Model: (Click to see more) 58441: Buggy Champ 2009
Status: New built
Date: 2-Jan-2023
Comments: 36
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I always wanted a SRB (Special Racing Buggy - Sand Scorcher, Rough Rider, Ford Ranger) ever since I was a kid. My first RC was a Tamiya Holiday Buggy.

These SRBs were sooooo cool! But the price was way too high for me back then.

As a grown up with $$$ I could finally afford one. But I found an original SRB (especially the SS) too steep going used for at least 1.000 USD.

So then Tamiya rere'd them, I just had to grab a SS and a RR. Plus an extra body kit for both in case I messed up. I bought these back in 2009 and 2010, and I've saved the build until now. Vintage RC cars are like wine - they get even better with time. It's been a stressful autumn with putting our house up for sale, so it was a saviour to be able to sit down and build this - blocking out anything else :-)

The build did not disappoint! Even today it's a bit mind blowing and such a joy to build! And when I think back to the early 80s and my Holiday Buggy - what did it feel like then? Very very cool! However I can't say the the suspension/dampening works very well :-) I can totally see why they were modified to death by CRP and RCH and so on.

I must say that even if the SS is a cooler car the RR is for most people a better kit. The painting of the SS body is just way too difficult for most people. Whilst the RR is just one color and that's it. I dare to call myself a good RC airbrusher. But the SS body was a PITA (very rewarding when finished of course).

The Ford Ranger never really fit in the gang IMHO. Rather the Super Champ does, so I got that many years ago (original) for a good price (see my showroom).

OK, this is the build:
I wanted a bit more punchy color so I went for Tamiya Bright Orange. Very happy with this choice.
Aluminum Front Bumper Guard from cooper813/ebay (cooper813store, US)
I painted the rear guard in silver to better match the rest
Sand Blaster JR front tires set from hwpeterl/ebay (Scale Elements RC Shop, Hong Kong) (the rere front tires don't have the tire lettering)
Aluminium tanks (2) and anodized red alu spur gear from pmg828/ebay (Pargustore, South Korea)
Optional differential Kit from Tamiya (2009)
Sand Scorcher exhaust
Oh, and I just had to add some 'smiling' KC Daylighter decals to the lights :-)

Thanks for looking and comments are always welcome! :-)

7 6 5 4 3 RC porn right there 3 Never seen a diff kit with a brass gear before! 3 I beg do diff'er! :-) 3 3 Nice threesome! 4 4 Alu tanks from Pargu, impressive machining! 5 4 1 4 2 Added fuel tank tubes 'as agreed upon' :-) And some oOple decals in honor of the late Jimmy

If you liked those pictures, you should see these...
Tamiya Bling Bling Super Champ

Comments

SHY69

2-Jan-2023

Man it's quiet in here... I really do hope more people in the future will understand that this is in fact THE best way to display your RC collection

SHY69

2-Jan-2023

The inspiration for this übercool buggy is still in use! And wins!
[Click here]

MAD-BEE

2-Jan-2023

Mate that looks friggin awesome! Love the RC porn very tasty! Tanks on the back really look the business too nice touch! Hey nice job on the driver mate l am finding these driver figures a real challenge these days lol getting older!
These SRBs look so damn good especially when together like in pic 9 fantastic to see!
I agree also buddy folk need to use this club or we could lose it! Its a great platform to showcase our cars and put them on display for us and others to enjoy all around the world! Yeah l get YouTube is a big force now and l love that too but the Tamiyaclub is the daddy lol come on and still has some great members and works well keeping our community alive and connected all around the globe! One thing though that bugs me, I never understand why folk don't leave comments it only takes a minute and some members have been here for years and left less then a handful of comments or even less and none! Come on some of the work we see on this Club is absolutely outstanding so they can't say they don't see anything special! and surely we share the same passion you would think?
But luckily there is still a bunch of good guys on the Tamiyaclub the members who do get involved a lot and show their appreciation and enjoy showing their work excitement and passion and spreading the RC love man!

Scanox

2-Jan-2023

I have to agree with you, SRB was a childhood dream!
Like you, I bought re-res when these came out. Building these was great fun!
Was lucky to get hold of a Ranger XLT in fairly good condition at a good price which is a decoration on the shelf together with the other three =)
Must say you have done a super job with yours.

SHY69

2-Jan-2023

MAD-BEE, you really are a great guy as you ALWAYS take the time to read and fully comment! Highly appreciated! I aspire to be more like you

I think the problem is:
-People these days are too lazy (register, pay, login)
-Many are too cheap (want everything for free)
-It's mostly Facebook groups left. But even that has gone very quiet. And cool info just gets drowned there.

I've listed my full collection on my profile page - I still have a lot to build or restore, take pics of and post here. It's so nice to have 'a mission'

Thx so much for the comments, I'm very happy with it!

I'm considering adding fuel tubes to the tanks - what do you think?

SHY69

2-Jan-2023

Thx Scanox! From Nøtterøy, cool! My wife grew up there

Your cars look awesome as well!

MAD-BEE

2-Jan-2023

Thanks and always a pleasure mate and agree with what you said and just if anyone is thinking l must have all the time in the world to be leaving all these comments on the TC etc l do work full time for a living and have a wife and other interests....A long story why but we have no kids!!!! Iol and that's how l have the time! Yeah fuel tubes could look great if done right! The shock oil tube on the Champ looks awesome l have always loved that so well worth trying l must have a look around your showroom see if there is anything l have missed! Cheers James.

SHY69

2-Jan-2023

OK, I'll do that then with the tanks

I have 3 kids. Plus a ton of other hobbies (RC racing 1:8 Track, pro gokart racing, sim racing, weightlifting, windsurfing, Taekwon-do, snowboarding, cycling, RC 3D helis). It's all about structure and prioritizing IMO. Those who don't have time for anything fun as parents didn't before kids either

A new neighbor said to me: 'I've never met anyone even close to having as many hobbies as you!' Myself I've only met one

MAD-BEE

2-Jan-2023

Fantastic l bet your Kids are always involved in your interests as you have a very decent list to choose from! I would pick RC obviously but apart from that the Snowboarding as never done that but does looks a real hoot!

SHY69

2-Jan-2023

You should defo try snowboarding in powder snow (offpiste)! The biggest sensation is windsurfing on a very windy day - that's like being reborn - it's a nature experience like nothing else!

Well, at least they can't blame me for not trying to get them involved. But it's mostly Taekwon-do and skiing for them. They're all girls but I've yet to meet any boy that is tougher than any of them . My oldest which is 13 tackled me so hard doing ice hockey the other day that I fractured a rib She's entering her very first Taekwon-do competition in february, that will be very interesting!

MAD-BEE

2-Jan-2023

She sounds like she will do just fine!
Hobbies really do help keep a healthy mind and heart! For sure more the merrier!
Maybe l will look at windsurfing l am 49 years young so never too late and windsurfing that's something we have a lot going on around us here! I did have a go at surfing and was not good at all lol but got to give these things a bash!
Good luck to your daughter in February's comp!

SHY69

2-Jan-2023

Thx mate! I recommend you to try this first then:
-get a cheap SUP (inflatable)
-buy an iRig (inflatable rig) + drift stopper
I promise you that you (and your wife) will be windsurfing in 1 hour!

Yeah, I suck at wavesurfing myself - it's very very hard to do! Same with skateboarding!

MAD-BEE

2-Jan-2023

Haha now the wife will take a little more convincing! Thanks for the tips definitely something l would like a pop at!

BubbaGump365

2-Jan-2023

That build looks great! I love the RR, but don't have one....yet! But do have a couple of Sand Scorchers. Interesting chat you guys are having above too! I have 2 kids, a wife, a busy job and also too many hobbies...but life's for living right?!
It can be frustrating when you've put a lot of time and effort in to an RC build, and then not get many comments, but I could also be better at taking more time to comment more myself! There's some very talented folks on here! It's a busy time of year for many people, so hopefully the comments on this site will pick up soon :-
Happy New Year

SHY69

2-Jan-2023

Thx Bubba! Yeah life is for living! And most importantly: Never get rid of your «inner child»!

Happy new year and go fetch a RR!

hedge

2-Jan-2023

Nice job on an iconic buggy. I’ve sold off most of my cars now but still have a rere Scorcher new in the box under my bed Your back story is similar to mine except I had the Sand Rover not the Holiday Buggy. The early Tamiyas are all works of art, totally lost on me as a kid but looking at them now I understand why they have lasted so long.

mtbkym01

2-Jan-2023

Great looking RR/BC, in fact all 3 look awesome. I’m like you, I have kits that I bought years ago still waiting to be built (next year will be 10 years since I went to Japan and bought a few kits, My Bruiser is still sitting NIB waiting build time).

This main site has definitely quietened down particularly in comments on entries, and just look at the number of entries for the current competition. Anyway, another good reason to keep and maintain a showroom could be for insurance, particularly if the worst happened like a house fire (touch wood, no fires for anyone please).

I will keep my showroom going thats for sure

woomagic

2-Jan-2023

That looks great! I'd like to get one myself one day.
As for comments, I occasionally comment but I don't always know what to write. Some people are just better at it. I have quite a few pictures to add but I've decided I want to take my cars to somewhere with a cool background but that relies on having the time and the right weather.

SHY69

2-Jan-2023

Thx Hedge! I just built a SS too, will post soon. I loved my Tamiyas as a kid

SHY69

2-Jan-2023

Thx mtbkym! Bruiser - oh la la! I’m sooo hoping for a rere Bruiser! I love new builds!

Good point as to insurance!

SHY69

2-Jan-2023

Thx woomagic! I totally feel yoy. I’m normally very short in my own comments. I think the trick is to read all the text first and chew on that.

Agree 100% as to background!

MAD-BEE

3-Jan-2023

Yeah woomagic a decent background makes a massive difference definitely worth waiting for the right time and place lMHO for sure! These cars just look so much better outside in daylight and if possible with scenery unless you have a decent indoor setup and that can still look awesome too! e.g member Max power does fantastic white background shots of his cars l am sure he does them indoors too?
Plus don't worry about the comments mate you do and have commented in the past and take part and keep involved with the site mate and that's awesome mate plus after many years being a member it does get a little tougher to be active as we could because we can't keep buying cars to post up etc lol unless we win the lottery or something! I just see some people's work on here sometimes get totally overlooked that l feel a bit sad about and l can see some members have been online too that makes it worse! But generally its all good and l can appreciate some people might not feel comfortable leaving comments because of certain reasons etc and that's understandable too!
@mtbkym01 I have been out to buy an extra Smoke/Fire Alarm this evening you have made me super insecure mate l never thought of my showroom as my RC insurance policy before! Iol....Brilliant.
Shy69 looking forward to seeing that Scorcher!
Boxart....brave?

SHY69

3-Jan-2023

As to the activity on this site, I did this comparison in 2015:
[Click here]
(my Hotshot evolutions)

Evo I: 6280 views
Evo II: 4546 views
Evo III: 1078 views
Evo IV: 589 views

But the amount of comments is as good as ever, and it's the hard core as always.

SHY69

3-Jan-2023

As to insurance, yes. But I've also read several stories where the ex wife after a divorce has claimed 1/2 the value of the RC car collection

MAD-BEE

3-Jan-2023

Flipping heck buddy you will give me nightmares with this divorce and half the collection talk mate!
interesting comparison above too!

SHY69

3-Jan-2023

LOL! Just make a showroom for her also with all of her handbags

Basket Case

5-Jan-2023

Looks fabulous. You can't really go far wrong with an SRB. Great work!

SHY69

6-Jan-2023

Thx a lot BC!

Re-Bugged

7-Jan-2023

The SRB’s are (to me anyway) Tamiya’s timeless classics that are instantly recognisable. I consider myself to be very fortunate to have these 3 too. The metal parts should outlast their plastic chassis vintage cousins.
Very nice trio.

Ned1066

8-Jan-2023

That’s quality build man… I love an SRB… and this looks wicked…love the tanks too

SHY69

8-Jan-2023

Thx a lot guys!

Arjen

9-Jan-2023

Wow! Love this build! amazing work!

SHY69

9-Jan-2023

Thx Arjen!

quattrokid

10-Jan-2023

Super nice vehicle is that mate. Really impressive....

SHY69

10-Jan-2023

Thx a lot quattrokid!


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