BlackFoot

Blackfoot is named after the first model released for sale using this chassis:

– Ford F150 Range Blackfoot, model number 58058 put on sale in 1986 and available on the market until 1992,
– Monster Beetle, model number 58060 put on sale in 1986 and available on the market until 1993,
– Mud Bluster, model number 58077 put up for sale in 1989 and available on the market until 1992, and
– Bush Devil, model number 58101 put on sale in 1992 and available on the market until 1995.

This chassis represents the first evolution of the ORV chassis. The suspension and steering system is updated from a buggy to a big foot configuration.

These models represent a very important novelty for Tamiya, there are several advertisements that Tamiya or the various importers around the world have published in trade magazines; in the image below is an example of an advertisement for a Ford F150 Ranger BalckFoot.

Here is the parts list for the Ford F150 Ranger BalckFoot:

Starting from the front and moving towards the rear, the main features of this chassis are:

– large front bumper to absorb shocks,
– plastic spar frame in red for Ford F150 Range Blackfoot, Monster Beetle and Mud Bluster and in blue for Bush Devil. In the ORV chassis the side members are grey,
– sospensioni indipendenti sulle quattro ruote con nuovo sistema di sospensioni anteriore dotato di ammortizzatori. Nel telaio ORV le sospensioni anteriori erano a barre di torsione
– nuovo sistema porta elettronica che protegge meglio i servomotori dalla polvere, terra e sassi rispetto al sistema adottato sul telaio ORV
– trazione posteriore con differenziale

Tamiya has also continued its design philosophy with the BlackFoot chassis. The chassis has undergone several evolutions, especially with the release of the latest Bush Devil model. The main differences between the various models are:

– the body; pictured below from left to right are the bodies of the Ford F150 Ranger BlackFoot, Monster Beetle, Mud Blaster and Bush Davil. Being a chassis that represents the entry model to the world of radio controlled big foot, Tamiya has tried to apply economies of scale as best as possible: the body of the Monster Beetle is a simplified evolution of the body of the Sand Scorcher model number 58016 and the body of the Ford F150 Ranger Black Foot is a simplified evolution of the Ford F150 Ranger XLT model 58027. Ford F150 Ranger BlackFoot, Monster Beetle and Mud Blaster have styrene body, while Bush Davil has Lexan body.

– the difference in body shape means a different attachment system for the body to the chassis. Images of the attachment system shown in black for Ford F150 Ranger BlackFoot, in red for Monster Beetle, in orange for Mud Blaster and in purple for Bush Davil.

– Ford F150 Ranger BlackFoot, Monster Beetle and Mud Blaster have styrene drivers, the friver is different for each version (they are not interchangeable); while Bush Davil has no driver.
– wheels and rims vary in shape and colour
– Monster Beetle has C.V.A. shock absorbers, which are not provided on Ford F150 Ranger BlackFoot, Mud Blaster and Bush Devil.
– Ford F150 Ranger BlackFoot, Monster Beetle and Mud Blaster have the longitudinal-arm suspension while Bush Davil has the overlapping double-arm suspension.

The axle and joints of the Ford F150 Ranger BlackFoot, Monster Beetle and Mud Blaster (pictured left) are hexagonal; the axle and joints of the Bush Devil are pivot (pictured right).

– The differential of the Ford F150 Ranger BlackFoot, Monster Beetle and Mud Blaster (pictured left) is different from that of the Bush Devil (pictured right).

– The Ford F150 Ranger BlackFoot, Monster Beetle and Mud Blaster gearbox consists of a plastic shell and two metal covers (pictured left) and is different from the Bush Devil gearbox, which consists of two plastic shells (pictured right).

– The system of the front shock absorber plate and electronic protection of the Ford F150 Ranger BlackFoot, Monster Beetle and Mud Blaster (pictured left) is different from that of the Bush Devil (pictured right).

– The spindle of the Ford F150 Ranger BlackFoot, Monster Beetle and Mud Blaster (pictured left) consists of two parts (linkage and axle) while the spindle of the Bush Devil is one piece (pictured right). The C-bracket of the steering system has been updated to accommodate the different spindle type

– The front bumper of the Ford F150 Ranger BlackFoot, Monster Beetle and Mud Blaster (pictured left) is different from that of the Bush Devil (pictured right).

– The battery of the Ford F150 Ranger BlackFoot, Monster Beetle and Mud Blaster slides out from the bottom of the model, the battery of the Bush Devil slides out from the side.
– Monster Beetle and Bush Davil have a rear shock absorber and the shape of the two is not the same as the gearbox is different.
– The linkage system for steering from the servomotor is direct for Ford F150 Ranger BlackFoot, Monster Beetle and Mud Blaster (pictured left) whereas the linkage system for steering from the servomotor is with a linkage for Bush Devil (pictured right). For this reason, installation of the servo motor for steering control is reversed in the Bush Devil compared to the Ford F150 Ranger BlackFoot, Monster Beetle and Mud Blaster.

Re-releases  and special versions

Since 1992, a number of special versions of models equipped with the BlackFoot chassis have been released, which today (2024) have become collectors’ items:

– Super Blackfoot, model number 58110 put on sale in 1992 and available on the market until 1994, taking up the improvements introduced with the Bush Devil;
– King Blackfoot, model number 58192 put on sale in 1997 and available on the market until 2003, taking up the improvements introduced with the Bush Devil. It features a new Styrene body.
– Monster Beetle Black Edition, model number 47419 put on sale in 2019 and available on the market until 2020, retains the chassis in the original version without updates introduced with the Bush Devil. The axles and joints have been updated from hexagonal head to pivot.

A number of re-releases have been released since 2015:

– Monster Beetle 2015, model number 58618 put on on sale in 2015 and available on the market until 2016, keeps the chassis in the original version without updates introduced with the Bush Devil. The axles and joints have been updated from hexagonal head to pivot.
– Blackfoot 2016, model number 58633 put on sale in 2016 and available on the market until 2017, keeps the chassis in the original version without updates introduced with the Bush Devil. There are some changes such as insertion of the 4 C.V.A. shocks, insertion of the lower – rear protection plate and the axles and joints have been updated from hexagonal head to pivot.
– Blackfoot 2016, model number 57912 put on sale in 2019 and available on the market until 2020, keeps the chassis in the original version without updates introduced with the Bush Devil. There are some modifications such as insertion of the 4 C.V.A. shock absorbers, insertion of the rear lower protection plate and the axles and joints have been updated from hexagonal head to pivot. Comes complete with battery, remote control and battery charger.

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