Fast Attack Vehicle - w/Shark Mouth
Model Number: 58539


Q3 2012



Chassis Description

ABS plastic 'tub'

Body Type

ABS Plastic





This radio control kit is a variant of item 58496 RC Fast Attack 2011.
This version includes a sticker set that is reminiscent of WWII era American warplanes. The included sticker set depicts a shark mouth and air force star markings.
Originally released in 1984, the Fast Attack Vehicle was an R/C buggy that reproduced the look and feel of a special type of a military vehicle.
It features a realistic body and roll cage and offers superior off-road performance.


Construction type: assembly kit

Terrain use: multi-purpose

Drive-train: 2WD

Drive type: gearbox

Drive line: dog bone

Differential type: gear

Suspension: fully independent double wishbone

Steering mechanism: bell-crank

Shock damper: friction damper

Shock damper material: plastic

Tire type: rubber

Tire tread: rally block

Body material: ABS Plastic

ESC included:TEU-105BK

LED Light buckets: no

LED lights: no

Motor type: 540-brushed type

Chassis material: plastic

Sticker material: vinyl

Internal gear ratio:

Adjustable camber: fixed

Adjustable toe angles: front only

Adjustable ride height: fixed

Adjustable gear ratio: fixed

Adjustable wheelbase: fixed

Adjustable track width: fixed

Adjustable shock angle: fixed

Anti-squat adjustment: fixed

Droop adjustment: fixed

Special features

Parts for soldier figure and M60 machine gun included.

1150 ball bearings

From the orignal TC entry by RETRO R/C;

The F.A.V as it is affectionately known, was Tamiya's 3rd Military based vehicle - after the XR-311 and the Wild Willy(not including tanks).

The FAV is not a terribly complicated design at all - however it performed VERY well.

The rear suspension is of the trailing link type - with basic coil sprung shock absorbers. The front suspension was quite interesting - as it is also of the trailing link type, again with simple coil over springs doing the work.

If there was one real weak link with the car - it was the differential - the same basic alloy cast gears that were used in the frog. These gears were quite prone to stipping prematurely. The 'dog bones' were also the same type as the Frog/Brat and Lancia - and these also wore out rather quickly.

Overall though, the car was fast - reliable and good looking -particularly when painted in a military theme.

Later, Tamiya released the Wild One - the only other car that used the FAV's chassis platform. The Wild one is considered by many people to be the last of the truly 'realistic' looking cars produced by Tamiya. It is a shame - as the FAV's platform was quite a good handling chassis - accompanied by the typical Tamiya scale realism.

A truly classic car for any enthusiast.