Status: New built
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I always wanted a SRB (Special Racing Buggy - Sand Scorcher, Rough Rider, Ford Ranger) ever since I was a kid. I think in Norway this is historically THE most famous RC car. We just call it 'bobla' (the beetle).
My first RC was a Tamiya Holiday Buggy, which I loved soooo much. These SRBs were sooooo cool! But the price was way too high for me back then. I only knew one kid in the neighborhood who had one. Since I loved (and was good at it?) building RC cars a lot of other bodys came to me and asked me to build their cars. Which I gladly did for free of course! This kid in the neighborhood did build most of it himself, but I was called over to have a look and assist a little bit. I don't ever recall him driving it though. A close friend had the Ford Ranger - I remember the front suspension just fell apart when he drove over some uneven ice and snow :-)
As a grown up with $$$ I could finally afford one. But I found an original 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). And even if I spent a LOT of time on masking and painting - as carefully as I could - the result was still not OK in my book. So I had to do some fixing afterwards with a fine brush. I should have used liquid mask I guess, I prefer that also when painting lexan bodies.
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:
Standard paint with rere decals. I do consider buying the original set from MCI though...
Aluminum Front Bumper Guard from RC channel.
I painted the rear guard in silver to better match the rest.
Chromed wheels. I think there rears were an original Tamiya part. I thought I had front also but no, so I just spray painted them with chrome paint.
Hand made metal motor and exhaust from Mark Brown / ebay US (bought back when I bought the kits). These were the best to be found IMO.
Thanks for looking and comments are always welcome! :-)
If you liked those pictures, you should see these...
Tamiya ReRe Rough Rider (Buggy Champ 2009)