Model: (Click to see more) 58047: Hotshot
Status: Restored
Date: 2-Aug-2011
Comments: 13
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Hi, this is my original Tamiya Hotshot, which I bought from new about 25 years ago and which was my 2nd Tamiya RC car. I started tinkering with this model a couple of weeks ago and it's turned out to be a full restore ... and I'm very pleased with the result. I used a donor chassis to replace any broken/cracked or badly worn parts, so it will never pass as a true shelf queen, but it's condition is extremely good. I bought a new in packet original speed control which was very pleasing to put together and I fitted period radio gear. The tyres are original to this car and are in amazing condition, the gear boxes are fully ball-raced and the cups and dogbones are surprisingly good. The Technipower motor is the same one I used to use when I (ahem) 'raced' this car, back in the day. I have the original shell, but the one pictured is a re-re. The wing was supposed to be plain silver, but the lexan tainted milky so I've applied a decal to cover the worst of it. The alloy skid plate is from Radshape. It's very nice quality, but I was disappointed that it's not designed to take the original bumper without a bit of fettling. The only thing this car is missing is the optional battery post ... it would be nice to have one fitted but I'm not going to go mad trying to find one. All in all this has been a very satisfying restore, the car is ready to run, but I don't think she's going to run very far ... Thanks for looking - comments always welcome! :) ...



My original Tamiya Hotshot back to full glory! - Glad I painted the cage white ... - The driver catching some rays, roofless ... -Technipower still in good nick ... -Here's the Radshape bumper and Speed control ...

Comments

MAD-BEE

2-Aug-2011

Mate this is a lush looking Hot Shot!!!
An absolute peach!!
And the Hot Shot a icon!!!

ShayD

2-Aug-2011

Thanks MAD-BEE ... this Hotty was meant to be box-art ... but I couldn't quite bring myself to do it! ... ...

Tamiyamandan

3-Aug-2011

Well I think it looks Great!!!...Put it on the shelf...and it will be a true shelf queen

matman

3-Aug-2011

Very nice & exceptional condition . Yes this is a icon & the start of tamiyas best r/c 4wds ever . A great stepping stone it was indeed .
As i am waiting for another hotshot for parts to the one i'm restoring .
Great job on restoring it .

thebicyclejungle

3-Aug-2011

Love the white cage!!

mongoose1983

3-Aug-2011

Looks awesome. You know you did such a great job with that white cage. It's always a pleasure to see restoration works as good as this one. A real Hot Shot!

Max Power

3-Aug-2011

That is a fantastic looking Hot Shot. The white roll cage suites it well

gt6++

3-Aug-2011

I like the mix of the radeshape and tamiya bumper. Looks class!

ShayD

3-Aug-2011

Thanks for all the great comments ... I'm really glad to get this car finished as I had accumulated quite a forlorn looking graveyard of Hotshot parts that were starting to look untidy. I have a Hotshot II to restore and maybe enough bits for a very tatty runner! ...

berman

3-Aug-2011

Awesome hotshot! Love the white cage too

Sideways-King

3-Aug-2011

Car looks great ShayD. The bumper though is a replacement and was not designed to have the original one mounted back on

JWeston

3-Aug-2011

Great buggy and a great write up. The Hotshot is a total legend.

ShayD

3-Aug-2011

Thanks guys - @Sideways-King ... I had an inkling that was the case but I was hoping the original bar might fit. Maybe there would be a market for a variation which would mount the original bumper? ... I think my solution has weakened the original part too much ... ...


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