Model Mania

Model Mania


Coronavirus keeping you home with nothing to do? Start a new hobby and get into RC's. Go and see Andrew or Derick at Model Mania for all your RC needs, from entry level to hobby grade they can help!
Thank you modle mania. Had great Fun with the traxxas M41 today
From standard brushed buggy to little brushless sleeper, thanks Derick!
In my mind there is only one place to go to when it comes to anything RC. Derick and Andrew always go out of their way to help whether for repairs, sourcing parts, advice or even finding the product that suit your needs and budget, not just out to make a buck. These guys really care about they're customers. Thanks Derick and Andrew for all the great service!
Hi do you maybe sell these starters?

Radio Control Hobby Shop, Centurion and Roodepoort South Africa. We stock RC Cars, Planes, Drones, Helicopters, Die Cast, Slot Cars, Plastic Models, Spares, etc

Operating as usual

Photos from Centurion Mini Truckers's post 16/05/2022

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Photos from Model Mania's post 13/05/2022

Bburago is a specialist manufacturer of die-cast cars with more than 30 years experience. Now part of the May Cheong Group it maintains its special Italian flavour with distinctive classic and modern models. All models have a quality finish with great attention to detail which continue to enthuse collectors.
We have a selection of 1/18 cars for your perusal . . .

Photos from Model Mania's post 12/05/2022

Figurine painting has been gaining popularity through gamers, but the hype is not new, in fact, Model Mania Hobbies has acquired a consignment of metal figurines going back to the late 70's. In original boxes and instructions, these figurines are very collectable. There are many different brands and sizes . . .
If you're into metal figurines, then this a must see. . . .

Photos from Model Mania's post 11/05/2022


This R/C kit recreates the classic Lotus Europa Special. The polycarbonate body is paired with the RWD M-06 chassis.
The Lotus Europa debuted in 1966, showcasing what was then a revolutionary midship engine layout, with a lightweight FRP body. In 1972 perhaps the finest model – Lotus Europa Special - in the series was released with 1.6-liter inline-4 engine (big valve twin-cam engine) capable of 126hp which was the largest maximum output among the Lotus Europa series. The Tamiya R/C kit faithfully captures this classic car down to rear wing as seen in the SPECIAL variant of the Europa.

Great RR Performance from the M-06
The M-06 chassis features a rear-mounted motor, rear-drive setup and has a longitudinally-mounted battery pack, with R/C equipment positioned on either side for optimum balance and a low center of gravity. 4-wheel double wishbone suspension uses gray colored wheels, equipped with 60D radial tires at the front and 60D super grip tires at the rear. In addition, a 3-piece steering linkage offers nimble handling response.

• 1/10 scale R/C model assembly kit. Length: 390mm, width: 176mm, height: 114mm.
• Polycarbonate body. Separate parts depict side mirrors, light cases, and rear wing.
• The M-06 chassis features a rear-mounted motor, and a longitudinally-mounted battery pack with R/C units positioned on either side for optimum balance and a low center of gravity.
• This model utilizes the 225mm wheelbase M-06M chassis.
• Dedicated stickers are included to recreate gold body pinstripes inspired by the Lotus car which flourished in Formula One.
• Includes marking stickers, and window masking stickers for use during the paint process.
• A variety of Hop-Up Option parts are available to customize the chassis.
• Includes 540-type brushed motor.
• Requires: 2-channel radio, steering servo, 7.2-7.4volt battery with compatible charger, and Tamiya PS paint.

Photos from Model Mania's post 12/04/2022

With the Easter Weekend looming and if you're not going away during the long weekend, you might want to consider a project for the whole family to attempt . . .
An OLD Tamiya favourite is the Lunchbox and also the Midnight Pumpkin, to name 2 of the many Tamiya kits that come in kit form.
These kits require assembly and in most cases some painting. It's a fun build and everyone can help. The end product can be used as a remote control vehicle, but can also act as a static model.
Come and have a look at the kits we have available . . .

Photos from Model Mania's post 07/04/2022

Model Mania Hobbies . . . Stockists of a wide variety of plastic model kits, paints, accessories, radio controlled items, die cast models, etc. Come to the shop and have a browse, you're sure to find something to entertain yourself or get the kids involved in a new hobby . . . See you soon . . . 😁 🏎 🏍


Our focus today is the Blitzer Beetle R/C assembly kit which was inspired by the exciting off-road desert racer designs seen in the United States. These haven't been available for a while and stock is very limited.

Specs and Features:
1/10 scale R/C assembly kit.
The durable resin body is molded in white and comes with side mirror parts. The body may be painted with Tamiya's TS spray paints, which are formulated in synthetic lacquer for the best finish and durability
The tough, lightweight ABS bathtub chassis features a rear-mounted motor, rear-wheel drive layout.
4-wheel independent double wishbone suspension is equipped with C.V.A. oil filled shock units and extremely durable monocoque-type lower arms.
The front spiked tires feature three ribs for enhanced stability while the rear tires feature both spikes and an X-shaped tread pattern along the center to ensure high levels of grip.
Fully-enclosed gearbox protects against dirt and debris.
Driver figure included.
Tamiya TEU-104BK forward and reverse brushed motor speed control.


It has arrived . . . .

The 1:4 Ducati 1299 Panigale R Final Edition Pocher model is made of premium metal die-cast and is supplied ready painted. The kit is easy to build and supplied with detailed instructions.

The model consists of more than 600 parts made of an assortment of materials including metal, rubber and premium quality plastic. Wheels, transmission chain, front and rear suspension, brake and clutch levers are all functional and offer an amazing amount of accurate detail.

Your finished Ducati will measure out at 518MM long and sit 277MM high, making it a stand out piece of any Ducati or motorbike collection.


Some of our current Tamiya R/C build kits. These kits are fun to build and typically a nice dad/son project. They make great toys and are strong and robust. Most of these kits appreciates in value as there is a large collector base for these. Tamiya has been around for more than 45 years and don't only make R/C kits, they also make plastic model kits of planes, bikes, cars, boats and also have a number of educational kits. Come and have a look at what's on offer and decide for yourself . . . 😀 🚗 🚌


Our first Swap Meet for the year. Please bring your your toys and sell or buy some more . . . See you there . . . 🚁 🛥 🚙 ✈ 🛸


We wish all our clients and Facebook friends a Prosperous 2022. May next year be the best year . . . 🎊 🎊
We'll be running shorter business hours on Friday 31 December 2021 and return to our normal office hours on January 3rd 2022.


Another Buy & Sell day planned at the Helderkruin branch. This time it's not only Radio Controlled items, it includes any hobby item you want to sell or buy . . . .

Photos from Model Mania's post 08/12/2021

Just in time for your Christmas shopping list!
This is the Electric Cylinder version of the Doube EE 1/14 scale, official licensed VOLVO Excavator.
Made of high-hardness alloy material, the surface is all metal simulation electrostatic spraying, anti-collision and anti-fall, exquisite workmanship, fully enclosed cab, full alloy crawler, wear-resistant and hard to break , easily cope with complex terrain.

Normal retail is R12500, but as an introductory price and keeping Christmas shopping in mind, we're offering this model at only R9950.00. This model can be viewed at the Centurion branch.


Just a friendly reminder about our event this coming Saturday . . . Tell your friends, bring the family. There's bound to be something there that you might want . . . Come and join the fun and meet the people . . . See you Saturday . . . .


Our Helderkruin branch has new operating hours . . . This is to facilitate parents returning from work and don't get a chance to do a bit of Xmas shopping. If in doubt, you can always phone or WhatsApp the number provided. Happy Shopping . . . 😀


We're hosting another event in December . . . The November one had a good turnout and we hope it will attract even more interest this time around . . . Tell your family and friends. Share with your facebook friends. Come have a look, you might just find something you have been after for a long while . . . 🚗 🚙 ✈️ 🚁 🛸


We have branches in Centurion and Helderkruin on the West Rand. Come visit us to see all that we have to offer. . . 🚙 🚗


A BIG Thank you to all those that attended our Buy/Swop/Sell event this past Saturday. We had a good turn out and we're looking forward to hosting it again in the not too distant future. . .
Thanks Guys . . . 🚗 🚙 😁

Photos from Model Mania's post 27/10/2021

Tamiya military kits are truly something to behold.
Working from the full sized vehicles, the designers measured every facet of the vehicles for the most accurate model that can be produced, and thousands of photographs were utilized in verifying the many variations of the different types. These models are truly museum replicas and are, in fact, used by many famous museums around the world to depict history to the viewing public.
Why not start your model building hobby today . . . Kits available in both our Centurion and Helderkruin branches . . .

Photos from Model Mania's post 26/10/2021

Cars, cars, cars . . . Every boy and Bigger boys dream . . . Plastic model kits are a sure way to help you learn a skill set of precision and patience . . . The rewards are numerous and allows you bragging rights to your family and friends . . . 😄
Start your journey today . . .

Photos from Model Mania's post 25/10/2021

You want to build something with your own two hands, perhaps it’s time to try the incredibly rewarding hobby of model building. The defining characteristic of model kits is that they come in several small pieces that need to be assembled to make the final product.
These models are put together with some plastic model glue, some paint and a bit of patience . . .
The final product is your reward for a job well done! . . .

Photos from Model Mania's post 22/10/2021

Some plastic models with a local flavour . . . SA Military Planes. Available at both our Centurion and Helderkruin branches . . . Very limited stock available.

Photos from Model Mania's post 19/10/2021

The Tamiya Sand Scorcher is a sought after R/C kit which is slowly becoming hard to obtain with only a few kits entering the country recently. Model Mania only has one kit in stock, so if you ever wanted one, the window of opportunity is narrowing, so act fast . . . Buy yourself that early Christmas present . . . 😁

- This is an Officially Licensed 1/10 scale R/C assembly kit of the Sand Scorcher.
- Comes equipped with full ball bearings to reduce friction loss.
- Type 540 motor included.
- Comes loaded with many top quality parts for improved performance such as:
- A duraluminum plate reinforced 2mm thick FRP main frame for added strength and flexibility to ensure stability.
- Newly designed die-cast front and rear suspension arms, front axle, and wheel hubs.
- Transparent case protects the R/C mechanisms. The lid can be easily detached by cam locks.
- Reinforced front uprights.
- Redesigned oil dampers.
- Original blister pack style packaging.
- Detailed hard plastic body included.
- 2-channel R/C system and battery pack separately available.
- ESC Included

Photos from Model Mania's post 18/10/2021

Another great trucking day was had by members of the Centurion Mini Truckers on the grounds of the Centurion Society Of Model Engineers (CSME) . . . Lots of rigs were on display. This is a fun hobby and can be enjoyed by young and old alike . . .

Model Mania’s Story

Model Mania has been based in the Centurion area since 1998. The shop provides R/C and other hobbyists with all their requirements, from R/C planes, cars and trucks to plastic kits and accessories, to name a few.

The shop changed hands in 2016 and new owner Andrew Shorten is passionate about the model industry. He’s an avid hobbyist who loves trucks and has a huge knowledge base of the industry.

Model Mania’s focus is on providing an excellent service to clients, with personal and friendly attention. We strive to help and provide solutions where possible. We offer an excellent aftersales service, which is hard to come by these days . . .

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Stockists of Tamiya, Traxxas, Axial Racing, VRX, Hpi Racing, DJI, Wedico, Futaba, Spectum, FlySky, Hornby, SCX, Scalextric, Artesania,Tork Craft, Carrera, Ninco, Airfix, Roden, Minicraft model kits, Revel, Italeri, Monogram, Auto Art, Greenlight, Welly, Maisto, Motormax, Raceni, Himoto, UGears, Woodtrick, EFlight, RealFlight, WL Toys, Burago



2 Mapletree Cnr South & Heuwel Road

Opening Hours

Monday 08:30 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:30 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:30 - 17:00
Thursday 08:30 - 17:00
Friday 08:30 - 17:00
Saturday 08:30 - 13:00

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