I want to present my restoration project. I had a Vanquish when I was a teenager (I think I got it at Christmas in 1989), but sold it a few years later and took a long break from RC cars.
In 2010, I bought a Tamiya Desert Gator to bash around in my graden. In a fit of nostalgia, I decided to buy an old vanquish off eBay. When I received it, it was in a poor condition, but It was more or less complete and it did run. The body was seriously beaten up. But it was completely ball raced.
The first thing I did was to disassemble the whole car, clean the parts, order spares for the missing parts (like the front bumper), slap in an ESC and put it back together. However, the motor died after the first tests, so I bought a cheap motor.
To my regret, i didn't take pictures of how it looked like in the beginning, but here you can see the chassis of the first rebuild. The TBG body hadn't arrived yet, the wing is still the original one
I used the car as arunner, to bash around. The cheap motor died soon after, and i bought another one, replacing the tires with pin spike tires from the Egress.
The bodyshell remained without stickers. At that time, the TBG body set only included an Avante-style wing.
It was great fun to run it, but then, 2 years ago, I had a crash where the front damper stay had acrack and got bent a little bit. I then realized how expensive spares had become and decided to restore the Vanquish as good as it gets to original specs and retire it.
I bought another TBG body (now with correct vanquish wing), MCI repro decals, new rims and correct tires (which were available thanks to the Super Shot re-release) and rebuilt it again. The silvercan is from the Desert Gator (which now has a BL motor), and I also mounted the original MSC.
I left the ball bearings, wheras the kit came with many metal and plastic bearings. I glued the front damper stay, because aspare would have been too expensive.
And here is my shelf queen Vanquish:
I still hope tamiya will re-release this nice buggy someday, so that I can run it again. In the meanwhile, I have my Desert Gator and a re-release Bigwig.