In 2007 Tamiya release a brand new chassis with 3 speed transmission. A great model for the fans, but instead of putting ugly decals and four ridiculous wheels to create the High-Lift, they should have looked to the past and be inspired by the toyota mountaineer.
That why the first life of my kit was a replica of the Toyota Mountaineer 58111.
My High Lift, the Tamiya Mountaineer tribute
Here it is in video:
After driving and appreciated an Axial Jeep Rubicon as a “Scale”, I wanted to modified this Toyota as a real 4×4 truck.
This is how I did !
Start of operations
The front drivetrain:
Fist of all I reduce the height by removing the shims between the leaf spring. I buy Super Lift damper which they are 20mm longer. They are also screwed at lower place
The front shock stay are also longer. The steering knuckle are reversed and the steering servo put at the front.
The gearbox and motor:
My modifications :
The body is to high due to the transmission and motor. I changed the location with an home made plate cut in carbon fiber.
I stand back the transmission, put a 48dp spur gear with only 75 teeth to minimize the height of body
Even if they are not vintage, Scales cars are also a hobby of mine and I want to share those ones on website.
This is a Man 6×6 from Cross-rc a newborn chinese manufactured. It’s a permanent locked six wheel drive without speed gearbox. Delivered as a kit but some parts are assembled like the transfer case and axle. The light kit, the motor are included.
The manual is well detailed but there is no translation.
The transfer case is epicyclic.
It’s a ladder type frame chassis.
The suspension look like the real one.
Follow the manual and you will obtain this in few hours.
The body take times many more. You should assemble all the parts with glue like a model kit.
The kit is sold as a military truck. But I’d rather to do something different.
A lot of work, some stickers and scale accessories, and here it is, a Truck from the Breslau Rally.
All the suspension parts are reduction of the real Man 6×6. You apreciate the work of them when the truck climb a rock. The wheel travel is not overstate as a crawler or rock racer.
The tire looks scale but lake of grip. They are not sticky as those we found as aftermarket tires. You take your time when you drive, to not damaging the body. This one is pretty weak and will not support rollover as a lexan body.
This heavy truck is fantastic, looks like a real one when you drive it. This Man climb everywhere if you keep in mind its 1:12 scale.
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.
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.
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.
The chassis is a three wheels platform, like a tricycle, with the two front wheels for steering and a rear wheel drive.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In december 1984, Tamiya released the 58046 Fast Attack Vehicle. It’s a 1:10 scale buggy from the American manufacturer Chenowth. Built in 1982 as a support and combat vehicle, this sand rail was powered by a VW flat motor.
In 2011, Tamiya rereleased the FAV under the number 58496. This one is close to the original and borrows many Wild One 58050 parts: the front arms, the chassis, roll cage and gearbox. So many parts from the Wild One leaves the door open for a future rerelease of this buggy.
The original FAV from 1984 received many evolutions to improve the reliability. There are three differnet manual versions, so we can consider this 2011 version as the fourth.
The bathtub chassis with a removable cover protects the electronics. The battery pack is inserted from underneath the chassis and maintained by a door closed by two pins.
The front suspension uses trailing arms. The suspension works thanks to coil springs and the damper stays are made of aluminum. The Wild One’s front arms are wider but they can be modified like on this model. The arms were cut and drilled a little bit shorter to look like the original FAV’s.
The rear suspension uses trailing arms too and friction dampers. The hexagonal dogbones from the original FAV were replaced with modern dogbones protected by joint boots.
The gearbox protects the pinions and the differential spur gear from dust. It is possible to change the gear ratio using either 18 or 15 teeth pinions.
On this model, the paint was applied with an airbrush. The rerelease offers a sticker set reproducing the camouflage to simplify the paint work.
To look as close as possible to the original version, the front tires were replaced to show “Sand Blaster” on the walls. They come from the Rough Rider. On the right side, a cover hides the battery cable. The battery wire and plug are hidden inside the chassis.
This buggy is a true model in motion like Tamiya was building them in the 80’s. The look, the chassis design and the drivetrains are the same as the FAV from Chenowth. The machine gun and the driver are perfectly reproduced.
The FAV is very steady and well balanced despite of a weight highly distributed to the rear. The basic suspension does its job correctly but the front aluminum damper produce an unpleasant sound. Overall, this buggy is keen and drifts, even on snow, are easy to control.
The only defect comes from the machine gun that would deserve to be mounted on a rigid shaft, since the spring makes the machine gun wiggle too much.
To see and to drive this buggy is very pleasant for who likes military models. Speed is not the point about the FAV since driving it slowly is the best way to appreciate the supension work and its stunning scale look.