58496 Tamiya Fast Attack Vehicle re-release

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.

Original DPV from Chenowth pictures from http://www.militaryfactory.comPictures from: Military Factory

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.

58496 Tamiya Fast Attack Vehicle re-release from the original 58046

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.

58496 Tamiya Fast Attack Vehicle re-release from the original 58046

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.

58496 Tamiya Fast Attack Vehicle re-release from the original 58046

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.

58496 Tamiya Fast Attack Vehicle re-release from the original 58046

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.

58496 Tamiya Fast Attack Vehicle re-release from the original 58046

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.

58496 Tamiya Fast Attack Vehicle re-release from the original 58046

On this model, the paint was applied with an airbrush. The rerelease offers a sticker set reproducing the camouflage to simplify the paint work.

58496 Tamiya Fast Attack Vehicle re-release from the original 58046

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.

58496 Tamiya Fast Attack Vehicle re-release from the original 58046

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.

58496 Tamiya Fast Attack Vehicle re-release from the original 58046

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.

David From RC4ON.com

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ROBBE / KYOSHO Toyota Hilux

In the early ’80s, the German RC manufacturer Robbe wished to expand its range of products mainly focused on planes and boats. It established a partnership with the Japanese manufacturer Kyosho and Robbe started to import cars, modifiying the box packaging and decals sheet for the European market.

Kyosho Robbe Gaupner Toyota Hilux

Aware of the success of the Tamiya Sand Scorcher, Kyosho released this car dedicated to driving on sand in 1982. Its dustproof chassis will be produced with three bodies: a baja beetle, a buggy and a Toyota Hilux.

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This Toyota Hilux is a model imported by Robbe. It is slightly different from a Japanese or American model: no roll bar on the rear plateform and a rond bumper instead of a flat unit. The car was supplied pre-assembled with the the lexan body left to paint and the wheels and radio equipment to install.

Kyosho Robbe Gaupner Toyota Hilux

The chassis plastic frame protects the electronics thanks to a cover held by rubber bands. The battery is held longitudinally and must be placed on the edge.

Kyosho Robbe Gaupner Toyota Hilux

The front suspension uses trailing arms. A coiled spring on the suspension arms pivot makes the shock absorber. The adjustable servo-saver is located on the front body mount axle.

Kyosho Robbe Gaupner Toyota Hilux

The Toyota features a solid rear axle without suspension. The rear tires are used as the suspension system since they can be inflated thanks to a pump pinched into the tire. The use of a special glue included in the box works as a rubber patch to fill the hole.

Kyosho Robbe Gaupner Toyota Hilux




Kyosho Robbe Gaupner Toyota Hilux

The aluminum gearbox contains the motor and plastic gears. The transmission has no differential, but there is a clutch that works like those found on nitro motors.

Kyosho Robbe Gaupner Toyota Hilux

This model unfortunately lost the tire inflating pump, but foams provide the required flexibility.

Kyosho Robbe Gaupner Toyota Hilux




Kyosho Robbe Gaupner Toyota Hilux

Our test on hard and icy surface is not really appropriate since it highlights the flaws of this Toyota.

The lack of differential and rear suspension causes a lot of oversteer. The rear drivetrain bounces a lot while the front does its job without complaining. The steering is imprecise due to the too soft servo-saver.

The clutch is useless on this Toyota since the engine idling does not exist on an electric model. So the car goes coasting as soon as it doesn’t accelerate. As a consequence, braking is difficult, or even brutal when shifting into reverse gear.

However, the ground clearance and the lack of differential are very useful to climb softer grounds like grass hills.

Kyosho Robbe Gaupner Toyota Hilux

Like with any other vintage rc model, the pleasure you can get does not come from the analysis of performances or comparison with competitors.

However, one can’t miss how much Kyosho got “inspired” by Tamiya’s successful models such as the Sand Scorcher, Rough Rider and F150 Ranger XLT.

Technically interesting in theory, this car is a pleasure to see. Its cute and vintage look is typical of 80’s, but it better deserves a beach than a snow field.

David de RC4ON.com

Thanks to Challenger-RT, Lowry and Aussie Nerd from Tamiya Club for their help

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