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OK, here's my own BigWig. It was a lucky ebay find from Vintagecorp/Japan. The car is in very good condition, all I had to do was paint the driver.
My big 4WD love as a kid was the Supershot, which I bought in 1986. I remember checking out this newbie at the LHS, this was most likely in 1987 as we up in the cold north usually got the new stuff a year later than the rest of the world. I read about it being Tamiyas 10th anniversary RC model, and that it's bodyshell was designed by a famous japanese racing car (full scale) designer called Takuya Yura. He added some cool, new features like F1 style air intake, exhaust pipes, engine block etc. There's also a
nice aluminium instrument panel! The aerodynamics were supposed to be very good, the whole body was shaped as a wing. Check out the ad for the car here:
Not that I really had the funding, but I asked myself if it could be faster than the Supershot. I concluded no. I couldn't see any real differences, other than mere looks and styling. Also I didn't find 'Wig' to be a very cool name for a racing car! :-) It also looks a bit 'bulky', whilst the Shots were more 'sleek'. Looking back now I see that the pionion & rack steering on the BigWig was a big improvement though! As the Supershot had an insane amount of bump steer! This was Tamiyas first off-road car to sport this steering solution. Also it was much easier access to components of course than in the previous Hotshot and Supershot.
The wheels were one piece aerodish wheels, which has been widely used by many brands since.
This is the car that Petter Solberg, the norwegian WRC rally driver, won the norwegian Tamiya Cup with back in 1987! Check out www.ymr.no/historie.htm and scroll down to the year 1987 to even see the video! You will then see him and his older brother, Henning, which also is a WRC driver. They comment that they had stripped away all uneccesary bling from the car in order to save weight! Serious boys!!!
Update 10. des 2010: There was an ad on the wall in my old LHS depicturing Yura working on a clay model of the BigWig, it's also on the box (See pic http://www.tamiyabase.com/Box-art/58057-Bigwig.html?keyword=bigwig). I did some googling yesterday, and found some interesting stuff! I've always been a bit curious as to that 'MoonCraft' sticker on the car. I've never seen it on another Tamiya model. It turns out that this is actually the name of Yura's racing design company! He's the president and CEO of that company, and it still exists today: http://www.mooncraft.jp/eng/staff/staff.html These guys even have their own wind tunnell. Among other things he's designed a lot of formula cars: http://www.mooncraft.jp/eng/products/formula.html Check out also the Pike's Peak real reference car for the BigWig here, where Yura got the inspiration from: http://www.tamiyabase.com/11-Scale/The-Bigwig.html (it's a US hill climb race)