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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. The same TamiyaClub offered accurate decals back in the day. If you ever come across one of those old decal sheets you'll see it yourself. And again, I'm not against MCI in any way. I'm happy with what they offer! I was only pointing out little mistakes, that is all.
  2. What you have there is a pair of Kyosho Gold option house shocks. And the upper one has been fitted with a short Tamiya black plastic end.
  3. Oh, those old Robbe motors - gotta love 'em! Great stuff.
  4. Yes. They're not the same. And if you have the eye for detail, you'll see things like that on the Sand Rover lic plate or their Gumout decals. Now, don't think I'm against MCI in any way, they have provided us what TamiyaClub would not anymore. The TC decals were top notch. MCI ones aren't completely perfect, but they are great and the service is good.
  5. Myself, I really like their stickers. Never had a problem, although at times you'll find very little mistakes. The "Stolen" graphics for the 1980 Sand Rover lic. plate are wrong, and their "Gumout" are also a bit off. Now one thing that surprised me a lot a couple of weeks ago was this (see pic). Hadn't I have the original decal in place I wouldn't have noticed. I truly believe this can be fixed in the future. Although these small mistakes I know I would buy more decals from them when required and possible, because they work more than well.
  6. Good idea. Actually, I'm using something similar in our TV room in here. BY THE WAY... you definitely gotta let us know more about that six-wheeled Ford there. What is that? Looks pretty good from this angle
  7. First of all, welcome to the club. Now, for heaven's sake don't destroy nor modify that gorgeous original Clod Buster! Your truck looks nice and clean, I can't see much to "restore" there rather finish. I mean painting the front grill, bowtie logo, side indicators, door handles, window areas like rubbers and chrome. Also, I see you're missing the front piece for all of the rollbar's fog lights. If you're in the UK I am looking at a Radio Race Car magazine and it says you could have it for 159 UK pounds. In America RCCA magazine shows the Clod being sold for $354.95. In both cases that's just for the kit itself alone, not combos of any kind or type. Hope that helps. Stay safe and have a good weekend! Oh, and don't ruin that fantastic Clod Buster!
  8. Dirty job gettin' done today. This is for another Tamiya fan here in my country. Caustic soda did the job, but not without some elbow grease. There were three nasty layers of paint. The obvious blue/white first, then some thick black, and then this rubbish red which was pretty hard to remove. Hopefully this will be completely stripped and painted next Sunday. Not sure we'll have sun enough to do that though. You all stay safe and have a good Friday!
  9. Makes me wonder if Bud Jaske --the owner of the Blue Ox- ever knew about the Tamiya Bruiser. I believe he would have had a serious case against the double-star company...
  10. Oh, that orange buggy of yours... just gorgeous! I have to thank you Dean for your kindness and generosity, and for always being willing to help me with these crazy projects. This time I don't think there is any parts that I could use though. I was aware the windshield screws are the same than the ones used in the orig SRB buggy wheels. I'd be happy to modify some for the windshield, but I believe only one of my original SRB buggies have the correct slot head screws in their wheels. And the + screws bug me a lot, I don't think I'd modify parts I need on another buggies. Now why on earth did Tamiya change the wheel screws. To this day it's something I will never understand. The license plate. Yeah, the Beach Bum belongs to the new car. What goes on in the brain of the guys working at Tamiya is really over my head. The correct one says "Stolen", and you know, to make it all more complicated the MCI reproduction decal sheet it's got the incorrect font, so any way you look at the car from behind you just know it is off. I've accepted I'll never get to have the correct lic plate for the car, so I will make a custom one using the old ACME license maker: http://www.acme.com/licensemaker/ I also want to make an American East coast lic plate instead-not California, but that's another story. Here's an example, although later I can think of something ridiculous for the definitive one: See? The ACME maker works great. Unfortunately for you in United Kingdom, they only offer American and Canadian lic. plates. Another cool feature is the fact that you can get new lic plates or any of the old, historic ones made instantly. Check it if you can. Finally, I wanted to thank you all guys for your kind words and encouragement! You all stay safe and have a good Thursday!
  11. The truck looks very nice! What you needed to get the rubbers painted is actually some black enamel marker. Tamiya used to make them in the past, not sure these days. Also, to complete the grill a fine point permanent marker would do. These Dodge truck are gorgeous vehicles indeed, always nice to see the lunchbox popping up in here Another thing that might be of use for you to know is the fact that you could add some support for the rear end of the body to "sit" and therefore avoid breaking the bodymounts when running the truck. Everyone will tell you "the bodymounts are fragile, you need alu ones" but with those expensive alu ones you're just headed for a heartbreak, because the Tradesman body is heavy and in any rollover the aluminum bodymounts won't be the part breaking-it will be either the chassis or the body itself. if you see what happens you'll notice the front end of the body kinda "sits" against the chassis' bathtub, and that doesn't happen with the rear part. Well, that's the problem, and the main reason why those body posts are considered to be fragile.
  12. That looks pretty good!! I presume it is a different chassis than WW2's, am I wrong? Also, for some time I've been puzzled over your Shakespeare portrait on the back... why would you have it there, any stories? Good job!!
  13. Oh, I already got the original bit. I was sent to me by a friend in Spain who is also a member of TamiyaBase. So the car is all stock. Also, I'm very much with you: ALWAYS nice to see people working on these fantastic cars. I think these buggies deserve more love and recognition. I'm happy to know you're liking the Sand Rover. You did a good job with the body-I only painted it! I don't have those lil screws but it is no big deal. Tamiya stopped making them how long, like four decades ago? Now they only make + ones which look off. Still, it is no big issue. The steering arms are missing, and so is the servo saver, but I presume you could use almost any saver since the arms are bent to work like stoppers themselves. Even as a static model the Sand Rover is pure pleasure, real eye-candy. I'm telling you I have enjoyed working on this one very much. Without your help I don't think it would have possible. By the way, now that I am replying to you I wanted to ask if you will show more pictures of the Sand Scorcher? I really loved what you did narrowing the rear axles! Thank you all, take care and have a good Tuesday!
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