VW Samba Campervan 1:16 Electric RC Bus

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Product overview

• Officially licensed replica of an icon from the 1960s and 1970s
• 27MHz full function radio control
• Forward/reverse and left/right steering
• Indoor and outdoor driving
• Ready to run, requiring no assembly
• Van: 5 x AA batteries (not included), remote control: 4 x AA (not included)

What is the VW Samba Campervan?
This officially licenced VW Campervan is styled after the US version of the Volkswagen Transporter T1. 1:16 scale, extremely detailed and with working front and rear lights, this campervan will bring a taste of the sixties and seventies.

How does the VW Samba Campervan drive?
The full function remote control lets you move forwards, backwards, left and right, allowing you to drive the car as VW intended. The van requires five AA batteries, with the controller running off four AA batteries. Both the van and remote can run off alkaline or rechargeable batteries.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from I don't do this often, but I was surprised by how impressive this little VW R/C bus that I though I might take the time. But first of all, I shall start with the negatives: 1: The range really isn't has advertised on the website, rather than 30m, its more 10m, as it says on the printed packaging, but I never intended for the bus to leave that type of range in the first place - its short, but long enough for this kind of model. 2: The controller runs short of power before the bus! I'd rather it was running of a high capacity 9v, rather than 4AAs. But it is acceptable. Good bits? 1: The fit and finish, for a R/C model is impressive. Yes, its is entirely plastic, which is necessary in order to keep the weight down for a battery consumption, but the attention to detail is impressive - For once, its an RC model that you wouldn't mind displaying in the open while its idle. 2: Its robust - it has flown off desks and chairs, trapped itself under cars, and had a 30lb baby sit on it, its shrugged off these encounters with aplomb. 3: Good ground clearance - no articulated suspension or tracks, just plain old, decently designed tall, narrow, sticky rubber tires with short overhangs - makes it bounce over grass, rugs, and your typical indoor obstacles. 4: Decent torque - this thing isn't a rocket ship, but it does have pulling power, which means it can push itself up inclines that other cheaper RC models would give up on. 5: The controller is also seemingly built to a good standard, stubby flexible aerial makes it rather robust. It does cost ???29.99, which is a lot, but unlike most of the typical ???10-???25 offerings out there, I can see this VW bug lasting a lot lot longer and be cherished by my daughter for a quite a while longer. Thanks for reading! Liam
Date published: 2014-11-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I agree with Liam's excellent review. Bought it for my son who has owned numerous camper vans over the years but he doesn't have one at the moment so I thought I would treat him by getting him one for Christmas. Hope he doesn't sit on it though.He's aged 49 and at least 17 stone. Just one downside though. It's a MINI-BUS ! Still,I suppose that's how they all started out. Anyway, it was a good buy at the price
Date published: 2014-11-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Useless - 3 stopped working Looks good and our son loved it. However we are now taking the third one back to Maplin as all 3 stopped turning in one direction after 10 minutes of playing. Now getting a refund as we cannot believe there is not an inherent fault in the design!
Date published: 2014-12-30
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Model VW Samba Campervan
Weight 798 g
Type Campervan
Scale 1:16
Length 282 mm
Width 107 mm
Height 121 mm
Drivetrain FWD
Motor Type Electric
Radio Frequency/Band 27 MHz
Capacity N/A (Battery not incuded)
Voltage N/A (Battery not incuded)
Battery Type Van: 5 x AA (not included)
Remote control: 4 x AA (not included)

You could be sent to Spain

Asked by: Raimon
Sorry we ship to UK address only.
Answered by: Les
Date published: 2016-03-01

how fast does this go

Asked by: rosie21
Unfortunately the speed is not specified by the manufacturer.
Answered by: Brad
Date published: 2015-12-06

Hi do the doors open on the camper van?

Asked by: debs
The doors do not open
Answered by: Les
Date published: 2015-12-03

Hi are there any other colours available?

Asked by: Stuart
Unfortunately not we only sell it in the one colour.
Answered by: Billy
Date published: 2015-11-06

Can you confirm the dimensions please?
Asked by: Suzanne
45.4 x 15.2 x 15 cm ~DH
Answered by: DH
Date published: 2015-07-17

What frequency do these work on?
Asked by: Lucy
Answered by: PC
Date published: 2015-07-17
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