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  1. Its funny you mention the motor doesn't turn. The one in my Supershot is very tight, I bought it second hand and assumed it had the gearbox assembled incorrectly but no it turned out the mototr was incredibly tight so I can see it being a tight motor.
  2. The first thing that needs doing is removing the push rod from the speed controller and reattach it so the push rod is on top of the wiper, this will reduce friction and give a more even throw from forward to reverse. Because of the angle from the top of the servo horn to the bottom of the speed control wiper you are introducing friction, this can be seen where the push rod is cutting into the wiper.
  3. I remember I had a conversation with a staff member at Beatties in Holborn, would have been around 1990-1992 in regards to old parts. I was after a few bits for my Falcon, the usual broken front end bits and some Frog shocks to fit on a Lancia Rally and he did manage to get them for me in about 7 days so must have been on the usual weekly order. The chap told me that RiKo had loads of old parts for various models but most model shops just wouldn't order them as they were no longer on published in stock parts lists, no one bothered to ask if they were available. The biggest surprise was that RiKo apparantly had hundreds of Blazing Blazer kits sat in the warehouse that they couldn't sell as they didn't want to make a loss on them. They had ordered them expecting to sell more than the Toyota as it was cheaper but people went for the Toyota as it was more advanced. Even giving some generous space for exageration I believed and still believe him. A few years later the Tamiya spares phone line was started and this was pretty much the end for Tamiya spares availabiity. Beatties would no longer order parts for you, you were directed to call a phone number and leave a message in the hope that someone would call you back. If they did and you answered you detailed the parts you needed, they would then call you back again and tell you about availability but the ladies staffing the number didn't have access to old parts lists just the lists for the latest models. I suspect those Blazers if they existed ended up being thrown in a skip as not selling them as kits or as parts meant they ended up with no commercial value so could be written off against tax after a few years but I live in hope that some staff member thought to take them instead of throwing them away so they will eventually appear on the market.
  4. It could be solvents leaching out of the rubber. You see this a lot in 1970's electronics, the power cables become shiney, sticky and moist. The flat spots reinforce the idea as the solvents wouldn't leach out equally from all parts of the tyres. Seems odd for it to be happening to a reasonably new kit.
  5. Can anyone recommend a body filler for use on hard Tamiya bodies?
  6. Yalson The problem here is that Tamiya isn't capitalising on their old IP, they are pretty much ignoring it except for the re-re's.
  7. Forgot, Bristol cars. There are a lot of special cases.
  8. Some good points in your post thank you. If Tamiya is led simply by the Japanese market then they either need to change or they will die. With the opening of borders to both people, sales and information due to the internet the world needs to be treated as Tamiya's market, not an artificially restricted region. We have enough members here who buy from other countries, I recently inported a new Fighting buggy from the US as it wasn't available in the UK. I would be more than happy to buy new vintage parts direct from a spares Dept in Japan for parts that weren't in shops ready packaging. There is a white goods manufacturer who retains parts for 30+ year old items, not certain but might be Miele. As said by others more Car manufacturers supply Heritage parts, Harley Davidson, Suzuki, Land Rover to name a few. It is as I have explained in the clone Bruiser thread more profitable to supply parts than it is to supply whole vehicles. As an example how many sets of tyres would fit in one Tamiya box? Using Car manufacturers as an example isn't a particularly good one as amay parts are made by others. In the case of Historic Land Rover many parts were made by Unipart in the UK and these parts have never really ceased production in the decades since they were first made. I think Tamiya need to change or they will die to be replaced by companies who are ready and able to take advantage of a changing world.
  9. Hibernaculum I think you misunderstand what I am asking. Tamiya has a huge collection of IP which I believe is theirs and theirs alone. I am not suggesting people should have a right to Tamiya's IP I am not suggesting that people should get everything they want BUT and it is a big but if the hobby as a whole is suffering financially then why don't Tamiya use their IP to gain financially for themselves and to encourage collectors to rebuild, apart from the financial gain which is potentially huge, bigger even than the sales of new models it would be a green way of doing things. Yes it would require short runs but we are a worldwide market, a short run of body kits for lets say the Falcon, a very popular car in its time could be as high as 10,000 units to satisfy the market for the next 5 years. These would be very easy to store, they stack inside one another, very cheap to ship as they are light and stack inside each other and could be packaged at destination saving again due to volumetric shipping costs and these body kits would sell for around £50 a shot. It should be pretty easy for Tamiya to work out what parts are suited for small batch production runs, a quick look at what sold and how quickly and prices on Ebay would give a very good indication of what is needed and what would sell at a profit. To give an indication of just how profitable this market is Land Rover have recently bought back Series 1's from as far afield as Australia and have rebuilt them in the Land Rover factory for sale at prices between £60,000 and £80,000 for a basic vehicle. Keep in mind these are 1050's vehicles. To say that the re-re's have satisfied the market for vintage parts would be misleading and would ignore the 20 odd years between issues. There should be no need for unlicensed thrid parties to step in and use/abuse Tamiyas IP, Tamiya should be using it themselves and profiting from it so that the buyer can maintain their vehicles with genuine parts rather than having to write off vehicles until such time as they can find the used parts.
  10. Morning chaps I need a set of wheels for an ORV chassis Lancia Rally. I've found the full set of tyres from mine but cannot yet find the wheels so does anyone have any or something compatable for sale? Thanks in advance J
  11. In the last few years/decades there have been various Tamiya clones of varying quality. At the moment we are seeing the Bruiser clone and from peoples experience these seem to be good quality. In the Bruiser clone thread I raised the point that the Car Industry makes more money from parts than they do from car sales, the vintage car industry in the UK for example now has a £5.5bn a year turnover. Although Tamiya it seems has kept virtually all of its moulds over the years they haven't as far as I know released hard to find parts made from these moulds, they have simply kept them hidden away in a dark basement or something for decades which makes no commercial sense at all. As an example Tamiya could have sold sets of tyres for the HILux/Bruiser/Wild Willy for over £100 for 4 but didn't so someone else had to step in. Think of all the bodies sold through Team BlueGroove or Decals by MCI or parts from Shapeways. Others have pointed out that the RC as an industry is no longer on a stable financial footing, the Golden years are way gone and things cost a lot more in research and development creating a niche hobby so I struggle to understand why Tamiya either don't release new parts for old kits that are in demand or license someone else to produce the parts for them. It seems to me that they are artificially restricting their own market share and turnover by failing to fully utilise their back catalogue of IP that people are crying out for. So are Tamiya missing a trick here or is there a reason to restrict parts availability that I'm missing?
  12. As to the Harley part did you really think all the parts that constitute a Harley were made in the US? Been decades since that happened. India and China are considered huge emerging markets for HD, thats why they are made in India. Now Brexit yes you are partially right but don't forget the casual xenophobia of many Brits, the dislike of a crooked european alleged democracy and stupidity.
  13. Down to as low as £220 now so worth it just for the body shell and tyres let alone the rest of it. As to the comments on quality can it be any worse than the original 3speeds? I have a Toyota Hi Lux that had destroyed its rear hubs, bent axle cases, broke leaf springs, broke tabs off the battery box, worn steering and I suspect it has bent chassis rails and it wasn't even abused byt he previous owner. Remember, Tamiya didn't start out with the best quality regardless of our rose tinted glasses.
  14. It's hit Ebay in the Uk today priced at £289.99 Deliver to the UK from China. Available here https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/323278753358 On a further note have the Bruiser and Mountain rider been discontinued? I have been waiting since December 2017 for Stella models to get them back in stock and they still haven't after 6 months.
  15. I think I see this slightly different to other people. Tamiya to my mind have missed a trick in that we love our old cars BUT Tamiya have made it very hard to keep them going. Up until the Re-Re's appeared there were very few parts around for the older models and models were being canibalised to keep them going, many of us bought donor vehicles. As the motor trade has discovered parts make a better profit than the intiial sale does. The initial sale ties you into buying parts and using the approved dealer network if its a new car. Tamiya could have continued making spares and sold them which would have made a higher profit but they didn't. Just think the price of a body, set of tyres and wheels and you're not far off the cost of a new model so higher profit off less cost. I do agree on the face of it this is an infringement on Tamiya's IP BUT if it is an infringement of low quality it will give Tamiya the chance to sell huge amounts of spares and with the initial sale price provides a good lead in to the hobby of 3speeds and big rigs that are incredibly pricey. It shouldn't damage Tamiya's reputation as it clearly isn't a Tamiya, remember all of the fake TL01 chassis that were on Ebay a few years back? they did nothing to damage Tamiya's reputation either.
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