Sunday, January 18, 2009


When I was a kid I got my first RC car, the Tamiya Hornet. I had so much fun with it that I also got a Tamiya Lunchbox... But somewhere along the way I lost interest... That is, until now.

Ever since I got the re-released Lunchbox I've been spending a lot of time and money on Electric Tamiya RC cars. Why electric you ask? For me the answer is simply;that's what I grew up with, so that's what I'm into.


  1. I have the exact same opinion, i had the Hornet back in 1986 then i also bought a Boomerang (not as much fun but more enjoyable to build).

    I have seen and tried the petrol powered cars but i'm firmly on the electric Tamiya side of the fence purely because that's what i grew up with.

    I have repaired and upgraded my old Hornet and recenlty bought the re-introduced Lunchbox, it is a fantastic trip down memory lane and they are immense fun.

  2. wow you still had the old hornet, cool! I was at my parents house last year and found the old manual for my lunch box, but nothing for the hornet. Did you keep the mechanical speed controller? I have fond memories of chasing RC cars stuck on full throttle! :) I've been tempted to buy the re-released Hornet as well. I feel like I owe it to myself :)

  3. Yeah it was the 1984 release i bought in 1986. only maintenance i had to do was replace the shell with the 2005 release and a good clean.

    I still use the manual speed controller despite the urge to upgrade which i feel would affect its vintage charm.

    The new Hornets have superior stock motors over the original however they had to change the gearing in the new gearboxes to couteract the motor.

    The hornet is still considered to be the fastest model Tamiya did (out of the box) and i'm reliably told that if you get a new Hornet and find an old 1984 gearbox to put in it; it will be faster than any 2005 model before any motor upgrades.