Tamiya £94.99  RC deal - Rising Fighter buggy BARGAIN BUNDLE DEAL - Everything for just £94.99! @ Time Tunnel Models
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Tamiya £94.99 RC deal - Rising Fighter buggy BARGAIN BUNDLE DEAL - Everything for just £94.99! @ Time Tunnel Models

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Found 11th Nov 2014
Was looking for a Tamiya Grasshopper for the wife to get me for Christmas (as I still can't let go of my youth) and saw this.

Was posted here at £99.99 but now £5 cheaper. No idea how good it is......but I want one!

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scallygally

my 13 year old son can't tear himself from his PlayStation. I just shown … my 13 year old son can't tear himself from his PlayStation. I just shown him a video of this car on YouTube and just shrugged his shoulders and looked at me as if I'd gone out. Are teenagers actually interested into pastimes like this? I'd love him to get into something like this but I've got to get him off that muckin PlayStation first.



I was 13 when my dad got me a Hornet, every weekend we went to a club, eventually got better cars and raced in the BRCA championships up until he died when I was 15. Because of those cars we spent more time together than would have normally and at the time I didnt realise how precious it would be - just buy one and take the plug off the playstation.
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Do they still come in kit form? Building it was part of the fun!

I still have the wildone, very few things have stayed with me since I was a teen, must have had it 27 years now - amazing.

http://www.arrowmodels.com/ftx-viper-1-8-4wd-brushed-electric-sandrail-blue-buggy-rtr-2-4ghz-radio

Something like that would be more bang for your buck as a starter car.

try nitrotek.co.uk they sell them (been recommend to get a brushless electric car as they go faster) and there are reviews etc - prices fairly reasonable and not much more than this say £10-20.

I am looking for one at the mo for my OH for xmas

rootbeer

http://www.arrowmodels.com/ftx-viper-1-8-4wd-brushed-electric-sandrail-blue-buggy-rtr-2-4ghz-radioSomething like that would be more bang for your buck as a starter car.



Or even modelsport.co.uk/lrp…778 would make a better starter buggy, its at least got 2.4GHz radio gear.

Ah memories. I had a grasshopper ii type s, wore all the tread off the tyres it was so good!

jaffacat

try http://www.nitrotek.co.uk they sell them (been recommend to get a … try http://www.nitrotek.co.uk they sell them (been recommend to get a brushless electric car as they go faster) and there are reviews etc - prices fairly reasonable and not much more than this say £10-20.I am looking for one at the mo for my OH for xmas



I always used modelsport.co.uk/ for kits and hobbyking.co.uk/ for parts (based in China so can take a while). I would doubt you can get a decent brushless kit for around £100 but happy to be proven wrong

For budget I would probably go for LRP or Ansmann, then get a kit with Lipo battery and charger, 2.4GHz radio gear and brushless motor and compatible speed controller. Also go for a one with readily available spare parts, buggys are meant to be used and abused therefore bits will get broken, if they are easy to source and cheap then you don't have to worry when they need repairing.

bluetba

I still have the wildone, very few things have stayed with me since I was … I still have the wildone, very few things have stayed with me since I was a teen, must have had it 27 years now - amazing.



I had a Sand Scorcher and a Hot Shot 2. I can't wait for my boy to be old enough so he (ok, I) can play with them again.. Happy Days

the rising fighter is just a hornet with a different shell and slightly better shocks.

for £100 it cant be beaten for someone wanting a first RC car for xmas who has nothing to start with, its tamiya so building is fun, but quite straightforward and if the interest is retained then other models can be had.

phased

I always used http://www.modelsport.co.uk/ for kits and … I always used http://www.modelsport.co.uk/ for kits and http://www.hobbyking.co.uk/ for parts (based in China so can take a while). I would doubt you can get a decent brushless kit for around £100 but happy to be proven wrong 8)For budget I would probably go for LRP or Ansmann, then get a kit with Lipo battery and charger, 2.4GHz radio gear and brushless motor and compatible speed controller. Also go for a one with readily available spare parts, buggys are meant to be used and abused therefore bits will get broken, if they are easy to source and cheap then you don't have to worry when they need repairing.



hobbyking have uk and eu warehouse as well. I know some people that have the FTX stuff, carnage/vantage etc.

Looks like an update version of The Hornet. It's really good for the price, I remember that my Acomms gear cost more than this.... Have some heat

+1 for the wildone! can't believe they're still making these

Tamiya cars are really solid for the price, I've had my TT01 for years now, smash it, trash it, give it to my daughter to play with and never had a single problem with it.

Wish i still had my 1970's Tamiya Holiday Buggy

These are great for anyone wanting to get into the hobby. They are strong, fun to build and you can easily upgrade them as you improve (Bearings and oil shocks). Also Tamiya has great parts support.

The other buggies for a similar price are ok, but the parts are hard to get, and they are made off cheese compared to these.

Heat added

Lrp, fxt are hard to get parts for if you brake something, at least witha tamiya you can easily replace/upgrade parts.
Losi micro bushless sct are great for the money

Also try radshaperc.com

If anyone really wants to get into racing RC cars I would strongly recommend popping down to your local club before spending any money. There are racing classes for all skills and budgets. Racing with like minded people is so much more fun than running a car around on your own.

I bought this for the little lad last year. Good value for money and design is virtually same as the 80s Grasshopper.

ohhhh Tamiya. I had a hotshot then the wild one. Sold the wild one and always regretted it. That was a mental RC car and lived up the name.

my 13 year old son can't tear himself from his PlayStation. I just shown him a video of this car on YouTube and just shrugged his shoulders and looked at me as if I'd gone out. Are teenagers actually interested into pastimes like this? I'd love him to get into something like this but I've got to get him off that muckin PlayStation first.

Had a Kyosho Lazer ZXR in the late nineties. Rich kid got bored and solid it to me cheap, I could have never afforded it back then otherwise. It was absolutely top of the line with all the best cherry picked cells/motor and upgrades, went like a bullet for that period.

I have a cheap nitro buggy now, no match for the Lazer mind but still huge fun. Get one for the winter. Snow and ice hits, you can build ramps and slide about it's a lot of fun. This is a good deal for a good bit of kit, probably the least you should spend and then it'll be reliable and you should have no trouble getting parts for it which is the main thing with these models.

Secondhand I got a rustler VXL for £110 or £115, with 2x Nimh, better charger, a load of spares etc.

Will likely be massively faster and considerably more durable than this.
With a 3s lipo (about £10), and the included extra gearing, it'll hit over 70mph.

Tamiya r/c I still have my avante in the loft, from the eighties. Have some heat.

I had a bush devil truck it was amazing, then got serious with a team associated rc10b2 buggy. That was 15 years ago, bought a nitro truck a couple of years ago but just give it to my nephew.

I can't wait to have a kid to be old enough to play with one of these either!

scallygally

my 13 year old son can't tear himself from his PlayStation. I just shown … my 13 year old son can't tear himself from his PlayStation. I just shown him a video of this car on YouTube and just shrugged his shoulders and looked at me as if I'd gone out. Are teenagers actually interested into pastimes like this? I'd love him to get into something like this but I've got to get him off that muckin PlayStation first.



Some are but looking at a picture is very different to seeing a race at a club and bunch of people having fun and hanging out. Great hobby, can learn a lot of handy skills while having fun.

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chalkyrollo

Tamiya r/c I still have my avante in the loft, from the eighties. Have … Tamiya r/c I still have my avante in the loft, from the eighties. Have some heat.



Do you know how much that is worth these days!?! If not, I'll have it off you for a tenner and a packet of crisps!

chugerblug

I had a Sand Scorcher and a Hot Shot 2. I can't wait for my boy to be old … I had a Sand Scorcher and a Hot Shot 2. I can't wait for my boy to be old enough so he (ok, I) can play with them again.. Happy Days


Still got my Hot Shot 2, think it's time to put it back on the road. Is it possible or worth going Lipo?

scallygally

my 13 year old son can't tear himself from his PlayStation. I just shown … my 13 year old son can't tear himself from his PlayStation. I just shown him a video of this car on YouTube and just shrugged his shoulders and looked at me as if I'd gone out. Are teenagers actually interested into pastimes like this? I'd love him to get into something like this but I've got to get him off that muckin PlayStation first.



I was 13 when my dad got me a Hornet, every weekend we went to a club, eventually got better cars and raced in the BRCA championships up until he died when I was 15. Because of those cars we spent more time together than would have normally and at the time I didnt realise how precious it would be - just buy one and take the plug off the playstation.

dexix

I was 13 when my dad got me a Hornet, every weekend we went to a club, … I was 13 when my dad got me a Hornet, every weekend we went to a club, eventually got better cars and raced in the BRCA championships up until he died when I was 15. Because of those cars we spent more time together than would have normally and at the time I didnt realise how precious it would be - just buy one and take the plug off the playstation.



thanks for replying. is the battery good enough for this car or would I be better getting the next one up? also, are these cars difficult to build?

scallygally

my 13 year old son can't tear himself from his PlayStation. I just shown … my 13 year old son can't tear himself from his PlayStation. I just shown him a video of this car on YouTube and just shrugged his shoulders and looked at me as if I'd gone out. Are teenagers actually interested into pastimes like this? I'd love him to get into something like this but I've got to get him off that muckin PlayStation first.



Same here. My 14 year old sits in his bedroom talking to mates that he has never met and never will meet. He has pals in Sweden that he has been talking to for the last year. WTF is that all about

Cheers guys. I always wanted a proper RC car as a kid, but never got one. I have a daughter 9 and sons 7 and 2 who will love this.

Good to read the reviews before dipping my toe.

I went for this and all the upgrade options.

always wanted but never had as a kid & did put a wanted thread up for one so loads of heat from me thanks

Had the Grasshopper and then the HotShot. Excellent! Lent them to a friend and never saw them again. Boo.

would I have to build this myself?

Got my Tamiya King Cab in the shed. The body shell is more glue than original, and the tyres are bald as a bald thing. Just needs a new battery and it'll be good to go 22 years on... might head to ebay now...

Good old days. I remember I had both Tamiya Thundershot and Astute. Never got to build the Astute up. The Kyosho Lazer ZXR was the one everyone was talking about and wanting.

vulcanproject

Had a Kyosho Lazer ZXR in the late nineties. Rich kid got bored and solid … Had a Kyosho Lazer ZXR in the late nineties. Rich kid got bored and solid it to me cheap, I could have never afforded it back then otherwise. It was absolutely top of the line with all the best cherry picked cells/motor and upgrades, went like a bullet for that period.I have a cheap nitro buggy now, no match for the Lazer mind but still huge fun. Get one for the winter. Snow and ice hits, you can build ramps and slide about it's a lot of fun. This is a good deal for a good bit of kit, probably the least you should spend and then it'll be reliable and you should have no trouble getting parts for it which is the main thing with these models.



I had a terra scorcher.. 4wd.. souped up version of the thundershot with a upgraded parma motor and nosram speed controller. the 1200mah batteries lasted 6 minutes!! Could barely make it round the race at the local club. They were a bit of a joke compared to the Kyosho Lazers which would burn my ass off. Still good fun though. Sold it for 50 quid recently! Wish I had one still sealed worth £800 if you have an Egress or Avanti 2001.
Edited by: "BORIS397" 11th Nov 2014

BORIS397

I had a terra scorcher.. 4wd.. souped up version of the thundershot with … I had a terra scorcher.. 4wd.. souped up version of the thundershot with a upgraded parma motor and nosram speed controller. the 1200mah batteries lasted 6 minutes!! Could barely make it round the race at the local club. They were a bit of a joke compared to the Kyosho Lazers which would burn my ass off. Still good fun though. Sold it for 50 quid recently! Wish I had one still sealed worth £800 if you have an Egress or Avanti 2001.



Lazer ZXR was the dogs especially with matched cells and the like. I was extremely lucky with that bargain and was proud of it, my family was pretty poor and never had any money to buy something as expensive as that for their kid. But you know what it is like, rich kids get bored soon as the next thing came along for them which usually wasn't long.

It's great you can get pretty good machinery like this now for so cheap, makes it much more accessible when even the lower end stuff was costly back then. Kids should get off the games consoles and tablets (so many are spoilt and don't even know it to even own these things) for a few hours and join a club with this, I made good mates some I still know today.

Great days, started with a tamiya boomerang, started racing and got an egress..then a Schumacher Cat 2000 ..but see they have re- released grasshopper, hotshot and lunchbox amongst others..great memories. good deal though with kit included. heat

I had a Boomerang as well, it has been reissued to
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