1:1 Scale Sand Scorcher Celebrates Tamiya Re-issue

Full-size car is exact replica...
Full-size car is exact replica...
Tamiya will unveil a limited edition re-issue of its iconic Sand Scorcher r/c car at the Nurnburg toy fair tomorrow - alongside an amazing full size replica built by German VW specialists Bug Box.

The new 1:10 scale Sand Scorcher will be available at Tamiya dealers later this month, but if you want one (and we know you do!) it might be worth having a word with your local stockist in advance, as it's reckoned the kits are likely to run out fast. We're told the R.R.P. will be £299, which includes radio and batteries, etc, and at that price we're tempted to buy a couple ourselves - one to leave safely packaged in the attic, while we relive our misspent childhood with the other in the PH car park.

...of this little beauty, now re-issued
...of this little beauty, now re-issued
Although the Sand Scorcher is to all intents and purposes a straight re-issue of the 1980s classic, the latest kits feature a raft of significant upgrades such as a reinforced duralumin and FRP chassis tub, newly designed die-cast front and rear suspension wishbones for greater strength, up-rated dampers and a transparent waterproof case for the batteries and r/c bits. (More info here.)

If you want a full size Sand Scorcher, you'll need to splash out a bit more cash. Bug Box reckons its replica - which includes many specially commissioned parts - has set the company back the thick end of €50,000.






 

 

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  • The Game 10 Feb 2013

    Loft find said:
    Currently coming to the end of few year project of obtaining the 10 buggies I wanted as a kid.. If you reading this and 'of a certain age" you'll understand why this one was top of the list and had to match box art (a lot of hours stood staring at the box dreaming how could get £250 in '86 for starter kit?!?

    Awesome first post is awesome

    Welcome to PH

  • V6Alfisti 10 Feb 2013

    That reminds me, I have a Terra Scorcher, Hilux and two Cavaliers in the loft!

    The Terra Scorcher was always my favorite though biggrin. Love(d) Tamiya

  • Loft find 10 Feb 2013

    Currently coming to the end of few year project of obtaining the 10 buggies I wanted as a kid.. If you reading this and 'of a certain age" you'll understand why this one was top of the list and had to match box art (a lot of hours stood staring at the box dreaming how could get £250 in '86 for starter kit?!?


  • JJM 24 May 2010

    markh1 said:
    This was my first R/C car...



    Bought second hand For £70 in Sussex Model Centre if anyone knows it??

    The supersabre was released in 1987 and I bought it in the early mid 90's

    I sold it and bought a new mardave marauder in about 1997 which was old tech back then! My friend at the same time bought a traxxas Nitro Rustler which I bought off him about a year later...



    I currently have a Thunder Tiger something or other. It has an ali chassis, wishbones and shocks but not sure what size engine. I have not started it for about 10 years! This thread has inspired me to dig it out my parents garage!
    Great thread, still have my Super Sabre in my loft, quite temped to buy some new 7.2v batteries and dust it off...

  • DeadMeat_UK 24 May 2010

    Ray Luxury-Yacht said:
    Well, today after much deliberation, I weakened and folded miserably against my resolve. I had to have one.

    In my defence, I did sell a load of 'loft fodder' on ebay, and I managed to raise the money from selling stuff to buy one with!

    Here it is reclining on the bed:







    I also bought (yes, yes I know) a cool little radio controlled hele at the same time - a Syma SO32 Fiery Dragon. How great it is - dead easy to hover indoors. My excitement got the better of me and I took it into the garden. Alas, one small downer saw broken rotors frown total flying time from new - less than 10 minutes! Ah well, will have to get some spares tomorrow.

    The inner child was alive and well today!
    Mr Luxury-Yacht

    I've got to say I'm truly jealous, mainly of the build experience you are about to have. I have clear and fond memories of building mine nearly 30 years ago.

    But not at all jealous of the endless deliberation you will have over the colour scheme.

    regards

    Mr DeadMeat


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