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The Bigwig Junior (Japanese: ビッグウィッグJr., Biggu U~iggu Junia) is a Racing Mini 4WD car released by Tamiya on March 26, 1987.

It was based on the 1/10 scale Bigwig R/C buggy by the company, whose body was designed by the famous car designer Takuya Yura.

It was featured in the manga and anime Dash! Yonkuro as Mike's machine.

General info

The Bigwig featuring the aerodynamic, open-wheel buggy design, with a partially-exposed canopy with driver figurine, a rear spoiler on the rear and a roof air intake prop on the roof. There are the 'The Bigwig' decals, the '4WD' decals as well as the sponsor decals on the bodyshell. On the RS variant, the 'Jr.' mark has been replaced by the 'RS' mark and some sponsor decals were changed (Which was carried over from the 2017 re-release of the Bigwig R/C buggy.).

Bigwig and RS

Both the standard model and the RS variant features the two-tone color of deep blue and white, with 3-tone stripes red, orange and yellow.

The original Bigwig was equipped with the white middle diameter 4-spoke Hotshot-type wheels paired with the black high-profile spike tires, while the RS variant was equipped with the silver-plated, large diameter 6-spoke Manta Ray-type wheels paired with the black Avante-type slick tires. The standard model has its chassis molded in black, while the RS variant has its chassis frame and A parts molded in black and light gun metal respectively.

Special version

The special version, which was released in the same year as is the original model, has the clear chassis and yellow tires.

About The Bigwig 1/10 R/C buggy

Tamiya_RC_The_Bigwig_(2017)_(filmed_in_2017)

Tamiya RC The Bigwig (2017) (filmed in 2017)

The Bigwig (2017) promotional video.

Released in 1986, The Bigwig is a 1/10 scale, four-wheel-drive R/C buggy released by Tamiya. The R/C buggy's polycarbonate body was designed by Takuya Yura, a famous racing car designer.

Unlike the other Tamiya R/C buggies, The Bigwig sports most of the specially designed parts which were never reused in the company's other R/C vehicles. It has the bathtub chassis, four-wheel-drive drivetrain and four-wheel independent double wishbone suspensions with independent, oil-filled dampers. It was powered by a Mabuchi-made RX-540VZ Technigold motor. Unlike other Tamiya R/C buggies, it has the rack and pinion steering. It was equipped with white dish wheels and block spike tires.

The Bigwig, despite having unique parts and superb aerodynamic, has its own weaknesses; the suspension travel is very poor and can bottom out on some cases, it is prones to understeers and finally, the heaviness of the chassis. Overall, it is suited for on-road racing rather than off-road racing.

In February 2017, the Bigwig was re-released worldwide, and was later released in Japan on March 11, 2017. Various improvements has been made to the 2017 re-release, such as the strengthen dog bone driveshafts, the Tamiya-sourced ESC and the special-labeled GT-Tuned brushed motor. As with other re-releases of older R/C buggies, several sponsor decals has been changed, many of which were carried over to the aforementioned Bigwig RS Mini 4WD car.

Technical info

Variant Body Chassis Wheels Tires Motor Dimensions Gear

Standard
(18005)

Color: Deep Blue
Material: PS

Type: Type-1
Frame: Black, ABS
A parts: Black, ABS

Size: Medium
Type: Hotshot-Type
Spoke: 4
Fitment: Staggered
Color: White
Material: Polypropylene

Size: Medium
Type: Spiked
Color: Black
Material: Med. Elastomer

Standard

Length: 127
Width: 81
Height: 48

11.2:1
6.4:1

Special
(2905, 2955)

Color: Deep Blue
Material: PS

Type: Type-1
Frame: Clear
A parts: Clear

Size: Medium
Type: Hotshot-Type
Spoke: 4
Fitment: Staggered
Color: White
Material: Polypropylene

Size: Medium
Type: Spiked
Color: Yellow
Material: Med. Elastomer

Standard

Length: 127
Width: 81
Height: 48

11.2:1
6.4:1

RS
(95308)

Color: Deep Blue
Material: ABS

Type: Super-II
Frame: Black, ABS
A parts: Light Gun Metal, ABS

Size: Large
Type: Manta Ray-Type
Spoke: 6
Fitment: Staggered
Color: Silver Plated
Material: Polypropylene

Size: Large
Type: Avante-Type Slick
Color: Black
Material: Med. Elastomer

Standard

Length: 150
Width: 97
Height: 51

4.2:1

Gallery

Boxarts

Car views

Trivia

  • The Bigwig RS, a more recent version of the Bigwig Jr., has its decal design changed due to trademark issues. This is also true for its RC buggy counterpart.
    • However, sponsor logos of Mooncraft Company Limited were remains, as it is a company owns by Takuya Yura (the designer of the Bigwig R/C buggy).

External link

Tamiya Japan

Tamiya America

The R/C buggy the Mini 4WD car is based on

Mini 4WD cars from Dash! Yonkuro franchise
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Black Mistral arc Horizon Boundless · Liberty Emperor
Shin Dash! Yonkuro Dash-CB1 Geo-Emperor · Dash-CB2 Blazing Sun · Dash-03 Super Shooting Star · Dash-04 Cannonball Wail · Dash-05 Dame the Dancing Doll · Dash-CBW Command Saurus
Hyper Dash! Yonkuro Rise-Emperor · Shooting Proud Star · God Burning Sun · Cannon D Ball · Dancing Divine Doll
Mini 4WD Championship participants Fire Dragon Jr. · The Fox Jr. · Thunder Dragon Jr. · Rising Bird · Bigwig Jr. · Avante Jr. · Thunder Shot Jr. · Clod Buster Jr. · Lunch Box Jr.
U Team and U Team 2 Dash-X1 Proto-Emperor · Crusader · Black Chopper · Black Bomber · Black Fighter · Black Attacker · Proto-Emperor ZX · Proto-Emperor Coretank
Team Momotaro Samurai Crimson Glory · Crimson R · Crimson T · Crimson E · Crimson A
Team Ninja Warriors Terra Scorcher Jr. · Dash-X5 Shadow Emperor
Team Heavy Metal Dash-X2 God Emperor · Dash-X3 Hurricane Emperor · Dash-X4 Devil Emperor
Amazon Horizons Sid Horizon · Buzz Horizon · Gal Horizon · Luke Horizon · Coco Horizon
from Black Mistral arc Aero-Solitude · Manta Ray Jr. · Black Mistral
Dark Dominion Night Seek · Night Seek Trigger · Night Seek Shield · Night Seek Rod · Night Seek Edge · Night Seek Saucer · Night Seek G · Over the Horizon · Dancing Bloom Doll · Beast Emperor · Big Burning Sun · Shooting Billion Star · Cannon Bad Ball
Others Daihatsu Kopen XMZ · Astralster · Abilista · Raikiri · Festa Jaune · Silwolf
Racing Mini 4WD series
Type-1 Hotshot Jr. · Hornet Jr. · The Fox Jr. · Boomerang Jr. · Bigwig Jr. · Falcon Jr. · Super Dragon Jr.* · Thunder Dragon Jr.* · Thunder Shot Jr. · Super Sabre Jr. · Fire Dragon Jr.* · Dash-1 Emperor* · Dash-2 Burning Sun
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FM Crimson Glory · Dash-02 Neo Burning Sun · Aero-Solitude
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Super TZ-X Mad Bull Jr. · Baja King Jr.
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Super XX Thunder Shot Open Top
VZ Neo-VQS · Dual Ridge Jr. · Toyota GR Yaris · Honda e · Iron Beak · Ray Spear · Mini 4WD Elephant Racer · Mini 4WD Penguin Racer · Eleglitter
Starter Pack Zenquish Progress · Azente Progress · Neo-VQS Advanced Pack
* denotes Premium version available
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