We recently got the old school Blackfoot and Monster Beetle kits and will be building them. Wish we could get a pair of technigold motors
My first job was at a hobby store and I remember when the Blackfoot and Monster Beetle were released. They sold like hotcakes because that was the era of Bob Chandler's Bigfoot. I am very glad to see that after all these years, Tamiya hasn't given up on their big sellers from the 80's.
Back in my day, the Tamiya Bruiser was the workhorse in the industry. It had the 3 speed transmission, all steel components, and weighed about 20 pounds with the huge brick battery they used.
Here is the control with the shift gate installed
That bruiser was pretty advanced. The transmission shifted gears - right and it had driveshafts going to each differential, leaf springs like my 1973 ford F250 I had at the time, very similar to the real deal. Remember them on the shelves but money would not permit me to buy one at the time... So cool!
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I had an old nitro Traxxas Revo that I converted to brushless electric, an E-Revo Mamba, and a brushless 4-tec. Of course they all needed cooler bodies than the stock ones The advent of lithium polymer batteries and brushless motors really kicked the RC stuff into high gear.