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  1. Congrats, sounds like you've got a great dad, enjoy it!
  2. Awesome! funnily enough another of my most vivid memories was seeing a green Pajero hung on the wall in Beaties model shop. It looked so amazing to me as a kid that it's etched into my memory, the size of it and the detail and how there was no chance I was ever going to be allowed to have it Strangley enough I was in Modelsport a few months ago and one of the guys that works there had put his one in the display case by the counter so I was asking about it, whether it was an original or not etc, the guy serving me didn't seem to know or care... I thought about looking for one myself but I know I would probably butcher the body so haven't bothered. I love your wild willy collection and can sympathise with you having so many, I'm have a similar 'problem' with the Top Force, it's like I'm constantly chasing that feeling I had from when I first got my original one so keep getting more and more but it's never quite the same, I almost convinced myself to get another Hornet this week so I could have one with a number 9 oon it but have managed to talk my self out of it (so far)! The peer pressure thing is also interesting to me. I was really the first kid from my friendship group to have a proper R/C car (I was the only one to have a much older sibling who had lived through the 'glory days' of 80's r/c so no one esle really knew about them) but eventually a lot of my friends starting buying them, some even bought some vintage Tamiya cars, but slowly we all 'grew up' and sold them on and there was a period of time in my late teens when I would have been embarassed to be seen with an R/C car even though I still loved the hobby. Nowadays I wish more people were still into it and when I take mine out I hope to see other people with one but it almost never happens.
  3. I started writing this post out as a reply to the 'what have you done today' thread but decided it's probably too long to go in there, plus I would love to read some replies from from other members on here who I'm sure will have similar stories to mine. This sort of came about as a result of me recently digging my 2004 re-release Hornet out of the cupboard with the intention of selling it and whilst going through the box I found an old photo of my brothers original Hornet which was taken the night of finishing it. I'm not sure why it was in there but seeing it made me think about how r/c has always been a constant in my life one way or another and how great it would be if I could step back in time and re-live certain moments of it or have certian models back! As a result I decided it probably wasn't worth selling the re-release for £50 or whatever they go for these days and that instead I would re-do it to look like the one in the original photo and maybe re-capture some of the feelings I had as a kid. A bit of background story here is that I have an older brother who got an original Hornet for christmas 1986 which was 6 months before I was born, so as a result I grew up with it around and it was the first and only Tamiya kit I knew of as a small child. I vividly remember him taking it to parks and chasing other kids with it and driving it about on the cul-de-sac where I grew up.... making me go flip it back over when it rolled and pushing the throttle just as I was about to pick it up. I remember the distinct smell that only the orignal models seem to have and the sounds of the servos and trickle charger - the suspense of waiting for 30minutes (an obsolute age to a kid) as it ticked down and the final few seconds waiting for it to click over as I say in the cool of the garage on a hot summers day, then running off to tell him just so I could see it going again. As you can probably tell I was obsessed with r/c cars (and just cars in general) when I was little and had dozens of toy grade r/c cars that my dad bought mainly from car boot sales to keep me quiet on a Sunday afternoon (most of them were on a wire attached to the remote or would only turn in reverse if anyone remembers that!) but all I really wanted was a proper 'build up' r/c car like my brothers Hornet which was not only far too much money (I think he got his as a combined birthday/xmas present) but I think my dad had probably learnt the hard way that it would be an on-going expense! Annoyingly enough my brother would almost never let me have a go with his, and if he did it would be just as the battery went flat, which having a mechanical speed controller would often end up with it getting stuck at full throttle and dissapearing under a parked car or a hedge which was terrifying as a child. Eventually years later when he had lost interest he did pass it down to me but it was so used and abused it never really ran properly and I was lucky enough to have got a few of my own kits by then so wasn't too bothered about it. Inevitably it was butchered for parts and sold on as a job lot of Hornets that I had collected off ebay and made into one nice one back when it was very hard to find new parts for them - there's actually a photo still on here of what remained of it but the member I sold them to is no longer active. So, back to where I began, we all know 2004 saw the re-release of the Hornet and although I had kind of been out of the Hobby for a while at that point I decided to get one and build it up. I painted it green as I remembered my older brother telling me he used to have a friend with a green one and as a child I always thought that probably looked so cool so decided to make that 'dream' a reality. I ran it for a bit when it was done and it inspired my older brother to buy another Hornet from ebay (a restored original) to run again. Unfortunately he eventually broke that and gave it to me (history repeates itself) but this time I fixed it and now keep it on a shelf. It crazy to realise that 2004 is 17 years ago and we are almost as far from the re-release date as we were from the original release of 1984 back in 2004! Below are some photos of the cars, obviously the re-release 'replica' has re-re decals on it, so it's not 100% accurate but I've tried to make it as close as possible - I've even painted the end casing of the torque tuned motor black to replicate the original 540 end bell and might even paint the ball cups black as well unless I can find some proper ones. The original '86 Hornet also ended up with red wheels at some point which is how i remember it, so I do intend to paint up another set but for now it's close enough. I'm glad I decided to keep it and will enjoy running it and pretending I'm 6 years old again.... So, hopefully for anyone that has managed to read all that waffle I'm hoping some of you will have similar memories and will share them on here so I can have a read. Tell us about your first r/c car and how you got it, tell us about your first Tamiya kit and anything else you remember about r/c from when you were little. Do any of you still have your first cars? if not have you replicated them some how? or do you think it's better just to keep them as memories. If you have any photos please share those as well. Cheers guys!
  4. On the stock photos that have been released so far you can clearly see that it has the same turnbuckle design as the Egress re-release which are also the same as the ones that were put in the recently re-released top force carbon chassis set. They are different to the original Evolution turnbuckles as the original had silver turnbuckles that had the hex adjuster in the middle and a portion of which was machined to allow you to grip it with pliers if you wanted. The new ones are black and smooth with the adjuster off center. It does look to at least have 6mm ball connctors and adjusters but these are black (again same as the Egress re-release) instead of grey. Original Top Force Evolution turnbuckles: Re-release turnbuckles: As for the drive train, it does apparently include the front one-way idle gear the same as the original Evolution but as yet no one really knows if it will include the aluminium ball diff cases and hop-up internals to build them with. I'm sure the press release blurb says they are included, but I'd honestly be quite suprised as Tamiya hasn't offered them as a stand-alone hop up yet and the way they have cheaped out with the rest of the kit why would they make such a bespoke part just for it? If anyone can understand German, I'm sure the Tamico guy mentions them towards the end of the video when he's comparing the contents to his original kit... Personally, for the price of the kit, I think it's a pretty good deal, you basically get a fully hopped up top force for less than it would cost to buy all the parts seperately. It's not a 'true Evolution', and for those just wanting to collect nibs or build and display a new kit I can see why they are dissapointed, but for those that will never get the chance to own or run an original you can now experience running something that looks like the original and will drive very similarly without worrying about ruining it.
  5. I have a top force with a 3.5t team wave brushless motor in it, I've broken eveything on it except the gears...
  6. If anyone wants any of the original blue turnbuckle adjusters (that are currently very hard to find) theres a NOS set on ebay right now, part number 50381. Nothing to do with me but I've been keeping an eye out for myself and have decided I prefer the black ones. 👍
  7. I don't think you need a seperate 6v supply, I just took one of these out of a car yesterday and the ESC power lead had a small two pin connector on it that was plugged into the reciever. If you still had the plug attached you would plug that into the socket labeled BATT then just plug the servo and esc in the channel sockets as normal.
  8. Finally got out and ran mine today, I have to say I think it's amazing, it runs incredibley smoothly, it's great fun and looks awesome as well. Unfortunatley I broke my evo almost straight away so couldn't really compare them back to back. I have driven the Top Force a lot though before and I honestly think the Egress might be more fun to drive, it seems to have a lot more front grip than the top force (both have the front one-way fitted) but then again it did have much better tyres on it for the surface I was on. It has a bit of gravel rash now but I don't mind as it's what they were made for.
  9. As others have already said, no one really knows but I personally think that Tamiya does pay some attention to what they customers are constantly asking for and I'm sure they keep an eye on social media and try to determine what models are popular though that as well. Obviously some kits make more finacial sense than others so you can't expect everything to be re-released but at the same time, they want the kits to sell out so they need them to be desirable. For example there was a post on the official Tamiya blog a few months ago asking people to comment on what kits they would like to see re-released in the future and almost every comment was asking for a TF EVO, sure enough they've released one (sort of) this year so maybe that helped sway their decision? What I will say to you is that if you want a kit badly enough and it does get re-released grab it whilst you can, don't tell you self it will still be available in 6 months time or that it will somehow drop in price because over the last few years all re-re's have sold out relatively quickly and the kits that get re-sold later always have a premium slapped on them.
  10. The bigwig ones are definitely the same as I have some on one of my top forces. I'm pretty certain all the ones that came on ta01/ta02 touring car chassis are smaller and won't work, you can usually tell the difference as they only have 1 hole for the ball connector instead of two. Obviously all DF01 buggys used the same red version so any of those will work and I think some cars like the hummer for example came with black ones but they never really show up for sale on their own. As above, it might be worth getting some aluminium replacements instead as they are one of the few ali parts that actually make sense on a DF01.
  11. Thanks I'm really pleased with it and can't wait to see how it runs, hopefully it goes as well as it looks! It's ps-52 champagne gold backed with bright silver and then black. In certain light it looks silver and in others it's very gold. I do usually go box art but because the re-re is slightly different to the original kit I wanted something a bit different but not by too much. I saw one in a showroom on here in this colour a while ago and decided that's what I was going to do. I flipped the wing endplates as I thought the black looked pretty cool and balanced the whole car out a bit better. I've not driven it yet but I can see what you might be talking about as it does seem to have a bit of play in the steering. I'm not expecting it to have amazing performance as it's a 32 year old design but I'm still looking forward to trying it. I'm a big top force fan and have an evo spec runner so it will be interesting to compare it to that back to back.
  12. I finished painting mine today on my day off and have to say this is easily the best Tamiya kit I've ever built. I was a bit worried that I was going to be dissapointed as I've been wanting one of these since I first learnt about them (20 years ago for me) but I never wanted to pay the money for one... fortunately it has been worth every penny. All I keep thinking about is how insane it must have been to own one of these back in 89 when they originally came out, I bet those guys felt like kings Just got to get another reciever now then I'll run it.
  13. The date has changed to August a few days ago unfortunately, I had an order with them as well but have managed to find a kit on ebay for slightly more (£499) and it's arrived today so for me it was worth the extra spend. I cancelled my order with Modelsport and got a refund as I can't stand potentially having to wait until August now plus I was always worried they might not even arrive this year at all...
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