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  1. Hibernaculum

    Ever wondered what happened to your old cars?

    Owning, restoring, collecting, upgrading, whatever your passion is with these things, there is one thing I know - it's such a learning game. And you never stop learning about what to do with your cars. Everyone ends up with regrets because of foolish decisions they made years ago. Our perspective changes - one minute we lose interest in RC. Then later it comes back. And if you make rash decisions, you can end up with a lot of regret. 20 years ago I thought I knew exactly what I was doing. In fact, I was a fool There were many things I have owned and sold, and wish I still had. Couple of example stories. On the positive side... As a young teenager, I sold lots of other valued childhood possessions to buy a NIB Monster Beetle. I'm happy to say I still have that Monster Beetle. And after many years of half-finished paintwork, I even finished the paint job properly. My Dad originally sprayed the red body for me back in the day - causing a tiny "run" in one place (we were such amateurs). But that imperfection makes it mine. And it's now nearly 14 years since Dad died. So of course, I would never sell that Beetle for all the money in the world. And after I finally finished the paint job many years later, I think it came up reasonably ok... On the negative side... Some years ago I purchased a particular used vintage Sand Scorcher that I did a lot of work on. I spent whatever money it took to replace many parts with NIP original parts. It came up amazing - mint original, MSC, period correct mint out of the box radio gear, etc. I spent weeks... nay, months working on it. I even had a NIB original body set for it ready to go. Then in a fit of stupidity, I decided one day to sell some non-NIB vintage cars out of my collection. So I sold the Sand Scorcher to another collector in Australia for around AU$1000 including the body set. The money went toward other cool RC things.... but.... Well, as the years passed since then, I kept remembering the hours I spent toiling on that particular model - polishing, cleaning, etc. And what really annoyed me after I sold it, was that I didn't value my own "effort" enough. Turns out my effort was worth more to me, than the market value alone. The memory of nearly wearing my fingers off, polishing parts with Autosol etc, night after night... So that was another lesson learnt. When you spend a heap of your own time and labour on these things, you should really think twice before selling them off. I have sold probably close to 300 R/C models over the years. Most I've forgotten, some I merely owned for a period of time, before opting to sell them in order to get something else. But the ones I regret selling - are the ones I put effort into, by stripping them down and restoring them. Nowadays, I have a new “rule” - never sell a difficult resto car. I have since written to the guy who bought the Sand Scorcher from me once or twice. And I have probably mentioned that I would happily buy it back But he's a serious vintage collector too, and won’t let it go. And I know it went to an extremely good home. cheers, H.
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    Vintage Shelf Queen Display Stands

    Yeah, I don’t know really... you could argue that I should be buying the nice stands. But every time I look at them, its the price I just can’t comprehend. Maybe its justifiable for a once-off. But the problem for me is it just doesn’t scale-up, for a collector. At the end of the day, it’s just plastic. I’m glad it’s not made in China. https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com.au%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F140461540063 That one is AU$52 (AU$62 shipped to Australia). For ONE stand. Consider that you can buy a nice made in France Tefal non-stick frying pan for less than half that price. https://shop.coles.com.au/a/a-national/product/tefal-plus-ptfe-frypan-30cm I’m not sure why he doesn’t sell them for a thinner margin, and sell thousands, instead of a thick margin selling hundreds. It doesn’t justify to me, unfortunately. And this is from a guy who has spent decades of spare change on this hobby, and is a fussy collector type. Maybe 3 stands isn’t the best example. Buying 10 stands would cost me ~AU$600. And there are some NIB vintage kits I could get for that money. Buy one of those kits.... even if I crack it open immediately and build it, then put the car on top of a cheapy Ferrero chocolate box (or a Tefal frying pan ) seems a more satisfying outcome for my collection?
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    Random boxart thoughts again

    I honestly can't choose just one box. To me, the Tamiya boxes and cars themselves were all part of a "collection" of incredible toys far beyond my wildest dreams. We forget sometimes in this adult internet age where we are able to search for anything and spoil ourselves, just how remote and untouchable things like Tamiya cars once were as little kids. I don't find the Fox box disappointing - far from it, the kit is amazing inside and out. One of the greatest, probably Although again, how can I rank them? Another aspect to this is... I never really felt disappointed by any Tamiya based on the box and car being a bit different. The box was always a fantasy rendering... portraying the toy as a 1:1 illustration, as if "brought to life". There were no batteries, aerials or wires visible. I knew even as a kid, that the thing inside the box was a bit different - wonderful in it's own way. And that you could only achieve the "spirit" of the box art image, in your own imagination when you played with the car. The car inside the box was fine if it was different. It was wonderful in it's own way - and I spent just as much time looking at the catalogue photos, as I did the box art. In fact, probably more so... I used to stare at this photo in particular, for hours. Sometimes I'd be like: "Dad, this is the one with the oil bottle on the back, which feeds into the rear suspension!" "Yes son, I know about the oil bottle." He'd heard the story 16 times before. And we'd peer at the pixellated detail of the photo once again, at the kitchen table, in the singular old catalogue I had. Feeling pretty confident we'd never actually see this model (or most of the other discontinued 80s models) in real life. There were none in the local classifieds, nor at the few hobby stores within 2hrs drive. Even by the end of the 1980s, I had the dawning sense that there had been something extra special about the early years of off-road R/C models. Each one had been so unique, colourful, detailed... and realistic. Each one looked like a complete adventure on wheels - how would you build it? How long would that take? And how fast could it go? They all seemed like the "Rolls Royce" of toys, and just as far beyond my reach.
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    Vintage Shelf Queen Display Stands

    That's a good idea too, and to be honest something I should try. To get the colour logo of the brand, on the card. So really, you can spend as little or as much time on these things, as you like... it's kinda fun either way.
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    Vintage Shelf Queen Display Stands

    From memory, the Plazmost ones are ideal, but very expensive. I’d buy them, but then I think... for the price of three stands, I could buy a whole used vintage Tamiya for restoration. I have spent quite a lot on cabinets themselves, but once that financial pain was over... For me the display stand side of things was ok to be kept really quite simple and cheap, yet achieve a decent effect. All you need is something clear plastic, which suspends the car. For $6 you can eat 16 Ferrero Rocher chocolates. Then use the free clear container as a stand (either with the lid for extra height, or upside now with the lid removed). Cars will never slide off unless there's an earthquake, but a tiny bit of double-sided tape on top would also hold them in place. Nobody who visits will question it, they will just see it as some sort of intended display... https://www.bigw.com.au/product/ferrero-rocher-16-piece-share-box-200g/p/8896/ For description cards, I actually like the feel of my cabinets being a little bit museum like and/or a bit old-hobby-shop-like. So I get plain white card paper. Cut pieces about 10cm x 5cm (or smaller). Fold them at a right-angle. And handwrite in neat black letters on one side: Name of car Year Country of manufacture Anything else? (Drivetrain, other specs, approx collector value). This is fun, easy, quick, cheap, and small enough to fit one per car even on crowded shelves. Consider also that the professional stands may have the name or brand/logo of the car, but no other interesting info. Here's a small one I did for a die-cast model. Your handwriting may be a lot neater than mine. My Dad bought two of these Tomica Land Cruisers when I was little, and gave me one while keeping one himself. Mine got lots of chips, but Dad's survived my childhood in mint condition. I was interested to see the rough estimate value was about AU$60, so I put that on there. As with most of my stuff, I would never sell it... but I like the hobby shop feel of little info cards Displaying and labeling stuff is fun, and there are many ways to do it. But usually any effort you make will appear somewhat “museum like” to friends when they visit. Keep in mind that many actual museums and shops make less effort than this I have been to toy museums (and museums) where everything is just plonked onto shelves - no info or stands at all.
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    Why are you still using Facebook?

    I'll just leave this here also: "Facebook co-founder calls for breakup of Facebook" https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/09/opinion/sunday/chris-hughes-facebook-zuckerberg.html Wired.com - "Chris Hughes is right, we should dismantle Facebook" https://www.wired.com/story/chris-hughes-is-right-we-should-dismantle-facebook/
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    How has the hobby affected your relationships?

    Thanks for all the replies. My impression is that, statistically, most of you have pretty supportive partners. Either that, or the results are skewed because the guys with unsupportive partners, aren’t here and therefore aren’t able to reply right now ☺️ Hypothetically... If you had a partner who was totally unsupportive, what would you do? Would you quit the hobby if your partner wanted you to? Or to frame the question more broadly: Are our interests in life, more or less important than the people in our life?
  8. Alright, this has probably been discussed before. Or maybe it hasn't. But either way - here are a few questions. Nobody needs to be more specific here than they want to be. Broadly. Do you currently have a partner in life who accepts and supports your interest in this hobby? Has the hobby ever had a negative impact on a relationship? Has a relationship ever ended in part (or in whole) due to the hobby? Has a relationship been prevented by the hobby? Perhaps you feel the better life, is to be single? etc etc. The reason I ask, is that I feel I have experienced both ends of the spectrum - from full support to hatred - over the years. And it fascinates me to think that people - potential partners, girlfriends, wives - can be anything less than supportive of something as harmless (and homely) as this hobby. In one case, a girl I dated for about a year began (toward the latter stages) suggesting I sell my collection (of ~30yrs + the years of my father's die-cast collecting before me). At one point, when I was telling her a simple story one day about another collector I was trading with, she got huffy and said "Oh God, those people. Just get rid of them!". She meant "get rid of them" from my life, and stop associating with other "hobby" guys. According to her, "hobby" people were essentially nerds who were wasting their lives on pursuits that were beneath respectable. She considered hobbies a bit weird. She was an artist... yet could see no irony in this. Even though I reminded her that many (many) artists were the definition of weird. (And yet I have no issue with artists) Sometimes, she would recall a tale of a man her family knew when she was young, who was a "model train guy". He was some friend of her father's, from work. And oh, how her parents and family used to consider him strange and awkward. "My parents don't collect anything", she would say. "They don't like houses that are like museums, or full of collectibles. They're just practical people, and they only own what they need. It's just how we are." One day, after hearing a few-too-many-times about how her parents were perfectly practical people in every way, I turned to her and asked, "Are they also f***ing hunter-gatherers? Because they really should only kill what they're going to eat that day. Rather than store it in the fridge." Which leads me to #3 My answer to that one, is yes. How about you? H.
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    What other hobbies do you enjoy?

    Do you use Discogs.com? I still collect music too, and mostly on CD. CDs are coming back eventually, at least as respected collection items. Some of them are getting pretty valuable now. I'm into a lot of electronic, ambient....and rare CDs in that genre can be $100+ each without any trouble at all. Not that I sell any. I've read the Mars Trilogy, and recently read Robinson's Aurora too. Currently trying something a little different - The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin. Just finished Phillip K Dick's "Do Androids Dream..." (found it a bit underwhelming). Have a decent sci-fi bookshelf though, with lots of Arthur C. Clarke, who was always my #1. I also collect DVD/Blu-rays actually. Streaming movies? Not for me. Despite a career in technology, it's as though my entire private life is retro.... Why pay fees every month forever, for a mediocre and ever-changing library of stream-able films? Instead, I decided to stick with curating my own physical film library, and this brings me a surprising amount of satisfaction. All my favourites are there, forever. Plus perfect film quality, every time. And it's another facet of my collector nature I guess. Of course, much like with the books, I have a lot of science fiction and science fiction soundtracks, and recently set up a little media room for it all. Talk about nerding-out. Not really into superhero movies. Instead my area is films like Gattaca, Annihilation, Stalker, Solaris, 2001, Blade Runner, The Fountain, Ex Machina, Moon, Interstellar, Alien and many more along those lines. If it's one of those, or anything like those, I probably have it, have seen it, or know about it. H. PS. @Juggular you made this thread hard for everyone else mate, well done. Amazing artwork.
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    Why are you still using Facebook?

    And just to follow up, this was front page of the Washington Post this week. Facebook is trying to "pivot" to privacy... https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/mark-zuckerberg-claims-that-at-facebook-the-future-is-private-dont-believe-him/2019/05/03/b42f7564-6cf4-11e9-a66d-a82d3f3d96d5_story.html Quote from article... Seems legit.
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    Taiyo jet fighter

    The differential was never sold as a spare part for the Taiyo Jet Fighter. Some spare parts were sold for it, but not the differential. I would recommend buying a second Taiyo Jet Fighter in order to get another differential. It will cost no more than if the differential were available new in packet anyway. The best approach is to find one which is "non-working" or missing the transmitter, but still has a gearbox that turns OK without any issues. This will ensure the price remains low. The value of a used, non-working example of this car will be around US$30-$60 as a rough estimate. This car is quite collectible though, so the value of a brand new in box example is more around US$200-US$250. Brand new in box examples are quite rare. I do not personally recommend hacking cars like these with upgrades. They are pretty collectible cars. And there is no specific need to hack (unless just for kicks) because there are enough cars out there that can be used for spare parts, to service the cars that are getting restored. If you need more help, feel free to contact me at my website also. cheers, H.
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    Random boxart thoughts again

    It's funny how evocative that picture can be, even from my lame old photo scanner Every time I look at it, it's really reminds me of what effort the company went to with box art. Is he painting the entire thing, free handed? Also, I would like to know which old Japanese magazine or book this is... The page appears to say "Mini Monsters". With also some Japanese writing. Apparently this was a resource for the Porsche picture. Or they were just posing. I can check the Tamiya book if you like, and see if I can analyze more detail... cheers, H.
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    "Formula Radio" - F1 drivers with R/C buggies

    That's awesome Apologies, as a setting change had temporarily disabled the video at the link in my first post. It's enabled again if anyone wants to watch it.
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    Is this the same Tamiya club??

    Funny how we’re now nostalgic for the early days of the internet. Is it really that long ago?... It’s been 20 years of eBay for me, this year. Crikey. I did visit “Robysoldtamiya”, but my personal fave early Tamiya websites were: - Hiro’s RC Collector’s Page. I used to visit this almost daily around 1999-2001, to try to buy stuff (you had to email him and hope you were first! Then go the post office and mail him a Western Union Money Order). 2 years later, your stuff arrived. http://web.archive.org/web/20000226175856/http://www.kt.rim.or.jp/~hirofact/HOME.html Pics are gone on this next link, but I bet I bought that Grasshopper. And how about a NIB Monster Racer for US$247? Shows you what prices were like when online trade sprang to life. Before all the old stock was snapped up and they began to soar... http://web.archive.org/web/20000604045551/http://www.kt.rim.or.jp/~hirofact/NIB.html - Tamiya R/C Collector’s Site, Alex Jung. Who was once a member here also, and also published a little magazine about vintage Tamiya... before giving it all away and disappearing. http://web.archive.org/web/20010604065948/http://www.toyexchange.addr.com/tamiya.html - And of course, Darryn’s site full of NIB kits that always amazed me for how **** quickly he had accumulated this stash. http://web.archive.org/web/20010811133431/http://www.darrynsretrorc.20m.com/index.html H.
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    What's going on with vintage NIB prices

    I just don’t seem to have time sadly ☺️ “Well if he spent less time posting novellas on Tamiyaclub, maybe he would!” Yeah, yeah I know 🙃 Black 934... I have never attempted to collect this. A mix of being mainly an off-roader guy, and the stratospheric cost. It really depends on you @SuperChamp82 and how much you love it. I tend to think collecting needs to be about personal choice and what you’re specifically most passionate about. So I tend not to collect to “fill gaps”. But everyone has their own approach, and the gap-filler collectors out there have my utmost respect... I will gladly pay to visit their museums if I can