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About mongoose1983

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  • Birthday 06/26/1976

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    Santiago de Chile
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    History, Anthropology, Economics, bass/guitars, oldschool BMX, Country Music, Monster Trucks & Tractor pulling.

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  1. I got the body from someone in Switzerland, years ago. It is the original 1989 version. Unfortunately, the guy cut the rear wheel-arcs because he had it mounted over a Tamiya Thundershot chassis You can get a repro body for this truck (minus the mock Engine) from TBG bodies in Canada. They got it all 100% correct except for the underside of the front part:
  2. Who doesn't love the Lunchbox? What a great little truck! Here's mine:
  3. Well, February got me back to the hobby, due to some pretty unfortunate circumstance. Still, I'm getting a a kick out of tinkering and running these things. The week before I ran the 1989 Kyosho Hi Rider, and last Sunday the all-stock original Clod Buster got all the attention from the people around. I told the guys, "wait & see me bust some Clod Buster myths when I turn this old goat on". And with the original MSC, cheapest Futaba servos you can find, a 1800 Mah NiCD batt pack, and a proper 1992 radio to go, nothing stopped the Clod to steal the show! If you keep the MSC clean and in good shape it works great. Anyway, here some photos... Here's some alu "double washers" I've made to keep the anti-rotation brackets to break. They keep everything in place, and you don't need to modify anything or use different screws. You put them on and if you want remove 'em, no sweat! Oh, my heart will always belong to the Clod Buster! Finally, the truck and the boys... Y'all be safe and have a good week!
  4. If you want to go that way, this video might be of help.
  5. Faskolor by Parma works great and is cheap.
  6. I bought the body used just to have the chance to get the original dummy engine. If memory doesn't fail I got it from someone in Switzerland. And he had it fitted to a Tamiya Thunder Shot-if anybody can understand that. At first I could not stand the met.purple, but as I cleaned the engine and added a couple of decals I ended up finding it very, very nice Here's a couple of pics: Thank you so much Robert! I already happened to get the Super Champ & Avante decals from MCI, but they're at a friend's place in Canada waiting for things to change. And even if I didn't got them before, I doubt the postoffice in Norge would be willing to ship anything to my country. I really appreciate you offering me some help with this. I hope you'll have a great weekend Robert. Y'all stay safe and enjoy the weekend
  7. Well, I don't need no crystal ball to expect a complicated year. Job problems, I'm doing more construction work to keep the bills paid, and this Covid thing has changed family life in such an unexpected way. So far one of the most desolated feelings last year was being severed completely from the hobby. In my life I could hardly accept the fact of not being allowed to visit the States anymore (not that I ever wanted to stay for a living there), when all of a sudden RC, books & records trading became completely forbid. It's still something hard to swallow. I can't have any spares. Postal services abroad won't ship here. Whether it's a CD, a small gear, or a rubber belt replacement for my CD player I just have no way to have it. You guys in the richer side of the world would probably find the feeling hard to understand. Being severed from the world, or actually from the markets overseas. So I have to keep all my RC projects on hold for "someday". See, I have a Porsche 956 missing a small bushing that's in OH, a Super Champ missing decals, a Scorpion in need of a lil bit to be finally tested, and a full vintage blackfoot that only need a drivecup and a steering arm. And no money in the world can get me anything here to finish these projects. Things have reached a point where I can't even accept free parts from local friends. A couple of months ago a guy I work with told me I could have a brand new Tamiya Wrangler body, complete with window and some bits if I wanted it for free. And, as much as I happen to love that model, I had to refuse the offer as I know I am not going to find a chassis or anything to put under it. Actually that was the reason why my buddy wanted me to have it. It's sad. Now one thing that will be good for me is to work on some interesting cabinet that I come across at a local fleamarket last September. The thing has lots of potential, but was very dirty, stained, and required not only some glass shelves and front doors but also LOTS of work. It's 1.62mt tall, 1.30mt wide, and 40cms deep. When I saw it from afar I immediately knew it could solve the problem of keeping a good part of my RC car collection in a safe, dust-free place! I figured if I could fit two more shelves in it the thing could fit a lot of cars inside. So I had to sand it all over to remove the stains and also some small scrapes in the wood. Then I polished it with brown shoewax. I now need to raise some money and get me some quotations on glass prices. I hope I can get it ready before the end of this year. Some pictures: This is how it looked like when I brought it. I was told this thing spent two years outdoors receiving dust, some water, paint and my guess is a dog used it in some way... I've placed some random cars in it to help me see how many cars I could fit in it by moving shelves... And here after sanding it completely: To me it has potential. I just need to get the missing glass parts, and work a little more the wood to get it all good. If I get to finish the project this year I'm sure I'll be smiling satisfied. That's pretty much my "RC related plan" for 2021. Other than that just surviving would be okay. I mean for the kind of times we are living in nowadays. Y'all stay safe and have a good Friday!
  8. Big Pig what? The Boomerang weights about 100 grams less. Anyways, I like your red Big Wig! If I had another one I might try some red color. Front shock towers in flat black or silver would make it look even better imho. Here's a couple of pictures of some 1:1 pigs: A lil more info here: https://www.tamiyaclub.com/showroom_model.asp?cid=104764&id=23692 Finally, if you go to the main TC page consider yourself invited to join our BIGWIG Owners & Enthusiasts SIG Link here: https://www.tamiyaclub.com/sig_member.asp?id=205
  9. Kyosho's first attempt at cashing in the monster truck craze. Absolutely Iconic AND a must to anybody into vintage Monster trucks!
  10. Somehow I reconnected with the hobby. Well, that only after being able to locate some paint for my project... Detail here: https://www.tamiyaclub.com/forum/index.php?/topic/90548-rc-project-for-2019-big-bear-body-chassis/&do=getLastComment
  11. Well, I'm coming back with my beloved BIG BEAR rc monster truck after nine months! I've to tuck away the primered body until I was able to get some paint for it... So here's what I've been up to RC-wise... The body finally getting sprayed! Some magical number here Sideview: I love this thing... Time to find some paint for the detail. I really don't care about the broken tires or the missing gears. I would love to have a better window. That would have to be someday. Y'all stay safe and have a fantastic Friday!
  12. Hubs have nothing to do with the problem, mate. The Monster Beetle gearbox is a flawed design. The aluminum covers (sides) of the gearbox are too thin and the flex and the differential gears get stressed in action. You need to stiffen the gearbox with some extra bits like these: The gearbox in your MB was actually designed to be fixed. It just happened the Tamiya guys thought that fitting a differential inside of the gearbox would be a good idea, back in 1983. There wasn't too many problems with the FROG buggy in 1984, but two years later when they mounted big wheels to that chassis the flaw really showed up. This has been discussed thoroughly in this forum, I truly expected some other Monster Beetle owners here were going to share some knowledge on the subject but that didn't happened unfortunately. The good thing is that it can be fixed. You better buy a extra set of spider gears if you keep using the Monster Beetle.
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