Tamiya Porsche 934 (1976)

By | Oct 18, 2017

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In 1976, Tamiya stormed on to the R/C car scene with the 1/12 scale Porsche 934.

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In real life, the 934 was a race-ready turbocharged 911 variant that you could buy from your local Porsche dealer for a small fortune. In releasing the 934 as an R/C kit, Tamiya created a template for many R/C models to follow. The first thing anyone notices is the beautiful artwork on the front of the box.

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Inside, Tamiya neatly arranged the items and put many of the metal parts under blister pack.

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Additional box are shows a semi-transparent cutaway of the inside of the model.

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Also on the box is a engineering schematic highlighting the major parts and layout of the model.

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The old saying “they sure don’t make them like they used to” certainly applies here. When first making R/C kits, it was apparent that Tamiya was drawing on it’s vast experience as a plastic model company. It’s no doubt that many of the body components in the R/C kit were taken directly from their static 934 kit.

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This is about as basic as it gets. Chassis is a stamped aluminum plate with plenty of flex (it served double-duty as the car’s “suspension”). In the center is a battery holder for four “C” sized cells. Behind the battery holder is the speed controller with two wipers-one for forward and one for reverse directions. Propelling the vehicle is a smallish 380 size electric motor, but the car could be retro-fitted with an optional 540 sized motor and mount.

 

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Originally posted 2015-08-10 17:16:58.

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