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Old 09-17-2020, 07:48 PM   #1
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How are the vintage buggy re-releases?


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Hey all -

Around 20 years ago I had a Marui Galaxy RS and Ninja, which I enjoyed very much but they eventually were stolen from my car. Recently I was watching YouTube and a video came up of someone running an RC on some trails, and my daughter was pretty enthusiastic about trying it out. I've always wanted an excuse to get back in, so...

I'm fond of the Kyosho Optima or Ultima and vintage buggies like that, for no real reason other than they remind me of my old Maruis. While I've watched a bunch of reviews and various videos about modern RC cars, I don't have a solid impression of how things have changed. I understand that one of the drawbacks is that the tires are a different inside diameter and thus more difficult to replace or change. Another is that they aren't as fast (which is OK, I don't have the space for going 100kph anyway). Are there other issues I should be aware of if I go this route?

I should mention I want a kit so I can build it. I won't really be racing but fiddling around with it is part of the fun. Electric. Doesn't have to be the Optima but that general style is what my heart calls for.

Any advice?

Thanks!
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Old 09-26-2020, 09:48 PM   #2
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Re: How are the vintage buggy re-releases?

I have some of the Tamiya re-releases... Some maybe to think about are the Hot Shot, Wild One , Frog or a Grass Hopper.. These are by no means competitive buggies.. But they are fun to build and fun to run.. I'm not that familiar with the Kyosho kits, I imagine they are in the same boat/level... They do seem to be a little more pricey though..
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Re: How are the vintage buggy re-releases?

My son and I have a Tamiya Hornet each. For three years. Lots of fun, not too much cost.

His Traxxas monster trucks are much faster and aggressive but the buggy also reminds me of my teenage years. I had a Tamiya Falcon and my friend a Kyosho Icarus.
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Re: How are the vintage buggy re-releases?

Re-releases are better than the originals. They do small tweaks and subtle upgrades without "changing" the car. Better materials and a little re-thinking make the old buggys as good as we remember them
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Re-releases are better than the originals. They do small tweaks and subtle upgrades without "changing" the car. Better materials and a little re-thinking make the old buggys as good as we remember them
I would hope so, I had a Tamiya Fox and it was incredibly unreliable, it broke drive shafts and suspension arms all the time...
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Re: How are the vintage buggy re-releases?

I don't have direct experience with the Nova Fox but the SRB's, Frog and Kyosho Phazer are better than the originals. Haven't managed to snap an output shaft or throw a dog bone or snap a chain yet.

(now I've done it, going to break next time for sure)
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