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  1. I have used RINKYA for quite a while. Very reliable and fast with good "storage" facilities if you are buying a number of items at different times. Cheers Darryn
  2. Have you thought about trying to dye the blue motor guard/bumper and other blue bits in black? That would really put an exclamation point on the restore! Either way - nice job mate! Underrated car. Cheers Darryn
  3. Actually technically, this isn't a hobby grade kit that you put together! Marui kits are is a hobby grade product Round two...🤣 (Fascinating research on Taiyo man, you always amaze me with some of the toy grade stuff. I would hazard a guess though and say there may have been "monster trucks" in the toy grade before this?) Cheers Darryn
  4. The Big Bear was indeed the first "Monster Truck"- they blazed a few trails. Marui did some pretty cool stuff back then, and some weird stuff as well - but that's what makes this era of the hobby so darn fascinating. Cheers Darryn
  5. Mate - that is an absolute CRACKER!! Go on - just run it on ht egrass! You know you want to! Cheers Darryn
  6. Absolutely adore this model! Great job on the resto mate! This is my NIB! (Just took a quick snap - low light - apologies for the quality)! Cheers Darryn
  7. Exactly, I did things to my hornet that should never be done to a car, and it didn't break. Wha they badword some people are doing I fail to understand. Would you take a real car off a 10-metre high ramp and land on flat road and expect it to survive? Marui was an excellent manufacturer, and in my opinion, only JUST below Tamiya in terms of component material quality. (though sometimes, that isnt a good thing either!) Cheers Darryn
  8. Please forgive the format of some of my posts, there are issues with my account - messing up the formatting and I cannot edit my own posts!!
  9. I love this post!! The Big Bear was the first "Monster Truck" - I remember vividly having the choice between this and a HotShot. I was already racing sometimes, but really loved the look of the Big Bear and I was itching for some fun. Holy Moses did I punish that thing! Anyone who says their cars were weak plastic must have some seriously astronomical expectations of that these cars are capable of. Yes - the design wasn't perfect - the front tyres hitting the body on full lock for one! The sound of those enormous tyres (for the time), making that unmistakable moaning spinning sound, they were such a great car. Going from full forward to reverse on dirt and the thing disappearing in a cloud of rocks and dirt and dust as those huge tractor hoops tore up the terrain. I have a few Big Bears, from NIB to restore for runner stage. Might have to miove it up the list of builds now - this has got me pumped to run one again!!
  10. To be totally fair, Kyosho were ahead of Tamiya in terms of engineering from the start. When they did do a scale model - it was extraordinary, but not to the level of Tamiya. Their cars, like Yokomo, AYK etc were heavily orientated towards racing. The Scorpions and to a lesser extent the Progress series were superior in handling and strength than just about any of the Tamiya's. The next time frame - Ultimas, RC10's, Schumachers, Losi and everyone else ATE Tamiya alive in the racing stakes. This is not a criticism, however, Tamiya was more the scale R/C company that cleverly marketed their products using "racing" as the catch cry. I am thankful to them for bringing so many people to the hobby and also especially to racing, where drivers soon realised that they were using a car that just wasn't quite up to the task. There were some exceptions, most notably the Top Force and perhaps for a brief period the Dyna Storm. I am merely saying that many look to Tamiya as a racing car - for the most part - they were not. They were an honest product that looked brilliant and went well enough for a basic club racer, but either you spent 4 times the cars cost on the questionable hop-up parts that marginally increased performance to the level of the other brands,and dozens of hours fettling and making everything efficient and smooth, or you simply bought a more race orientated vehicle. I am not bagging Tamiya - I love them and they make up a huge part of my collection, however many have rose coloured glasses, (I am not directing this at anyone), when it comes to the performance of these vehicles. I guess because I am a racer first - "enthusiastic collector" second, I tend to see things from a different perspective. ******************************************* My love for other brands (especially race orientated ones) is strong as I have been racing since 1977, I have seen so many things change but also stay the same. The ideas that were thrown around in those early days are still alive and well today as technology has caught up to the great minds that designed hop ups and cars back in the day. The layouts for the modern 4wd and 2wd are easy to trace back to earlier designs, you can see what they were trying to achieve, but the technology in moulding and machining and materials have allowed dreams to realisation. The collection of these more race orientated brands is sometimes very difficult and tedious to source as racers used their cars hard, and burn a lot of parts up - meaning there is less around. Racing is the single thing that exploded this hobby, and while Tamiya was a part of that, it was a relatively small part - especially at the higher levels of racing. Again, the "lesser" brands like Marui, Nichimo, Tamiya and one or two others early on laid some really nice scale, relatively high-performance creations. These brought people to race tracks where they either simply decided that racing wasn't for them, or they were captured and hooked and moved on to racing products. Thank god for the more scale companies, cause without them - I don't think we would be where we are today with this hobby. Sorry to go a bit off topic here and I certainly am not directing this at any one person (despite the quote) - as this is a topic I am quite passionate about - the preservation of racing history. Cheers Darryn
  11. Thanks for the comments and likes guys, much appreciated. These cars are among some of my favourites, as they show that other manufacturers were doing cool things in the more "scale" side of things, as well as some attempts at something that could be actually raced at a club day as well! Sadly, Marui, in particular, seems to get a bad rap for their plastics, I don't know why personally, as I hammer my Marui runner/racing cars, (what I consider to be hammering anyway), and they have been reliable and no weaker than Tamiya in particular. I think it is very much dependent on conditions (cold makes plastics, in general, more brittle) and the skill of the operator - this includes realistic expectations of what the cars can take.... Anyway, I will be going through these and other cars in my collection on my new youtube and FB pages soon. Cheers Darryn
  12. Well, after nearly two years, I have been re-united with the complete Marui and Nichimo off road collection. All are obviously NIB and very much cherished by me. Just thought I would share the joy a bit. Cheers Darryn
  13. Thanks very much old mate, I am a bit rusty on the typing front - but brain and memories etc kicking into gear. Recovery has been an extremely long and difficult road - but I can see the light now. All the surgeries and other issues took their toll, and ultimately just about everything I had ever worked for. I have "most" of my collection, sadly it seems that it was decided that I didn't need some of my stuff - which is still unaccounted for, however, I am hopeful it will turn up - although I swear I have seen some of my stuff for sale. Anyway - I have what I have and am keen to share again. This hobby is to cool not to be involved again. I have set up a new FB Group and You Tube channel - so I have some pretty big ideas etcThe coming months are going to be spent re-aquiting myself with my collection. So two makes sense! It always does, one to keep NIB, one to build and admire or run. All a "collector", as you call them, is doing is having another to build and run.....but what is a "collector" - this term is often used in a negative connotation - like they are not truly enthusiasts for the hobby. I am not saying you are implying this - however, this kind of language has been used before and some quite robust discussions have been held online and in person with regard to this. There are some "collectors" that do buy for "numbers" and to be impressive, but they are all pretty much gone, cause they simply just ran out of space, money and wait for it - enthusiasm. Whilst many see me personally as a "collector" - I actually don't "identify" as one. I prefer enthusiast. I love all aspects of the hobby, and just happen to have completed and built my collection through good fortune, management and hard work. I have had 4 of some models NIB - it just so happened that way by chance, I usually sell them all off if I don't have a connection to the model, or I do the trilogy thing if it is something I truly connect with. I can understand 3 NIB myself - but not if you have new builts, runners and projects as well. This is where the line is muddy between a "collector" in the "box gatherer" sense and the person that collects because of pure passion. Having said all of this, everyone's motivations for this hobby are different. We all love different things, different aspects of this hobby. At the end of the day, we don't really have to understand why someone wants 4 or 40 NIB versions of one kit. I admire their tenacity for finding and procuring them. Again, I am not pointing fingers or being Alouf etc - just my perspective. RC10's are worse than Losi - but not by much when it comes to period correct etc.:) Funny - you kind of answered your own question here - you would rather have 2 running and functioning RC10's than 2 NIB!! You prefer the tangible feel, running, moving animated effect these cars have. A NIB is not that to you - it doesn't light your fire. That is your passion. Some people like the potentiality that I mentioned previously. It's cool not to "get it" - you don't have to - we should love and respect the hobby in all its forms. ( This comment is not directed at you specifically - but you raised a good example). Be careful, your static collecting habits may filter to your RC ones!! Again, you see the appeal. It isn't always about means or space either when it comes to NIB. There can be many reasons why people do things the way they do. At the end of the day though - this hobby is something different - but something also uniting to all of us. We all love this stuff - and ultimately that's why we share our passions for these fantastic pieces of history. *****Please note - these are my thoughts, not directed at anyone in particular - I have had these debates before - so I am glossing over and getting down to tacks as far as I see it. No offence is intended to anyone.***** Cheers Darryn
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