Status: New built
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Hi TC friends. Here is my new build Hotshot with a few custom tweeks. I’ve always liked the Hotshot and whilst I purchased this when it was first re-released some years back I’ve only recently built it.
First off you will notice the livery. I love the Tamiya Buggies of this era, a transitional period I think whilst they were slowly going away from the scale looks of the previous Scorchers and Wild Ones, through to this scale/ competition/toy look to the line up now which is more competition/toy look orientated. I’ve always liked race liveries with the big brand automotive names blazoned across the flanks of the bodywork and I went with the ‘Castrol’ theme on this one. I designed the decals which were vectorised, vinyl cut and applied then sprayed one colour white Tamiya PS paint.
Driver wise I used one of the excellent Beetlelover heads which is also in my showroom and for that I replicated my real 1:1 motorcycle helmet and used inkjet decal paper to print the design then sealed it in with 3 coats of lacquer.
Mod wise I cut the sides around the windows so you can see the driver better as I’ve always thought that the body looks to high there, virtually enclosing the driver all together. It sits on Dark Impact wheels and tyres and currently has an old Tamiya Euro Stock motor I used to have fitted in a Boomerang for this photo, though an EZrun system is sitting in the wings for the first drive. I don’t know what turns the Euro Stock is but I remember it going well in the old Boomerang. Also fitted are Aluminium stabilizer stays, battery holder and the front bumper anodized in a natural clear finish (also available in black) and soon to be released. Images taken in my little garage of delights the wife giggles at every time I take photos – Though she now wants a custom dolls house!....... Not in Tamiya time sweetie….not in Tamiya time!
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