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The Hotshot Junior (Japanese: ホットショットJr., Hottoshotto Junia) is the very first Mini 4WD car as well as the first Racing Mini 4WD car released by Tamiya on June 16, 1986. It is the scale-down version of the Hotshot R/C buggy made by the same company.

The car was featured in manga and anime Dash! Yonkuro as Dankuro 'Tankuro' Toda's machine shortly after his Monster Beetle Jr. was lost in a accident. It was eventually replaced by Dash-2 Burning Sun later on.

General info

The Hotshot Jr. featuring the more aggressive-looking bodyshell design with the partially exposed cockpit with the driver figurine in it. The monoshock damper props and upper arms are also presented. All variants features a white rooftop.

All MS variants comes with the N-02 nose unit and T-01 tail unit for its MS Chassis and paired with the standard, light gray 16 mm lightweight plastic rollers.

Type-1 and MS variants

The standard Type-1 and MS variants features the red bodycolor and monoshock prop.

The Type-1 variant was equipped with the white, medium diameter 4-spoke Hotshot-type wheels paired with the black high-profile spiked tires, and comes with the chassis frame and A parts molded in Black. The MS variant was equipped with the white, large diameter 4-spoke MS II wheels paired with the black Avante-type spiked tires, and comes with the N-02, normal center, T-01 and A parts molded in black.

Special variant

The limited Special variant, which was released around the same timing as the standard Type-1 variant, features the clear chassis frame, A parts and the red tires.

MS Halko Momoi Special variant

The limited Halko Momoi Special features the orange bodyshell.

It was equipped with the gold plated, large diameter 5-spoke lightweight wheels paired with the deep orange arched tires. The nose, the lightweight center, the tail and the A parts were molded in fluorescent orange.

Yomiuri Giants Special and Hanshin Tigers Special variants

Both variants, named after two of the famous Japanese baseball teams, features the black bodyshell, with unique decal designs.

Both variants were equipped with the black, large diameter 5-spoke lightweight wheels paired with the arched tires, and comes with a Polycarbonated-mixed ABS normal center chassis molded in Black. The Yomiuri Giant Special has its tires, nose unit and tail unit molded in light orange, while the Hanshin Tigers Special has its tires, nose unit, and tail unit molded in lemon yellow.

About the Hotshot 1/10 R/C buggy

Tamiya_Hotshot_RC_buggy_(filmed_in_1985)

Tamiya Hotshot RC buggy (filmed in 1985)

The Hotshot R/C buggy promotional video.

Released in 1985, the Hotshot is the very first shaft-driven 4WD R/C buggy made by Tamiya.

Its 3-piece chassis is supported by the front/rear monoshocks and 4-wheel double wishbone suspensions that were equipped with stabilizers. The gearboxes are fully enclosed and has the thrust ball bearings and differential gears.

On the motor mount, there's the heatsinks for it which dissipate heat from the old-school, servo-powered mechanical speed controller (MSC).

Tamiya would later re-released the Hotshot in 2007, with some changes such as replaced the heatsinks with the dummies (This is due to the inclusion of the electric speed controller (ESC), which produces less heat than the MSC) and the improved dog bone type driveshafts.

Technical info

Variant Body Chassis Wheels Tires Motor Dimensions Gear

Type-1
(18001)

Color: Red
Material: PS

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

Size: Medium
Type: Hotshot-Type
Spoke: 4
Fitment: Staggered
Color: Silver (Eariler batch)
White (Later batch)
Material: Polypropylene

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

Standard

Length: 127
Width: 81
Height: 47

11.2:1
6.4:1

Special
(2901
2951)

Color: Red
Material: PS

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

Size: Medium
Type: Hotshot-Type
Spoke: 4
Fitment: Staggered
Color: Silver (Eariler batch)
White (Later batch)
Material: Polypropylene

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

Standard

Length: 127
Width: 81
Height: 47

11.2:1
6.4:1

Mini 4WD
25th Anniversary

(94596)

Color: Red
Material: PS

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

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: 47

11.2:1
6.4:1

MS
(18624)

Color: Red
Material: ABS

Type: MS
Config:
N-02/Normal/T-01
Nose:
- Color: Black
- Material: ABS
Center:
- Color: Black
- Material: ABS
Tail:
- Color: Black
- Material: ABS
A parts: Black, ABS

Size: Large
Type: MS II
Spoke: 4
Fitment: Staggered
Color: White
Material: Polypropylene

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

Standard

Length: 152
Width: 92
Height: 47

4:1

MS
Halko Momoi
Special

(94680)

Color: Orange
Material: ABS

Type: MS
Config:
N-02/Lightqweight/T-01
Nose:
- Color: Fluorescent Orange
- Material: ABS
Center:
- Color: Fluorescent Orange
- Material: ABS
Tail:
- Color: Fluorescent Orange
- Material: ABS
A parts: Fluorescent Orange, ABS

Size: Large
Type: Narrow Lightweight
Spoke: 5
Fitment: Squared
Color: Gold Plated
Material: Polypropylene

Size: Large
Type: Arched
Color: Deep Orange
Material: Med. Elastomer

Standard

Length: 152
Width: 92
Height: 47

4:1

MS
Yomiuri Giants

(94687)

Color: Black
Material: ABS

Type: MS
Config:
N-02/Normal/T-01
Nose:
- Color: Orange
- Material: ABS
Center:
- Color: Black
- Material: Polycarbonated-Mixed ABS
Tail:
- Color: Orange
- Material: ABS
A parts: Orange, ABS

Size: Large
Type: Narrow Lightweight
Spoke: 5
Fitment: Squared
Color: Black
Material: Polypropylene

Size: Large
Type: Arched
Color: Orange
Material: Med. Elastomer

Standard

Length: 152
Width: 92
Height: 47

4:1

MS
Hanshin Tigers

(94688)

Color: Black
Material: ABS

Type: MS
Config:
N-02/Normal/T-01
Nose:
- Color: Yellow
- Material: ABS
Center:
- Color: Black
- Material: Polycarbonated-Mixed ABS
Tail:
- Color: Yellow
- Material: ABS
A parts: Yellow, ABS

Size: Large
Type: Narrow Lightweight
Spoke: 5
Fitment: Squared
Color: Black
Material: Polypropylene

Size: Large
Type: Arched
Color: Yellow
Material: Med. Elastomer

Standard

Length: 152
Width: 92
Height: 47

4:1

Gallery

Boxarts

Images

Trivia

  • While the Hotshot is not the first car to be released on two different lineups, it is the first car to be released on two pure-racing Mini 4WD lineups, consists of Racing Mini 4WD series and Mini 4WD PRO series.
  • The MS variant has the new bodyshell mold created due to the midship layout of the MS Chassis, which is impossible for the original's bodyshell to fit onto.

See also

Mini 4WD New Year's limited editions

  • Year of the Monkey 2004
  • Year of the Boar 2007

Related

External links

Tamiya Japan

Tamiya America

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

Mini 4WD cars from Dash! Yonkuro franchise
Dash Warriors Mini 4WD Championship arc Boomerang Jr. · Monster Beetle Jr. · Hotshot Jr. · Falcon Jr. · Super Dragon Jr. · Hornet Jr. · Dash-1 Emperor · Dash-2 Burning Sun · Dash-3 Shooting Star · Dash-4 Cannonball · Dash-5 Dancing Doll · Dash-01 Super Emperor · Dash-0 Horizon · Dash-W1 Wild Saurus · Dash-02 Neo Burning Sun · Dash-001 Great Emperor
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
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* denotes Premium version available
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