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Old 08-15-2019, 11:10 AM
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Hi folks,

I'm a guy getting a bit old and even more so when I unpacked my never readily built Landjump from my childhood. 83?

Question to all - is this even considered to be a cool thing to have or just regarded as old crap?
Vintage cars seem quite common after all

I'm not sure if I should keep it or sell it - I won't use it at least.

what are your recommendations?

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Old 08-15-2019, 01:21 PM
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vintage cars especially ones of that era are more along the lines of collecter type items, to some it may be worth alot, to others they really arent worth much.
imo it is really cool to have a complete older RC car like that, they definitely dont build them like that anymore, kind of a piece of RC history.
could quote Indiana Jones here "That belongs in a museum!" .

you could try selling it if you really wanted too, you would either not get much at all, or would get a pretty penny for it. would also be really cool to have on a shelf as a show piece as well. on ebay i see a new landjump for sale for around $2800 with box and all, then one right beneath that for 400$ used.

personally i would hang on to it, but if you arent really in to RC's anymore, it would just be an expensive antique paperweight to you, whereas you might get money for something else and someone else can show it off.
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Thanks for a great reply!

It seems like the answer will be "it depends" as in most situations
For me it's mostly a paperweight, but a sentimental one. My kids managed to grow up without having any interest at all in it what so ever (daughters).

I guess I need to think it over more - it probably deserves a better home...

Thanks!

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I am definitely one of those folks who'd be in the 'that's really cool' category....There's definitely a niche market out there with a group of folks way into this series of early nitro off-road/vintage Kyosho models. I was always partial to the 4WD version, the Vanning, but already have a shelf queen (attached - I actually came here to post for some tips about long-term storage), a runner that needs some TLC, AND a parts car....so I wouldn't be in the market for it. I'd probably target that community directly to sell it, but the planets might really have to align to get $2800. You've probably already heard "it's worth what someone is willing to pay", a frustrating but accurate axiom for the vintage R/C market. It's often just about timing, and the right buyer having the right amount of cash at the right time. If anyone can help you sell it, or provide some advice on the subject, it's the gentleman behind R/C Toy Memories.

There's lots of mixed feelings about the effect of the recent nostalgia boom & re-releases. On one hand, I was thrilled when Kyosho re-released the Optima, because it meant new aftermarket support for my compatible vehicles. On the other hand, I'd just purchased an original NIB version that just had its value significantly reduced. The LandJump won't be re-released, but it's a beast of a buggy with impressive engineering for its time. It's fun to bring these suckers into the LHS & see the whippersnappers' reaction to these cars that are older than they are!

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that buggy is beautiful!!! it is so strange how the hobby has changed so much where the newer guys at the LHS don't even know what after run oil is used for, the guy asked when i was ordering if its something i put in my brushless motor to clean it out. caught me off guard.
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that buggy is beautiful!!! it is so strange how the hobby has changed so much where the newer guys at the LHS don't even know what after run oil is used for, the guy asked when i was ordering if its something i put in my brushless motor to clean it out. caught me off guard.
That's too funny... It makes sense though in a way... in my early teens, when I was most interested in R/C, nitro was finicky but continued to provide some big advantages over electric power that continued all the way up until the 1-2 punch of LiPo batteries & brushless motors. It's kinda like a manual transmission on a full-sized car these days... still fun for the enthusiast, but most will choose the convenience of modern automatics. This car (the Vanning) was the one I drooled over every time that Tower Hobbies catalog showed up, but it was far too expensive, loud, messy, and just plain out of reach for me back then. I was really impressed once I grew up & got one myself & hit the trigger though.... despite the chain drive & 1986 tech, the thing is fast as hell.
a long time ago...quality is terrible, but you can sorta get a sense of how cool the thing is once in motion. That's it, now I have to get that thing running again!
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I'm one of the old guys who had one when they were first issued and I ran it every chance I could. I'm still a fan. The buggy was as bullet proof
as you would ever find. Sadly I sold my original example after years and years of running. Fast forward to the present 35+ years later I still
have Land Jumps; way, way more than I should or will ever have use for. For a while I was buying just about every one I could get my hands
on that was at a reasonable price. I've rebuild them, made new parts for them, even make my own chains( I purchased about 10 meters of
that chain!). All of mine are the very early type Land Jump. I confess I was (am?) a Land jump hoarder.... hey we all have our weaknesses...

I say keep it as a landmark RC buggy. Yes I realize there are much faster RC car out there and LiPo / brushless tech has eclipsed everything else
but to my mind there's still nothing like one of these things tearing it up and the scream of that glow engine, the mess of oil, grease and dirt. I almost
feel sorry for the younger guys who've only read read about them. But here I am a old guy with memories...

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