Model: (Click to see more) 99957: Bolink
Status: Restored
Date: 1-Feb-2014
Comments: 9
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An up-date on my Bolink Digger10 buggy which I've just (nearly) finished for a run at tomorrow's meeting at Clumber Park.

For those who haven't seen this before, the history is - I bought from USA some years ago, which took years to find the right car (for sale and un-modified/original condition) - they're very rare!

To restore it I got some new bearings from BOCA and body from TBG. I've retained the original FUNCO design body, NOT replaced it with a polycarbonate Rough Rider body as nearly all did (see Model Cars Magazine and Robin Schumacher below).

It has a Schumacher ball-diff. How many 10th off-road cars came with a ball-diff back in 1982???!!

This is THE car that really started it for Schumacher's off-road racing campaign in the very early 1980's. Schumacher tweeked / distributed for a few years until they decided they could do a better job themselves. Along came the CAT, so very right they were! Really fast and really light, so is good for a comparitively smooth grass off-road race track, but definitely not so good for larger jumps!! (see (lack-of) suspension - just like a Mardave V12!). The chassis is BoLink's road going car, simply with knobbly tyres and a water-proof electrics box! Very rare and very collectable (particulalrly in the USA). Check out the Model Car magazine reviews from 1982 as below.




If you liked those pictures, you should see these...
Bolink Digger 10

Comments

Mokei Kagaku

1-Feb-2014

Though a rather crude design, the Digger 10 is beautiful in its own way, and when raced against SRB's in the early '80's it made up for the lack of suspension with robustness. And the Funco 2-Seater is exactly the right body for it! Btw, you probably know that Bolink offered an 'independent' rear suspension for it? It was just a rear plate split longitudinally and a universal joint in the middle of the rear axle, allowing for a bit of suspension travel, but of course with massive camber changes. I don't know if it was ever offered in the kit, but it was at least available as an option.

KEV THE REV

1-Feb-2014

Looks Ace !! I like this a lot

smitchos

1-Feb-2014

I didn't know about the suspension hop-up. I don't suppose I'll ever see one, but hey, who knows! cheers guys!

stulec52

1-Feb-2014

yep, that was the magazine article that made me want one of these.

very very nice indeed

buggymuncher

2-Feb-2014

Very cool car. Can remember racing against those - they were very quick on smooth circuits. Haven't seen one for ages.

LylesTV

2-Feb-2014

Glad I read your thread ! I have one of these that I bought simply for the shell it was fitted with, when it arrived I was amazed at it condition so simply cleaned it up. I really like it. My shell is different to your on, did they offer different shells or is it likely a replacement?

Mokei Kagaku

2-Feb-2014

Here's an evolutionary version of the 'rear suspension' offered for the Digger10:

[Click here]

The earlier version offered for the Digger10 had a universal joint instead and thus no nead for bearing close to the joint and if I remember correctly, there were no springs or rubber grommets as the 'suspension' just relied on the flex in the GRP-plates.

smitchos

2-Feb-2014

cheers for teh comments and info guys! Took it to Clumber Park today and ggave it a run with my Hotshot. REF the body, the most common shell with these (IN THE UK) was a polycarbonate Rough Rider shell, like the magazine stuff below.

Pintopower

3-Feb-2014

I expected to see similarities to the little 1:12 diggers from the '90's here but nope, just a naming homage? Some of the early buggies are just fabulous. This one does not disappoint! I have a Bolink Invader that I need to do something with or get rid of. I think some of these older unique buggies need to go to homes that truly appreciate them. I am glad yours has found such a place.


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