Boot, Allen Key (large), Allen Key (small), Double Sided Tape and Grease (2g). (note: Box Wrench is found in kit blister pack Reissue Tool Bag tamiya-frog-tool-bag-reissue
Reissue tool bag consists of: 4 Nylon Bands, rubber Joint Boot (which is made of a more glossy rubber), Allen Key (large), Allen Key (small), 2 Double Sided Tape, 2 Aluminium Glass Tape, Sponge Tape, AW Grease, Ceramic Grease, Box Wrench. Original Rod Bag tamiya-frog-rod-bag-vintage
Original rod bag consists of: (info coming) Reissue Rod Bag tamiya-frog-rod-bag-reissue
Reissue tool bag consists of: (info coming)

Thanks to: beefmuffin, Frog Jumper and Michael for help with Frog information and photos.