Happy to be back in the RC World, specialy Tamiya World!
I am Charles, 43, living in Paris.
My first RC experience was with friends coming back to Japan with RC cars like the Lunch Box in 1987-1988.
We were a bunch of kids admiring these amazing toys.
Then I started with humble nikko, several cars and even a boat. Was amazed when a RC car took the same direction as my boat without its owner permission!
A few years later my father bought me a Blackfoot 'Ford' as a present.
Went on the closest RC Shop near home (Compiègne, France) to buy it, and I was amazed by the shop (was to me like in a candy store) and by drawings (Artworks?) on each Tamiya boxes, especially the Porsche 959 'Paris-Dakar' (it was a great race in France at that time, that I used to watch on 'La 5' channel).
Few years later, I was in charge of a little RC workshop at the boarding school. I used to run the blackfoot, and to review everything each time, so I learnt to know how to build and to un-build very quickly. and I learn to be gentle with screws again plastic chassis (a great tip)...
Then I was offered a few years later a much more complicated car: the Kyosho Optima Mid SE. Love it too!
Try to build myself a RC plane, but I was told by the local club that I had to throw everything but the RC manual... So I stopped (still have everything...somewhere).
I was told to sell the cars... so I did it sadly.
Went on other passions, specially 1:1 scale vintage cars for more that 15 years now.
At the end of 2020, I saw a Monster Beetle on Instagram , the passion went back (will need to manage it with the '1:1 scale' vintage car passion now).
So I started to search amongst 58000 series what I would like to buy, started with a Avante 2011 still in its box. Searching for early Tamiya models. and I am sure more will follow...