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 conclude seeing and to driving 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.