was one of Tamiyas milestones. The Blackfoot was the foundation
stone of the model monstertruck craze and one of the mot sold
r/c-monsters quite generally. And it is the ancestor of maybe
the longest production lines of Tamiyas r/c-models.
with many other models, I never thought that I will own one
of these Blackfoots. Finally the dream came true. It's not
that it's a costly model, but samples in good contitions are
hard to find these days. This one has been assembled out of
three complete trucks and several single bought parts. Nevertheless
this chassis is not a hybride, all parts are original Blackfoot
parts. Merely the wheels, tires, dampers and ball bearings
aren't genuine. OK, the body is from the Super Blackfoot,
but an original Blackfoot body is waiting to be painted.
I made some modifications. The mounts of the dampers on the
a-arms, the front body mount and the center mount of the bumper
have been bolted trough with long screws, I hope that now
the mounts wouldn't crack anymore. I've placed washers under
many screw heads to distribute the torqe over a greater area.
All aluminium sheet-metal-parts have been polished. The wheels
are King Blackfoot Plated Wheels of Tamiya, hex-wheel-hubs
for the standard Blackfoot-shafts have to be made. Tires are
No.7628 Slicks by Amark Racing Products, they are a nice variety.
And since the truck will only see the road from time to time,
and will be a shelf queen mostly, it's OK with the tires.
Details like coloured wireties keeping red and black the dominating
colours on this model.
still have enough parts to build two complete trucks, therefor
I will assemble a runner too. So it's no sacrifice keeping
this one here on the shelf. I would have liked it very much
owning a truck with a completely chromed chassis, but those
parts are very hard to get these days.
soon as this truck proceeds, I will update the pictures. But
what seems to be typical for me: As easy the mechanical stuff
is for me, as hard is it to get my rigs painted.