Tamiya Porsche 959 (1986)

By | Mar 27, 2017

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Like its full scale counterpart, the Tamiya 959 was meant to be a technological showpiece. dsc02777b.jpgdsc02780b.jpgdsc02779b.jpg
Tamiya started with a “clean slate” with this kit, incorporating no parts from previous kits. The lexan body was formed with a non-traditional “blow-molding” method, instead of the usual vacuum forming. Blow molding used higher pressures that ensured that the lexan conformed to all the nooks and crannies of the mold. This provided for unparalleled detail in a lexan body. Bodies for this kit are notoriously fragile. New ones fetch high prices.

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Close-up of chassis reveals interesting components and illustrates some of the challenges Tamiya engineers faced. The car was engineered in 1/12 scale which makes it a bit smaller than the more common 1/10 scale, so space was at a premium. Despite this, Tamiya was able to incorporate shaft-driven 4wd. Electronic speed controls were not the norm back then so Tamiya had to make room for two servos (steering and throttle). To accomplish this, the motor was placed longitudinally in the middle of the chassis. Tamiya also provided their top-of-the-line RX540VZ Technigold motor as well as full ball bearings in the kit.

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Close-up of mechanical three-step forward/reverse speed control and Technigold motor. Chassis brace could be flipped up for easy motor access

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Close-up of suspension components. Front shocks are coil-over, rear shocks are set at an angle and the coil springs are separate items. Beefy steering components are necessary for rally cars.

 

vintage TAMIYA 1/12 58059 PORSCHE 959 1986

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1/12 Tamiya Porsche 959 Paris Dakar Rally #5859 1986 Built

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WORKING Vintage Tamiya 1986 1/12 Porsche 959 Paris-Dakar Rally Car 58059

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Originally posted 2014-07-27 21:44:30.

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1 Comment so far
  1. Peter Vieira March 8, 2014 6:43 pm

    Hello! I’d like to use your mechanical speed control photo (dsc02785b) in Radio Control Car Action magazine. I’m contacting you to ask for your permission to do so. If granted, the photo can be credited to your site, or to your name if you prefer.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Thanks,

    Peter Vieira
    Editorial Director/Surface Group
    Air Age Media

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