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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)...
  15. 0.4 Mod ≠ 32 DP, 0.4 is pretty close to 64 DP, on the other hand. Ebay should have them.
  16. Does it include great rivers of blood?
  17. I've just checked out Tamiya USA's manual download page (https://www.tamiyausa.com/pdf/manuals/, which lacks a license of use . So I had a look at the Terms of use for the site (https://www.tamiyausa.com/terms.php), and they seem to only have a problem with commercial re-use: There is no mention of making things freely available. So that ought to be okay. Furthermore, it should be kept in mind that the manual scans available at TamiyaUSA and TamiyaClub are not the same, since they were scanned by different people. What this means is that they should be considered two different things. On top of that, Tamiya USA is legally forbidden from making available manuals coming from TamiyaClub (should they feel like doing that).
  18. Out of curiousity, did the people who received Cease and Desist letters (not emails, I hope, because in some countries those have no legal value) get them from the local Tamiya department in their country, Tamiya Japan, or Tamiya USA? Because if you're in the UK, Tamiya Japan and Tamiya USA can't actually enforce anything, since UK copyright law is at play and not Japan or US copyright law (which only apply within said countries). The manuals could be brought back if all references to Tamiya were removed and small but crucial changes were made (let's say, change color from blue to red, change page format a bit), because under most copyright laws that would amount to creating a new product...and the manufacturer will have a very hard time to prove it is a copy. *****'s more badly reproduced bodies could actually be safe from persecution due to the lesser quality of the molds. What generally kills companies reproducing items is not being successfully convicted of copyright abuse, but the big bad complainer having enough funds to proceed and proceed and proceed against them. Anyway, the only thing this will cause is that repro-decals will soon come from manufacturers in countries where Tamiya can't do anything about (i.e. China), possibly in very large quantities.
  19. As I wrote in another thread, have that Cease and Desist checked out by a copyright lawyer. Most of those are actually pretty unenforceable, especially if the items in question (manuals) are provided for free, are not available elsewhere (from the manufacturer), and the copyright holder doesn't do anything with them (=abandonware). Also, I assume this C&D is a paper letter? If not, and it's an email not actually addressed to the website owner using his formal physical address, it's nonsense. Furthermore, copyright does not work the same way in all countries. What is illegal in some countries is perfectly legal in others. It's not possible to enforce copyright in one country based on copyright law from another country. A way around it would be to do the following: Take manuals scans, change the colors, slightly change the proportions of the pages, remove front pages and copyright notices. Result: 'new' product, no copyright misuse. This is the easiest way to circumvent copyright issues where a product is copied - just change it a bit, and the original manufacturer will have a very hard time to prove it is not a new product in the context of copyright law. Just repeating what my company's copyright expert told us during a course on the matter.
  20. - Trinity - Composite Craft - Parma - Team Atlas - Tech Racing - Cross - Aoshima
  21. 58500 will be skipped because the number causes Tamiya's inventory system to crash - it'll be called the KIT58K5-bug.
  22. That alloy t-bar is going to lead to one bad case of tweak after a while - and you don't need to even crash the car fo it to show up, just taking a tight turn at high enough a speed to bend it should be enough...
  23. 58500 Perhaps it's a car that looks like this when viewed from the side: 585 0 0
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