I AM NOW THE PROUD OWNER OF THIS MINT 1981 NIB TOYOTA 4X4 PICK UP. MANY THANKS TO A FELLOW TC MEMBER WHO SOLD ME THIS SUPER KIT WITH SUPER STRONG BOX ART COLOURS NO FADING & NO BROKEN BLISTERS EITHER WHICH CAN BE COMMON ON THESE BIG HEAVY KITS. HAVING BEEN LUCKY ENOUGH TO OWN SEVERAL OF THESE NIB OVER THE YEARS THIS IS WITHOUT DOUBT THE BEST I HAVE SEEN!
The first of the nick named '3 speeds'. What an amazing radio controlled model for its time! Everything about this truck is 'Realism'. Even down to hiding away all the radio in the mechanism box tucked away under the rear body section.
I've been led to believe the chassis was actually modelled around the real HIlux chassis. With it's alloy rails from front to back, Leaf springs, Proper realistic alloy axle casings & adjustable front hubs for free wheeling when in 2WD. Sand Scorcher dampers came as an optional extra, Not with the kit. A transistorised speed controller was added for better control. The 3 speed gearbox is just the work of a genius. if you have never seen inside one, You won't believe the complexity. Around 40 seperate parts!
The two piece body is just detail heaven! Especially that front cab with it's interior, Driver, Headlights & indicators. Only items it could have done with were window wipers. The rear bed section is also detailed, But only with a single plastic rear light section. This body is another box art must! Red, And those yellow/orange stripes just look right!
All in all this is one of thee most collectable Tamiya's ever made. It's complexity, Running abilities & sheer good looks makes it VERY desirable for anyone, Not just the collector. That's why prices of anything to do with 3 speeds are high. You will be very lucky to get any used 3 speeds in good condition for under £600! NIB kits are in the £2,500 to £3,000 GBP territory.
If you liked those pictures, you should see these...
1982 ^1 OWNER^ VERY VERY MEGA MEGA RARE HOLY HOLY GRAIL MINT NIB ^BLAZING BLAZER^ ENGLISH UK ^RIKO^ VERSION