Sorry, but this isn't the new Nova Fox from Tamiya,
I bought this a few years ago. I just
couldn't resist as I love the Fox and wondered
what this kit was all about. It's a cheap copy
but has a few nice touches that make it better
than a Fox in some ways. As far as I know these
kits were sold here in the UK as an illegal, but
cheap alternative. I've seen copies of the Supershot
also but not sure what else was copied, if any?
The rear end is protected by a nice gold alloy
roll cage and has a wire mounted rear wing that
looks like a Supershot wing. And, it comes with
front and rear stabilisers as standard which are
nicely tucked away.
The quality of the plastics and lexan are nowhere
near as good as Tamiya and there's no moulding
info on them at all. I've even broken a few things
during build as it's also an old kit and feels
The top of the main chassis is a strange brown
colour. The mechanical speed controller is very
crude along with a home made BEC circuit board
and switch? Drive shafts are very loose and wouldn't
last long I bet. The Tamiya name has been removed
from the gearbox cover also. Battery door has
had the hinges removed and slightly moulded differently
to screw straight on as you can't fit a hump pack
battery in. Rear shock mount is alloy and not
fibre glass. No driver is included but I'm thinking
of using a Frog one?
Even the bottle of damper oil and tube of grease
have been made to look like Tamiya's. As far as
I can see the only item in all the kit that gives
away where it was built is the tube of 'Shian
Tai' grease - 'Made in Taiwan'.
The standard wheels are just cheap yellow plastic
and I couldn't resist putting some Fox ones on
for the photo shoot. The kit front bumper has
strangely been copied from a Kyosho Optima. So
I've changed that too to complete the look.
Enjoyed building it though and put my twist on
it as the box art is terrible! Re-pro decals (with
blue trimmed off) with a nice graphite grey body
colour, all to go with the gold on the chassis.
The question is, do I keep it or not? Not worth
much to be honest as where's the value? And Tamiya
have now annouced they are re-releasing the 'Nova
I'm not going into much about the build process
as it's all straight forward and the manual is
a total copy of the Tamiya one. There were screws
missing, but it pretty much went together like
a Tamiya kit ok.
Have a good look at the pics