For sentimental hobbyists, Tamiya has been a true champion in bringing back classic radio-controlled cars, trucks, and buggies. Their recent re-releases of the Blackfoot (2016), The Grasshopper, the Monster Beetle (2015), and The Hornet, have given longtime R/C enthusiasts a new-found joy in recapturing their love for the hobby.
Their newest addition to their re-release catalog is The Bigwig, a 1/10-scale 4-wheel drive buggy that first hit the scene in 1986. This 2017 re-release brings back The original styling and look of the original Bigwig, but offers some updates over the original.
Like the original, this new version of the Bigwig features a plastic, “tub-style” chassis, Knobby tires, a brushed, 540-size motor, and shaft-driven 4-wheel drive system. The body style remains true to the classic, featuring a design created by Takuya Yura.
Tamiya Bigwig Specifications:
- Scale: 1/10
- Terrain use: On-Road
- Drive-train: 4WD
- Drive type: Gearbox
- Drive line: Dog bone
- Differential type: Gear
- Suspension: Fully independent double wishbone
- Steering mechanism: Rack-in-pinion
- Shock damper: Oil-filled damper
- Shock damper material: Plastic
- Tire type: Rubber
- Tire tread: Pin spike
- Body material: Polycarbonate
- Chassis material: Plastic
- Motor: 540-brushed type
- Bearings: Shielded ball bearing
With this model coming in a kit configuration, there are some additional components that are required:
- 2 or 3 channel radio system (transmitter and receiver)
- A battery pack and battery charger
- Body paint
- Tools to assemble the build
- Electronic Speed Control (ESC)
The re-release of the BigWig is priced at $219.00 (and is available at TowerHobbies). While the price is higher than Tamiya’s other retro revivals, the unique design and history behind the original might be worth the investment.
Image credit: Tamiya