I got into RC as a kid back in the 80's and one Christmas, I unwrapped my first ever RC buggy - it would be around 1982. The buggy was a red Schuco Speed Buggy - my parents had bought it from Redgates in Sheffield - I remember that shop because it had a fab toy department! I didn't know at the time, but the Speed Buggy was modelled on the XR311.
Fast forward a couple of years and one day a friend came out running a Holiday Buggy - I was hooked.
It would be a while before my parents could afford to buy me a Tamiya but I got my fix by going into Beatties model shops when I could, looking at the rc models on display and watching the promo videos. The one thing I could afford to buy though was the Tamiya RC Guide Book! I spent hours pouring over those things and still have them.
Then one year my dad took me to our local model shop in Halifax (Three Towers Models) to choose a Tamiya kit - I came away with The Fox! It was so fun to build and run but after a couple of years I traded it for a Blackfoot - those big wheels and the pick-up body were more my thing, it was more of a go anywhere truck and it really cemented my interest in the hobby for good.
As a teenager I had loads of time but not much money - now 35 years later I have some money and no time lol. Anyway, I'm thankful like many of you that I can re-live my RC youth, and thanks to eBay, Marketplace and Tamiya Legends, I've been able to enjoy collecting some of the models I admired but couldn't afford.
In 2019, nostalgia got the better of me and I decided I wanted an original Blackfoot again (wishing that I'd never got rid of mine). Then I got the same urge for a vintage Fox. And ever since I've been collecting the models that interest me - mainly off-road trucks.
After years of browsing Tamiya Club, and years of being away, I've just become a subscriber again (June 2023). I still don't have much time but when I get the chance, I'll start adding updating my showroom.
Many thanks for reading!