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Old 03-12-2008, 05:37 PM
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Default Evolution or Creation

Just for fun I thought it would be cool to show
my version of the evolution of the bug.

#1 stock tamiya vw bug
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The only one missing is the 70's fibreglass bodied
beachbuggy.


I may be wrong ,but some higher being created tamiya.
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Old 03-12-2008, 06:35 PM
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I seem to recall Tamiya having a beach buggy. I saw it either on here or on tamiyaclub. but I do know they did one. you might have to search for a month or so and then shell out some serious $$$ to get a nice example of one or search for multiple months and shell out little $$$ to get a poor example with a messed up body that you'll have to repair with styrene, but they probably can be found. alternately, you can whip out the pink insulation foam, carve out the shape of the beach buggy (like the way the pair of rat-rods and hotrods in the car forum were made), and fiberglass over that. or, you could do that, then spray the body with pam, put it in the bottom of a pam-coated shoebox, fill it with resin, wait for it to cure, pop the plug out of the resin brick and the brick out of the shoebox, then fiberglass the inside of the resin plug. hell, you could gel-coat it that way! then put the whole shebang on a shortened sand scorcher or rough rider chassis, or get one of those tamtech buggy champ things and use the suspension from that, provided it is a seperate unit from the rest of the chassis, or at least has enough material to drill into to mount to a chassis plate.
or, if you want to get real creative, get the trailing arms and steering knuckles from either a sand scorcher/rough rider or the tamtech buggy champ and make your own front suspension beam to hold them. hey, it could work! at that point all you'd need to do is make the rear trailing arms or the rear swingarm, and that would be very easy with an Axial AX10 tranny, a set of bandit slider shafts with 4tec stub axles (to suit TC rims), alloy pede yokes, maybe a hacked up 4tec rear knuckle, a bit of aluminum plate and a hinge. that would be about all you'd need to do up a rear trailing arm setup. or you could go fancy and ask chris from REC to make you some trailing arms, for a small fee of course.
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Old 03-12-2008, 06:55 PM
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I like it. You need to get some paint on that body. The Brat wheels look good with that body.
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Old 03-12-2008, 07:27 PM
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a scratch built beach body might not be to far
out of reach if I ever get time.
Is there a tried and true way of removing "--llmart paint"
from poly bodies ? not just repeat speculation as to what
works.

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Old 03-13-2008, 11:40 AM
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In the early, early 80's Tamiya had a couple beach buggies; the Sand Rover and the Holiday Buggy. The Sand Rover looked like a Meyer's Manx, and the Holiday Buggy looked like a desert buggy with fenders from a Lotus Super 7. Both had an Outback Jack-looking guy driving them.

They were on a very basic chassis. It had a plastic front suspension and fiberglass 'leaves' in the rear. It was their entry-level buggy chassis at the time.
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Thanks for the info , Steve .
Does anyone have any pictures ?
I have two frog chassis to play with and it
would make a good scale project
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Rob, You can find them on the tamiya club site
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Default 1 to 1 dunebuggy

These are off a 1 to 1 meyers manx, the orignal
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It looks like the sandrover was a sort of scale version.
A scratch built version out of styrene might be possible,
using the front and rear susspension from a frog .
Just throw away the middle
and make a flat floor pan with the shift tunnel in the middle
for strength.
The manx is 14.25" shorter than a stock bug
Hmmmm maybe Rob
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nah, as much as the styrene gods would hate for me to say this, I'd do it out of foam, then fiberglass over it. oh yeah, and RC4WD hinted that they are coming out with a twin trailing arm front suspension for their dune buggy chassis in a few months over on RCC. you might want to watch out for that
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you mean this sand rover
http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-58024-TA...QQcmdZViewItem
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Old 03-19-2008, 04:29 PM
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A sand rover would be very nice to have, if the price
tag was smaller. A little to much for this old dog.
I think scratch building is more rewarding any way,
unless you add up all the hours you spend at it.

also thanks for the heads up on "choco 3" scum like
that, makes me sick it makes it bad for all of us because
you don't know who you can trust.
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