56101 Tamiya Solar Eagle

In 1992, Tamiya releases an RC model never seen before in the RC world. The solar Eagle SCR-6000 (item: 56101) is the 1:10 replica of a solar vehicle.

56101 Tamiya Solar Eagle

In the 90’s, the first races with solar vehicles were organized while the first applications for solar use became available for the general public.

The specifications were simple: only the solar energy was allowed to run the cars.

Engineers developed vehicles capable of using the sun to power the car. At the same time, they focused their researches on aerodynamics and weight reduction.

56101 Tamiya Solar Eagle

Tamiya chose this technology to release the Solar Eagle. Sold at about 500€, the high price was probably due to the cost of the solar cells. To date, this model still remains unique.

56101 Tamiya Solar Eagle

The chassis is a three wheels platform, like a tricycle, with the two front wheels for steering and a rear wheel drive.

56101 Tamiya Solar Eagle

The set is made of two lexan parts:

The upper part holds the solar panels and a level meter, mechanics and electronics being attached underneath.

The lower shell holds the upper shell with scratch tape to protect the mechanics. Only the wheels and access to the switch are visible.

56101 Tamiya Solar Eagle

There are three solar panels, each panel hosting ten cells. Each panel provides a voltage of 2.5 volts. The three panels are connected in series to deliver 7.5 volts for a current of 800mA.




56101 Tamiya Solar Eagle

Electronics are borrowed from 1:16 Tamtech cars and suffice to run the 280 type engine. Tamiya provides a receiver battery box to test the operation during installation. You can keep it or not for running.

56101 Tamiya Solar Eagle

To start the model, just expose it at the sun and watch the level meter go from 0 to 100% charge. During these few seconds, the solar energy is stored into 3 capacitors hidden under the solar panels. They are used as a buffers and to release the energy when the exposure to the sun light becomes too weak.

56101 Tamiya Solar Eagle

High speed is not a goal to achieve: at full speed and maximum exposure to the sun, the Solar Eagle runs close to the human walk speed. The Solar Eagle runs in silent and is very manageable since its turning circle is very sharp. One more funny detail: when clouds hide the sun, the vehicle immediately goes slower.

Today, this model is very rare and very difficult to find. This is a masterpiece for any collector since the Solar Eagle is and will ever remain an UFO in the RC world.

Laurent from Tamiya and More

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58099 Tamiya Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R

In october 1991, Tamiya releases the Nissan Skyline based on its new TA01 chassis. The car is the second of a very long series to come, the first being the Toyota Celica GT-Four. This chassis is Tamiya’s entry into the great On-Road 4WD touring family and it introduces the “TA” name that still exists.

Tamiya 58099 Nissan Skyline

Unlike its successor, the TA01 is becoming rare to find in a fine condition but this one has kept its original appearance over the years. Visually, the chassis shows many colors since the gearbox covers are red, dampers are blue, the chassis is gray and the drivetrain arms are black.

Many elements were borrowed from the Manta Ray that was released one year before, so it is normal to find a ball diff in the rear gearbox. The front one got a classic differential gear with pinions.

Tamiya 58099 Nissan Skyline

Tamiya 58099 Nissan Skyline

In order to restore its original appearance, very few work has been done to the chassis, except the addition of ball bearings and a 53127 Nissan Speed ​​Tuned Gear. The body is perfectly reproduced by Tamiya and it deserves a closer look.

Tamiya 58099 Nissan Skyline

In 2009, Tamiya reissued the body of the type R32 Nissan Skyline Calsonic Gr.A. version which helped restoring this car.

Tamiya 58099 Nissan Skyline

The “Box-art” decoration was made using Tamiya PS-23 Gun Metal body and X-10 for added parts such as mirrors and rear wing.

Tamiya 58099 Nissan Skyline

The intercooler place has been cut in order to fit a molded plastic part available under reference 54139 Scale RC accessory.

Tamiya 58099 Nissan Skyline

A detailed cockpit with pilot, helmet and harness, took place inside. The cockpit is not included with the Kit: this one was found on Internet. The windscreen wipers, optional aluminum rims (Tamiya 51131 BBS Mesh Wheels) and the exhaust pipes built with two rods of plastic add to the extra realism touch.

The original plastic rims are built in two pieces which allows to change offset.

Tamiya 58099 Nissan Skyline

You should know that installing the optional Speed ​​Tuned Gear 53127 can sometimes be problematic because the rear gearbox is not compatible on the early version of TA01. The hole allowing the offset of the motor is not wide enough.




This picture shows the first gearbox version.

Tamiya 58099 Nissan Skyline

The second version of the gearbox features a wider hole and a notch allowing to offset the motor axis.

Tamiya 58099 Nissan Skyline

The TA01 produces a surprising noise due to its central drive shaft vibrating. The too soft suspension causes strong chassis roll when taking corners, but this doesn’t affect the scale look of the car. The original 540 is not powerful and will not exceed the chassis limit, but speed is very correct using the optional speed gear.

Tamiya 58099 Nissan Skyline

Driving this model is a real pleasure. However, it is sometimes necessary to restrict the heat on the track because you feel in confidence and can make the worst mistake of your day. It would be sad to see all this work wrecked in a second.

David from RC4on.com

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