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  1. Wheelbase is 239mm. I don’t have exact width but I know it’s wider than traditional M body. I recall the beetle being 165mm and would estimate bus to be ~10mm wider.
  2. I opted for the Defender because I didnt want the chrome body/chassis bits. I was tempted with the Isuzu kit though as it came with a light kit.
  3. I stopped keeping track of costs when my M06 hop ups hit 200 . I’m a sucker for the trick hop up bits.
  4. Tamiyausa.com has a decent list of hopups. The link is at the kit page.
  5. Glad to hear you got it sorted out! It’s a fun chassis if you spend some time with it. I’ve given my M06 the treatment and while it definitely isn’t as simple to drive as something like the M05, it’s much more rewarding when you get it right. I also appreciate Tamiya releasing the Karmann Ghia and Bus to add to my RR Arsenal. I am probably alone in this, but M06 is my 2nd favorite Tamiya chassis (SRB being #1).
  6. The clones are blatant stealing Tamiya IP. Buying one is supporting this theft. If you can’t afford one and must have one, keep an eye out on used market, there are plenty of deals to be had. It is not rational to conclude Tamiya is ripping us off by comparing Tamia list price to the clone price. Tamiya isn’t making much money period (see link) https://www.tamiyaclub.com/forum/index.php?/topic/75632-tamiya-financials/
  7. A 1/24 model of a Chevrolet Fleetline would be a good start.
  8. If you got a shorter end bell motor like the Tamiya 53251 or 380 motor with adapter, you could technically make a front motor MF01X by swapping arms/uprights and sorting out the steering. I have considered doing this myself but too many projects ahead of it right now.
  9. I haven’t installed them yet but will post a pic when done
  10. I like fastener express mostly because they sell plain (unannodized) and black alum screws.
  11. I thought the “unlimited” and “modified” classes were for the 50yos and other “kids at heart.” The serious adults who break in motors, zap cells, and all the other tricks that then race box stock class against kids never seemed right to me though. They should have age limit or have a separate “adult box stock” class.
  12. I’m a bit of a Tamiya snob in that I always prefer a Tamiya bit if at all possible. I’ve found the rere “Fighting Buggy” chassis to be a suitable hop-up as it’s much thicker than sand scorcher and readily available. https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F222686891465
  13. https://www.fastener-express.com/metric-blue-aluminum-button-head-socscrews.aspx I have used these in the past with success.
  14. Try tinkercad.com. No software needed and let’s you get your feet wet quickly. Then when you start to realize it’s limitations get a hobby license version of fusion360.
  15. Is the website super slow for anyone else? for quick reference manuals, I use this https://www.tamiya.com/english/rc/manuals.htm
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