I haven't been collecting as such more as an enthusiast in Tamiya R/C. I started like most with my first Tamiya R/C model when I was 12. Bought with my hard-earned pocket money saved over about 15 weeks. This was all over falling in love with a Tamiya Monster Beetle in my local model shop window. 1987 was the year... the year starting a car, electrical and engineering religion for myself.
The Monster Beetle was perfect for me at the time, as I was obsessed with Volkwagen Beetles... I was so impressed with the workings/engineering of the car as the basic mechanics are the same as the real Beetle. Double wishbone front suspension and trailing arm rear. After a few years jumps water and mud. The old was looked after very well needed... as my long-suffering Mother would tell you about the black grease stains on my lovely cream bedroom carpet. The Monster Beetle was sold to a School friend for about £40 if I remember rightly, as all the parts rusted up very badly as she had whizzed about on beach.
Anyway, I would shan't boar you all with lengthy Tamiya R/C life story just a little list;
Bought 1987 Monster Beetle (sold)
Bought 1989 Terra Scorcher (given wildness)
Bought 1991 Midnight Pumpkin
Bought 1993 Super Astute (sold)
Bought 1996 Volkswagen Beetle (old version) M-02L (sold)
Bought 2004 Willy's Wheeler from ebay (sold)
Bought 2009 Monster Beetle