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  1. The Sand Scorcher has been done, I remember seeing a photo of it at a car show with a giant 5 foot tall Futaba transmitter next to it. I seem to recall a Jeep done up as a Wild Willy tribute too.
  2. More likely the speed control. If it doesn't specifically say it's waterproof, it isn't. Take it out of the car and seal it in a plastic bag with some dry uncooked rice for a few days and see if it works. (The rice absorbs the moisture and dries out the electronics.) Put the receiver in there too just in case. And then either seal everything up good and tight, or don't drive when it's wet.
  3. Looks like I'm a little late to this party, but I'll throw in my 2 cents anyway... Regarding those hop-up parts that were all over the place back in the '80s/90s: you have to remember that a lot of that stuff was wretched quality, and didn't do much to help performance. And that's mostly because it was all experimental. You couldn't see how something was going to affect the performance of a car without actually making one and trying it out. And if it seemed to help, you hung out your shingle, made a few dozen more of them in your garage, bought an ad in the magazines, and you were in business. Briefly. Computer-aided design ended those Wild West days, mostly for better, but to some degree for worse. You could buy an Associated B3 or Losi XX, build it straight from the manual, plop it on a track, and it would be faster and smoother than any cobbled-together hopped-up older car. But then it became a technological arms race; if everyone else bought the latest and greatest car, you had to as well. Off-road buggies, for so long the heart and soul of the hobby, got boring really fast. Touring cars were interesting for about five minutes, when Tamiya was the only game in town, but as soon as everyone else started making "better" chassis and every car on the track had the same Dodge Stratus body, those got boring too. In 2001 I only owned three RC models: my old retired RC10L that I've had forever, a heavily-modded Clod with an ESP Clodzilla 3 chassis, and a Wild Willy 2. Absolutely nothing else interested me at that moment, it was the epoch of the T-Maxx, and I couldn't have cared less about them. Honestly, if Tamiya hadn't started re-releasing old models, I might have left the hobby entirely. I dove hard into the re-res, and those led me into looking for vintage models that hadn't been re-released, and I discovered the joys of restoration. Parallel to this, my wife and I moved into a house with a big backyard that had a steep hill at one end, perfect for scale crawlers, so I ended up going deep on those as well. And that's kind of where I still am, scratch-building stuff and restoring stuff and puttering it around our new property, which doesn't have an big open areas, but has a lot more varied terrain to play on. And I've already started setting up to make more parts (and maybe even whole models) myself rather than buying kits; I have a 3D printer, and I'm looking at those little 3018 CNC mills. I've got more ideas than I have time, but that just means I'll never run out of stuff to make. Is it as "exciting" as 1987, when I tore the plastic off the latest issue of RC Car Action and started reading it on the way back up the driveway from the mailbox? Maybe not. But it's a whole lot more fulfilling.
  4. Bruiser re-re probably had the highest price tag, but it was a gift, so it doesn't count. I spent $400 on an RC4WD Trailfinder 2 kit that wasn't worth half that. And I spent $380 on a brand-new Traxxas Slash 4x4 VXL that I never even opened, but used as a trade to get my hands on 5 RC10s and a few boxes of parts. Netted about $800 selling the RC10s after fixing them up, so that was a nice deal. Turbo Optima re-re was $360, I think. $200-250 for a kit is about the price range where I start to go "hey wait, let's think about this..."
  5. Nice! I have a small hobby room as well (all to myself; my wife has a room of her own), and I am familiar with the idea of "nowhere to go but up." I keep adding shelves in wherever they'll fit, usually made out of whatever scrap lumber I have handy. It works, but it leaves precious little wall space for posters or flyers or cut-out box tops..
  6. Looks Mardave-ish to me. I have a very similar one, bu lower spec, with an aluminum plate chassis.
  7. You know, a lot of people make the "act your age" and "grown men still playing with toys" comments, but here's the thing: I see a lot of friends my age who, in the evenings, just park themselves in front of the TV and zone out. Or develop actual opinions about celebrity gossip or singing competiton shows or devote hours and hours to their fantasy sports leagues. The former is just letting your mind and body atrophy, and the latter is living vicariously through others. By contrast, my "toy cars" keep my mind active, my fingers dextrous, and get me outside and walking around. They also give me something to look forward to doing that's all just me, not dependent on some "famous" people who wouldn't care about me even if they knew who I was. We are active creatures; we're not meant to just passively consume. Doing something that keeps your mind and body moving, no matter what it is, is going to get more and more important as we get older, and I do not intend to go quietly into that good night, as the poet says. I'll be doing this as long as my hand-eye coordination holds out, and even after that, I'll have a shelf full of busted old models as conversation pieces sitting on top of my dresser in the old folks' home.
  8. 49, been at this since I was 13, more or less. (RC, not troll dolls.)
  9. I'm confused... this person joined 15 years ago, a couple months after I did, and has posted... three times? Two years ago? OK...Anyway, let's go back to talking about toy cars.
  10. I have just started a new part-time job in the evenings, writing for a new automotive site called The Autopian. https://www.theautopian.com/ Started by two ex-Jalopnik writers, and chock-full of nerdy car stuff. No RC content yet, but I'm campaigning for a hobby section. We'll see. Anyway, I'm writing a daily column for them called, well, I can't type the full name of it here without getting bleeped, but the second word is "Showdown." I pick two junky old cars for sale, $2500 or less, and readers vote for which one is better (or less horrible, anyway). Having a ton of fun so far, the site creators are great to work for, and I'm thrilled to actually have a professional writing gig, even if it isn't a whole lot of money. Anyway, check it out!
  11. The Mid was always a tight squeeze fitting everything in. You should have seen the original with an MSC! Wires everywhere. I'm still on the fence about this one. I don't NEED one, but that doesn't mean I won't end up with one eventually.
  12. It'll certainly use the most bearings... what is that, around 150?
  13. When I was growing up, in the Chicago area, everyone said "ta-MY-uh." But the guy in the promo tapes sounded like he was saying "TOMMY-uh." I was so confused. These days, I figure "ta-MEE-ah" is close enough. It probably still grates on the ears of the Japanese, but it's got to be better than "ta-MY- uh." At least, up here in ORA-gun.
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