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  1. Wow, that looks amazing! Fantastic work!
  2. I can confirm that the rear tires from the RC10 re-release buggy fit the re-release Optima and Javelin wheels. The rear Scorpion 2014 re-re tires also fit the Optima wheels. Both options look great (sorry, didn't take pictures).
  3. Love the TL01 chassis (just check out my showroom for proof), and as others have said, great idea on mounting the battery! I'll have to look into something similar for my latest TL01B build. Can't wait to see this one continue to progress. All of your projects are so cool and creative. Steve
  4. I know there are still quite a few DF03 fans on the forum, but I really dislike that buggy chassis, the gears, etc. For overall durability and fun factor, I think either the Blitzer chassis or the DT-02 are better even though you're sacrificing the 4wd. If you must have 4wd and a Tamiya, maybe look at adapting the Manta Ray buggy, a DF02 or a TT02B for the Stadium Thunder body? Just a thought... Steve
  5. It should be o.k. with the Stadium Thunder body. The beetle body is the tough one due to the large spur gear on the DT02. You have to cut a slot in the sand scorcher/blitzer shell to get it to fit over the spur if you're trying to re-create the Blitzer Beetle with the DT02. Just make sure to run a mild brushless motor on the DT02, instead of brushed because the brushless motor will run cooler with larger truck tires/wheels. The DT02 doesn't have the lower gearing options that the Stadium Thunder/Blitzer has. You might also have to get creative with the body mounts on the DT02. Hope this helps, Steve
  6. That's incredibly frustrating. I've recently used paypal twice on their site. I hope my information is o.k. since I used paypal? Like speedy, I communicated just recently (last 2 months) with TamiyaUSA about credit card security concerns, and they assured me their site was safe. Good thing I didn't use a credit card. I can no longer believe anything they tell me. Ugh. Really a tough situation for folks like us in the U.S. who are running out of options for ordering spare parts for Tamiya RC. Steve
  7. Love it! Can't wait to see more of the build.
  8. Hi! It's all perspective. I think the dicing and splicing is part of the fun. Anyway, you make an excellent point and I agree the Kyosho front end is superior to the stock Scorcher front, but also gives a wider track (I think?). So, if you're wanting to keep things sort-of scale, it would probably make sense to leave the front Scorcher suspension stock?
  9. You're more than likely absolutely correct Mokei! I tend not to get caught up in disagreements that happen on here or other forums, so I wasn't aware of his history. My apologies. I should have been more cautious with sharing the link. With that said, I do think it makes sense for Kyosho to re-release the Turbo Optima next.
  10. Sorry, I meant to write Turbo Optima. Here is the link (scroll down a bit): http://vintage.dirt-burners.com/2017/10/19/kyosho-crowd-funding-campaign-cancelled/
  11. I read that Kyosho is re-releasing the Turbo Optima on a blog site that tracks such things related to the Kyosho RC brand. Makes sense based on how things have rolled out so far.
  12. Looks really nice, and I've always liked this body. However, why can't Tamiya FINALLY come out with a soft compound of those tires? Ugh. Really one of three of the most frustrating things with Tamiya these days -- a refusal to include ball bearings in all kits, no hex head screws and an insistence on including plastic tires with the CC01 -- a TRAIL TRUCK! Steve
  13. This is perhaps sacrilegious, but I always figured that when I finally purchase a Sand Scorcher, I'd swap out the rear transmission and a-arm setup for a Kyosho Scorpion re-re tranny/trailing arm setup or a RC10 tranny with Dual Sport rear arms. That's me though, I don't have a problem mixing and matching, while keeping things relatively scale. I know a lot of TC members don't like mixing brands on Tamiya custom projects, but sometimes it's the best solution IMHO to improve performance without spending an arm and a leg. Steve
  14. Noticed the same thing Speedy. For those of us in the U.S., Tower is our best option for Tamiya kits due to coupon codes and shipping choices, and it seems as though -- at least for now -- that option is mostly off the table. Just about everything is listed as "On Order". Overseas shops referenced in this thread like Tamico just aren't legitimate options for North American shoppers due to high shipping costs. Very concerned about the future of affordable Tamiya kits and parts in the U.S. moving forward if Tower is indeed in some kind of trouble or moving to a leaner inventory model. Since I mentioned parts, Tower used to carry many Tamiya option parts and now have shifted to "not carried." Too bad. Steve
  15. Looks legit to me. Saw it on Facebook. Nice to see Tamiya being creative again with new releases. I'm wondering what the wheelbase would be if you removed the middle drive wheels? That could open up some possibilities as well... Steve
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