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  1. Besides, making them available for free does not "take away Tamiya's option to do that". They can still release the book(s), and people who think it's worthwhile to have will buy it. Anyway, such books would likely have additional contents making them worthwhile, like any such book out there. But I don't think you will change HunterZero's mind. He came down extremely aggressively on me when I pointed out Tamiya themselves didn't seem to know what distribution scheme to use, since the four sites they offer free manuals at all have different downloading conditions . Tamiya Japan's site is the most restrictive, Tamiya France has the most clear-cut license, TamiyaUSA(!) and Tamiya Germany lack conditions for downloadable content . I've also already made the "free contents is free to distribute unless explicitly forbidden"-argument...I got the same reaction as you did. The manuals have been out there for too few years to actually fall under the proper public domain (the term is 50 years or so, unless it's something that has entered common usage, e.g. "Googling" for "searching the internet"). On the other hand, Tamiya themselves making them available for free with no further conditions... Also, it's impossible in practice to make copyright or licenses act retroactively (for good reasons, imagine the mess it would cause...), so if you downloaded something for free several year ago and there were no restricting conditions that still applies today. It's likely Tamiya took offense at paying for the higher resolution manuals. They still haven't tried to take down the sites hosting manuals for free download, have they? Copyright law in general is written in generalities, because otherwise society would get completely locked up in copyright wars. You could not even buy a carrot because someone would insist that you paid royalties for the process the whole carrot went through from field to shop...
  2. HPI makes 200 mm shells for FWD cars, IIRC. With regards to your home-made chassis, why place the motor at a 90 degree angle? The torque will cause a load of torque steer, something you want to avoid in a dragster. The motor axle should be parallel to the drive axles. Using a F1 gearbox is not viable because some minor amount of steering is required, and the axle of the F1 won't permit that. Rear wheel steering would be the only option, a bad idea for a high speed car. FF-03 could probably be tuned up to go 100 km/h, but perhaps you should consider tracking down a Yokomo YR-F2 (just Google it), which has almost a direct drive transmission...
  3. Oh, I get it: Bear Hawk with restyled body and the slogan "Mah Hawk!".
  4. Of course, the most important question is: "Will it include a manual?". If they do, they should be aware people might copy it.
  5. Any Trinity 1/10 pan car or oval goodies?
  6. No, that's not what I meant. The F103 and F102 chassis are exactly the same wheelbase (26 cm) and width (20 cm). The F103L has a wheelbase of 27 cm, I believe. The Group C cars used a FRP/ABS spaceframe/tub instead of the single chassis plate of the F102. The tub has three sets of holes that allows two additional wheelbases (27 and 28 cm). Without the Group C specific chassis parts you won't be able to realize those two wheelbases using the F102 front and rear end and F102 chassis. You should measure the wheelbase of the body. If it's 28 cm you're out of luck, unless you can find the group C chassis parts.
  7. Okay, perhaps a bit silly, but did you try searching for 0.4M pinions? I get over 20,000 results on Google...
  8. Okay, many thanks for the clarification. Can we assume that 1980s copies of Tamiya buggies are also safe, or are they banned? Would it help you if a list of aftermarket manufacturers was compiled? Obviously some manufacturers are very obscure and it cannot be expected that the TC staff knows them all by heart.
  9. AFAIK, it shares the Tamiya F1 wheel design, so you can use wheels made for the F103 cars...
  10. The long one is for the regular wheelbase (26 cm), the short one for the short wheelbase cars.
  11. Group C use the F101/102 front suspension and F102 t-bar/rear pod, with a different chassis with adjustable wheelbase.
  12. Can I please point out (please don't take offense) that there are a few legit aftermarket companies out there that make parts that are very similar to the original parts because they have to fit into a certain location or because they have certain mechanical requirements? E.g. nylon replacement gears, suspension parts, universals... An example would be aftermarket spur gears for Tamiya's F1 cars, which have a very specific design and may look almost exactly the same as the original parts. Only a close comparison may show some very minor differences. Often the only difference is better materials, which you may not be able to see on a picture. Will those be removed too, or is there an exception for such parts? Can this be clarified? Does 'originating from Tamiya' refer to, for example, the slogans on the rear wings of buggies? Hopefully it doesn't refer to generic sponsor decals that may also happen to be included on some of Tamiya's decal sheets...
  13. Actually, I'm pretty sure it is the Kose chassis...
  14. Aftermarket TA-03 chassis. Possibly Kose or Fyber-Lite (based on the carbon pattern)...
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