Wild Willy Willys M38
Model Number: 58035

Released

27-Nov-82

Drive

2WD rear, gear differential

Suspension

Front swing axle, rear trailing link

Chassis Description

Sealed plastic mechanism box

Body Type

ABS Resin

Motor

Mabuchi RS-540S

Similar

Willies Wheeler

Original Price

N/A

Width

242mm

Length

268mm

Height

343mm

Wheel Base

165mm

Tread Front

166mm

Tread Rear

196mm

Ground Clearance

30mm

Weight

2.6kg

Scale

1/10

Tires

front:46/103mm
Rear:46/103mm

Here's what the tamiya catalogue says...A new concept in radio control off road enjoyment. A truely versatile stunt vehicle that makes spin turns, jump turns and wheelies with ease. Body styling is from the famous Jeep which is now utilised by auto sports fans for racing and hill climbing. High strength nylon, ABS resins and injected molded plastics are used in its contruction for lasting durability. Precision ball bearings are employed on in the system to ensure smooth running. A large differential gear and a sealed mechanism box allows running in all types of weather. Large sand tyres and coil spring suspension dampen out all of the rough terrain surfaces. With a realistic driver of Wild Willy.

Basically it looks mad and it does wheelies all the time - what more could you want? When buying one make sure it has the the mechanism box cover - it's very hard to find later. The majority of body parts are common with the Wild Willy 2 body, not the bodyshell itself though. (Original description by njmlondon)



Reviews

rc-martin

12/2/2002 11:04:02 PM

Another timeless classic from Tamiya! I bet if you look at this car in another 20 years it will still look as fresh as it does today, and that mad Willy with his jumpsuit and oversize head has got to be the coolest and most instantly recognisable of all Tamiya figures.

I never actually owned one as a kid, (only Willy's head which I fitted to my Wild One driver) so don't know all the old pitfalls of this model, but what i can say from running my restored Wild Willy is that this car is just pure fun! Probably the worst handling car of all time but that doesn't matter, it pulls ace wheelies!!!

some of the trim parts of the original model are hard to come by, the winch and it's small hook for one, as this was the first thing to get whacked in a smash i suppose. Willy himself and the black roll cage are the same as fitted to the recent Wild Willy 2 but every thing else on the later car is different.

There were two versions of the original Wild Willy, the earliest version had a shorter wheel base than the later one, this can easily be spotted by looking at the metal bracket that the rear arms pivot around, the early version has a round hole in it while the later longer wheelbase version has a more elongated hole.

Overall verdict of model..... Bonkers Barmy!!!


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