Model: 58057: The Bigwig
Status: New built
Date: 9-Dec-2010
Comments: 14
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OK, here's my own BigWig. It was a lucky ebay find from Vintagecorp/Japan. The car is in very good condition, all I had to do was paint the driver.


My big 4WD love as a kid was the Supershot, which I bought in 1986. I remember checking out this newbie at the LHS, this was most likely in 1987 as we up in the cold north usually got the new stuff a year later than the rest of the world. I read about it being Tamiyas 10th anniversary RC model, and that it's bodyshell was designed by a famous japanese racing car (full scale) designer called Takuya Yura. He added some cool, new features like F1 style air intake, exhaust pipes, engine block etc. There's also a
nice aluminium instrument panel! The aerodynamics were supposed to be very good, the whole body was shaped as a wing. Check out the ad for the car here:
http://www.vintagercweb.com/ads/bigwig_ad1.jpg


Not that I really had the funding, but I asked myself if it could be faster than the Supershot. I concluded no. I couldn't see any real differences, other than mere looks and styling. Also I didn't find 'Wig' to be a very cool name for a racing car! :-) It also looks a bit 'bulky', whilst the Shots were more 'sleek'. Looking back now I see that the pionion & rack steering on the BigWig was a big improvement though! As the Supershot had an insane amount of bump steer! This was Tamiyas first off-road car to sport this steering solution. Also it was much easier access to components of course than in the previous Hotshot and Supershot.


The wheels were one piece aerodish wheels, which has been widely used by many brands since.


This is the car that Petter Solberg, the norwegian WRC rally driver, won the norwegian Tamiya Cup with back in 1987! Check out www.ymr.no/historie.htm and scroll down to the year 1987 to even see the video! You will then see him and his older brother, Henning, which also is a WRC driver. They comment that they had stripped away all uneccesary bling from the car in order to save weight! Serious boys!!!


Update 10. des 2010: There was an ad on the wall in my old LHS depicturing Yura working on a clay model of the BigWig, it's also on the box (See pic http://www.tamiyabase.com/Box-art/58057-Bigwig.html?keyword=bigwig). I did some googling yesterday, and found some interesting stuff! I've always been a bit curious as to that 'MoonCraft' sticker on the car. I've never seen it on another Tamiya model. It turns out that this is actually the name of Yura's racing design company! He's the president and CEO of that company, and it still exists today: http://www.mooncraft.jp/eng/staff/staff.html These guys even have their own wind tunnell. Among other things he's designed a lot of formula cars: http://www.mooncraft.jp/eng/products/formula.html Check out also the Pike's Peak real reference car for the BigWig here, where Yura got the inspiration from: http://www.tamiyabase.com/11-Scale/The-Bigwig.html (it's a US hill climb race)





Comments

Shanks

9-Dec-2010

This is a great example of my 1st & favourite Tamiya I love running mine in the summer brings back loadsa memories from when I was 11 back in '88' Great Work

Swarm

9-Dec-2010

Awesome pictures

SHY69

9-Dec-2010

Thx! One of the stickers says 'MoonCraft', so I thought a moonlandish scenery would suit it!

simondo

9-Dec-2010

Nice bigwig,will probably be my all time favourite car. I have to agree with you about the name though, not one of Tamiya`s best.

purple nut

9-Dec-2010

Nice pice here,this came out when i hade my falcon and still to this day its a great looking buggy.

mongoose1983

9-Dec-2010

I recently got one of these in a trade. And you know, previous to know anything about Takuya Yura, the RZ technigold motor, and the real sized versions of these ones in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb race, I used to think it is such an ugly buggy. But I guess learning that there are real-sized cars on which these models were based had some effect on my taste. And now I love these. It's a buggy with such a personality! The Tamiya's 30th anniversary car is not at all an ordinary buggy. It may look strange for some people out there, but that's because we've rarely seen one of the ones that used to race at Pikes peak.
I love the Big Wig. And your example looks ACE. Congratulations!

Tjaard

9-Dec-2010

Hi, although I do not understand a $@#@*-word Norwegian, your RC-history site is really cool and perfect to dream away on a lazy evening. Brilliant Biwig as well, btw!!

slimmy

9-Dec-2010

Thats a sweet looking bigwig. Love the colors and the paint work. Nice job

Powerbruiser

9-Dec-2010

Great Pictures of a great Car! And i love the website [Click here] Great and thanks for sharing!
Buy the way: you dont have any comments... you have to click the grenn arrow on each Message you get to activate them!

Powerbruiser

9-Dec-2010

The green arrow....

merckx

9-Dec-2010

beautiful! i love the bigwig

SHY69

10-Dec-2010

Sorry, didn't know I had to 'approve' the comments... *blush*. Thx for the tip!!!

Tamiyamandan

10-Dec-2010

Love this buggy...Don't loose it in the snow !!!!

eriknyg

3-Mar-2011

Du har flotte beskrivelser, og en fin samling. Både av konkurransebiler og klassikere. Jeg må visst gjøre ferdig Bigwigen min.


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