**PLEASE READ THIS** for anyone looking at this model displayed in my showroom and wondering if I will sell it? PLEASE DONíT ASK!!! I get numerous requests from TC members wanting to buy cars displayed in my Tamiyaclub showroom, and to be honest I get very annoyed when people ask to buy something that is clearly NOT FOR SALE!! This car is part of MY COLLECTION and as such I want to KEEP IT!! So please donít Email on the off chance that I might sell it to you, if I want to sell any of my cars I will put them up for sale in my TRADE ROOM, so look there to see what cars I am prepared to sell otherwise donít bother asking cos the only answer you will get is NO!!! thanks for reading this disclaimer. Regards wldnas.
Now this thing is a ďREALĒ monster and no mistake :S
Although on fist appearance it looks like a clone of the Tamiya Hornet, but thatís only part of this cars make up, like a modern day frankinsteins Monster this car has been created using bits and pieces borrowed from other popular car designs, the Tamiya Hornet being just one of them, for instance itís got the Body and front suspension of a Hornet, the front chassis tub of a Wild One, and the rear gearbox/suspension off either an AYK Buffalo or a Kyosho Scorpion, itís a right hotchpotch of ideas and designs all slapped together in a haphazard manner to create something truly gruesome :S
My Ishipla Monster finally arrived after Much delay cos of a recent postal strike, this car is made by a Japanese company called Ishipla and as far as Iím aware itís the only RC car they ever created although I believe they made at least two slightly different versions of the same car, the name Monster is very apt for this car cos of the reasons I mentioned in the last paragraph, and judging by the resultant aesthetics itís gotta be contender for the ugliest car ever if it wasn't for the Mugen Mercury ;)
Iíd seen these things around quite a bit but my first encounter with this type of car was through a slightly faded magazine advert that showed a picture of it, I couldnít quite make it out, but it seemed to me a copy of the Tamiya Hornet? the Name of Monster was there but the Ishipla logo was absent so I did not know who had made this car, anyway I wasnít that engrossed in getting such a rare and unusual car at the time so I wasnít particularly looking out for one to buy, as time moved on I few of the other collectors of rare cars that I know had managed to find Monsters for their own collections and when I saw them and finally learnt of who had made this car I started to want one and it wasnít long before I found one for sale on Ebay :)
So I bid on it and in the end got it for a song, it looked pretty tidy in the very detailed Auction pics so I was quite keen to get a closer look at this unusual beast, and after much time it finally arrived, first impressions werenít too favourable :S the car had obviously not been used in quite some time, the suspension was stiff cos the shocks seals had all dried up and too hard a fluid was used, the original front bumper was missing and instead had a bend coat hanger fitted as a makeshift replacement :S the radio gear although intact was US spec AM 75Mhz gear (which apparently is illegal to use here in the UK?) and the radio switch and battery box werenít properly secured, also the servo saver was a bit on the naff side, aside from that everything else looked to be fairly sound.
The quality of the construction is so-so, Iíve seen a lot worse but Iíve also know a lot better, one of my good RC collecting contacts and fellow TC member Dave Cantrell or WIKEDVETTE as he is also know, happened to have a MIB Monster with instructions so I had anticipated the Monsters arrival and asked him to send me a copy of the original instructions on ahead, and they arrived some time before the car didÖ however to all these instructions a manual is a joke :S itís a massive fold away chart with some of the crudest looking illustrations Iíve ever seen, a child of 3 could have drawn a better set than these, there was no written instructions just the simple diagrams and for some areas of the car these ďinstructionsĒ were very vague :S I was better off without them and using my modelers instinct to fix the car by myself on the fly.
First jobs were to sort out the radio gear that included replacing the poxy original servo saver with a pukka Tamiya one which surprise-surprise fitted perfectly, then I had to mess about with the radio switch which Iíve removed for the time being instead I plug the radio batteries direct into the receiver when I want to use the radio, then my attentions turned to the suspension, now this is good in that it has independent oil shocks fitted all round, not only that they are aluminium units with threaded adjusters which is actually quite advanced for a second rate car dating from the late 1980ís however these shocks were stiff and dry cos of lack of use, but a little drop of 3-in-1 oil in the right places and a little working into the seals soon got the shocks working properly again, though the original oil in the shocks did seem to be a little on the hard side :S another last minute job I did was to replace the Heath Robinson front bumper with something a little more fetching ;)
That all done it was time for a test drive, now with it being a 75Mhz radio I had to be careful in using it, so just a quick test drive in the street out the front would suffice, a little bit of fine adjustment was needed first but soon that car was running properly, now considering that this car is only fitted with a basic 540 itís actually pretty damn rapid, and the handling is quite good too for a 2WD, I guess these guys at Ishipla really knew what they were about when they designed this car, it might look like a bag of ***** but it drives like a dream, OK so certain aspects of its design could be vastly improved with addition of a number of straigh forward hop-ups, but then the same could be said of any standard car, but this car has pace, poise and performance thatís quite uncommon for a basic buggy and I imagine that this car was quite the popular budget racer in Japan in itís day, a bit like Mardave is over here ;)
Anyway Iíve just glad to have one as with so many of my more unusual cars, it gives my collection verity and in some twisted way itís kind of a clone car which I like to collect as well ;)
The car looks well different after it's makeover.
It came with this stuff and only cost £42+ all in.
it's ugliness become apparent from the side view.
The underside is actually quite smooth and clean.
The chassis is a real hotch potch of designs.
And it dosen't get any better from the rear.
UPDATE: Iíve just given the rather plain looking red body a make over, this included painting some bright yellow stripes, moving a few of the original black decals and applying a number of fresh new sponsor decals, a spot of detail painting was in order two and the finishing touch was to fit a couple of headlamps, I think a driver figure would finish it off but I donít have one to hand at this time, the front wheels also have had some slight cosmetic attention, when the car arrived it had chrome wheels on the rear and yellow wheels on the front, what I have done is paint the front wheels with bright silver spray paint, itís not a perfect finish but better than the drab yellow wheels from before, this work was carried out in order to get the car ready for display at the Model Activ 04 show at the Warwickshire Exhibition centre on the 20th-21st March 2004